by Sam Spence
SC-1 special primary is today - Polls are open in parts of Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties today for the 1st Congressional District special primary election to fill the seat left vacant by Tim Scott's appointment to the U.S. Senate. The race features former Gov. Mark Sanford's attempt at a political comeback as he takes on 15 other Republicans vying for the nomination. Turnout is expected to be light across the district, but it won't be the last time we hear from the GOP suitors, as it's expected that the race will go to a run off unless a candidate earns 50% of the Republican primary vote.
Erosion on Sam's Spit - Weeks after the state Supreme Court cleared the way for development on an isolated tract on the south end of Kiawah Island, a portion of Beachwalker Park on the back-side Capt. Sam's Spit collapsed from erosion, prompting an environmental law group to file for a rehearing of the case. The area that collapsed was identified as a portion of the riverfront side of the island that had been proposed to be secured by a half-mile-long seawall, detailed by the City Paper in last week's issue.
House of Cards puts Gaffney in spotlight - The new political drama exclusive to Netflix streaming subscribers, House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey as a U.S. Congressman from the South Carolina Upstate shines a light on quirky South Carolina nuances such as Gaffney's giant peach-shaped water tower, which features prominently in an early episode, and the tight-knit culture of cadets at The Sentinel, a Charleston military college—a thinly-veiled reference to The Citadel. P&C political writer Stephen Largen also talks with the show's creator, Beau Willimon.
Unemployment up in region, state - The state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in January according to new state Dept. of Employment and Workforce numbers from 8.6% in December to 8.7%. The Charleston jobless rate rose from 7.1% to 7.3%.
X Factor holding Charleston-area auditions - As election officials expect less than 5% turnout (around 30,000 voters), about 6,000 turned out at North Charleston Coliseum for auditions for the Fox music competition show, X Factor.