SC Senator introduces resolution pushing for sale of Santee Cooper

The joint resolution has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Governor McMaster has tweeted about the legislation, calling it “clear and decisive leadership.”

Educators, senators work together to change education bill

  Beto O’Rourke to make first SC stop as presidential candidate next weekend

  Presidential candidate Julian Castro visits Lowcountry

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Budget passes second reading in SC Statehouse after hours of debate

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Budget debate in SC House shifts to discussion on abortion

Sen. Bernie Sanders to take first SC visit since launching 2020 campaign

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

  2020 presidential hopeful visits South Carolina for 3rd time

  Charleston Co. Democratic Party chair stepping down to endorse Booker

The man who has led the Charleston County Democratic Party for the past five years is stepping down to endorse a specific candidate for president.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

Cunningham sounds air horn during meeting on seismic blasting’s marine life impact

First Congressional District Rep. Joe Cunningham used an air horn to make a point during a hearing on seismic testing in asking a question about whether the controversial practice is disruptive or harmful to sea life.

Former Gov., first district Rep. Mark Sanford to lead seminars as fellow at University of Chicago

Six other fellows will be joining Sanford in the role

  SC representative apologizes after social media controversy involving Joe Cunningham photo

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Group launches study on the potential impact of gaming, gambling in South Carolina

Concerned SC lawmakers, top law enforcement officials join in support of new unlawful carry legislation

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

Grand Strand business owner says thousands of animals will be killed during seismic testing

A Grand Strand business owner says if seismic testing occurs off the South Carolina coast, thousands of animals will be killed as a result.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

  Presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker campaigns in Lowcountry

New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker stopped in Downtown Charleston Saturday to speak to Lowcountry supporters.

SC asks courts for injunction to block pending offshore testing, in addition to current seismic lawsuit

South Carolina is asking court for injunction to block pending offshore testing, in addition to the current federal lawsuit to oppose plans to allow offshore drilling tests along the Carolina coast.

New bill aims to shorten sentences of SC violent crime offenders. Victims say, not at their expense

A new bill within the state house that aims to shorten the sentences of violent crime offenders is prompting fiery debate on both sides of the issue.

  House passes ‘Charleston loophole’ bill co-sponsored by Cunningham, Clyburn

The bill calls for an extension of the time needed to perform a federal background check to buy a gun.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris plans return to SC for campaign visit

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris announced plans for her third visit to the Palmetto State in March.

Boeing nominates former SC Gov. Nikki Haley for election to board of directors

Haley, 47, was first elected to a seat in the South Carolina statehouse in 2004 before serving as governor between 2011 and 2017

Berkeley Co. announces details for special election to fill late councilman’s seat

The chance to file will end on March 2.

VP Pence to tour opportunity zones with Sen. Tim Scott in Columbia Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Columbia on Thursday, according to Senator Tim Scott’s office.

Columbia Police Chief sends letter to SC lawmakers pushing for common sense action

Columbia Police Department’s Chief Holbrook sent a letter to lawmakers last week, ahead of a rally, in support of two bills up for consideration in the State House.

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will join U.S. Congressman Tom Rice and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Florence.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

SC State Rep. Bales collapses on House floor for the second time in a year

South Carolina State Representative Jimmy Bales had another medical episode on the State House floor on Wednesday.

Conservation groups file motion for injunction to block start of seismic blasting

The injunction request states that the blasting harms marine animals

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

  Former Gov. Nikki Haley coming back to nonprofit she founded in 2011

Haley will continue to be based in New York.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Proposed SC bill looks to put bounty on coyotes

A newly proposed two-part bill would attempt to combat coyote issues in the state.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Sen. Cory Booker to make three stops in SC as part of campaign tour

Presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker will be in South Carolina from February 10-11.

NRCC sees SC first district as ‘prime pickup opportunity’ in 2020

The committee put out 55 “offensive targets” nationwide

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

Advocates cite ‘sense of urgency’ as work on SC energy bill continues

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments are on the line according to solar companies in South Carolina.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

DCCC already trying to help Rep. Cunningham during 2020 election cycle

Cunningham became the first Democrat to hold the First District seat in more than 40 years

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

State lawmakers, SC Governor, explore potential sale of Santee Cooper

According to a report from a consulting firm, there are more than a dozen bidders for the state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.

Push for pro-life legislation renewed in SC State House

Dozens of pro-life supporters visited the State House Wednesday for Personhood Day.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

South Carolina senator reintroduces abortion ban bill

A South Carolina senator has reintroduced legislation that would ban abortions in the state and possibly criminalize the act, according to the Associated Press.

First woman Citadel graduate says women wearing white at State of The Union ‘sets women back’

Mace accompanied her post with a photo of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

SC lawmakers working to ban minors from using tanning beds

Two South Carolina Lawmakers are working to prevent minors from using tanning beds.