“Like the relative who doesn’t show up for Thanksgiving dinner,” incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was the main topic of conversation at last night’s debate between Democratic challenger Brad Hutto and independent petition candidate Thomas Ravenel. [AP, The State]

Still need your debate fix? Watch the five candidates for governor duke it out on stage tonight at Charleston Southern in the first of two televised debates hosted by the Post and Courier. You’ll have to watch it on ETV though, since tickets to the 1,500 seat auditorium are not available to the public, only to the respective campaigns. [P&C, AP, ETV]

Cheap shot of the day courtesy of Haley spokesperson Rob Godfrey on Brad Hutto:


You’ll be happy to know that both MUSC and Roper passed DHEC Director Catherine Templeton undercover test on Sunday night, when she went into both hospitals unannounced posing as a potential Ebola patient to test their preparedness in case a potential case walked through their doors. NY health officials staged similar drills last week. [P&C, NYDN]

The temp worker who serves as the right-hand to Secretary of State Mark Hammond may not get benefits, but he does get paid more than $83,000 a year, according to The State. The man, who has reportedly technically worked for the office as a temporary worker for 12 years, is usually in the office two days a week, sits in on meetings when Hammond can’t make it, does research, and is sometimes his bosses driver, also doesn’t show up in the state salary database. [The State]

A proposal to build a new Kiawah Island municipal complex could displace the local Rosebank Farms stand, the area’s only full-time farm stand to close. [P&C]

Some Lowcountry boaters are concerned that the closing of the Coast Guard’s Charleston-based rescue chopper base will negatively impact response times to distress situations. [HH Island Packet]

Crews will begin disassembling the Sergeant Jasper apartment building this week to make way for a new mixed-use Beach Company development. [Live 5]

A drunken 20-year old man reportedly assaulted several workers at Scarowinds (the spooked-up version of Carowinds) while walking through a haunted maze Saturday night. [Rock Hill Herald]