Palmetto Sunrise: Slow week at the capital

COLUMBIA — With Thanksgiving on the horizon, activity in Columbia will slow down for most of this week.

The majority of the action takes place today, with two panel meetings scheduled. Lawmakers from both chambers will meet to discuss sentencing reform for the state. It’s part of an ongoing effort by some lawmakers to make changes to South Carolina’s criminal justice system.

Another panel will also meet simultaneously in the building across to review a staff study of the Department of Social Services and the agency’s response. Both meetings take place at 10 a.m.

Too busy planning Thanksgiving? Here’s what you may have missed:

Last in polls, last in debates. How long does Graham go on? (The Post and Courier)

Graham taps old lessons (The Post and Courier)

Democrats’ Blue Jamboree draws all 3 presidential candidates (The Post and Courier)

Carson, Sanders, O’Malley talk criminal justice in Columbia (The Post and Courier)

Trump event in Myrtle Beach moved to bigger venue (The Sun News)

Trump defends bogus Muslim claim and rough treatment of black protester (The Washington Post)

With Ben Carson, the Doctor and the Politician Can Vary Sharply (The New York Times)

Ted Cruz Super-PAC Targets South Carolina (Bloomberg)

Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge (Politico)

Haley among the nation’s most-liked governors (The State)

Riley won’t slow down until he passes the baton (The Post and Courier)

Why was South Carolina Republicans’ campaign school cancelled? (The Post and Courier)

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SC Taxpayers foot bills for police shootings (The Post and Courier)

From Afghanistan to South Carolina: A refugee’s story (The Post and Courier)

When truth is a casualty of terrorist fears (The Associated Press)

DSS director adds executive positions (The Greenville News)

S.C. colleges want most of state’s added $1.2 billion (The State)

How SC 170 highway widening project got behind schedule and cost nearly $1.7 million more (Island Packet)

Contingent local gov’t fund still irks Greenwood (Index-Journal)

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