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As we reported yesterday, former S.C. State Superintendent Mick Zais has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ second in command. One local public schools advocate called Zais “most unqualified” and a state senator called him “close to being a disaster,” but U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, who will vote to confirm Zais, sent messages of support to the one-term ex-schools chief. Source: P&C, McCatchy

Looking ahead at immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he has “never felt better about the Dream Act” than right now. (Just a few weeks ago, he said the same thing about his ill-fated Obamacare repeal effort.) Source: P&C, The Guardian

But today, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing hard for the Senate to pass a 20-week abortion ban, a proposal supported by conservative groups and already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Vox says the proposal is “not based on accepted science.” Source: The Hill, Vo

In congressional news: U.S. Reps. Tom Rice has a new Democratic challenger in retired Army helicopter pilot and Vietnam veteran Bruce Fischer. And Rep. Ralph Norman may once again go against Archie Parnell, to whom he narrowly lost in a special election in the 5th District earlier this year. Source: The State, Rock Hill Herald

Greenville County residents may soon see driverless taxis s part of a new $4 million grant to help develop a first-of-a-kind “automated taxi” system. Source: Greenville News

The AP reports that a recent expansion by Giti Tire in Richburg puts S.C. on pace to become the ‘king of tires.’ Source: AP

When asked this week, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley says her national championship team was never invited to the White House after winning the NCAA title, but says that she’s “over the White House thing.” Source: P&C

Vice President Mike Pence has refuted an NBC News report that he questioned UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s value to the Trump administration. That story also included a report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson considered resigning over the summer and called President Trump a “moron.” A press rep refuted that report, but Tillerson never did. Source: P&C