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"You've got solid conservatives coming up speaking like they haven't before, it's likely something's going on at the grass roots."

—Republican Gov. Mark Sanford (S.C.) last week, on worries expressed by governors nationwide about White House stumbles during an election year. Source: The Associated Press

4-4

That was the vote last week on Charleston County Council as to whether it should oppose the Bush Administration's plan to sell more than 1,000 acres of virgin forest land in the Francis Marion National Forest. The full Council will vote again on this issue after this paper goes to press Tuesday night, so that number might change. Regardless, it was weird to hear from an unnamed Councilmember that two of his Democratic brethren on Council voted against the idea of making a resolution opposing the sale of the land because they didn't want to step on President Bush's toes.

$34

That's how much a First Lady Jenny Sanford-endorsed teacup costs at S.C. Statehouse and Governor Mansion's gift shops. Apparently, the famously frugal Sanford family isn't as tightfisted come tea-time.

34%

That was Pres. George W. Bush's approval rating last week, according to a CBS News poll. The day after the poll came out, The Post and Courier reported the lowly number on 6A. The same day, on its front page, they published a story about plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ... which will be held in 2011.

1,037

That's how many existing homes were sold in the Charleston region in all of January, hitting an all-time high for transactions, while the national home-buying market continued to cool. Source: National Association of Realtors

"Why don't you quit your bitchin' and see if you can help."

— "Cousin" Arthur Ravenel, 78, retelling his wife's admonition that lead to the former state Senator and Representative and former U.S. Congressmen announcing his candidacy for a seat on the Charleston County School Board. Ravenel cited the school district's pathetic graduation rates as another reason he's running.

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