U.S. Supreme Court to consider Veronica case today
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to discuss Friday whether it will hear a case of Charleston couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco and their adopted Native American daughter, which the couple was forced to turn over to her birth father by the state Supreme Court who ruled that a 1970s Native American child protection law entitled the father to custody of the girl. City Paper contributor Allyson Bird examined the ‘Save Veronica’ case in a September 2012 cover story.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News
Related: Broken Home: The Save Veronica story

Insiders suspect Sanford has early edge in SC-1 race
With the date set for the March special election in the 1st Congressional District, consultants and other political insiders are looking at former governor and 1st District rep. Mark Sanford as the early favorite in the race. Sanford still has about $120,000 in his federal campaign account and has wide name recognition in his home district. On Thursday, after being re-elected Charleston County Council vice-chair, Elliott Summey announced that he’d opt against running for the seat.
Sources: Roll Call
Related: Summey won’t run for Tim Scott’s seat (CP)
Summey won’t run for congress (Live 5)
Summey announces he won’t enter 1st District race (ABC News 4)
Democrat Burton considers campaign for 1st District (S’ville Patch)

Rooftop, Vendue Inn bought by Folly ownership group
Vendue Inn, the adjoining Library Restaurant, and nighttime hotspot Rooftop Bar were sold to Avocet Hospitality Group last week, the same group that owns and operates the Tides Hotel and Blu Restaurant and Bar on Folly Beach.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Live 5 News

Ex-IT officer says state failed to heed warnings over cyber-security
Former state IT officer Scott Shealy, who left his post with the state in September 2011, told a House committee Thursday that despite repeated advisories over how to handle the state’s sensitive taxpayer data, the state failed to take action to secure the information
Sources: Associated Press

Lawmakers prep for upcoming legislative session
At a state Press Association workshop Thursday, lawmakers gave journalists a preview of their priorities for the 2013 legislative session, which kicks off next week. Among the top agenda items for both parties are ethics, information security, and education reforms.
Sources: The State

State permit for cruise terminal appealed by local groups
Charleston groups are asking the DHEC board to review and reverse a permit issued for the proposed upgrades to the downtown Charleston cruise terminal.
Sources: ABC News 4/AP

Hollings’ Violence Against Women Act dies in Congress
An updated version of the Violence Against Women Act, originally championed by Sen. Fritz Hollings in 1994, expired without action after House Republicans adopted an altered bill that stripped the new law of protections exptended to same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native Americans.
Sources: Palmetto Public Record

Pryor, Summey keep council leadership posts
Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor and Vice-Chair Elliott Summey were re-elected to their leadership posts by their colleagues on council at a meeting Thursday.
Sources: Post and Courier

Gullah float to appear in president’s inaugural parade
A float honoring the Lowcountry’s unique Gullah-Geechee culture will be in this month’s inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., recognizing aspects of the culture including sweetgrass baskets and shrimping.
Sources: WSPA-TV/AP

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