Today, the state’s high court takes up a suit filed by the Coastal Conservation League and Preservation Society of Charleston alleging that cruise operations out of downtown Charleston constitutes a public nuisance and violation of zoning ordinances. [AP]

The Aiken Standard today profiles the rare and elusive Richard Cash, an Anderson resident and the least scrutinzed of the three dozen candidates challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsety Graham in next year’s Republican primary. [Aiken Standard]

Today on The Nerve, the S.C. Policy Council’s investigative reporting arm, looks at nearly $70 million in travel spending by state agencies. Universities dot the top 10: Clemson ($12.36M), USC ($11.78M), CofC ($6.18M), MUSC ($5.99M), DHEC ($5.99M). [The Nerve]

Sen. Vincent Sheheen got a break late Monday when Republican Leighton Lord said on a conference call set up to criticize Sheheen that he supported the senator’s legislation that would remove the appearance of impropriety in situations involving lawyer-legislators arguing cases in front of judges they recommended for appointment. Haley and Sheheen have traded barbs over the weekend on allegations about the other’s ethics while in office. [AP, P&C]

The governor heads out to Scottsdale, Arizona later this week for the annual Republican Governors Association meeting. [The State]

The State Ports Authority delivers their annual State of the Ports address today. [AP]

The Charleston County legislative delegation says it will move quickly to fill the vacancy left by departing county school board member John Barter, with plans to appoint a fill-in in December that would serve until November 2014. [P&C]

State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis admitted to being “steamed” over the weekend as he tweeted criticism of the governor’s awarding of the Order of the Palmetto to Lady Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley, apparently passing over Ashley Hall principal Mary Schweers for the honor. In a press conference at the College of Charleston Monday, Haley called Stavrinakis’ objections “tasteless.” CP managing editor Chris Haire gave his $0.02 yesterday saying the rep was “playing politics” with the occasion. [P&C, ABC News 4 Twitter, CP]