After a call by Gov. Henry McMaster yesterday to stop the resettlement of refugees from nations named in the Trump travel ban, one representative from an organization that helps resettle refugees says there aren’t many from those areas and calls the negative attention on the group’s work “discouraging.” Source: P&C, SC Radio Network

The State reports that McMaster is talking with five Fortune 500 companies about buying some or all of South Carolina’s state-owned utility Santee Cooper, but none of them want to immediately restart construction of the failed Midlands nuclear project. Source: The State

Meanwhile, Catherine Templeton, one of McMaster’s Republican primary challengers, is calling for the resignation of the state Office of Regulatory Staff charged with VC Summer oversight, a move that McMaster has resisted. Source: The State

Congressman Mark Sanford, who has provided only tepid support to some of President Donald Trump’s initiatives since he took office, has a new primary challenger in state House Rep. Katie Arrington. High-level House leadership including Speaker Jay Lucas (Hartsville) and Majority Leader Gary Simrill (York) were on hand yesterday for her announcement in Summerville. Source: P&C


Congressman Jeff Duncan dangled President Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government over the Mexico border wall in front of a crowd of business and political leaders in Greenville yesterday. Duncan says he hopes the government won’t shut down, but said “I don’t know where we will end up. I do know this: President Trump ran on border security. The American people elected him.” Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

Two major Japanese automakers are reportedly considering building a joint $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Source: The State

Two South Carolina residents are proposing a class action lawsuit against Amazon after they say they bought defective eclipse glasses through the online retailer. Source: Reuters