Democratic state Rep. James Smith, an Afghanistan War veteran and Columbia attorney, has announced he’ll run for governor next year, becoming the party’s first challenger in what looks like a crowded primary year for Republicans seeking to knock off Gov. Henry McMaster, who assumed the job when Nikki Haley left, from being elected to the post. Source: The State

Santee Cooper has reportedly floated several former company executives to serve as the interim CEO, who retired recently after the state-owned company walked away in the middle of a multi-billion dollar nuclear energy project. Source: The State

AP headline: “Are white shooters called ‘lone wolves,’ by default?”

President Donald Trump will visit Greenville on October 16 to campaign for McMaster. The last time he visited the state in February, he made sexy talk to Boeing airplanes in North Charleston. Source: P&C, CP

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio posted a picture of himself with Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, and Congressman Trey Gowdy to refute former First Lady Michele Obama’s assertion that the Republican Party was ‘all white, all men.’ Source: P&C, WaPo

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham rolled out a 20-week abortion ban yesterday, the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,’ as the bill’s sponsor in the Senate yesterday. The House passed the bill on Tuesday, with S.C.’s all white, all men delegation voting for the measure to limit women’s abortion rights. Source: The Hill, House.gov

Boeing says it is working with three North Charleston schools near the company’s massive airport campus to try to create a pipeline for local science and technology professionals. Source: P&C