South Carolina’s resident Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker over the weekend: “Out on the hustings, people often ask me: ‘Can you explain South Carolina?’ I just shake my head. It’s complicated, I say.”

Former Pres. George W. Bush spoke yesterday in North Charleston in support of his brother Jeb, the first time the ex-president has appeared on the campaign trail. Opening the speech, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told a supportive crowd, “This is Bush country!” Source: Live 5

Speaking at Hanahan City Hall yesterday, Donald Trump said he’d keep the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay open. Hanahan’s naval brig is reportedly on the short list of alternate sites if Gitmo is closed. Trump also continued his criticism of Gov. Nikki Haley, saying she’s been weak on issues related to Gitmo and Syrian refugees. Haley spokesperson Rob Godfrey responded: “Donald Trump would be wise to know the facts before he discusses serious issues affecting South Carolinians.” Source: P&C, The State

Politico says Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is ‘dazzling crowds’ in South Carolina after a lackluster finish in New Hampshire. A new PPP poll puts Rubio in third, well behind Trump and Ted Cruz. Source: Politico, PPP

A bill by Orangeburg state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter has drafted a bill that would repeal the state’s anti-union right-to-work law and raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Source: AP

Boeing has donated an additional $100,000 to Allen University in Columbia to help pay for the restoration of Chappelle Auditorium in honor of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Boeing previously gave $250,000 to the project last summer. Source: P&C

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