[image-1]The Ready for Hillary crowd is quietly taking the temperature on the former first lady and secretary of state’s chances in S.C.’s 2016 Democratic primary. On the right, former Arkansas governor turned talk radio host Mike Huckabee is “keeping the door open” to another run in ’16. [P&C, NYT]

State Sen. Lee Bright is downplaying the impact of debt he reported in his most recent elections report, blaming government regulation for his trucking business’ failure. [G’ville News]

Former federal commerce department and Hodges administration official Rick Wade announced that he’ll seek the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott next year. [P&C]

State Superintendent Mick Zais announced Friday that he won’t seek another term as the head of the state’s schools. [The State, P&C]

Defense Department officials say that after a standoff over same-sex marriage regulations, all states, including S.C., are in compliance with federal rules governing the allocation of marriage benefits to same-sex couples in states with laws against gay marriage. [NYT]

Charleston developer Pat McKinney, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has gotten the endorsement of Congressman Mick Mulvaney. Sitting Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is said to be weighing whether he’ll run for re-election. [The State]
While CofC officials say they’re

While CofC officials say they’re still interested and are meeting with CSOL officials, Charleston School of Law says they’re moving forward with plans to be acquired by InfiLaw. [P&C]

The MUSC board voted Friday to move forward with plans for a $350 million build-out that will include a women’s and children’s hospital to open by 2020. [P&C, CRBJ]

A North Charleston woman charged in the stabbing death of her boyfriend near their Park Circle-area home has been granted immunity in the case under state “stand your ground” laws. [P&C]

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