by Sam Spence
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will have lunch with President Donald Trump today. After his weekend at a town hall at Clemson, some Upstate political watchers speculated that Graham could continue to be a power broker from the Hill even while taking positions against the White House. Source: P&C, Greenville News
Crews will perform some emergency work to reinforce pilings on the Folly Beach pier soon. The work is not scheduled to close the pier. Source: P&C
In The State today: Charleston state Sen. Marlon Kimpson discusses a new state proposal that would bar local governments from "requiring businesses to provide any employee benefits, such as sick leave." Kimpson calls the measure a "work-sick" requirement.
The S.C. Ethics Commission finally has a new director after naming former state consumer protection head Steven Hamm to be the oversight agency's interim leader. Source: P&C
The state Insurance Department says that car insurance rates have jumped 8.9 percent due, in part, to distracted driving, the agency head says. Source: The State