A Conway man was arrested yesterday after expressing interest in acquiring a gun and committing a crime "in the spirit of Dylann Roof." FBI files show that the man, Benjamin T.S. McDowell, admired Roof's mass killing at Emanuel AME Church and posted threats to Jewish and non-white people on Facebook. Source: NYT
AP headline today... Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats
Upon Trump's travel to North Charleston for Boeing's 787-10 rollout, P&C: "Donald Trump's visit to North Charleston is more business than politics"
You heard about the president's dizzying press conference yesterday, now read the transcript. Source: NYT
During the presser, when asked if the president would meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump asked April Ryan, a reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks if she knew members of the caucus, if she was "friends" with them. Congressman Jim Clyburn said the comment carried "an element of disrespect" for Ryan, who is black. Source: AP
The Senate narrowly confirmed former S.C. Congressman Mick Mulvaney to run the Office of Management and Budget yesterday, with a lone Republican dissenting vote coming from U.S. Sen. John McCain. Source: P&C
A special election will be held to fill his seat in Congress, and yesterday York Republican state Rep. Ralph Norman said he would resign his seat to run for the office. Source: The State
This weekend's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition marks the unofficial beginning of tourist season in Charleston. Source: Live 5 News
Congressman Mark Sanford is working with colleague Ron Paul to craft proposed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. Source: P&C
Midlands state Rep. Joe Neal, a champion for the poor and underprivileged in the state, passed away Tuesday night. Source: The State
The Southern Poverty Law Center says it saw an 'unprecedented' amount of hate group activity last year. Source: P&C
In his first sit-down with S.C. Statehouse press yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster says he supports President Donald Trump "on his ideas and approach" on his immigration and refugee ban, but is not on board with proposals to increase the state gas tax. Source: P&C, The State
I’m confident Mick Mulvaney will provide the Trump Administration with wise advice in all budget-related matters.#OMBnom— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 16, 2017
The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Congressman Mick Mulvaney's nomination to head up the federal Office of Management and Budget. A special election will be held to fill his seat in Congress. Source: NYT
After the first nominee to lead the federal Department of Labor pulled out yesterday over a flurry of concerns from Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, former state Labor leader Catherine Templeton's name once again emerged as a candidate. But by this morning, she'd been ruled out. Source: Twitter, Bloomberg, P&C
Nearly 70 percent: The portion of BMW X models the company makes and exports from its Spartanburg facility. Source: GSA Report
S.C. Senate Democrats are working on a proposal that would make technical college free for S.C. residents. Source: The State
Headlines covering yesterday's vote against unionization at Boeing South Carolina:
NYT: "Boeing Workers Reject a Union in South Carolina"
AP: "Boeing workers maintain South's anti-unionization history"
NPR: "Boeing Employees Vote Against Unionizing In South Carolina"
Former Common Cause S.C. leader John Crangle has joined with the S.C. Progressive Network as the group's government relations director. Source The State