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THIS FIRST — LONG DAYS AHEAD — The state Senate made little headway on its version of a $5 billion budget bill Tuesday, setting the stage for long days today and tomorrow.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — On the tube: Jay Leno and believe it or not John Daly both celebrate today!
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NATIONAL LENS — NO ONE TO PLAY WITH — Democrats are looking for a replacement for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to negotiate a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but they are having a hard time finding Republicans eager to play along.
GO IT ALONE — Graham has said for days that he’s dropped out of climate/energy talks, but when pressed, he said that he will filibuster his own bill if Reid tries to bring it up without tabling immigration altogether.
QUEST FOR VIC-TORY — You’d think that experience would chase someone like Vic Rawl away from a fight against Sen. Jim DeMint. DeMint has a bevy of conservative ideas, but there’s little room for compromise. Rawl says he wants to bring everyone to the table and not just offer up unreasonable alternatives as talking points.
UP 8% — After logging record-setting improvements in its response rate, South Carolina enters the next phase of the 2010 Census poised to have its best count in decades.
POLITICAL PARIAH — Although President Barack Obama may be capitalizing on the anti-Wall Street wave with his regulatory overhaul bill, Republicans such as South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint are demanding he give back the big bucks he got from Goldman Sachs in the last campaign; he won’t.
READY TO REGULATE — The proposed US climate change bill may be teetering on the brink of collapse, but that has not stopped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) going on the offensive this week with a new report designed to demonstrate the extent to which climate change is already affecting the US. Should the proposed US climate bill collapse following Republican senator Lindsey Graham’s decision to withdraw support for the draft bill, the EPA will take a central role in the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon emissions.
CLYBURN PLUS 14 — The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to deny a regular cost-of-living pay raise to members of Congress in Fiscal Year 2011, which would mark the third straight year that lawmakers left their pay at $174,000 per year. The vote was 402-15 in the House, with all 15 votes against the plan coming from Democrats.
LORD’S MYSTERY — You won’t hear it on the radio in Charleston, but a conservative political action committee is running radio ads in the Upstate that attack a GOP attorney general candidate for his work in bringing Boeing to South Carolina.
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CLAMOR FOR CLYBURN — Michigan’s economy, Detroit Public Schools and politics will be highlighted during workshops and panel discussions at this weekend’s Freedom Weekend IX. The events, sponsored by Anthony’s Freedom Institute, lead to the 55th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday at Cobo Center. The dinner, which typically draws 10,000, this year features U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
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2010 WATCH — HERE’S TO HALEY — Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, is the only woman running for governor. But Haley makes it clear that she’s not expecting her gender alone to win her many votes. “People love the idea of a woman governor, but mainly they love the idea of an accountant who understands the value of a dollar,” she said, having mentioned earlier that she began doing the books for her family’s business at age 13. “It wasn’t until I got to Clemson that I realized that wasn’t normal,” she joked.
TEMPORARY — Bill Connor, who is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, announced today that he was suspending his campaign temporarily to teach a class for Army majors relating to command, leadership and other assorted duties to prepare them for going into a war zone.
PERMANENT – State Rep. Nikki Haley has quit her $110,000-a-year job at a hospital foundation in South Carolina.
ONE LAST TIME — House lawmakers will try one last time to override Governor Mark Sanford’s veto of the warrantless search bill on Wednesday. Law enforcement is pushing for the bill, saying it will reduce crime in South Carolina. The bill gives police officers the authority to search someone on parole, without a warrant.
FOCUS ON KIDS — A child advocacy group that held a bake sale is giving $146.50 to Gov. Mark Sanford to drive home the point the state needs to do more to provide health care.
DARLINGTON — Volunteers pitch in for Darlington tornado cleanup
FLORENCE — Wittmann-Price to head FMU’s nursing program
AIKEN — Councils clash over spending
LEXINGTON — Bus shutdown looms in Lexington County
SPRY SPRATT — The U.S. House’s top budget writer said Tuesday he has early stage Parkinson’s disease but the illness is not affecting his life or plans to continue representing South Carolina in Congress. This will be the second time Spratt has run knowing he was suffering from the degenerative disease that can be held at bay with drugs. Two years ago, one of his daughters spotted the symptoms and he was diagnosed about five months later, Spratt said.
TEAMWORK — Gresham Barrett stopped in Litchfield Tuesday on his Putting South Carolina
Back to Work Tour, and described how he would like people to work as a team to solve South Carolina’s problems.
VIEWPOINT — IN GRAHAM’S CORNER — “It’s too bad the Senate can’t do two things at once, tackling both immigration and climate-change legislation this year. Both are crucial. But if lawmakers must choose, then Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is right: Getting a climate and energy bill through the Senate — which could help foster green-tech growth in Silicon Valley — ought to come first.”
FINALLY THIS — HEAVY DOODY — Riverbanks is having fun with the product it’ll market as Compoost, but it’s serious stuff, too. The zoo used to pay thousands of dollars a year to a disposal company to get rid of these animal wastes. The composting effort – limited at this point to elephant, giraffe and zebra manure – cuts down on the waste load by about 1,500 pounds each day.