The Agenda: Cruise battle wages in harbor, Poll shows Obama ahead of Haley, Graham, Bracing for sequestration

Gaillard grave count to 29

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Winthrop poll shows Obama remaining ahead of Haley, Graham
A new Winthrop University poll shows President Obama's approval ratings remaining higher than both Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, despite gains by both compared to a December poll.
Sources: Winthrop, The State, Post and Courier, Greenville News

New Charleston Harbor fight builds over cruise lines
The New York Times profiles the fight over changes to rules surrounding cruise lines calling on the Port of Charleston.
Sources: New York Times

Attorney general returns undocumented donations to Harrell, group
The campaign chairman for Attorney General Alan Wilson says a clerical error is to blame for between 10 and 15 donations from House Speaker Bobby Harrell and a group tied to the speaker went undocumented on state ethics reports. The attorney general says the error went unnoticed until this week.
Sources: Post and Courier, The State
Related: Resign, Mr. Speaker (FITS News)

'Sequestration' would impact S.C. bottom line
U.S. Army officials estimate that the state could take a $156 million hit overall if the Pentagon moves forward with $46 billion in planned cuts across the nation. Air Force furloughs could also cost the state 2,275 civilian jobs, adding up to $17.7 million in wages.
Sources: Greenville News/Gannett, Post and Courier

SC-1: Colbert Busch could rally support from 1st District Dems
Elizabeth Colbert Busch could be the first candidate since Linda Ketner in 2008 to garner serious consideration from Charleston-area Democrats as she vies to take the 1st District seat against a field of 16 potential Republican candidates.
Sources: Charleston City Paper
Related: Hoffman looks to build on DC record (P&C)
Daniel Island News profiles SC-1 candidates (D.I. News)
Bostic's SC-1 residency problem (FITS News)

S.C. Bank and Trust to merge with First Federal
Two of the largest regional banks to serve the Charleston area, S.C. Bank and Trust Financial Corp. and First Federal Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that they would merge, creating a $5 billion SC-based bank with a significant accross the state.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Post and Courier

Gaillard grave count grows to 29
Mayor Joe Riley said in a letter to Charleston City Council that the count of graves found on the site of the Gaillard Auditorium has grown to 29. After the remains are removed, examined, and documented, council will determine a plan for their final resting place.
Sources: Post and Courier

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