Palmetto Sunrise: Carson visits South Carolina today

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will make several stops throughout the state today. (AP Photo/John Locher)

COLUMBIA – Dr. Ben Carson is barnstorming across York County and the Upstate today, capping a week of visits by GOP presidential candidates.

Carson starts the day with a town hall meeting at Sun City Carolina Lakes in Fort Mill at noon. He’ll attend another town hall at Winthrop University Coliseum in Rock Hill at 1:45 p.m. Carson then heads to Spartanburg with a 5:15 p.m. news conference at Sports/Star Center in Spartanburg, followed by the 7 p.m. Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum at Wofford College.

Carson’s visit comes after campaign stops by Carly Fiorina, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, this week.

Fiorina wraps up her three-day trip through the Palmetto State with a stop in North Charleston today. She talked business in Columbia with business men and women yesterday and later military issues at The Citadel.

Rubio’s response to a 79-year-old woman’s question about legalizing and taxing marijuana was a memorable moment from the Tuesday event at the College of Charleston. Watch the video here.

In less than a fortnight, Republicans will face off on a CNN debate stage in Las Vegas. GOP front-runner Donald Trump is asking the news network to donate $5 million to charity in order for him to attend the Dec. 15 event.

The next Democratic presidential debate will be four days later on Dec, 19 in New Hampshire.

Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced it will open two new campaign offices in Anderson and Rock Hill on Thursday. The two additions bring the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign office footprint to six in the state.

Here are some of today’s headlines:

Fiorina says she’d beat Clinton; speaks at Citadel late Tuesday (The Post and Courier)

Gov. Haley agrees to watch video of Zachary Hammond shooting (The Independent Mail)

At State Dept., Hillary Clinton kept tabs on 2016 (POLITICO)

S.C. attorney general opposes court-ordered bathroom access for transgender students (The Post and Courier)

Albright, Kissinger ask Congress to back off refugee legislation (POLITICO)

Prison officials deny South Carolina deliberately skirted law on lethal injection drugs (The Post and Courier)

State’s share of $1.6 billion flood damage tops $100 million (The Post and Courier)

John Bel Edwards will issue executive order protecting LGBT state employees (The Times-Picayune)

Carson will make appearances in Rock Hill, Indian Land on Wednesday (The Herald)

Once a weakness, low-skilled workers who get paid little have become the Deep South’s strength (The Washington Post)

Wary of Donald Trump, G.O.P. leaders are caught in a standoff (The New York Times)