Last night’s Iowa caucuses wrapped up with a surprise result on the Republican side: Ted Cruz on top, with Donald Trump and Marco Rubio a few points behind in 2nd and 3rd. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton barely eked out a win over Bernie Sanders. The candidates move on to New Hampshire next, where Trump and Sanders had comfortable leads heading into last night’s opening contest. Finishing toward the back of the pack in their respective parties, Mike Huckabee announced he’d leave the GOP race and Martin O’Malley said he would suspend his stuck-in-third place Democratic campaign. Source: Politico, WaPo, AP

Today, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said he’ll endorse Marco Rubio, who is polling in third in S.C., behind Trump and Cruz. Source: P&C

Anderson Independent Mail column: “Presidential hopefuls will flock to South Carolina this month — and then not return”

Two Charleston Aviation Authority staffers were fired yesterday, a week after they filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming they were punished for pointing out spending irregularities and deviations from policy. The group’s attorney says the workers don’t get the legal protection normally granted to whistleblowersbecause the details in pair’s claims don’t amount to wrongdoing. Source: P&C

Florence Republican state Rep. Phillip Lowe wants to give permission for teachers and other school employees permission to carry guns on campus. Source: WIS-TV

With continued development in the Charleston area, one recent study raises questions over pollution in runoff ponds now common in heavily built-up subdivisions. Source: P&C

If you missed it over the weekend: P&C’s Paul Bowers looks at schools formerly labeled as “at risk” under No Child Left Behind after the Bush-era policy which was widely regarded as burdensome to local schools and education policymakers. Source: P&C

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