The ball dropped in Times Square symbolizing the beginning of a new year. These are exciting times. An upset of business as usual occurred with the historic Nov. 2 elections. Some incumbents won back their seats, but there was a new wave of men and women who were elected for the first time.
Eighty-five new congressmen, mostly tea party conservatives, were sworn into the 112th Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5. We witnessed our S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney drop that title and become U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, 5th District.