by Sam Spence
A report out yesterday says that the state's pension fund has been underfunded for years and will likely remain underfunded for more than 30 years. Speaker Jay Lucas says he wants comprehensive pension reform to be a priority in the next legislative session. Source: P&C, The State
Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney was named AP's Coach of the Year yesterday. Source: Greenville News
A third excessive force lawsuit has reportedly been filed against former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. Source: P&C
On the news that Lindsey Graham bowed out of the race, Editorial pages from Charleston to Charlotte to New York give their take on the senior senator's departure from the GOP race:
WSJ on Lindsey Graham: "The GOP candidate was prescient about the rise of the Islamic State"
Charlotte Observer: "He was an experienced [candidate] with substantive ideas on the toughest issues facing our nation. Unfortunately for him, that’s not how you get noticed these days."
Post and Courier: "He has consistently given Americans a responsible, well-informed perspective of the challenges facing the nation regardless of poll-standing implications."
Scoppe on the Confederate flag museum display: "A $5.3 million shrine to a $52 nylon flag? Seriously?"