Charleston group opposes move to put cops in N. Charleston schools
A group called Citizens United for Public Schools, which includes the local NAACP and Lowcountry Justice Commission, says a decision by North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey to begin placing local cops in elementary schools was “hasty, ill-advised and possibly injurious,” and have organized a community meeting to discuss how best to secure all Charleston County schools. This comes a few days after School Board Member Elizabeth Moffly challenged the decision over questions of authority.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Moffly questions N. Charleston’s authority in placing cops in schools

Graham is the lone S.C. Repub. to vote in favor of ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was forced into explaining his ‘yes’ vote on ‘fiscal cliff’ measures designed to combat a series of tax changes (and extended metaphor) that will raise taxes for the richest Americans while avoiding hikes for the majority of taxpayers. Graham was the lone Republicanto vote for the legislation.
Sources: The State
Related: York County’s unemployed upset at ‘fiscal cliff’ deal (Rock Hill Herald)
S.C. House members oppose tax compromise (S’burg Herald-Journal)

Scott, Rice assume new Congressional roles
Newly-elected Congressman Tom Rice, the first to represent the state’s 7th Congressional District, will be sworn into the U.S. House on Thursday, as will Tim Scott, who was appointed to take over the seat vacated by Jim DeMint at the end of 2012.
Sources: Associated Press
Related: Date set for SC-1 special election (The State/AP)

Former Gov. Dick Riley turns 80
Dick Riley, former Democratic Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education under Pres. Bill Clinton who challenged conventional Democratic politics during his political career spanning from the 1960s—2001, turns 80 years old today.
Sources: The State

Charleston County sheriff’s credit publicity campaigns for few New Year’s DUIs
Local law enforcement believes that their stepped up public messages about the negative consequences for being popped for DUI contributed to just 13 arrests being made for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve night.
Sources: Post and Courier

Pryor likely to remain chair of Charleston County Council
Charleston County Council will elect leadership positions at its meeting today, but officials believe the existing leadership structure will remain, with Chairman Teddie Pryor and Vice-Chair Elliott Summey holding onto their positions for the fifth and fourth-consecutive year, respectively.
Sources: Post and Courier

Flu season claims its first Charleston-area patient
An otherwise healthy 73-year old James Island woman is believed to have been the first local flu patient to die from this year’s round of the virus, which is said to be hitting the area earlier and harder than normal.
Sources: S.C. Radio Network, Post and Courier