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In what may be the worst-kept political secret this year, former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham says he’s running as a Democratic candidate for governor. Cunningham, who lives in Charleston, said he plans to fight for policies such as expanding Medicaid, raising the minimum wage and passing police reform. An announcement is planned for today.

Cunningham represented South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District for one term after being the first Democrat in decades to win the seat in 2018.  He lost a re-election bid in November to Republican Nancy Mace. More: The Post and Courier.

Also in today’s headlines:

S.C. Senate to debate $10 billion budget beginning Tuesday. South Carolina senators will debate a bigger-than-expected state budget beginning Tuesday. It includes a 2 percent raise for state employees and a $1,000 raise for all teachers. More: Associated Press.  Also see  Statehouse Report: Clock winds down on legislature as budget debate starts.

Clyburn fined $5,000 for dodging security screening. The No. 3 House Democratic leader, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, has been fined $5,000 after Capitol Police reported he avoided being screened before entering the House chamber, the House Ethics Committee said Friday. More: Associated Press.

S.C. colleges looking to rename some buildings, action unlikely. Some schools’ decisions expressed their wishes to lawmakers, who under the Heritage Act have the final say on such changes. Problem is that no lawmaker has introduced proposals to change any of the names.  More: The Post and Courier.

Top manufacturing jobs in S.C. growing fast, face worker shortage. Education leaders are looking for ways to reverse enrollment declines at S.C.’s technical colleges as manufacturers call for highly skilled workers. More: The Post and Courier.