Palmetto Sunrise: Lawmakers start writing the state budget, continue roads debate

COLUMBIA – Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will begin writing the state budget today after their week-long furlough.

Specifically, the full House Ways and Means Committee will start tackling the budget two hours after the House adjourns today. The chamber gavels in at noon.

The budget is expected to reach the Senate by the end of March.

The ongoing Senate roads debate continues at noon with Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, still holding the podium. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, said Thursday that he expected Tuesday to be a long day, which is why finance and judiciary meetings were canceled. Leatherman reminisced of a filibuster earlier in his career when senators slept on chairs and couches throughout the chamber.

The Senate has adjourned with Davis holding the floor and little worry of such a scenario, so far. Here’s a recap from last week.

The Joint Transportation Review Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in the Gressette building room 308.

Presidential politics

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit South Carolina today.

The two will participate in a CNN-televised town hall from the University of South Carolina from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Before the CNN event, Clinton will hold her own town hall at 6:15 p.m. at Central Baptist Church located at 3625 Clement Road in Columbia. Clinton will discuss the deaths of unarmed black men and boys. More details here. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly will also attend and discuss Clinton’s record to reduce gun violence.

Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, will talk about education with parents and families at 5 p.m. at the Cecil A. Tillis Center at 2111 Simpkins Lane in Columbia.

Republicans square off in the Nevada caucuses where billionaire Donald Trump is expected to win. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will dance with Lady Luck for second place.

Today’s headlines:

Hillary Clinton to campaign in S.C. daily, while Bernie Sanders splits his time elsewhere (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Congressional delegation braces for fight on Gitmo relocation recommendation report (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Chamber urges senators to pass roads bill (The Herald)

When Church and Democratic Politics Collide in South Carolina (Bloomberg)

Democratic candidates spending most of their time outside of the Upstate (The Greenville News)

How Close Will It Be in the South Carolina Democratic Primary? (Bloomberg)

Dancing 106-year-old describes the day she charmed the Obamas: ‘I can die smiling now’ (The Washington Post)

Rubio inherits establishment support but is on a narrow path to stop Trump (The Washington Post)

Jeb donors shattered by failed campaign (The Hill)

GOP to Kasich: Get out (POLITICO)

Ted Cruz in turmoil as Rubio gathers steam (POLITICO)

Legislators seek audit of GHS philanthropy (The Greenville News)

Horry County Board of Education discussing ways to improve computer security after ransom virus (Sun News)

Biden in 1992: President Should Not Name Supreme Court Nominee Until After The November Election (RealClearPolitics.com)

Overnight Energy: Feds see big boost for wind, solar power (The Hill)