State Sen. Marlon Kimpson tells the Post and Courier that he believes that Daniel Ravenel was given and up-or-down vote by Sen. Larry Grooms as he waved a copy of “Fun Home” in front of the state Senate because of his less-than-complete support for Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. [P&C]

Also on Wednesday, state House members backed off a proposal for a merger of College of Charleston and MUSC. [P&C]

The New York Times looks at federal proposals to increase the minimum wage compared to what 45 states with their own minimum wages require. South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a state minimum wage. [NYT]

State environmental regulators have warned Duke Energy over violation of rules designed to protect the Saluda River from coal ash at the company’s Anderson County coal-fired power plant. [Greenville News]

State Democrats announced Wednesday that Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be their keynote speaker at their convention in early May. [The State]

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen unveiled a new web ad attacking Gov. Nikki Haley’s education policy on Wednesday. [Sheheen Facebook]

Rick Brundrett at the Policy Council looks at more than $45,000 in unreimbursed gifts received by Gov. Nikki Haley over last year, according to a new income disclosure statement filed this week. [The Nerve]

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