Palmetto Sunrise: Endorsements start coming

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul received the endorsement of South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA — It’s that time again.

We have arrived at the time when endorsements start rolling out. On Monday, it was U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who announced his endorsement of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for president.

According to a written release, Paul is the first candidate to receive an endorsement from South Carolina’s congressional delegation.

“I’m proud to endorse Senator Rand Paul for President,” said Mulvaney, according to the release. “Rand has proven himself as a conservative outsider unafraid to take on the Washington establishment. I look forward to spending some time with him in South Carolina and working to spread his message of small government and fiscal conservatism. Rand is exactly the kind of leader we need in the White House.”

Mulvaney will join Paul during his trip to South Carolina on Wednesday. Additional stops have been added to Paul’s Wednesday trip.

At 10:30 a.m., Paul will participate in a meet and greet at the American Legion in Rock Hill. He’ll later head for the Students for Rand Rally at 2 p.m., at the University of South Carolina’s Russell House. Paul’s final stop is another meet and greet at 5 p.m., at RJ Rockers Brewing Company in Spartanburg.

Which presidential candidate is in South Carolina today?

11:30 a.m.: Mike Huckabee at the “Huckabee Huddle with Veterans” at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. 12 p.m.: Carly Fiorina at a national security forum at The Citadel.

1:30 p.m.: Carly Fiorina at the Greater Lowcountry Republican Club at the Charleston County Club.

2:30 p.m.: Mike Huckabee at South Carolina’s Republican Party Headquarters in Columbia to file to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

4:30 p.m.: Mike Huckabee at the “Huckabee at Work” event at the Sea Pro Boat Factory in Whitmire.

5:30 p.m.: Carly Fiorina at the Conservative Leadership Project forum in Myrtle Beach.

6:30 p.m.: Mike Huckabee at the Presidential Town Hall Series with the South Carolina Republican Party in Newberry. Election related:

Marco Rubio gets congressman’s support (The Associated Press)

Scott Walker Ends His 2016 Presidential Run (The New York Times)

Trump, Fiorina leading GOP candidate charge into SC (The Post and Courier)

Trump on Twitter: I won’t take presidential salary (USA Today)

Fiorina’s career as tech CEO is still a matter of debate (The Associated Press)

Ben Carson Wouldn’t Vote For A Muslim President; Neither Would Many Americans (NPR)

GOP state of play: Rivals still waiting for Trump to fade (The Associated Press)

Rubio and Bush gain support from several Walker backers (Tampa Bay Times)

Sanders gets grumpy, but voters like him that way (The Associated Press)

GOP wants to broaden appeal; will candidates get in the way? (The Associated Press)

Clinton to propose new prescription drug proposal (The Associated Press)

Biden insiders feel Clinton stalking (Politico)

Scott’s town hall at Winthrop will overlap with Democratic presidential forum (The Herald)

Mount Pleasant Council candidates split on key issues (The Post and Courier)

In other news:

State-owned buses broke down 219 times in first five weeks of school (The Post and Courier)

Upstate farmers brace for low crop yields (Herald-Journal)

Superintendent to keep his job; wife resigns new post, board to revisit nepotism policy (The Island Packet)

Year after Clemson Sophmore’s death, friends and family getting by on faith (Independent Mail)

Jesse Jackson launches voter registration drive in Myrtle Beach (The Sun News)

Greenwood Mayor issues apology after Saturday arrest (Index-Journal)

South Carolina students achieve positive results on ACT WorkKeys (Aiken Standard)