Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign, which launches today in the Upstate, is predicting an easy victory against her former and future Democratic opponent State Senator Vincent Sheheen. In response to Haley’s announcement, which brings Govs. Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Rick Perry (TX) to the state, the Democratic Governors Association released a short web ad entitled, “Glitch,” highlighting what they see as the governor’s failings during her first term. [The State]
Ann Coulter stopped at Karen Floyd’s “Bridging the Gap” event at Memminger Auditorium on Saturday. Unfortunately (surprisingly?), she didn’t say anything crazy. [P&C]
Jim DeMint, now at the Heritage Foundation, continues to challenge Republicans to show their conservative bona fides at any cost on everything-Obamacare. [McClatchy]
The State’s Buzz column talks with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul ahead of his visit this week to Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Upstate barbecue. On his second trip to the state in as many months, Paul remains uncommitted to any South Carolina barbecue sauce or even on whether he prefers beef vs. pork. C’mon, man. Paul, along with fellow tea party darling Ted Cruz of Texas, also told Politico that they’ll likely remain uncommitted in South Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate primary challenge against Lindsey Graham.
Speaking of Graham, over the weekend he called for “limited military action” in Syria in reaction to President Bashar Assad’s reported use of chemical weapons against his own people. [NPR]
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers CEO Steven Tanger said during a recent visit to Charleston that the North Charleston outlet center is in the top 25% of the company’s locations. [P&C]
Shrimp might be rising in price everywhere else in the U.S. in response to shrinking Asian supply, but Lowcountry shrimpers have reportedly not seen the payout others have. [P&C]
The New York Times takes a look at Columbia’s controversial proposal that critics say effectively criminalizes homelessness in the center cit; The State covers the NYT’s coverage; and the Free Times examines whether all the hoopla is really deserved. [NYT, State, Free Times]