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After the House failed six times in two days to elect a speaker so that the chamber can get moving, members will try again today starting at noon.

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who has faced a revolt of 20 members needed to push him over the top, reportedly has made more last-minute concessions to hard-right defectors to try to pull together the 218 votes needed to win.

According to The New York Times, “The crisis — the first of its kind since 1923, when it took nine ballots to elect a speaker — has effectively blocked the House from functioning, preventing lawmakers from being sworn in, putting off the adoption of new rules to govern the chamber and making legislative work impossible. It has also highlighted the weakness of Mr. McCarthy.” 

With the GOP having a slight edge over Democrats, he can afford to lose only four GOP votes to win.

In other headlines:

Charleston to improve pedestrian safety downtown. A City of Charleston committee gave its unanimous endorsement to the approval of improving pedestrian safety in downtown Charleston. The proposed plan would create new traffic crossing lights at four locations across downtown.  This action comes just days after a woman in a wheelchair was struck and killed in a traffic accident on East Bay Street.

Charleston Commission on History approves 1919 riot marker. The Charleston Commission on History approved a plaque on a downtown corner marking a 1919 race riot that killed three Black Charleston residents and dozens injured.

Covid update: Over 10K cases recorded in S.C. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a total of 10,481 for the week ending on Dec. 31. The state recorded three Covid deaths during the week.

Patriots Point ‘pay what you can’ weekend returns. Patriots Point will host a “pay what you can” weekend Jan. 7 and 8, where visitors can choose their general admission price and parking fee based on what they can afford.

Advocates try to standardize S.C. flag. Currently, most flag manufacturing companies produce a slightly different flag for South Carolina. However, Newberry County Republican political consultant Scott Malyerck has pushed on trying to standardize the state flag.

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