SC-1: Sanford goes on the air, Hoffman sets out to ‘maintain identity of the nation,’ Colbert-Busch says brother won’t overshadow race

Former Gov. Mark Sanford released his first TV ad for the SC-1 campaign today, which includes a reference to recent ‘mistakes,’ that he says he’s learned about ‘grace and a God of second chances’; Politico, Washington Post, and the AP give a profile of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who says her funnyman little brother won’t overshadow her campaign; and CP’s Paul Bowers talks to Republican candidate Jeff Hoffman, who says he’s fighting for the ‘identity of the nation’ during a recent discussion on immigration.
Sources: SC-1 contender Hoffman: ‘We need to maintain the identity of the nation’ (City Paper)
Colbert may give big sister’s campaign a boost (The State/WaPo), NYT/AP, Politico
Sanford YouTube spot
Teddy Turner quick to point out he’s not his liberal father (Politico)

Paul Thurmond adopts ‘no-door’ policy
Charleston state Senator Paul Thurmond has made the decision to remove the door from his Columbia office, saying “I don’t think I need to have private conversations in the public’s office.”
Sources: The State

Ashley Hall gun incident sparks state, national talk on gun and mental health laws
The February 4 incident outside Ashley Hall School downtown has prompted lawmakers in Columbia and Washington to take action on gun laws related to access to guns by those with a history of mental illness
Sources: Charleston City Paper
Related: Why don’t state mental health records make it to federal database? (The State/Beaufort Gazette)

Promising Southeastern Wildlife Expo marks informal beginning to tourism season
Despite cold rains late Saturday, exhibitors and organizers say they believe this year’s SEWE may have been the biggest in the event’s 30-year history.
Sources: Post and Courier

State DOT will cut down trees along dangerous stretch of I-26
The state transportation agency has said it will remove the trees which line the median of I-26 from Summerville to I-95. The trees have been attributed to deadly accidents along the roadway.
Sources: Post and Courier

Voting Rights Act headed to Supreme Court
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which grants the federal government some authority over voting laws in most southern states including South Carolina, will go before the Supreme Court at the end of the month.
Sources: New York Times

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