South Carolina's unemployment benefits fund is expected to be empty by the end of today if Gov. Mark Sanford does not request a federal loan that would keep benefit payments running through March. The governor is expected to announce his decision at a press conference this afternoon.
Sanford has resisted requesting the $146 million loan until the unemployment agency agrees to meet his requests for a state audit and increased data reporting on the state's unemployed.
The state's 77,000 unemployed are no doubt keeping a white-knuckled grip on their TV remotes, awaiting the governor's decision. South Carolina Republican state legislators are reportedly rather unhappy with Sanford. One lawmaker called it a "heartless and cruel act."
Sanford was among those considered potential runnning mates for John McCain. Here, U.S. News drew up a list of 10 Things You Don't Know About Mark Sanford.
No. 11: Well, I guess we'll find out this afternoon.