Haley on sequestration: “This is not rocket science”
In Washington, D.C. for the annual National Governors Association meeting, Gov. Nikki Haley challenged Congress to find a solution to avoid budget cuts set to kick in this year, saying “My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget. This is not rocket science.”
Sources: SC Radio Network, Politico, Myrtle Beach Sun News, Post and Courier
Related: Charleston Navy base closure 20 years ago had bigger impact than sequester (P&C)

SC-1: Turner takes the gloves off, Sanford says “I do have my strengths”
Republican candidate in the 1st District Teddy Turner released an ad today with a sleezy actor sipping cognac apologizing for excessive spending and “all the mistakes I’ve made,” a thinly-veiled attack on former Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair-tainted final years in office. The P&C profiles a contrite Sanford in its ongoing series of looks at the candidates in the special election.
Sources: Politico, Post and Courier

S.C. electeds sign climate pledge
A series of South Carolina politicians have signed a new climate pledge put forward by the group Americans for Prosperity, financed by wealthy politically-conserviative Koch brothers.
Sources: Charleston City Paper

Gullah-Geechee plan now in Park Service’s hands
The fate of a 272-page proposed management report on the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor, a national designation a decade in the making, now rests with the National Park Service.
Sources: AP

ACLU plans rally for Voting Rights Act at S.C. Statehouse
American Civil Liberties Union activists plan to rally at the Statehouse today in support of the Voting Rights Act, which is set to go before the Supreme Court of the U.S. this week. Section 5 of the act outlines federal purview over changes to election laws in a series of southern states, including South Carolina.
Sources: AP

Obama to meet wiht McCain, Graham on immigration
The president will meet with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain in the coming days to discuss ongoing efforts at national immigration reform. This comes after weeks of both McCain and Graham using defense secretary confirmation process to sharply criticize the president for his handling of the 9/11/12 attacks in Libya.
Sources: Washington Post/AP