SC-1 – As Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch enter the final week of the tightening special election campaign (The State), Colbert Busch is embarking on a bus tour of the 1st District and Mark Sanford is getting some help from an independent expenditure (Roll Call) in the form of TV ads which go on the air today. Both candidates are playing the numbers game, working to turn out as many (P&C) of their potential supporters as possible on Tuesday, but state Sen. Larry Grooms (AP), one of the 15 candidates beaten by Sanford in the GOP primary, endorsed Sanford Thursday, telling his followers to not follow the suggestion of a grassroots campaign urging voters to write in his name.

Capt. Sam’s Spit – The state Supreme Court has agreed to rehear (P&C) the Capt. Sam’s Spit case over an access-road sea wall, a key element of a proposed development on the Kiawah Island site. The proposal was the subject of a City Paper feature earlier this year.

TIF – Charleston County Council voted against (P&C) advancing with a plan for a tax-increment finance district at the Beach Company’s Kiawah River Plantation, likely killing plans for the public assistance plan.

Boland Bill – Gov. Nikki Haley says she will sign the so-called “Boland Bill,” approved after the attempted shooting incident at Ashley Hall earlier this year. The bill, spearheaded by state reps including Charleston-area legislators Paul Thurmond and Leon Stavrinakis seeks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Robert Ford – The state Senate Ethics Committee accused (AP) Charleston Sen. Robert Ford of altering campaign finance documents (P&C) before turning them over to the committee.

2016 already? – Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will be in Columbia tonight (WaPo) to speak at their respective parties’ state conventions, marking the unofficial start (State) of the 2016 South Carolina presidential primary.

777X – Boeing officials are teasing details (P&C) about manufacture and assembly plans for the company’s new 777X jumbo jet, including the possibility of N. Charleston’s Boeing campus getting involved.

TODAY – If you somehow forgot to tune in for the final hour of TODAY yesterday and this morning, here are some clips. Be sure to watch for cameos from Peninsula Grill Chef Graham Dailey, County Councilman Elliott Summey, Tony the Peanut Man, and the College of Charleston cheerleaders with the obligatory “CO-UG-ARS” cheer for Kathie Lee and Hoda.

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