Past and present lawmakers gathered Thursday to pay tribute to Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell’s career in politics with the unveiling of an official portrait in the state Senate. McConnell said earlier this month that he wouldn’t seek re-election and instead pursue the College of Charleston presidency. [The State]

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley delivered his State of the City address Thursday, once again voicing support of the expanded cruise ship terminal downtown and boasting of the city’s booming housing sector. [P&C]

Crews are working to widen the pedestrian walkway between Mount Pleasant and Sullivans Island, doubling the width of the path on the causeway before this summer. [AP]

State Sen. Lee Bright has picked up the endorsement of Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative congressman running for Senate pushing for the impeachment of Pres. Barack Obama. [The State]

The State’s Jamie Self talks with members of the Statehouse who point out that House Speaker Harrell’s grand jury investigation could prove to be a win-win for the first-term attorney general. [The State]

Richland and Darlington Counties make up nearly a third of the 13,000 state-issued photo ID cards given out since state voter ID laws were enacted, with Charleston coming in at third-most with 1,061 issued during that time. [The State]

Grand Strand Congressman Tom Rice’s STOP resolution, which stands for Stop This Overreaching Presidency (I know, right?), got a boost this week with backlash from the president’s State of the Union speech, where many saw his comments as a promise to overstep his executive authority. [Politico]

Officials in some conservative states that are receiving some pushback on Common Core academic standards being put in place across much of the country are working to reframe the subject in more localized terms, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reiterating to a gathering of GOP women recently, “We want to education South Carolina children on South Carolina standards, not anyone else’s standards.” [WaPo]

Meanwhile, Charleston officials say they’ll hold a series of public meetings on Common Core. [P&C]

From NYT Mag, two weeks ahead of House of Cards Valentine’s Day season two debut: “The Post-Hope Politics of ‘House of Cards’” [NYT Magazine]