5 p.m. Alvin Portee is exhibiting a new ambition. He’s been running for Richland County Coroner for, by his own estimation, about a quarter century. He’s run as a Democrat, switched parties to run as a Republican (even attending the GOP National Convention in 2004), and now he’s a Democrat again. The coroner’s office is not up for election this year, so for variety, he’s running for county council. He’s got nothing against incumbent Paul Livingston. I think he’s just keeping his hand in on the campaigning thing.