State Politics

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

If you plan to vote in the South Carolina Democratic Primary but haven’t yet registered to vote or have recently moved, your time to register is running out.

  General Assembly returns to Columbia for start of legislative session

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

  Cunningham hosts town hall event Saturday

  Graham, Scott praise Trump’s response to Iran strike

  Summerville welcomes new mayor and swears in council members

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cunningham to support Articles of Impeachment against President Trump

  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

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

  Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick visits Charleston days after entering race

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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 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.

  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.

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.

  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

Mark Sanford, ex-South Carolina governor and congressman, launches longshot Republican challenge to President Trump.

  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes stop in SC

Presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro are talking to voters across the coast Friday

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

Rep. Joe Cunningham is already gearing up for his re-election campaign in 2020

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

The Charleston Audit Committee decided late Monday afternoon to defer the acceptance of a final report on the spending practices of Mayor John Tecklenburg.

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.

  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.

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.

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.

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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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