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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.

Lawmaker to introduce bill banning sale of vaping products in SC

Beaufort County testing new voting machines

  Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits Charleston neighborhood to discuss environmental justice

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

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

Charleston County hiring poll managers for the November election

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Beaufort County testing new voting machines ahead of election

Town of Yemassee increases voting population by around 150 people

Democratic presidential candidates expected in Lowcountry Saturday

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

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris to visit Charleston this weekend

  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.

  Ex-S.C. governor, congressman Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in 2020

  Julian Castro pushes his ‘People First’ presidential plans during visit to the College of Charleston

  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes stop in SC

  Beto O’Rourke calls for tighter gun control measures during stop in the Lowcountry

Rep. Joe Cunningham names campaign manager for 2020 re-election bid

  Charleston City Council delays acceptance of final report on mayor’s spending audit

Buttigieg rallies support in Pee Dee, hopes to bring change to ‘divided country’

A crowd of around 300 voters piled into a sweltering Hartsville-area fellowship hall Sunday to hear from the latest Democratic nominee hopeful to visit the Pee Dee.

Charleston city councilman drops out of race for Mayor

A Charleston City councilman announced late Sunday night that he will no longer seek the Mayor’s office in November.

As Sanford warns a ‘storm is coming,’ he’s still weighing primary challenge to Trump

It has been a month since former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford announced he would consider running against Donald Trump in a 2020 presidential primary.

  Sen. Graham plans to propose red-flag bill in wake of recent shootings

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham said that, after spending the weekend with President Donald Trump discussing the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, he plans to propose a bi-partisan red-flag bill in the next month.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

  Charleston County gearing up for 2020 election, acquiring new voting equipment

With the 2020 election just over a year away, Charleston County is gearing up for voters to cast their ballot.

S.C.’s new child support enforcement system operational statewide by August

After decades of delays, South Carolina’s new child support enforcement system will finally be operational statewide next month.

Rep. Todd Rutherford to file bill to remove governor from UofSC Board of Trustees

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) will file a bill to remove the governor from the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina. Currently, the Governor of South Carolina serves as the ex officio chair of the board.

Gov. McMaster confident Caslen will be voted in as USC’s next president

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to meet Friday morning to discuss what’s become a contentious search for the school’s next president, but it’s not clear yet if the board is planning to take a vote on a previously announced finalist, retired Lt. General Robert Caslen.

  Possible 2020 run against Trump is ‘in God’s hands,’ former SC Gov Mark Sanford says

Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a YouTube video repeating concerns about the nation’s growing debt and deficit.

Dozens gather for pro-confederate flag rally at SC State House

The group “Flags Across the South" held a pro-confederate flag rally at the State House Saturday.

Seekings raises more money in Q2, but Tecklenburg has more cash on hand in Charleston mayoral race

According to second quarter campaign filings due to the state election commission on Wednesday, Charleston city councilman Mike Seekings raised more money than Mayor John Tecklenburg in the second quarter, but the incumbent still has more money in his war chest.

Social justice group earns permit at State House to prevent traditional raising of Confederate flag

For the first time since 2016, the South Carolina Secessionist Party will not hold its annual Confederate Flag Rally on State House grounds, an event typically held every July 10. Instead, there are other events planned for the day.

  Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Charleston area schools ‘Minimally adequate’ in final SC campaign stop

Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed education, gun control and healthcare to a packed crowd at the International Longshoremen’s association hall in Charleston Sunday afternoon.

  Protesters demand Graham act against child detention centers at border

Protesters gathered outside Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Mount Pleasant office Tuesday demanding the closure of child detention centers.

Changes could be coming to the way South Carolina draws political maps

Right now in South Carolina, the state legislature is in charge of drawing political maps, but that could change before 2021.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Buttigieg believes SC could flip from red to blue in upcoming election

South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg believes there is nothing stopping South Carolina from turning blue in 2020.

  22 presidential candidates head to South Carolina for Clyburn’s fish fry

One of the biggest events so far for Democratic candidates’ kicked off Friday night in Columbia.

22 Democratic presidential candidates set to appear at Rep. Clyburn’s Fish Fry

With the race for the White House starting to heat up, South Carolina will host 22 Democratic presidential candidates this weekend.

  Democratic presidential candidates take on racial economic issues in Lowcountry

Four Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidates are traveling the Lowcountry this weekend ahead of the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party Convention in Columbia next Saturday.

  Beto O’Rourke wants reparations for slave decedents, addresses other Lowcountry issues

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke was the only candidate from Saturday’s Black Economic Alliance forum to sit down with Live 5 News’ Kaitlin Stansell to address some of the Lowcountry’s most hot button issues.

  Organization says they would have preferred hand marked ballots for new voting system

The South Carolina State Election Commission unveiled the new hybrid voting system Monday afternoon.

Change in SC law will raise juvenile age to 18 years old

The state of South Carolina will soon raise the age a suspect is considered an adult to 18 years old.

  Animal advocates applaud new animal cruelty law, want to see tethering addressed in 2020

The law signed by the Governor accomplishes a few things, including a requirement that judges receive animal cruelty instruction every four years.

Mt. Pleasant councilwoman to run for first district congressional seat in 2020

A Mount Pleasant town councilwoman will run for the first district congressional seat in 2020.

  Ballots being counted in Hollywood town election

Early election results show voters in the town of Hollywood may have elected a new mayor.

  Coastal business owners believe offshore drilling would be dangerous for SC

The owner of a restaurant near Folly Beach says he, like many business owners in the area, is opposed to offshore drilling or seismic testing in the Palmetto State.

  Cunningham takes on questions from both sides of the aisle at town hall meeting

South Carolina Congressman Joe Cunningham answered dozens of questions and took community input at a town hall meeting Saturday.

Panthers, SC governor plan party to sign tax break bill

The Carolina Panthers and South Carolina's governor are inviting people to a party in Rock Hill to celebrate up to $120 million in tax breaks.

SC governor suspends newly sworn-in mayor of Dillon; city council elects mayor pro-tem

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday suspending the city of Dillon’s embattled mayor-elect.

Title, release date announced for Nikki Haley’s new book

Former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley officially has a name and release date for her new book.

  Former SC Democratic Party Chair to challenge Graham for senate seat in 2020

Jaime Harrison, a former Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and native of Orangeburg, has announced his intent to run against Lindsey Graham for senate in 2020.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  Rep. Jim Clyburn shares his political philosophy through turtles

With all the wrangling and noise in DC, one of South Carolina’s biggest leaders looks to an unexpected, small creature for some wisdom

Hundreds rally to protest abortion restrictions at SC State House

Melissa-Anne Cunningham-Sereque shared her story with a crowd protesting abortion restrictions.

  3 of 5 Charleston mayoral candidates discuss planning for city’s future

There were multiple topics discussed during the meeting including affordable housing, growth within the city and flooding

Rep. Cunningham wants to allow Charleston VA to help fund flooding prevention projects

First District Rep. Joe Cunningham is trying to find different ways to help the Lowcountry fend off more flooding issues

SC lawmakers begin three-day special session to discuss budget, Santee Cooper & Panthers

South Carolina lawmakers are headed back to the State House Monday to begin a three-day special session.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

South Carolina joins lawsuit against manufacturers in alleged conspiracy to fix prescription drug prices

Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 44-state coalition led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in announcing a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce c

  Rep. Cunningham honors Lowcountry school on US House floor

Congressman Joe Cunningham honored a Lowcountry school recently ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation.

  Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg signs letter supporting bill to bring Panthers to SC

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is among five South Carolina mayors who have signed a letter addressed to senators in the South Carolina statehouse

SC governor announces state’s first child advocate to lead children social services

South Carolina will now have its first department of children’s advocacy, the state’s governor’s office announced a person to run the agency on Monday morning.

  Biden stops by SC church Sunday during weekend campaign visit

The 74-year-old longtime politician visited the church one day after an event at the Hyatt Park Community Center on Saturday where he was welcomed by a community of supporters.

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to hold N. Charleston town hall Sunday

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making campaign stops in South Carolina beginning on Sunday.

  Democratic presidential hopeful, SC native Robby Wells campaigns in Palmetto State

A South Carolina native who is running for president spoke in Summerville Saturday morning.

  EXCLUSIVE: 1-on-1 interview with former VP, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden before SC campaign stop in Columbia

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made one of his first stops since he announced he’s running for president of the United States in Columbia on Saturday.

Biden to make Saturday presidential campaign stop in South Carolina

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who polls show is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic campaign, will make a campaign stop in Columbia Saturday.

Teachers hope signs send clear messages at education rally

As Lowcountry teachers prepared for Wednesday's education rally at the Statehouse in Columbia, many prepared homemade signs as part of their protest.

Denmark Tech supporters sue state; its future is uncertain

Supporters of Denmark Technical College are suing South Carolina even as the school’s fate is being debated in the state budget.

  Booker gets birthday surprise during SC campaign stop

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker spent a portion of his 50th birthday at a campaign stop in North Charleston Saturday.

Biden expected to announce campaign stops in South Carolina soon

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered the Democratic race for the White House this week, is expected to announce a visit to the Palmetto State.

  City councilman Mike Seekings to run for mayor of Charleston

Charleston city councilman Mike Seekings announced Thursday morning he will run for mayor

SC House passes bill to ban abortions once heartbeat detected

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will discuss a bill that would make abortions illegal in our state as long as a heartbeat can be detected.