Graham – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who faces re-election next year, has over $5.4 million in his campaign bank account, second only to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, which Politico says is an indicator of Graham’s substantial self-grown poltiical strength, a double-edged sword since his visibility and outspokenness is also the reason for a vocal block of critics. Graham is facing a primary challenge from three potential challengers, two of whom haven’t held political office before. Graham and junior Sen. Tim Scott disagreed in a vote (CRBJ) this week over tax changes that would make internet retailers pay the same sales taxes as brick-and-mortar stores.
Deconstructing SC-1 – NYT columnist Paul Krugman (on his “Conscience of a Liberal” blog, FWIW) “get it” too, when asked about Sanford’s win, he predicted that “He’ll vote right.” Roll Call takes a look at the team behind Sanford’s campaign.
Sanfords – Today’s much-anticipated family court hearing over a trespassing complaint leveled by former First Lady Jenny Sanford against the congressman-elect was called off yesterday after the two reportedly settled out of court.
Chas. home sales – Home sales in the Charleston area are up 11.2% in the past year, one point higher than the national average according to the latest reports from real estate firm CoreLogic.
Johns Island TIF – Charleston County Council voted unanimously against moving forward with the proposed Kiawah River Plantation at its meeting on Tuesday night. Beach Co. says it could bring back a reworked plan in the future.