Gov. Henry McMaster will talk about accomplishments and goals Wednesday at his annual State of the State speech before the General Assembly. He will speak to lawmakers at 7 p.m. His speech is expected to echo his recent budget request. Meanwhile, legislative sessions scheduled Tuesday for the South Carolina House and Senate have been cancelled because of slick road conditions in parts of the state, officials said. More: AP News, WCSC
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Gubernatorial hopeful Cunningham to talk redistricting today. Former Congressman Joe Cunningham will hold a press conference 11 a.m. today in Charleston to talk about the legislature’s redistricting efforts, led by Republicans and seen as making the First Congressional District a safe Republican district. Cunningham, a Democrat, was the first Democrat in decades to take the swing district in 2018. In 2020, he lost to a Republican. Now, he’s running as a Democrat for governor. More: WCBD
Scott rebuts Biden rhetoric in new videos. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is releasing a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community. Scott is the U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican, and the videos rebut President Joe Biden’s recent rhetoric on voting rights. Scott’s videos will be released between this week and the end of February’s Black History Month. More: AP News
Early figures show strong hotel market for S.C. in 2021. Early figures for 2021 show that the year bested hotel figures for the state in pre-pandemic 2019. More: The Post and Courier
What’s behind the controversial Reimagine Schools proposal in Charleston? The Coastal Community Foundation’s Reimagine Schools proposal has sparked controversy in Charleston schools as it seems to dedicate $31.6 million toward improving low-performing schools in the district. Opponents fear the proposal is an attempt to privatize schools. More: The Post and Courier
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