Could state Democrats face ‘do or die’ election in 2014?
With the normal ballot of statewide races up for grabs in addition to the special election for the U.S. Senate, Democrats may face a critical election that could chart the short-term fate of the party for years.
Sources: Post and Courier

Haley rules out ‘placeholder’ DeMint replacement
In a release Monday aftenrnoon, Gov. Nikki Haley said she rejects ‘the notion of a ‘placeholder” candidate to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, one who will not run for re-election in the 2014 special election, because she says she did not want “to deprive our state’s citizens of the chance to render their judgment on the appointee’s performance” through a vote. Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert tops a new poll of potential DeMint replacements.
Sources: The State, Charleston City Paper
Related: Haley to presser at Boeing Tues. (AP)
Mulvaney, Norman eye soon-to-be open U.S. Senate seat (WHRI AM)
Ex-speaker/ambassador Wilkins won’t consider DeMint appointment (G’ville)
DeMint legacy—the good, the bad, and the ugly (NPR)

Mount Pleasant apologizes for ‘Guilty Pleasures’ Christmas parade float
The ad for Guilty Pleasures adult novelty shop, which featured a goofy Santa Claus pitching “gifts for the naughty and nice” was “contrary to the family-friendly nature of the parade and brought controversy to an otherwise exceptional parade,” the city said Monday in a press release.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier, Mount Pleasant Patch
Related: Mount P. celebrates Hwy. 17 completion (Mount P. Patch)

CCCSD renews superintendent contract
Charleston County School Superintendent Nancy McGinley’s contract was renewed Monday night through 2016, a two-year extension which aligns her contract with the district’s Vision 2016 plan.
Sources: Mount Pleasant Patch, Post and Courier
Related: Memorial service planned for former superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

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