International cruise ship industry meeting in town this week
A gathering of cruise industry representatives from around the world will meet in Charleston this week to discuss the impact of cruise ships on historic cities. The conference is called, “Harboring Tourism: A Symposium on Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities.”
Sources: USA Today/AP, Post and Courier
Related: Holy City not likely to get biggest cruise ships (P&C)

Clyburn puts a stop to cabinet rumors
Despite support he’s receiving from the Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn put a halt to rumors that he was seriously being put forward as a possibility to become the next Transportation Secretary.
Sources: The Hill

Town hall meeting tonight will discuss tax plan to boost policing
A public meeting tonight will allow residents to give their input on a proposal that would raise taxes to fund an expansion of police in Charleston elementary schools and popular nightlife districts.
Sources: Post and Courier

With a primary challenger, Graham re-election bid will draw national attention
While it was long-suspected that state Sen. Tom Davis would challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014, with Davis saying last week that he wouldn’t challenge Graham, the field is open to conservatives looking to unseat Graham.
Sources: Columbia Free Times

Bill put forward that would create agency, oversight over IT issues
A bill put forward by state Sen. Kevin Bryant, who led a finance subcommittee inquiry into the Dept. of Revenue’s hacking incident last year, proposed a bill that would create a state Department of Information Security that would report to the governor and establish statewide policies for computer security.
Sources: Associated Press
Related: State considers longer state monitoring for 6M+ hacking victims (The State)

State Rep. Sellers arrested on drunk driving charges in October
State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Denmark acknowledged media reports Wednesday that he was arrested in October on I-77 between Columbia and Charlotte.
Sources: Post and Courier, WIS-TV, AP

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