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Lowcountry democrats attend events ahead of SC Primary

Democratic presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden will be in the Lowcountry Saturday, just weeks before the South Carolina primary.

  Charleston Co. Democratic Party no longer offering guaranteed seats to debate in exchange for $1700+ online sponsorship

  Want a guaranteed seat at the Democratic debate in Charleston? It’ll cost a lot of cash.

Lawmakers react to Trump acquittal on impeachment charges

Separate resolutions introduced to name I-85, I-385 interchange for Presidents Trump and Obama

Beaufort County election officials to host forums on voter registration and elections

  Lawmakers ask for investigation into CCSD school merger vote

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  2020 brings new regulations and new concerns for S.C. hemp growers

  McMaster to set goals, priorities for 2020 in State of the State

Deadline to register to vote in state’s Democratic Party coming soon

  McMaster joins supporters of bill to ban abortions after fetal heartbeat detected

  SC for ED calls for action after Senate moves education bill forward as top priority

  General Assembly returns to Columbia for start of legislative session

Gov. McMaster wants to send South Carolina taxpayers another rebate check in 2020

The South Carolina governor submitted his Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 on Monday afternoon.

  Tulsi Gabbard ‘not paying attention’ to polls ahead of Caucus Day

Gabbard said she wants to bring about real change as Commander in Chief, and she touts her military experience in understanding the complicated, tragic, and taxing toll wars can take on a country.

  Cunningham hosts town hall event Saturday

First District Congressman Joe Cunningham will host a town hall event in downtown Charleston Saturday morning.

  Presidential hopeful Michael Bennet visits Charleston

The College of Charleston hosted presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet as part of the school’s Bully Pulpit Series Friday.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

Graham, Scott praise Trump’s response to Iran strike

  Cory Booker talks voter engagement, Iran strike in Colleton Co. town hall

Cunningham calls for facts from Trump Administration on U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general

  Summerville welcomes new mayor and swears in council members

Civil rights icon, Ga. representative John Lewis diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer

  Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang meets voters in West Ashley couple’s living room

Andrew Yang met with voters in Colleton County first before making his way to the Charleston area in West Ashley.

  Reintroduced ‘Teachers’ Bill of Rights’ includes new effort to give teachers planning, break time

State legislators want to make sure every teacher has at least 30 minutes to themselves each day, however some remain skeptical on how that could be implemented and enforced.

  Dr. Jill Biden to make campaign stops in Lowcountry this weekend

Dr. Jill Biden will visit the Lowcountry this weekend to campaign for her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

  Survivors of sex crimes could have more time to file lawsuits against their attackers in SC

As lawmakers prepare for the start of the next legislative session in South Carolina, one Lowcountry representative is working to give survivors of sex crimes more time to seek justice.

  Congress, Trump approve $138M to fully fund Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

President Donald Trump approved $138 million for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill in the 2020 Budget.

  Lawmakers looking at reversing CCSD votes, altering way board members are elected

A South Carolina legislative delegation is planning to draft legislation that will dramatically change the Charleston County School District.

Cunningham to support Articles of Impeachment against President Trump

Rep. Joe Cunningham released a statement Monday stating he plans to vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.

Gaillard Center to host Democratic Presidential Primary debate in February 2020

Twitter will also be a partner in the debate.

  State lawmakers could consider raising minimum speed limit on S.C. interstates

A state lawmaker prefiled a bill in Columbia that could have increase the minimum speed limit on South Carolina interstates.

Cunningham’s office releases statement on impeachment process against Trump

A spokesperson for First District Rep. Joe Cunningham says the Congressman is closely following proceedings against President Donald Trump.

  Interim Sheriff Carter Weaver wins Georgetown Co. Sheriff’s GOP Primary

Georgetown County officials have announced Carter Weaver as the winner of the Republican primary for the sheriff’s race.

  Goose Creek residents approve referendum designed to return plant to full capacity

Unofficial counts show voters in Goose Creek approved a referendum that would allow the city to get into the electric utility business in order to serve a single customer.

  Tuesday’s primary for Georgetown sheriff will decide sole name on official ballot

When voters in Georgetown County head to the polls Tuesday, the original plan was to have them select which candidate would wind up on the ballot as the Republican candidate.

Buttigieg to participate in minimum wage roundtable in N. Charleston Sunday

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will return to the Lowcountry Sunday where he will meet with fast-food workers fighting for a higher minimum wage.

  Proposed legislation could change the future of South Carolina’s struggling malls

One state lawmaker has proposed legislation to revitalize malls across South Carolina into spaces that better serve their surrounding communities.

  Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick visits Charleston days after entering race

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will make two stops in the Palmetto State Wednesday.

Challenger ousts incumbent in Charleston City Council race’s unofficial results

Though results from Tuesday’s runoff election won’t be certified until Thursday, current numbers indicate District 3 residents will have a new representative on city council.

  One Year Out: Ads & candidates running against Cunningham

One year out from the 2020 Congressional Election, six Republican candidates have filed to run against incumbent Rep. Joe Cunningham, and a well-funded commercial against him is airing.

Tecklenburg, Seekings face off on issues in mayor’s race

The two men fighting for votes in the Charleston mayor’s race answered questions Monday night, the day before the runoff election.

  Live 5 Investigates: Charleston mayoral race attracted $175k in developer-related money

A look at their donations through State Ethics Commission filings showed both candidates accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people and companies connected to development.

  Mark Sanford knew he wouldn’t become president. But he said his run was about something bigger.

Earlier this week, former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford pulled the plug on the longshot presidential campaign he announced in September.

Nikki Haley to visit Charleston as part of book tour this weekend

Haley will appear at the Gaillard Center on Sunday afternoon.

  McMaster budget to include $10M for flooding relief for Charleston medical district

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster plans to set aside $10 million in his executive spending plan to help solve flooding problems in Charleston.

  Bill introduced to protect SC nurses, doctors in hospitals

South Carolina Rep. Wendell Gilliard announced on Wednesday he will pre-file a bill aimed at protecting nurses and doctors.

State senators working to move forward on education bill

A panel of state senators wrapped up tweaks to their version of a new state education bill, moving the state one step closer to changing education.

In-person absentee voting underway for Charleston mayor’s race, council seat

With one week to go before the runoff election that will decide the Charleston mayor's race, absentee voting is available in North Charleston.

  Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits South Carolina ahead of February primary

Warren says she is working around the clock to meet voters face to face ahead of the South Carolina democratic presidential primary in February.

  Deputies investigate claim N. Charleston mayoral candidate ‘verbally assaulted’ voter

A North Charleston woman gave Charleston County deputies video of an incident she claims shows a mayoral candidate verbally assaulting her at a polling place.

Mark Sanford giving away fake $1 trillion bills with his face on them

He is also asking supporters to “forward” the bills to their friends.

  Seekings challenges mayor to debate; Tecklenburg “looks forward to it”

Charleston Councilman Mike Seekings is calling for a “public, televised debate broadcast throughout Charleston sometime in the next seven days" with Mayor John Tecklenburg.

  Investigation launched into N. Charleston mayoral candidate’s election day actions

The Dorchester County Election Commission has opened an internal investigation after a North Charleston mayoral candidate was accused of making inapproriate comments to a poll worker on Tuesday.

  Tecklenburg challenges opponent Seekings to ‘honest campaign;’ Seekings responds

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is holding a news conference a day after election returns placed him in a runoff with City Councilman Mike Seekings.

  Charleston mayor’s race heads to runoff; Winners clear in N. Charleston, Summerville

Voters cast ballots across South Carolina and those votes are expected to decide several mayoral races and answer key bond referendums.

  Ricky Waring claims victory in Summerville mayoral race

Ricky Waring has claimed victory in the Summerville mayoral race after fellow candidate Bill Hearn conceded Tuesday night.

SC fetal heartbeat bill to head for vote with exceptions back in place

A bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina will make its way to the state Senate floor in January with a notable change.

‘No major issues’ with new voting machines reported in Charleston County

Despite concerns about whether new voting machines would spark problems on Election Day, county election officials say there have been no serious problems.

  Charleston mayoral candidates speak on different issues facing the city

There are six candidates in total, and Live 5 News asked each to give their take on issues that face the city

  Charleston City Council candidate files complaints after voters receive false robocalls

A candidate for Charleston City Council says someone is making false robocalls about her campaign.

  Cunningham issues statement on vote in favor of impeachment inquiry procedures

Rep. Joe Cunningham released a statement and video approximately one hour after the House approved the guidelines lawmakers will use when they consider impeaching President Donald Trump.

SC senators amend ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill to remove exceptions for rape, incest

The bill would ban abortions so long as a heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

President Trump to come to Columbia to speak at HBCU forum on criminal justice reform

The forum, organized by the college’s 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, will also feature many Democratic presidential candidates.

  North Charleston mayoral candidates to debate Wednesday night

The five candidates running for mayor of North Charleston will meet on a debate stage Wednesday night.

Lawmaker to introduce bill banning sale of vaping products in SC

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard said he will introduce a bill to ban the sale of vaping products in January when the state legislature reconvenes.

Beaufort County testing new voting machines

Beaufort County voters had a chance to preview South Carolina’s new voting machines on Friday so they can be comfortable with them on November 5th.

  Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits Charleston neighborhood to discuss environmental justice

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Charleston on Wednesday to discuss environmental justice.

Sen. Warren to take part in Student Loan Debt Relief Act Town Hall in Orangeburg

On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Clyburn will host a Student Loan Debt Relief Act Town Hall at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center at SC State.

SCGOP, Trump supporters rally in Mt. Pleasant, call on Cunningham to denounce impeachment effort

The South Carolina Republican Party and a group called Trump Victory called on First District Congressman Joe Cunninghamto denounce the impeachment inquiry being conducted against President Donald Trump.

Charleston County hiring poll managers for the November election

Charleston County election officials say they need poll managers for the upcoming November election.

Beaufort County testing new voting machines ahead of election

Friday, Oct. 4 is the last day to register to vote in Beaufort County along with several other South Carolina counties, and now, the entire state will have a new voting system.

Town of Yemassee increases voting population by around 150 people

Local elections are just a month away and the Town of Yemassee has recently annexed multiple properties - adding around 150 voters.

Democratic presidential candidates expected in Lowcountry Saturday

Four democratic presidential candidates are expected to be in the Lowcountry this weekend to discuss topics like gun violence and racism.

  Sen. Kamala Harris spent time campaigning at a North Charleston church

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris took her campaign to church here in the Lowcountry. The California senator worshipped at one of the oldest churches in North Charleston.

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list.

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris to visit Charleston this weekend

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is a Democratic presidential candidate, will speak at a Charleston NAACP event Saturday.

  Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders visits CofC

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to make a campaign stop Sunday night at the College of Charleston.

  Mark Sanford claims Republicans are burdened by ‘Trump fatigue,’ suffering from an identity crisis

Mark Sanford, a former governor and congressman for South Carolina, is the third Republican to challenge President Donald Trump for the party’s presidential nomination. However, many consider his campaign a longshot as GOP committees in several states forgo 2020 primaries.

Graham responds to Trump’s ousting of National Security Adviser Bolton

Sen. Lindsey Graham posted his reaction Tuesday to news that President Donald Trump had forced out National Security Advisor John Bolton.

  Sanford ‘disappointed’ over state GOP decision to cancel 2020 primary

South Carolina is one of several states across the country that will not hold a Republican presidential primary in 2020.