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Associated Press' temporary legislative relief reporter Andrew Smith poses for a photo on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Smith, who has covered local and state government issues in Tennessee for several years, will join South Carolina Statehouse reporter Seanna Adcox to help cover the remainder of the 2014 legislative session as well as this year’s June primary election. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

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