SCDP Press Clips | May 10, 2021
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INSIDE SOUTH CAROLINA
Bluffton Town Hall reopens to the public as COVID-19 numbers improve Bluffton Town Hall reopened to the public Monday after closing in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More.
Inside Democrats’ Scramble to Resist GOP Voting Laws Locked out of power in the Republican-run states that are enacting laws making it harder to vote, Democrats are engaged in a partywide effort to push back against the legislation that has as much to do with winning hearts and minds outside courtrooms as it does legal victories inside them. Read More.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: The Republican Party can’t ‘move forward without President Trump’ “I would just say to my Republican colleagues, ‘can we move forward without President Trump?’ The answer is no,” Graham, R-S.C., told Sean Hannity on Fox News.” Read More.
McConnell: $800B infrastructure package acceptable McConnell indicated last week that GOP lawmakers were open to a roughly $600 billion bill. Read More.
Florida reports more than 10,000 COVID-19 variant cases, surge after spring break A total of 753 variant cases from three strains — the B.1.1.7, the P.1, and the B. 188.8.131.52. — were reported on March 14, according to variant infection data shared with ABC News. The Florida Department of Health does not disclose variant cases on its public dashboard. Read More.
White House, state officials scramble to get docs’ help with lagging vaccination effort Doctors could be especially helpful vaccinating hesitant Americans, but health officials are still figuring out how to get them involved. Read More.
AROUND THE WORLD
[VIDEO] Israel police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem, use stun grenades, water cannons; over 200 injured Israeli police threw stun grenades to disperse Palestinians gathered late Saturday outside Jerusalem’s Old City during the holiest night of Ramadan, as clashes between Palestinians and police continued for the second consecutive night. Friday’s violence drew condemnations from Israel’s Arab allies and calls for calm from the United States and Europe and the United Nations, and prompted the Arab League to schedule an emergency meeting on Monday. More Here.
Andres becomes the earliest tropical storm on record to form in the Pacific The storm is notable for its early arrival – just beating out the record set by Tropical Storm Adrian, which strengthened to named status on May 10, 2017, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to Nov. 30. Read More.
German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban Germany’s powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week. Read More.