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So here’s today’s “post,” finished just in time for our founding editor to enjoy some of Mrs. Sic’s delicious home cookin’ …

An “important” day at the S.C. State House, as South Carolina’s “Republican-controlled” General Assembly debated church raffles and a voter ID bill designed to enhance the GOP’s electoral advantage.

Hmmmm … last time we checked those were not among the state’s most pressing priorities.

Anyway, one of the hottest rumors buzzing around the S.C. State House today is that fiscally-liberal S.C. Senator Wes Hayes (RINO-York) is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a 2012 GOP primary for South Carolina’s fifth congressional district. Two months ago, Mulvaney waxed 28-year incumbent John Spratt.

All we can say to Hayes (a stooge of S.C. Sen. Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman) is “good luck with all that.” Seriously … this guy just recorded the second-worst score of any “Republican” State Senator on the S.C. Club for Growth’s fiscal report cards. And he expects to win a GOP primary with that record?

Speaking of RINOs, we’re also hearing that U.S. Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson has decided to support State Rep. Alan Clemmons (RINO-Horry) in his presumptive 2012 bid. Sources also say that former S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is eying a possible congressional run on the coast … assuming the district lines are drawn the right way.

Sheesh … talk about a low bar after the election of Mulvaney, Tim Scott and Jeff Duncan last year.

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-FITS

SOUTH CAROLINA

Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur photographed together … (Pefil)
… let the feeding frenzy begin.

Nikki Haley private flight(s) examined … (AP)

Another happy Haley family interview … (SCNow)

Haley’s budget axe takes huge swing at the arts … (Free Times)

Budget panel disagrees with Haley cuts … (AP)

Haley knows “all the moves …” (CCP)

Haley visits farm in the Pee Dee … (SCNow)

Welcome to the Pee Dee, Gov. Haley … (SCNow)

CARTOON: Nikki Haley v. Big Bird … (CCP)

SC Sen. Tom Davis’ 72-hour rule praised … (The State)
Will “allow legislators to ask better questions and cast more informed votes.”

Jim DeMint introduces “Obamacare” repeal in US Senate … (McClatchy)

SC bill would prevent foreign law from being enforced … (Human Events)

SC group to oppose Savannah harbor plan … (Savannah Morning News)

SC Ports Authority spent $29K on legislative trip to Panama … (The Nerve)
Unanswered questions abound as to why “two of the lawmakers who went stayed an extra day.”

SC ranks high among states in something … (BN Daily)

Harvey Peeler files bill to give state health agency flexibility … (The State)

SC lawmakers OK fix for jobless benefits … (AP)

SC immigration bill would be tough to enforce … (Free Times)

SC parental choice plan praised … (The Voice)
Proposed plan would “provide a wonderful new range of educational options to South Carolina families.”

Read the report here … (Cato)

Could 2011 feature a lively school choice debate? (Free Times)

USC President Harris Pastides makes “Case for Carolina …” (Midlands Biz)

Carolina to make case for new Upstate medical school … (CRBJ)

Tech School in SC about to get more expensive … (AP)
In the name of “flexibility on tuition.”

Bobby Harrell is pushing the “repeal amendment …” (The Nerve)

… like, here … (The State)

Liberal blogger doesn’t like Harrell’s advocacy … (SC Soapbox)

Harrell weighs in on “card check …” (Process Story)

Mulvaney on health care repeal vote … (Fort Mill Times)

Liberal blogger doesn’t like Rep. Mick Mulvaney … (Brad Warthen)

Tim Scott gets specific on budget cuts … (ABC)

Rep. Joe Wilson forms “Angry Bird” caucus … (Discust)

110 jobs lost in Columbia, SC … (WLTX)

… but 300 added in Upstate … (FOX Carolina)

A quote from ‘The Graduate’ fits here … (GoUpstate)

Lawmakers grill SC State president … (Post and Courier)

No pardon in century old SC slaying … (AP)

SCDOT tranfering ownership of Sandy Island … (SCNow)

Coast Guard suspends search for missing SC boaters … (Examiner)

A taxpayer-funded bailout in Beaufort County? (IP)

Free foreclosure counseling in the SC Lowcountry … (LoanSafe)

BELOW: Our founding editor gets to be on a radio show with her? Sweet!!! (Process Story)

"I can has newsbabe?" No, no, no ... Sic

2012 ELECTIONS

Obama gets his campaign on in Wisconsin … (CBS)

On the Sarah Palin media moratorium … (Washington Post)

The media’s Palin obsession by the numbers … (Associated Content)

Palin’s fund-raising by the numbers … (NYT)

What exactly is wrong with Sarah Palin? (Gainesville Sun)

As Palin wanes, Michele Bachmann waxes … (Telegraph)

How Bachmann could topple Palin .. (NPR)

Todd Palin not involved in prostitution ring … (NY Daily News)

Mitt Romney bashes Obama’s speech … (ABC)
Certainly he agreed with the health care parts, though, right?

NJ Governor hosts private event for Romney … (Washington Post)

Romney leads in (another) new poll … (Boston Globe)

Tim Pawlenty climbs in New Hampshire … (Boston Herald)

Pawlenty’s problem … (TWS)

Haley Barbour gets his campaign on in SC … (The Hill)

Jon Huntsman should run … (The Spectrum)

Should Mike Pence? (Pal-Item)

Rick Perry called out on stimulus funds … (The Atlantic)

It’s all about the corn fuel, baby … (The Hill)

"If you grow it, they will pander ..."

AMERICA

SOTU (State of the Union): Obama’s unbalanced ledger … (AP)

SOTU: Obama’s investment, freeze at odds … (Guardian)

SOTU: CEOs respond … (WSJ)

SOTU: The world responds … (CSM)

SOTU: White House already retreating on earmark pledge … (Cato)
Now it’s just “special interest earmarks.”

SOTU: Karl Rove responds … (FOX)

SOTU: Bipartisan seating helped Obama … (Washington Post)

Jim DeMint responds to Obama’s SOTU … (NRO)

Expanding Medicaid will not reduce federal spending … (The Foundry)

CBO: Budget deficit to reach $1.5 trillion in 2011 … (Washington Post)

Action demanded on deficit … (GetLiberty)

Harry Reid says Obama’s earmark ban “just for show …” (ABC News)
“Of course they’ll be back.”

What a Tea Party budget looks like … (CNN)

Exposing Obama’s “freeze … (GetLiberty)

The case against “Obamacare …” (The Foundry)

Federal Reserve will keep rates low for “extended period …” (USA Today)

US Home sales up … (Reuters)

Dow Jones tops 12,000 … (MSNBC)

That color-coded terror warning system is getting scrapped … (FOX)

The myth of a divided America … (GetLiberty)

The birthers are gonna go NUTS! … (AP)

Jared Lee Loughner Googled famous assassins … (NYT)

Toyota Recall … (WSJ)

Utah lawmakers propose official “state gun …” (AP)

Does college make you smarter? (NYT)

Dubya’s political office overstepped bounds … (CNN)

Do the right thing on opportunity scholarships … (Washington Examiner)

US Education Secretary would end limited parental choice … (Daily Yonder)

Duncan: Feel the monopoly ...

GOOD STUFF

Our favorite DC hottie gets published … (Gal Time)

Former FITS staffer starts a blog … (Grits & Glamour)

This is not an ‘Onion’ headline, amazingly … (Gawker)

See what had happened was … (GoUpstate)

Better put a leash on that … (AP)

How they shoot tequila in Sweden …  (YouTube)

Pay attention, ladies … (Watson Gloves)

Bad smuggling skills … (MSNBC)

Alien hand syndrome … (BBC)

Keep the pot cookies out of children’s reach … (AP)

Be careful, little hands ...

SPORTS

SEC Spring football dates … (ESPN)

Nick Saban could be looking to hire USC assistant Shane Beamer … (Mr. SEC)

Who’s making money in SEC football? (Forbes)
Aside from the Newton family, obviously …

More 2010 USC football roundupping … (Garnet and Black Attack)

Stories to follow leading up to recruiting day … (TBL)

Jadeveon Clowney in his own words … (ESPN)
“Alabama and South Carolina have done the best job of recruiting me.”

The latest on Jadeveon Clowney (Bleacher Report)

Dabo Swinney has the hottest seat in the ACC … (ESPN)

Recruit rules out Clemson FB … (Times Enterprise)

Duke loses a recruit to SC State … (Charlotte Observer)

Clemson hoops: You CAN call it a comeback … (GoUpstate)

The Atlanta Braves are sweet … (The State)

“Spidey” out as Richmond mascot … (Times Dispatch)

Obama weighs in on Bears-Packers rivalry … (USA Today)

Wayne Gretzky is 50? (SN)

Tiger Woods begins his legacy rebuilding effort … (Golf)

Can Tiger get it back?

STAR STUFF

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem had a kid … (People)

Jessica Alba is cleavagey … (The Superficial)

Vanessa Hudgens looks good as a shoe model … (WWTDD)

Isabeli Fontana in a bikini … (Beer Goggler)

All the Octomom fetish pics you can handle … (Nip Slip)

So is Diana Morales … (Pretty Hot & Sexy)

Sophie Monk reminds us of a Kayne song … (Hollywood Tuna)

Whitney Port’s legs go all the way down … (Drunken Stepfather)

Cindy Busby makes us want to flee to Canada … (Maxim)

Kate Gosselin is in line … (The Superficial)

Hugh Jackman has a dog named Peaches? (People)

Cheryl Burke is … (WWTDD)

Isabela Soncini is … (Brosome)

Neha Sharma is … (DJ Mick)

Olivia Munn is in a hot tub … (The Chive)

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