No need to squint, that really is a photo of Lindsey Graham and Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson. Willie, a resident of the West Monroe, Louisiana was invited by Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister. Korie, also a Louisianan, was invited by South Carolina U.S. Senator and Republican primary candidate Lindsey Graham. [The State]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham reacting to Obama on Iran after last night’s State of the Union: “The world is literally about to blow up.” [Roll Call]

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott invited MUSC federal liaison Pat Votava to join him for the address. [P&C]

The State has a round-up of South Carolina lawmakers’ reactions to last night’s State of the Union. Despite a low battery, Rep. Jeff Duncan successfully managed to live-tweet the speech. [The State]

For the first time in over a decade, the South Carolina unemployment rate (6.6%) is lower than the national jobless rate (6.7%). [P&C, AP]

After last night’s winter storm, over 7,000 were left without power this morning in the Charleston area. [Live 5]

As he navigates a tricky divorce, Beaufort state Rep. Andy Patrick said yesterday that he would pull out of the race for state superintendent and leave politics after his term is over. [Beaufort Gazette]

An environmental group has reached an agreement with a Aiken County potato farmer and will drop the suit against the large farm. Under the agreement, the farm will dramatically scale back the amount of water it draws from local waterways for irrigation. [The State]

CODEPINK co-founder Madea Benjamin is scheduled to speak tonight at the Unitarian Church, hosted by the Carolina Peace Resource Center. [P&C]

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