Time to learn the key issues and people of the 2014 S.C. legislative session that starts Tuesday:
•Top three issues
: Tax reform (personal and corporate); roads (filling the deficit needed for repairs); and education reform (4-year-old kindergarten, helping poorer districts)
•Whom to watch
: Gov. Nikki Haley (Republican running for re-election), Sen. Vincent Sheheen (Haley's presumed Democratic opponent); Sen. Lee Bright (Republican running for U.S. senate); Rep. Bakari Sellers (Democrat running for lieutenant governor); and Rep. Mike Anthony (Democrat running for state superintendent of education).
•Other key issues
: Trash (who must use county landfills); ethics reform (requiring more income disclosure, a gubernatorial election hot potato); Department of Administration (giving the governor more power, another gubernatorial hot potato); border lines (drawing the real line between the Carolinas); hospital regulation (should the state have a say in approving major health-care projects); Obamacare (how to neutralize sweeping federal health-care act); state supreme court (a rare fight for chief justice); and allowing guns in bars (a shot and a beer -- perhaps literally).