After weeks of filibusters and Senate foot-dragging, a party-line Senate cloture vote to begin debate on a Republican proposal to reform roads funding is progress. Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that Senate Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman was holding up the measure because “he will not have reform.” But even the proposal being put forward now does not include the gas tax increase in the House version and is just one-third of what state Transportation leaders say they need. Source: P&C, The State

House Republicans passed the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” yesterday, which prohibits the state from enforcing new federal laws being debated to address the so-called ‘Charleston loophole’ and could place new federal limits on gun rights or requires them to be registered. Source: P&C,

Hillary Clinton has been notching significant primary contest wins, but could an “enthusiasm gap” around Hillary Clinton’s candidacy depress general election turnout? Source: NYT

After Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday wins, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says it may be time for Republicans to rally around Ted Cruz in an effort to concentrate support against Trump. Source: NYT

Remember Dorchester County state Rep. Jenny Horne’s emotional, 11th-hour speech in support of bringing down the Confederate flag last year? Well, yesterday she endorsed Donald Trump for president. The move is a subtle realignment after Congressman Mark Sanford, who she is likely challenging this fall, criticized Trump, saying he wouldn’t support him in the general election. Source: P&C

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