Palmetto Sunrise: Roads talk in the Senate; GOP candidates continue to hit the road

Roads bill talks are expected to resume in the state Senate today. (File/Brad Nettles/Staff)

COLUMBIA — When South Carolina’s Senators return to Columbia today, they are expected to resume work on a roads bill.

The issue, which has sputtered since the beginning of the 2016 Legislative session, is expected regain traction in part because of a spiel by Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney.

Earlier this month, Peeler, who notoriously rarely takes to the podium unless frustrated, said his patience was wearing thin over the lack of action by the chamber. He argued that it was past time to have the debate, because the roads bill was holding up the rest of the Senate’s legislative calendar.

But Senators will be alone at work this week with lobbyists and staffers. The House is on furlough, arguing that they’ve had little to do with the Senate sending not much their way. Several House panels will meet this week regardless of the furlough, including the House’s budget-writing proviso subcommittee.

On the campaign trail today:

10:30 a.m.: Business tour and employee town hall hosted by FN Manufacturing. Closed to the public.

4:15 p.m.: Leesville Town Hall. Shealy’s Bar-B-Que, 340 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville.

7:30 p.m. “Last Word in the South” candidate forum. USC Aiken Convention Center, 375 Robert M Bell Parkway, Aiken.

12:30 p.m.: Town Hall with Cherokee County GOP. Daddy Joe’s BBQ, 1400 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney.

5:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Aiken Supporters. Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop, 1412 Whiskey Road, Aiken.

7:30 p.m. “Last Word in the South” candidate forum. USC Aiken Convention Center, 375 Robert M Bell Parkway, Aiken.

10 a.m.: Military Speech with former Gov. Rick Perry. Patriots Point Hangar Bay, USS Yorktown, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant.

3 p.m.: Campaign rally. The Columbia Armory, 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia.

7:30 p.m.: Campaign rally. Anderson Civic Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson.

3 p.m.: Meet and Greet. Boiling Springs Fire District Station 4, 208 Blacks Drive, Greenville.

7 p.m.: Lexington Town Hall. Murray’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2433 Charleston Highway, Cayce.

8 a.m.: Beaufort Town Hall. USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort.

12:10 p.m.: Summerville Town Hall, Dorchester Boat Club, Summerville.

5:30 p.m.: North Myrtle Beach Town Hall, Barefoot Resort Conference Center, 2250 Premier Resort Blvd., North Myrtle Beach.

2 p.m.: Campaign rally. North Augusta Parks and Recreation, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta.

6 p.m.: Campaign rally. Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center, 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort.

9 a.m.: Faith and Justice Breakfast. Allen University’s John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium in Columbia.

11 a.m.: University of South Carolina Town Hall. University of South Carolina’s Russell House Theater in Columbia.

3 p.m.: Charleston Town Hall Meeting. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

In others news:

Presidential race: It’s never been this personal (The Post and Courier)

George W. Bush comes in for Jeb (The Post and Courier)

Debate’s boos, cheers reflect SC’s political heritage (The Greenville News)

Trump vows to keep Gitmo open while in Hanahan (The Post and Courier)

Trump still tops SC GOP presidential race (The State)

Cruz says he’s ‘rattled’ Trump (The Post and Courier)

Cruz’ wife campaigns in Greenwood (The Index-Journal)

Rubio makes appeal to cross-section of South Carolina voters (The Post and Courier)

Rubio says Haley qualified to be potential running mate (Morning News)

GOP panel discusses racial divide, how to woo blacks (The Post and Courier)

Bernie Sanders to return to Midlands, Lowcountry (The Post and Courier)

S.C. farmers face wide insurance gap on flood losses (The Times and Democrat)