U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the road ahead of the holidays on a fundraising blitz with stops in the Miami area and Seneca just yesterday. At last report, Graham alerady had more than $7 million in the bank. [The State]

Trident Tech says it will open its new $30 million nursing and science building in January. [CRBJ]

Twelve people have put their name in the hat to be considered for appointment to succeed departing Charleston County School Board member John Barter. [P&C]

Columbia voters head to the polls today to decide whether the city will switch to a strong mayor system of government a day after the governor weighed in in support of the change for her temporary hometown. For more on what you need to know, read the profile of the “campaign” by the Free Times’ Eva Moore. [The State, AP, Free Times]

From the opinion pages,“SC should check how judges are selected.” [Hilton Head Island Packet]

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is stopping in South Carolina today and tomorrow for events in Spartanburg and Greenville. [The State]

The S.C. Policy Council reporting arm The Nerve got ahold of the letter drafted by the S.C. Ethics Commission attorney to the governor questioning finances of a North Carolina trip earlier this year that was said by the commission’s head to have been destroyed, but was later found to have been released to the AP some time ago. [The Nerve]

South Carolina airports are keeping a close eye on the American Airways-US Airways merger, with Charleston aviation director Paul Campbell saying he sees potential benefits from the deal. [SC Radio]

A letter written by Charleston-area solicitor Scarlett Wilson and signed by 13 of the her 16 state counterparts is asking S.C. Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty be barred from considering cases involving state prosecutors, saying a speech he made at a recent conference makes him impartial. [P&C]

The Charleston BAR deferred rendering an opinion on a proposal for the massive redevelopment project on land owned by Evening Post Industries on Columbus Street Monday. [P&C]

National Review has an deep dive into the ongoing feud between Jim DeMint and his former colleague, Senate Minority Leader Glenn McConnell. [National Review]