Sine Die - The 2013 legislative session ended yesterday (AP) with plenty left over on lawmakers' wish lists. Just one of the issues said to have been a priority for both parties, fixing the election loophole that triggered "Ballotgate" last year, was accomplished, leaving big ticket issues (P&C) like ethics reform, further restructuring after the hacking scandal, public records reform, infrastructure repair, and more on the table for the 2014 session.
Boeing <3s Charleston - Boeing Co. says it has been in talks with real estate developers in the area as it seeks a new Charleston factory to house engineers and assembly workers for the work being done on the company's 737 MAX jetliner.
Sellers running for LG - Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers of Bamberg says he intends to run for lieutenant governor (T&D) next year and has launched a campaign website, sellers2014.com.
Jean Toal - State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal says she will seek re-election (Rock Hill/State) to the Court next year and serve until her mandatory retirement date at the end of 2015. Previously, Toal had said she was considering retiring.
Sanford - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford will most likely serve (P&C) on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Homeland Security committees in the 113th Congress, assuming the Republican Steering Committee's recommendations are ratified by the House next week.
News 2 merging - Charleston's NBC affiliate WCBD-TV plans to merge (P&C) with a Nashville-based broadcaster to create a bigger company to gain leverage in negotiations with content providers and cable companies. The new company would operate 30 TV stations in 27 markets.
Airport expansion - Charleston County Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage is none too happy (CRBJ) with efforts by one of its contracted companies to negotiate lower costs associated with major construction on the airport terminal. Work on the terminal is almost $6 million over its budgeted cost for the project.
Obama in NC - President Barack Obama spent part of Thursday (Char Obs) at a Mooresville, NC school to rollout plans for internet access expansion, particularly targeted for schools.
Mount P. FD - Sending a fully-stocked SUV (P&C) as the first-responding vehicle on medical calls instead of a fire engine has saved the Mount Pleasant Fire Department $18,000 in fuel costs, according to the results of a department pilot program.