The Democratic Governor’s Association has cut a seasonally-appropriate ad spotlighting a handful of GOP governors, including Gov. Nikki Haley, saying their Republican policies will be “dead on arrival” in 2014. [YouTube]

State Attorney General Alan Wilson, speaking to the Sumter TEAvangelical Patriots (just let that sink in for a sec…), compared the federal government to the amorphous antagonist in the 1958 film “The Blob,” saying, “The federal government is like the Blob… I see myself like Steve McQueen,” he said, “and I’d like to drop Congress into the Arctic.” [The State]

Reflecting on the government shutdown, Congressman Mark Sanford says he thinks Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was relatively quiet during the whole thing, came out smelling like a rose compared to Ted Cruz. [P&C]

Speaking of Sanford, his fiance, Maria Belen Chapur ‘broke her silence’ recently, speaking with an Argentine internet TV outfit about the nature of hers and the congressman’s relationship now that he’s back in elected office. [The State]

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is teasing campaign stops in support of challengers to some GOP candidates, including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, posting on Facebook over the weekend that she would “start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina.” Guess she’s been brushing up on her geography. [The Hill, Facebook]

The American College of the Building Arts is looking to relocate from the Old City Jail to a more practical facility. [AP]

Westboro Baptist Church activists are threatening to protest an event tonight at the College of Charleston where the mother of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was killed in 1998, is planning to speak on her work to raise awareness for hate crimes and discrimination based on sexual orientation. [P&C, AP]

Second Sunday will add two additional Sundays in December in an effort to boost local retailers’ holiday sales. [P&C]

Keith Summey wants developers in talks to buy the Shipwatch Square shopping center and former Naval Hospital to close on the deal by the end of the year or Summey says the city will take the developers’ $1 million deposit and look for another partner. [P&C]

It’s about time for fall colors to start appearing in the Upstate. [AP]

The State profiles newly sworn-in Charleston state Senator Marlon Kimpson: “From Gressette’s fields to the Gressette Building,” referring to one of the Statehouse office buildings named for a state senator for whom Kimpson’s family used to work as sharecroppers. [The State]

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