- After Dusten Brown and his wife missed a court-ordered visit with an Oklahoma adoption investigator over the weekend, a Charleston County Family Court judge is moving to suspend the approved transition plan to re-introduce Baby Veronica to her adoptive James Island parents. The judge, the same who finalized the child’s adoption last week, has also ordered the Charleston solicitor and U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved, saying that Veronica “is being unlawfully withheld from her lawful parents.” [P&C]
- SCGOP Chair Matt Moore, fresh off calling the president a Nazi last week, are piggybacking off an RNC campaign criticizing CNN and NBC for programming related to presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, threatening to not allow CNN or NBC to broadcast Republican presidential debates during the state’s early primary season, “I say, ‘Not in South Carolina!'” Moore declared in an email blast. No word yet on how the SCGOP feels about last week’s CNN-produced “Our Nixon” doc. [NYT, The State]
- As the 2014 governor’s race inches closer and state Democratic candidates get a little noisier, Gov. Nikki Haley’s official spokesman Rob Godfrey stepped down yesterday to become a political adviser. The move is the second personnel move after her former chief of staff, Tim Pearson, moved to a campaign role last year. [AP]
- NYT looks at firearm manufacturers fleeing areas where gun laws have been beefed up following recent shootings. S.C. is one of the main woo-ers, landing PTR Industries, which plans to move from Bristol, Conn. to Aynor, S.C.
- Wild hogs are rooting up West Ashley yards as heavy rains force the feral porkers out of flooded wetland areas. [P&C]
- Mount Pleasant Town Council committees on Monday approved moving forward with proposals to ban the use of mobile devices while driving as well as looking into building a bikesharing program in the Charleston suburb. [Patch, P&C]