COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - What's better than a Cheat Sheet on a Friday? You guessed it, nothing!
THE CHECK: South Carolina lawmakers want a total cost for damage from October's unprecedented flood, but they're at the mercy of agency heads still calculating damage. But a timetable isn't keeping your elected officials from proposing solutions.
Monday, Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler unveiled a proposed bond bill to help pay for flood-damaged road repairs. The bond package would allow the state to borrow up to $500 million.
Think of a bond like a loan. The state gets the money, and has to pay it back over time, with interest. Unlike that loan you get from the Don, though, no one comes around to break the state's thumbs. The state just gets a lower credit rating.
Despite pats on the back and good feelings all around on flood relief, partisan cracks are starting to show up, just like the cracks in state roads.
Immediately after Setzler proposed the bond bill, Republican counterparts pledged to work in a bipartisan manner while also saying a bond proposal is "premature." Gov. Nikki Haley's office also released a statement emphasizing the importance of basing solutions on hard numbers.
While lawmakers debate, South Carolinians start sounding more and more like Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park.
THE TRAIL: Brace yourselves, the candidates are coming. With just about four months to go before the First in the South Primary, South Carolina is in each campaign's crosshairs.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich rolled through the Midlands following Tuesday night's more civil, albeit milquetoast, GOP debate.
Ben Carson has one Friday stop in Greenville for a Tim Scott Town Hall, galvanizing his tea party base. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is also hitting the Upstate Saturday before traveling to the Lowcountry for meet and greets.
Carson will also make one more South Carolina stop on Nov. 21 at Allen University in Columbia, taking part in a forum with Democratic contenders Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Donald Trump is also making two South Carolina stops in five days. First, Spartanburg on Nov. 20, and another in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 24,
two regions that have responded particularly will to the real estate mogul.
Campaign stops in South Carolina will be especially important to conservative candidates, whose messages and voter bases overlap. Their goal is simple: be cool, get people to listen, and dig the message.
THE WINNER: Vice President Joe Biden -- The Veep made a stop at Clemson, part of his "It's On Us" tour to fight campus sexual assault. Biden, a self-proclaimed optimist, used some harsh words against perpetrators or rape, or even witnesses who sit idly by and do nothing.
The message wasn't political, but the man's passion to stop the issue was unmistakable.
It also didn't hurt that he didn't sniff anyone's hair this time.
THE LOSERS: The students in Mizzou's "No Media" zone -- The cause notwithstanding, Missouri students, and a communications professor who should have known better, throttled and manhandled student reporters trying to cover the hunger strike and protest against racial discrimination.
The protesters clearly didn't understand either the First Amendment or the use of public spaces. The students were on a publicly-funded campus, and therefore couldn't oust the press. And for the students who shouted, "I don't give you permission to take my photo," they didn't need it. You essentially shouted the equivalent of that silly Facebook privacy post.
Yes, the press (media is too big a blanket term) makes for a great punching bag for both sides, but we actually help advance causes, tell stories of the underdog, and shed light on bad situations.
Inviting the press to cover a cause, then forcing them out makes me wonder if Larry, Moe, or Curly organized the protests.
THE TAKEAWAY: Read your daggum Constitution!