Did ‘Small Business Saturday’ do local shops any good?
Some Charleston-area small businesses are skeptical of the benefit of ‘Small Business Saturday,’ an annual observance cooked up by American Express that follows the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Wonder Works toy store owner preaches the buy-local gospel (CP)
Local Black Friday shoppers say bargains are worth the hassle (P&C)

Obama re-election driving sale of assault weapons?
Owners of Lowcountry gun shops say sales of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles have increased since President Obama’s re-election as consumers grow wary of talk by Democrats of re-introducing legislation that could ban or increase regulation of the weapons. A previous assault weapons ban expired in 2004 and has not been renewed.
Sources: Hilton Head Island Packet

Craft breweries see gains, but still face challenges
The P&C takes a look at the legislative and business victories by local craft beer breweries and brew festivals in recent years.
Sources: Post and Courier

State Christmas tree farms expected to fare well in 2012
After seeing sales up 15% in 2011, South Carolina Christmas tree farms say they expect another strong year this year.
Sources: Associated Press

Two-ton great white pays Charleston a visit over Thanksgiving
A two-ton great white shark, dubbed Mary Lee by trackers, stopped in waters off Charleston on Thanksgiving Day, the second time the ocean giant has come visited the Holy City in as many months.
Sources: Post and Courier

Defeat of Richland rep means empty seat on ethics committee as Harrell inquiry looms
With the defeat of Richland S.C. Rep. Joan Brady, who sat on the House Ethics Committee, that leaves at least one empty seat on the panel that will likely hear an ethics complaint against powerful House Speaker Bobby Harrell over his tangles with ethics rules since the last session.
Sources: The State

Graham, other Republicans to break ‘no tax pledge’
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he’d be willing to buck the ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge,’ a political pledge that many Republicans have been pressured to take in recent years, in order to negotiate with Congressional Democrats to avoid sending the country over the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’
Sources: Post and Courier/Washington Post

S.C. looks for answer as its wetlands disappear
In a state where ‘regulation’ is a bad word, South Carolina lawmakers are looking for a legislative remedy to help conserve the state’s fragile isolated wetland ecosystems.
Sources: The State

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