Mark Sanford to make a comeback in run for 1st District seat?
CNN reported Thursday night that former governor and 1st District congressman Mark Sanford was circling the wagons in preparation to make a political comeback in the 1st District after leaving office in 2010 shrouded by an adultery scandal. Sanford previously served in Congress from the 1st District from 1995-2001, and although the district has undergone two rounds of redistricting since then and all signs point to a crowded Republican primary field, Sanford would enter the race as the most high-profile candidate.
Sources: CNN Political Ticker, Post and Courier, The State
Related: Who’s In, Who’s out: Local pols consider SC-1 race (CP)
Summey, Limehouse move closer to run for House (P&C)
DeMint delivers Senate farewell speech (Politico)
Scott, Haley exchange fundraising calls (The State)

Haley calls for moment of silence in honor of Newtown, increased mental health budgets
Gov. Nikki Haley gave her first comments on last week’s shooting in Newtown, C.T. at a press conference Thursday. She called on lawmakers to boost funding for mental health care in the state and declared an official moment of silence this morning at 9:30am, one week after the shootings.
Sources: The State, WIS-TV/WCSC-TV
Related: Clyburn is the lone member of S.C. delegation who favors gun-control
Gun control debate heats up in statehouses nationwide (Wash Post/AP)
Firearm sales through the roof as gun control talk ramps up (Live 5 News)

Midlands Republican wants concealed weapons in schools
One prefiled bill set to come before the House Judiciary Committee in the upcoming 2013 legislative session, proposed by Florence Republican state Rep. Phillip Lowe, will deal with whether teachers in schools can carry a concealed weapon.
Sources: Charleston City Paper

Boeing announces campaign to buy nearly 1,100 acres near airport
Boeing Co. announced Thursday that it would enter negotiations with the Charleston Aviation Authority to buy hundreds of acres around its North Charleston campus, dramatically expanding its footprint and possibly opening the door to additional manufacturing facilities near the airport.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News, Charleston Regional Business Journal

North Charleston to post cops in elementary schools
North Charleston City Council approved a proposal Thursday to station North Charleston cops in all city elementary schools.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Summey wants police in more N. Charleston schools (CP)

Haley unveils budget priorities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s $3.6 billion proposed budget, unveiled Thursday, boosts spending on computer security, law enforcement, and health care.
Sources: Post and Courier

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