A CofC study shows that Charleston hospitality and restaurant workers, only 20 percent of whom live downtown, are overburdened by the cost of parking near downtown’s high-end entertainment districts. Source: P&C

17,000: The number of visitors to Sk8 Charleston since opening in March, more than twice the number the county expected. Source: P&C

P&C editorial on SCE&G calls for “Better protections for ratepayers.”

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant announced on Friday that he’ll enter the race for governor in a bid to become the first Upstate governor since Carroll Campbell was elected in 1987. Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

Congressman Trey Gowdy sent a fundraising email to supporters last week after Democrats criticized him for reportedly behaving like a “second attorney” for Jared Kushner during a hearing last week looking into Russian involvement with the 2016 election. Source: Greenville News

South Carolina’s sales tax holiday is coming up this weekend, but debate over how valuable savings are continues as states like N.C. and Georgia have phased out similar promotions. Source: P&C

Discussions about industrial use of South Carolina groundwater have sparked a new interest in state regulators to take a fresh look at the largely-unregulated practice. Source: P&C

Charleston County Council’s closed-door vote to file a lawsuit against the state over the I-526 project violated state transparency laws, S.C. Press Association attorney Jay Bender says. Council Chairman Vic Rawl, a former Circuit Court judge, said the matter wasn’t appropriate for public session. Source: P&C