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Graham: Push for DC statehood ‘a brazen power grab’ by Dems

  Governor set to review bill that reshapes the Charleston County School Board

  RESULTS for primary runoff election

  National Action Network calls JUSTICE Act ‘woefully inadequate'

Voters return to polls Tuesday for runoff election

State lawmakers will push to name June ‘Black Lives Matter Month’ in S.C.

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SC House Speaker creates Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee

RNC announces Jacksonville, Fla. as host to celebratory part of 2020 convention, City of Charlotte responds

  Mace, Cunningham discuss top issues, coronavirus before November election

RNC votes for ‘scaled back’ official business in Charlotte, no final decision made on site for celebration

President Trump gives ‘Total Endorsement’ to Nancy Mace following primary win

LIST: Runoffs required for primary races too close to call

  LOOK HERE: South Carolina Primary election results

One of the first races called tonight was for Lindsey Graham who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Nancy Mace also won the Republican nomination for U.S. House in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district.

  Nancy Mace wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in SC’s 1st congressional district

Nancy Mace has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district, according to the Associated Press.

  Charleston County sees record high mail-in voting in June primary

Charleston County elections officials say mail-in/absentee ballots for today’s primary election has surpassed the 2016 presidential election’s mail-in/absentee ballots.

  Polls open for statewide primary election with thousands of absentee votes cast

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for a statewide primary election.

  Hotline prepared for polling problems in South Carolina

Monday is last day to vote absentee in South Carolina primary

Sen. Lindsey Graham to hold “Get Out The Vote” event in Charleston Sunday

Few incumbents face primary challenges on South Carolina ballot

Decision 2020: Lindsey Graham faces three primary challengers for his U.S. Senate seat

  Charleston Co. Board of Elections hears residency challenge for two SC House District 109 candidates

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  South Carolina voters can expect new “touchless voting” procedures for June primaries

New procedures will be in place on June 9th to protect voters and poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Touchless voting” will be the new process for casting a ballot, from the check-in process to selecting a preferred candidate on the voting machines’ touch screens.

  SC election upgrades for voter check-in process won’t be ready for June primaries

Late last year, election officials reported the state’s current electronic poll book solution is not compatible with the new statewide voting system because of its age and inadequate software capabilities.

  Charleston County in dire need of poll workers for primary election

We are less than two weeks away from South Carolina’s primary election, but Charleston County’s election officials say they are extremely short-staffed.

Charleston MAGA boat parade on Sunday to show support for President Trump

A Make America Great Again parade is expected to happen Sunday afternoon in Charleston to show support for President Donald Trump.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

Judge promises quick decision on witness absentee signature

A federal judge said she will do her best to decide quickly if a requirement that absentee ballots in South Carolina have the signature of a witness is constitutional with people trying to stay isolated because of the coronavirus.

Sen. Lindsey Graham shares plans to expand PPE production in US

Graham said he expects to get bipartisan support in the Senate for his legislation.

S.C. House, Senate unanimously vote to expand absentee voting for June primaries

South Carolina lawmakers unanimously voted on a bill that would expand absentee voting for the June primaries due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

New bill says voters who choose to vote from home during pandemic should be able to

Some lawmakers will be pushing for changes to our state’s absentee process when they return to session, Tuesday, May 12. A bill being introduced in the House says there should be some adjustments made to protect voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Former SC Gov. Haley registers to vote at new coastal home

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley changed her voting address to her new home on Kiawah Island in time to vote in next month’s primaries.

Democrats file federal lawsuit in South Carolina amid coronavirus pandemic

Democrats filed a federal suit on Saturday to remove restrictive and unconstitutional barriers to absentee mail-in voting amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Kiawah Island Community Association Board returns $1 million coronavirus loan

The Kiawah Island Community Association Board voted to return a $1 million coronavirus loan they obtained through the Paycheck Protection Program.

  SC group works to reopen businesses amid economic crisis and COVID-19

The first meeting of Governor Henry McMaster’s accelerateSC task force revealed grim, new details about the economic crisis state and industry leaders are expecting from the coronavirus pandemic.

  Gov. McMaster lifts SC beach access limits; local leaders to decide whether to reopen

McMaster said beaches in the state can reopen on Tuesday at noon. However, the governor said it will now be up to local leaders whether to reopen their beaches to public access.

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

Gov. McMaster plans to reopen South Carolina beaches

Governor Henry McMaster is planning to announce to reopen public beaches around the state with assistance from law enforcement officials, according to a source with knowledge of the governor’s plans.

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

Harrison outraises Graham in record-breaking first quarter

In his pursuit of a fourth term representing South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been out-raised for the first time by his Democratic challenger.

’I have my role to play and you have your role to play’: Rep. Clyburn’s Easter message

On Easter, rather than putting on their Sunday best, gathering with families or praying with their communities, Christians across the world are being encouraged to stay home.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

State lawmakers return for one-day session at State House

South Carolina’s Legislature is trying to meet as quickly and safely as possible to assure they can come back after the peak of the coronavirus and figure out the state budget, education and anything else they consider important.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

South Carolina to get new, lower budget prediction

The board that predicts how much money South Carolina will take in from taxes and fees to help set the budget is meeting Thursday.

Some Democrats say SC Legislature meeting is unsafe

South Carolina lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse for a day next week, but not everyone is happy the Republican dominated House and Senate will be in session as the coronavirus spreads.

McMaster thanks State House leaders for calling one-day session

The South Carolina House and Senate plan to return for one day next week.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Governor issues executive order activating SC National Guard, giving DHEC emergency powers

South Carolina’s governor is aiming to protect first responders during the new coronavirus outbreak, ordering that anyone calling 911 be asked if anyone near them has symptoms of COVID-19.

Gov. Henry McMaster Declares Vietnam War Veterans Day in South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster has issued a proclamation naming today Vietnam War Veterans Day in South Carolina.

South Carolina’s typical June primary not certain with coronavirus

As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled - the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election.

Majority Whip Clyburn celebrates the life of civil rights leader

U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn issued a statement on the passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery.

  Tecklenburg defends ‘Stay at Home’ ordinance, urges continued vigilance against COVID-19

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said he believes the city’s “Stay at Home” ordinance is consistent with Gov. Henry McMaster’s efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Rep. Cunningham says he tested positive for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham released a statement Friday after learning he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

  ‘More needs to be done:’ S.C. lawmakers want ‘stay home’ order from McMaster

Two Upstate lawmakers are urging Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a "stay at home" order for South Carolinians now that the novel coronavirus has reached the "acceleration stage."

State Sen. Paul Campbell won’t seek re-election

A South Carolina state senator has announced that he will not be seeking another term in Columbia.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

SC Rep. pushes for aid using budget surplus as employees face mass lay-offs

As businesses across the country struggle to keep customers during the COVID-19 crisis, many have had to completely shut down their restaurants and stores.

South Carolina Democratic Party updates county party conventions in response to coronavirus pandemic

The South Carolina Democratic Party released new information regarding scheduling updates on county conventions in response to COVID-19.

S.C. sees 400% increase in jobless claims over Coronavirus

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has reported a 400 percent increase in unemployment claims filed this week in response to jobs lost because of the coronavirus.

Lawmaker wants McMaster to declare state of emergency over coronavirus

A South Carolina lawmaker says he is calling on Gov. Henry McMaster to declare a state of emergency in the Palmetto State because of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

House approves state budget, nixes across-the-board raises for state employees

The South Carolina House has rejected proposals to give across-the-board raises to state employees.

Horry County moves one step closer to becoming Second Amendment sanctuary

If passed, it would protect Horry County residents' right to bear arms and ensure they won't have to comply if state or federal government officials change any laws.

S.C.'s longest-serving black senator won’t seek re-election in 2020

State Sen. John Matthews, who represents portions of Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election this year.

  State Senate passes education reform bill; Legislation now heads to House floor

The South Carolina Senate passed S.419, the education reform bill Thursday afternoon with a 40-4 vote.

  Biden celebrates S.C. Democratic Primary win, Steyer drops out

Former Vice President Joe Biden declared his presidential campaign back in a big way before a throng of supporters elated with his big win in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary.

  Steyer drops out of presidential race after third-place S.C. primary finish

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer is ending Democratic presidential campaign after pouring millions of dollars into his bid.

High voter turnout reported in the Palmetto State, only a few polling issues

As of 10 p.m. Saturday, the Associated Press reported 437,621 votes in South Carolina -- and the numbers were still coming in.

POLITICS EXPLAINED: Winning the most votes does not mean you win the South Carolina primary

When South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary, the candidate with the most votes might not be the one declared the winner.

First U.S. death from coronavirus confirmed in U.S.; Total cases rise to 22

A person has died in Washington state of COVID-19, state health officials said Saturday, marking the first such reported death in the United States.

  South Carolina holding ‘First in the South’ primary

The 'First in the South' Democratic Presidential Preference Primary takes place on Saturday in South Carolina.

What S.C. voters should know before heading to the polls Saturday

The 2020 South Carolina Democratic Primary will be held Saturday with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  President Trump fires up S.C. supporters the day before state’s Democratic Primary

President Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands at the North Charleston Coliseum that it is “an incredible time for our nation.”

  Everything you should know before the Trump rally in N. Charleston Friday

President Donald Trump is coming to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night

  Lawsuit: SC’s restrictions on LGBTQ sex ed curriculum violates Constitution

A federal lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina’s superintendent of education regarding a decades old law which prohibits districts from including any discussion of alternative sexual lifestyles in their health education courses, except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases.

  Lawmakers considering change to S.C.’s open primaries

South Carolina is one of 15 states that has open primaries, which means voters do not have to be affiliated with a certain party to vote in any party’s primary.

  N. Charleston Coliseum issues parking alert ahead of Trump visit Friday

President Donald Trump’s planned visit to the Charleston area Friday night prompted a parking alert from North Charleston Coliseum officials.

Democrats band together to knock Sanders during debate clash

The new wave of infighting came as Democrats met for the party’s 10th — and perhaps most consequential — debate of the 2020 primary season.