The Agenda: Runoffs today; No new Clinton fault in Gowdy-led Benghazi inquiry; Why Trump scares Aziz Ansari

Goldfinch and Bright face must-win runoffs today

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A Supreme Court ruling yesterday that ruled unconstitutional some Texas restrictions on abortion providers has some S.C. pro-life activists wondering about the way forward on "the geography of the fight" against abortion. Source: AP, Greenville News

Polls are open from 7-7 today in runoff elections for party primaries held earlier this month. In the Charleston area, Senate District 41 Republicans will choose between Roy Maybank and Sandy Senn. Downtown and Mt. P voters will also vote in House 110 between Wiliam Cogswell and Russell Guerard. Northern Charleston County residents will also head to the polls too choose between Republican state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch and his Haley-endorsed challenger Reese Boyd in state Senate District 34. In the Upstate, S.C. 'bathroom bill' author state Sen. Lee Bright also faces a must-win primary runoff against former state legislator Scott Talley. Source: P&C, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A day after Democrats got their own 339-page report criticizing Trey Gowdy's Benghazi select committee, the Republican-led panel released its own 800-page report today that concludes no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton was found during the two year-long inquiry into the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya. Source: NYT

After traveling to Panama over the weekend on an official trip with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Mark Sanford says the trip was "illuminating" about how the newly-expanded canal could impact the Port of Charleston. Source: P&C

Coastal Carolina fell to Arizona in the first of the best-of-three College World Series finals on Monday night. To take home the title, they'll need all the help they can get from their rally monkey Rafiki to win two straight games tonight and tomorrow night. Source: Sun News

From the P&C Editorial page on CCSD School Board: "Too many special meetings"

Missed this yesterday, but be sure to read S.C.-native comedian Aziz Ansari's column in Sunday's New York Times on "Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family." Ansari grew up in Bennettsville and his family still lives in S.C. (Fact o' the Day: His dad plays himself in 'Master of None.') Source: NYT

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