A few of the federal workers who gathered outside U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's Columbia office on Thursday to urge Congress to end the partial government shutdown, including prison employees Tangela Graves, back left, and Stacey Jones, back right. Jamie Lovegrove/Staff

Jamie Lovegrove is a political reporter covering the South Carolina Statehouse, congressional delegation and campaigns. He previously covered Texas politics in Washington for The Dallas Morning News and in Austin for the Texas Tribune.