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

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

  Charleston County in dire need of poll workers for primary election

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

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

Judge promises quick decision on witness absentee signature

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

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

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

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

Democrats file federal lawsuit in South Carolina amid coronavirus pandemic

Kiawah Island Community Association Board returns $1 million coronavirus loan

  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

Harrison outraises Graham in record-breaking first quarter

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

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

State lawmakers return for one-day session at State House

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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.

  Candidates square off in Democratic presidential debate showdown in Charleston

Democratic rivals were hoping to knock Bernie Sanders off his front-runner perch in a debate before a critical South Carolina primary that could dramatically reshape the race.

  Charleston mayor: ‘Our city will be part of history’

Charleston’s mayor and the choir from Mother Emanuel AME Church were among the guests appearing on stage ahead of Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate preshow event.

  Republican attorneys general hold panel on Democratic ‘agenda’ ahead of presidential primary debate

South Carolina’s attorney general joined two other states’ attorneys general to discuss what they call “the Democrats’ lawless agenda.”

  Emanuel AME shooting survivor says she will vote for Biden or Buttigieg

A woman who survived the 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME church which took the lives of nine of her fellow parishioners will choose between Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden in the voting booth Saturday.

Worried Democrats rush to slow front-runner Sanders before SC primary

At least three Democratic candidates, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg, have reinforced their anti-Sanders rhetoric with paid attack ads.

  Democratic presidential debate preparations underway at Gaillard Center in Charleston

CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute are co-hosting the 10th Democratic presidential primary debate. The debate is on Tuesday at the Gaillard Center at 8 p.m.

  Educators worry education reform could take back burner to Santee Cooper talks

Some educators say education overhaul efforts have slowed as state lawmakers try to figure out what to do with Santee Cooper.

  Bloomberg delays scheduled appearance at CNN town hall in Charleston

CNN has announced that the network will be holding two nights of town halls in Charleston featuring the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

  Preps underway for Trump rally in N. Charleston amid other large events

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the president’s visit will impact security and traffic around the North Charleston Coliseum next Friday.

S.C. lawmakers want to create disaster relief fund

Lawmakers at the State House want to create a disaster relief fund to help the state recover faster from situations like flooding, hurricanes and even ice storms.

  Biden: ‘I think it diminishes our prospect’ of beating Trump if he’s not nominee

Democratic presidental candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that if he’s not the nominee, Democrats may be in trouble in November.

John Legend to visit Charleston, Orangeburg for Warren campaign

Musician John Legend is scheduled to visit the Palmetto State next week in campaign stops for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Trump plans S.C. visit before state’s Democratic Primary

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he plans to visit South Carolina just before of the state’s Democratic Primary.

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.

  Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Citadel Cadets

Vice President Mike Pence arrived at Joint Base Charleston late Thursday afternoon for a special evening at The Citadel.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

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

Less than 24 hours after a Live 5 News report on the high cost of a guaranteed seat at the Democratic Presidential Debate, the Charleston County Democratic Party no longer shows the option on their website.

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

Voters hoping to attend the Democratic presidential debate in Charleston this month will be hard-pressed to find guaranteed tickets unless they pay thousands of dollars as a sponsor.

Lawmakers react to Trump acquittal on impeachment charges

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the cloud over the presidency has been removed after the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon on two charges.

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

House bill 5090 is sponsored by Reps. Jonathan Hill, of Anderson, and Stewart Jones, of Laurens.

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

Beaufort County election officials are hosting four community forums on voter registration and elections ahead of the Democratic presidential primary on February 29.

  Lawmakers ask for investigation into CCSD school merger vote

Two state lawmakers have sent letters to the South Carolina Department of Revenue this week asking for an investigation into a recent controversial decision by the Charleston County School District Board to merge middle schools in West Ashley.

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

As the SC Department of Agriculture prepares to accept hundreds of new applications for the 2020 growing season on Feb. 1, there are concerns about how “heavy-handed” regulations from the federal government will impact the state’s crop.