State Politics

  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

Budget passes second reading in SC Statehouse after hours of debate

Budget debate in SC House shifts to discussion on abortion

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

  Charleston Co. Democratic Party chair stepping down to endorse Booker

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  SC representative apologizes after social media controversy involving Joe Cunningham photo

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

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

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

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

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

Proposed SC bill would allow for Sunday liquor sales

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce has a question for its members – would they be in favor of Sunday liquor sales?

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

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

  Cunningham, Clyburn react to State Of The Union speech

Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Clyburn and Sen. Scott all issued statements

  Rep. Cunningham bringing Folly Beach mayor to State of The Union

Goodwin is a Republican who backed Cunningham last fall

Bill in the State House makes second attempt to bring the electric chair back to South Carolina

A similar bill also passed the State Senate in 2018 but did not pass the State House.

  Stricter distracted driving laws could be coming to South Carolina

A crackdown on distracted driving could be on the way for South Carolina motorists.

  Lawmakers consider new restrictions on e-cigarettes for teens

State lawmakers are set to vote on a new bill that would place further restrictions on teenage access to e-cigarettes

Cunningham joins House caucus composed of fiscally-responsible Democrats

South Carolina’s First District Congressman is one of the newest freshman House members who has joined a Democratic coalition whose members value fiscal responsibility.

Bill would authorize police to send drug offenders to treatment before they’re charged

A bill in the State House gives law enforcement the option to send people suffering from a drug addiction to get help rather than charge them right off the bat.

  SC lawmakers to consider raising state’s minimum wage

Lawmakers are considering two bills that could raise minimum wage in South Carolina for the first time in more than a decade.

Columbia councilman: ‘Resignations are in order’ in Allen Benedict Court apartments ‘tragedy’

Councilman Moe Baddourah wrote a letter to the City Council and Mayor Steve Benjamin, saying “a resignation or resignations are in order, including the resignation of the Authority director.”

HHS: SC’s faith-based foster care, adoption providers are ok, ACLU calls practice discrimination

Gov. McMaster joined the fight against this policy when a Greenville faith-based center, Miracle Hill Ministries, whose requirement for Christians-only became a contested issue.

  Sanders calls Trump ‘racist,’ ‘pathological liar’ during 2-day SC visit

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders heightened a war of words against President Donald Trump during a two-day visit to South Carolina, including calling Trump "a racist" during a rally outside the South Carolina Statehouse.

Elizabeth Warren planning trip to Columbia to promote possible 2020 presidential run

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making her first trip to South Carolina since she announced her possible 2020 presidential run.

Rep. Cunningham asks for his paycheck to be withheld during shutdown

Wednesday marked day 26 of the shutdown.

Gov. McMaster’s proposed raise for teachers isn’t enough, organization says

A state teacher organization is thanking Governor McMaster for recognizing that teachers need a pay raise, but says the proposal isn’t enough.

Gov. McMaster says extra $1B in 2019 budget will go to state education, South Carolina’s prosperity

Governor Henry McMaster will release his executive budget for the 2019 -2020 at 10:45 a.m. at the Statehouse.

  Government shutdown delays financial aid for some Lowcountry students

Schools across the Lowcountry have students, both current and incoming, who are affected by this, but most institutions are working with the students to navigate financial aid during the shutdown.

  Majority Whip James Clyburn says Americans are ‘hostages’ over president’s demands for border wall

U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) issued a strong statement against President Donald Trump’s border wall in a statement over the weekend.

Gov. Henry McMaster pledges education reform in inaugural address

The inauguration ceremony is set for 11 a.m. on the south steps of the statehouse.

Strategist who helped Cunningham to victory sets sights on Beto O’Rourke

The goal of the “Draft Beto” campaign is to convince Beto O’Rourke to run for President in 2020 and former Cunningham spokesman Tyler Jones will serve as the group’s South Carolina state director

Prefiled bill calls for ‘SC Independence Day’ to educate students on state’s role in the American Revolution

A South Carolina lawmaker wants to declare March 26 “South Carolina Independence Day” to help students in public schools learn about South Carolina’s role in the American Revolution.

  Porch pirates could see years of jail time if SC bill gets approval

South Carolina State Rep. McKnight filed the bill and said he hopes this will help people think twice about stealing people’s packages.

  Coast Guard families feeling effects of government shutdown

Families of Coast Guard members are being impacted as the partial government shutdown goes into its seventh day.

Amid government shutdown, Sanford shares farewell address he planned to give

Sanford knew the day would come since last June when he lost the Republican primary to Katie Arrington, who eventually went on to lose in the general election to Democrat Joe Cunningham.

SC girl reaches out to NORAD to track Santa, speaks to President Trump

It’s not every day you make a phone call and get patched into the White House.

GOP leaders weigh protecting Trump from primary challenge

Republicans in early voting states are grappling with how _ and whether _ to protect President Donald Trump from a potential primary challenger in 2020

South Carolina GOP planning effort to reclaim 1st District

South Carolina Republicans are already sketching out ways to win back the first congressional seat in the state to flip to Democratic hands in decades.

Summey announces re-election bid as N. Charleston mayor

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced he will run for re-election in what would be his seventh term as mayor of North Charleston in 2019.

  Berkeley County releases details of former deputy supervisor’s departure

Newly-released documents in the resignation of Berkeley County’s former deputy supervisor show he threatened legal action against the county if council members voted to fire him or make “disparaging comments” about him.

Graham releases statement on possibile Judiciary Committee chairmanship

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is next in line to oversee the process of judicial confirmations, a top priority for Republicans and for President Donald Trump.

Graham: ‘I have no interest in becoming attorney general’

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham put to bed rumors that he would be interested in becoming the nation's next Attorney General.

  Cunningham: Politics should be about ‘working together to do what’s right’

Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham said his campaign resonated with voters in the Lowcountry and beyond during his victory speech Wednesday night in Charleston.

  Katie Arrington calls out Mark Sanford in speech about Joe Cunningham election win

Before polls closed across South Carolina, Republican Congressional candidate Katie Arrington was labeling her campaign’s watch party a “victory party.”

Voters send 3 incumbents, 1 newcomer to CCSD school board

The Charleston County School Board election was one of several contentious races in Tuesday’s midterm election.

  Voter turnout soars in Lowcountry compared to 2014 midterms

Numbers jumped more than 10 percent in many places when compared to turnout in the 2014 midterms in the Lowcountry counties.

  McMaster on election victory: ‘This is going to be great’

Gov. Henry McMaster won his first full term as governor Tuesday night.

  Smith concedes SC governor’s race to McMaster

The man hoping to unseat current Gov. Henry McMaster went into Election Day saying he felt confident about the chances of the upset.

Several Horry County residents report problems at certain polling locations

Several Horry County residents reported problems at certain polling locations Tuesday.

Man not allowed to wear Trump shirt votes shirtless

Be careful what you’re wearing to vote Tuesday.

Election officials respond to machine malfunctions following voter complaints of ‘changed votes’

Richland County election officials are working to fix problems that have been reported at the polls.

On Election Day, a bald eagle was seen soaring in Murrells Inlet

As many across the country head to the polls Tuesday, a symbol of American democracy was seen soaring in the Murrells Inlet area.

  SC sets midterm record for absentee voting

South Carolina set a record for absentee ballots cast during the 2018 Midterm elections.

  Cunningham, Arrington tell voters what they like about each other

Both have talked about the divisions they’ve seen, so what do they admire about each other?

2018 SC voter guide: Ballot questions, polling places, and more

Voters across the state are headed to the polls.

  How to avoid issues at the polls and other frequently asked questions

Hopefully this gives you some piece of mind.

  Tracking the money: First Congressional District candidates

At almost four billion dollars, this election is the most expensive midterm in history, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

  MEET THE CANDIDATES: South Carolina Governor’s race

South Carolina voters will fill the highest seat at the State House in Tuesday’s election.

  MEET THE CANDIDATES: First Congressional District race

On Tuesday, the Lowcountry will choose its newest Congressman.

  Poll: Half of SC residents approved of Kavanaugh appointment to Supreme Court

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham turned heads during the hearings for his spirited defense of Kavanaugh, telling him that he had nothing to apologize for and calling the allegations against Kavanaugh an “unethical sham."

  Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship

Graham made the announcement Tuesday morning.

  One week from Midterms, more than 24k have already voted in Tri-County

Some counties still have absentee voting locations open.

AG Wilson faces Lowcountry law professor Constance Anastopoulo in attorney general race

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will face Constance Anastopoulo, a law professor from the Lowcountry, as seeks his third term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

  Second in-person absentee voting location opens in Summerville

Dorchester County voters now have a second location to vote in-person absentee.

Sen. Bernie Sanders urges South Carolina to fight for Medicare for all at Saturday rally

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join Senatory Nina Turner and other South Carolina democrats at a Medicare for All Rally at the Koger Center in Columbia at noon Saturday.

Democrats have 2020 vision with stops in SC as President Trump continues GOP push

Is it too early to think about November 2020? Some Democrats don't think so.