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Graham – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who faces re-election next year, has over $5.4 million in his campaign bank account, second only to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, which Politico says is an indicator of Graham’s substantial self-grown poltiical strength, a double-edged sword since his visibility and outspokenness is also the reason for a vocal block of critics. Graham is facing a primary challenge from three potential challengers, two of whom haven’t held political office before. Graham and junior Sen. Tim Scott disagreed in a vote (CRBJ) this week over tax changes that would make internet retailers pay the same sales taxes as brick-and-mortar stores.

Deconstructing SC-1 – NYT columnist Paul Krugman (on his “Conscience of a Liberal” blog, FWIW) takes a realisitic look at what the 1st District’s vote for Mark Sanford really means: “S.C. voters get it.” In Congress, little matters other than party affiliation. Giving ex-Mass. Sen. Scott Brown as an example, who went to the Senate as a “nice guy” without a particularly strong Republican tilt, but who went on to be a reliabile R vote during the razor’s edge debate over health reform. Former Senate “Kingmaker” Jim DeMint seems to “get it” too, when asked about Sanford’s win, he predicted that “He’ll vote right.” Roll Call takes a look at the team behind Sanford’s campaign.

Sanfords – Today’s much-anticipated family court hearing over a trespassing complaint leveled by former First Lady Jenny Sanford against the congressman-elect was called off yesterday after the two reportedly settled out of court.

Chas. home sales – Home sales in the Charleston area are up 11.2% in the past year, one point higher than the national average according to the latest reports from real estate firm CoreLogic.

Johns Island TIF – Charleston County Council voted unanimously against moving forward with the proposed Kiawah River Plantation at its meeting on Tuesday night. Beach Co. says it could bring back a reworked plan in the future.

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