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"We can always keep a backup plan."

Former U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene on his plans for a possible 2012 presidential campaign, even after filing for a special election to fill the vacant State House District 64 seat. The primary is Feb. 15. Source: Free Times

$500

That's the maximum fine two college students could face for allegedly fabricating a story about getting mugged and being forced to strip at Waterfront Park. The two have requested a jury trial in the case. They could also serve up to 30 days in jail. Source: The Post and Courier

Lucky No. 7

South Carolina is getting a seventh Congressional district, and it could have a big impact on Charleston's representation.

U.S. Census results released at the end of the year showed enough population growth in South Carolina, particularly along the coast, to warrant another congressman. Not surprisingly, Ohio lost two seats, so we're pretty sure we got this new one from them.

The news has everyone speculating about how the state will be carved up to make room for the new seat. Considering the Statehouse and governor's mansion are run by Republicans, it's assumed the new district would lean right and would shake up the long, narrow 1st District that runs from Charleston to Horry County.

Rep.-elect Tim Scott told The State newspaper that a third of his reshaped district will likely come from outside of the existing District 1 boundaries. Scott currently shares Charleston County with Rep. Jim Clyburn, but some are speculating the entire county will end up in one district.

One possibility would create a 1st District going from Charleston down to Beaufort County. And that has our southern neighbors salivating. Beaufort and Hilton Head are currently part of Joe Wilson's 2nd District.

"Our political voice would be amplified if it were joined with those from other coastal communities," read a recent editorial in The Island Packet of Hilton Head. The year-long process should begin when the state legislature reconvenes this month.

"I'm driving east on 26 and beyond that, it's a new adventure and we'll figure out the next chapter of life."

Gov. Mark Sanford on his plans after leaving office. Source: The Associated Press

More voting? Already?!

Charleston County Councilman Joe McKeown is leaving his position to work as assistant chief of staff to Rep.-elect Tim Scott, R-Charleston. McKeown was one of Scott's closest advisers in his campaign, so it was little surprise that he was joining the caravan to Washington.

McKeown's district includes almost all of East Cooper west of Highway 17 and south of Tibwin Road and a portion south of the highway from the Arthur Ravenel Bridge to Shem Creek. Candidate filing runs from Jan. 21-31, with a primary election March 15 and a general election May 3.

"My thought is that if you don't have your vision fulfilled in 36 years, you either don't have a clear concept of what you want to accomplish or your aspirations are grandiose."

David Farrow, an author and former Post and Courier columnist, announcing his intention to challenge Joe Riley in Charleston's mayoral election this November.

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