Congressman Mark Sanford says the media’s treatment of the government shutdown makes it hard for lawmakers to discuss multiple issues at the same time. Case in point: As Congress juggles handling issues around the Affordable Care Act and the forthcoming debt ceiling vote, Sanford says it’s the appropriations process in general, not Obamacare that started the shutdown, but that’s not exactly what he said in Charleston on Saturday. [Politico, Beaufort Gazette, City Paper]

The State Fair is officially open for business for its two-week run. [The State]

State Senator Hugh Leatherman of Florence says the Upstate has long been passed over for state highway funds in favor of major projects in the Midlands and along the coast. [The State]

The newest State Business Tax Climate Index rates South Carolina the 37th-best business tax climate in the nation, unchanged from last year. [CRBJ]

State Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell recently transferred $250,000 from his state Senate account to his campaign account for lieutenant governor. [The State]

Local web dev firm Blue Acorn is one of a handful of businesses set to relocate to the new Half Mile North development in the NoMo area. [P&C]


Palmetto Railways, the state-owned railroad has purchased the remaining area of the former Noisette development in North Charleston, making the public-private partnership with the city effectively defunct. [CRBJ, P&C]

Speaking of public-private partnerships, the P&C says that the county is reportedly eyeing the idea of such a relationship to establish a school similar to Meeting Street Academy, which provides private-school education to low-income students at little or no cost. [P&C]

Dusten Brown will reportedly break his silence for the first time today since he turned his biological daughter Veronica over to her adoptive parents, Charleston’s Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

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