Winding road for grad

Soon-to-be graduates wait for the beginning of the 179th MUSC commencement ceremony Friday morning at the Horseshoe at MUSC.

Donald Trump canceled his scheduled appearance Thursday in Columbia, following his announcement Monday to abandon efforts to run for president in 2012.

Allen Olson, chairman of the Columbia TEA Party, said he was disappointed that Trump canceled on such short notice. The group, which stands for Taxed Enough Already, will still hold the meeting tentatively set for 6 to 8 p.m. on the Statehouse steps.

"I understand Mr. Trump is a busy man, and that members of Columbia TEA Party are just your average everyday hard-working Americans, but I do think we deserved better," Olson said in an email. "Our members put (in) a lot of time and effort to organize this event."

The group plans to issue Roll Call Champion awards to Gov. Nikki Haley; Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Chapin; Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens; Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney; Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council; and Talbert Black, South Carolina coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty.