Good news, everyone! A state law that prevents a business from opening more than three liquor stores in the state has been ruled unconstitutional. Source: SC Radio

P&C headline: “Renegade South Carolina state senators kill effort to bring gas tax bill up for debate”

Gov. Henry McMaster is also opposing the gas tax, saying this week that there is “a lot of money in the state.”

Lawyers for Joey Meek say that he will appeal his 27 month sentence. Source: AP

Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley has been tapped to lead the United Nations World Food Program. Source: AP

Suspended S.C. Senator John Courson, indicted recently on ethics charges, will remain free after a bond hearing Wednesday. Source: AP

The State Ports Authority has suspended dealings with Richard Quinn, the consultant named in the Courson indictment. The firm has paid Quinn and his businesses more than $2.6 million since 2009. Source: P&C

62 percent: The portion of Americans polled who give a ‘thumbs down’ to the Republican administration’s failed health care overhaul. Source: AP

Congressman Trey Gowdy says he asked Speaker Paul Ryan for the chance to work on something that was important, but not political. That task was to head up the Benghazi select committee. Source: McClatchy

This week in S.C. nuclear projects: Westinghouse, the company overseeing the VC Summer nuclear power plant expansion, declared bankruptcy. And Fluor, the contractor on the project, has filed a $60 million lien against SCE&G. Reuters headline yesterday: “Westinghouse Woes Could Raise Power Bills in Georgia, South Carolina.” Source: NYT, Aiken Standard, Reuters

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