Haley in 2011 | File photo.

Former S.C. Gov. and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to announce a presidential bid on Feb. 15 making her the first major GOP candidate to challenge former President Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post, “Haley could release a video signaling her decision as soon as this week, a strategy, as described by multiple people briefed on the plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly, intended to drive attendance and enthusiasm for an in-person announcement event in the coming weeks.”

An email invitation soon going out to supporters reportedly invites them to a Feb. 15 event at The Shed at the Charleston Visitors Center.

In a recent tweet, Haley said, “It’s time for a new generation. It’s time for new leadership. And it’s time to take our country back. America is worth the fight — and we’re just getting started.”

CP OPINION: Defend democracy now, more than ever

“As anti-abortion zealots in the South Carolina General Assembly ramp up yet another effort to take away rights of the state’s women, we need to critically examine continuing threats to our democracy and figure out ways to thwart authoritarian forces that want to weaken our freedoms. We need to start electing leaders who will shift toward the center, not the political extremes where the downward spiral of polarization spins faster and deeper with every election.”

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MURDAUGH: Wife’s cell phone was active, then silent, agent testifies. At the end of the seventh day of trial in the double murder case against disbarred Hampton lawyer Alex Murdaugh, an agent testified that his wife’s cell phone was active and then went silent. The defense disputed the agent’s interpretation.

GOP senator’s allegations on court race irk colleagues. S.C. Sen. Sandy Senn, R-Charleston, is being criticized by some in her party for comments related to the election of a new justice for the state Supreme Court.

Where F&B workers in Charleston say to eat. Want to know cool new places to eat? Check out where food and bev staff in Charleston is going.

IAAM announces education, outreach programs. The International African American Museum offered a look at programs and more that it will offer before it opens later this year.

Charleston Co. releases affordable housing plan. Take a look at the county’s long anticipated affordable housing plan.

Pickleball picks up popularity in South Carolina. A deep dive into why Pickeball is growing — big — in popularity.

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