Crews will soon begin work on initial phases of the trial to test the affects of a proposed dedicated bike lane across the inbound Ashley River Bridge from West Ashley into downtown. Source: P&C

Shot: “South Carolina GOP primary: ‘Bare-knuckle’ politics with a smile” (NPR)

Chaser: “The dirty truth about dirty tricks in South Carolina politics” (City Paper)

Former Pres. George W. Bush will campaign with his brother Jeb in the Palmetto State on Monday in North Charleston. Source: P&C

Yesterday, Upstate Congressman Jeff Duncan managed to wade into political chatter about the Zika virus and abortion, discouraging abortions from mothers affected by the outbreak and downplaying the effects of microcephaly in babies linked to the mosquito-borne virus. Source: P&C

In a debate Thursday night on PBS, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off for the first time since Sanders’ runaway victory in New Hampshire. Throughout much of the debate, Clinton framed Sanders’ proposals as unrealistic. Source: NYT

Ted Cruz’s campaign said this morning that it is pulling a national ad that was airing in S.C. that featured an actress Buzzfeed discovered previously acted in adult films. Source: WaPo, Buzzfeed

SEWE’s opening this marks the unofficial beginning of the tourism season in Charleston. Source: AP

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