Charleston voters will choose the city’s first mayor in 40 years today, choosing in the final runoff election between businessman John Tecklenburg and state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis. Source: P&C

P&C columnist Frank Wooten has some words of advice for the next mayor: “Mayors here have staying power” Source: P&C

After initially saying there was no need for South Carolina to join a growing list of states standing against the resettlement of Syrian refugees, the governor changed her tune later in the day on Monday. Source: WYFF, P&C

Speaking in Myrtle Beach over the weekend, Republican candidate for president Ted Cruz told a crowd that the U.S. should reject Islamic Syrian refugees, but should provide sanctuary to Christians fleeing persecution. Cruz also spoke Monday at College of Charleston, and in an interview warned CNN’s Dana Bash of the danger of “Muslims pretending to be Christians” seeking refuge. Source: WaPo, New Yorker, CNN

A civil suit has been filed in federal court against an Horry County restaurant owner, alleging the man beat and harassed a mentally-handicapped black employee, holding him in conditions that amounted to slavery for years. Source: P&C

The governor announced the One South Carolina fund yesterday, which she says will fill in gaps in flood relief after governmental work restoring infrastructure is finished. Source: AP, P&C

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