A poll commissioned and distributed by Leon Stavrinakis’ campaign for mayor says the Charleston state rep has a big lead in the crowded race, up 14 points over his closest opponent, commercial real estate agent John Tecklenburg. But 35 percent of the 404 person sample remain undecided. Source: LeonforMayor.com

Speaking in Greenville yesterday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham “out of control” and then called a woman on stage to pull on his hair to prove it was real. (She did “inspect” the Trump’s bouffant, but did not pull on it.) Source: NYT

After a protracted decision-making process, some Democratic insiders are now saying that Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president. Behind the scenes, with no other candidate in the race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to strengthen her network of support in early primary states. Source: Politico, WaPo

OK, last Carowinds news for a while: The park announced this week that it was dramatically increasing the size of its water park. They recently tore down the landmark Thunder Road coaster to make room for the expansion. Source: Charlotte Observer

Wal-Mart says it will stop selling some military-style assault rifles in its stores. The decision, company officials say, is more market driven than politically driven, and that they will increase offerings of hunting-related weapons. Either way, no more AR-15s for sale at Wal-Mart. Source: NYT

Seven weeks after the Confederate flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds and NCAA boycotts in the state were lifted, officials with the Medal of Honor Bowl announced yesterday that the event will shift from an all-start format to a traditional bowl game matching up two schools to play at the Citadel. Source: P&C, AP

Mount Pleasant is the latest local government taking steps to regulate short-term rentals like those managed through Airbnb. Source: P&C

Crews are reportedly ahead of schedule on work to convert Cannon and Spring Streets from busy one-way arterial roads to two-way neighborhood streets.

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