South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster quietly overthrew state government earlier today, declaring martial law throughout all 46 counties and installing his English Bulldog, Barnwell Junior, as the state's "puppet governor."
Running unopposed for reelection as Attorney General in both the June GOP primary and November general elections, the popular McMaster succeeded in siezing control of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government in a bloodless coup precipitated by voter apathy and his own internal inertia.
"With no campaign to run, Henry just got bored," McMaster spokesman Trey Walker told FITS. "And this is what happens when Henry gets bored."
At a hastily-arranged ceremony in the upper lobby of the South Carolina State House, McMaster's bulldog was sworn in by Chief Justice Jean H. Toal seconds prior to to affixing his paw print on an emergency decree that transferred all state power to the AG's office.
The bulldog then drooled on a WIS-TV microphone, bit State newspaper reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin on the buttocks and went "No. 2" on the carpet outside of the State House of Representatives chamber.
McMaster, who gave himself the title "Generalissimo," was unavailable for comment, but allowed himself to be photographed alongside Barnwell Junior on a reviewing stand as a parade of tanks and soldiers passed by on nearby Gervais Street.
"Viva Nacho Libre!" McMaster shouted as he saluted the passing troops.
"Viva La Generalissimo!" Shouted the troops in reply.
Walker said McMaster would permit the November 7 elections to continue, but that the emergency decree would remain in place no matter which party triumphed.
"Los Ejercitos, C'est Henry," Walker said.
UPDATE - AG Deputy Communications Director Mark Plowden now tells FITS the entire takeover was a "Trick-or-Treat" joke.