Ahead of the pending government shutdown tonight, Lindsey Graham to the NYT: “I’ll buy you a Coke Zero if you can tell me what the government shutdown was about in ’95.” [NYT]

On the shutdown, here’s a rundown of how it would affect South Carolina. [The State]

As it prepares to shut down temporarily to become a Harris Teeter, the Piggly Wiggly on Maybank Highway is selling everything at half-price this morning. [P&C]

Despite an amendment that called for “good faith efforts” to look into compensation for diminished property values of owners near the proposed path of the I-526 extension, County Councilman Teddie Pryor says nobody is getting a check. [P&C]

You thought Mitt Romney’s 47 percent video was bad? Meet Charlie Stoudemire, the GOP candidate for S.C. House District 93. [Orangeburg Times and Democrat]

What one South Carolina Republican lawmaker thought to Tweet on the eve of the Obamacare insurance marketplace launch:

Despite a nasty accident her son suffered while cutting down a tree, Linda Page says she’s still running for mayor of Mount Pleasant.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco have filed a suit seeking compensation from Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation for lawyers fees and expenses incurred during the years-long custody fight. [Tulsa World]

Two former South Carolina senators, Republican Mike Rose and Democrat Phil Leventis, joined the board of Common Cause of South Carolina over the weekend. Common cause is a clean elections and good government watchdog group based in Columbia.

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