When Gov. Nikki Haley is sworn in on Wednesday, there won’t be a poem read, as is customary, by S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth after the governor’s inaugural committee told Wentworth there simply wasn’t time to read the poem. Statehouse Report’s Andy Brack has done the math and figures it would take about 140 seconds to read Wentworth’s poem, “One River, One Boat” aloud. Source: P&C, The State, Statehouse Report

State legislators are paid $10,400 for their duties as elected officials, but The State reports that the average take-home pay for lawmakers, including reimbursements for expenses, comes to over $30,000. Source: The State

Gov. Nikki Haley’s final campaign haul, according to ethics reports: $8.4 million. Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen brought in $3.7 million and lost by 14.5 percent in November’s general election. Independent petition candidate Tom Ervin brought in $5.4 million, much of it self-financed, before he dropped out and backed Sheheen. Source: The State

Steps away from the Silk Hope Plantation site of last week’s conservation announcement between the State Ports Authority, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, and the Coastal Conservation League sits the exotic big game trophy room of former SPA board member and bank exec Bob Royall. Source: P&C

Crews have begun cutting down trees along I-26 outside Charleston recently, sending hundreds of trees to the sawmill from the 11-mile stretch between Summerville and I-95. Source: P&

After buying a property on Rivers Avenue below market value at $950,000 on December 29, Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey and sold it the next day for $1.5 million to a holding company owned by Donald R. Johnson of Southeastern Spine Institute. Reached for comment, Summey, who is the son of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and was installed as chairman last week, revealed to P&C reporter Diane Knich the whole point of real estate: “The whole point of real estate is to buy low and sell high.” Source: P&C

The S.C. State Insurance Reserve Fund is paying $1.2 million to the family of a mentally-disabled man who died in state corrections custody from a heart attack and hypothermia after being kept naked in isolation for 11 days. Source: G’ville News

The State lists new Charleston state Rep. Mary Tinkler as “one to watch” in the upcoming legislative session, which begins this week. Source: The State

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