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South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
In The States
South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
2021-07-26 20:26:31
by Ansley Puckett

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, requiring public and private schools in the state to provide a crisis hotline resource of their choosing on student ID card. “This law not only provides our... Read More

Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
In The States
Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
2021-07-08 17:48:02
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and others have appealed a federal court’s preliminary injunction preventing them implementing a ban on the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection... Read More

South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
In The States
South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
2021-06-29 13:18:25
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill on June 24 that protects small businesses from COVID-related lawsuits.   The South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor Act provides legal immunity to businesses, health care facilities and state agencies that... Read More

Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
Technology
Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
2021-06-10 23:36:23
by Victoria Turner

In South Carolina, the state government is matching broadband service providers dollar-for-dollar if they build out networks to the identified unserved areas, said Andrew Rein, chief financial officer of telecommunications provider Hargray, Wednesday. And the need for accurately mapping these... Read More

In GOP Response, Scott Says US Isn't Racist
Political News
In GOP Response, Scott Says US Isn't Racist

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has used the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress to vow that “America is not a racist country.” Scott, the only Black Republican senator, seized on Biden’s calls earlier... Read More

Former Rep. Cunningham Running for S.C. Governor
In The States
Former Rep. Cunningham Running for S.C. Governor
2021-04-27 12:35:47
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Rep. Joe Cunningham put an end to months of speculation Monday, formally announcing that he will challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in this year’s gubernatorial race. Cunningham became a political sensation in the Palmetto State... Read More

Medicaid Incentive So Far Not Enough to Sway Holdout States
In The States
Medicaid Incentive So Far Not Enough to Sway Holdout States

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats' nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package includes a big financial incentive for the states that have opted against expanding Medicaid to provide health coverage for more low-income Americans. It's proving to be a tough sell.... Read More

SC-01: Nancy Mace (R)
House Watch
SC-01: Nancy Mace (R)
2020-10-31 00:31:33
by TWN Staff

About Mace: State Representative Nancy Mace is a single mom who grew up in the Lowcountry, works there and is raising her family there. She has a 100% rating with Conservation Voters of South Carolina. She grew up in Goose... Read More

SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
House Watch
SC-01: Joe Cunningham (D)
2020-10-31 00:29:51
by TWN Staff

About Cunningham: Joe Cunningham and his wife, Amanda, live in West Ashley where they are raising their son, Boone.  Along for the ride is their five-year-old rescue dog, a terrier mutt named Teddy.   Cunningham spends about 100 days a year... Read More

South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
State News
South Carolina Counties Told Not to Reject Absentee Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures
2020-10-28 15:15:48
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has prohibited the rejection of absentee ballots in South Carolina on the basis of a perceived mismatch of the voter's signature and ordered a review of any ballots already set aside due to alleged signature discrepancies. In... Read More

SC Senate: Jamie Harrison (D)
Senate Watch
SC Senate: Jamie Harrison (D)
2020-10-28 14:52:51
by TWN Staff

About Harrison: The son of a single teenage mom, and raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg, S.C., Harrison overcame the challenges of poverty with the help of teachers and mentors who believed in him. From a mobile home to Yale... Read More

SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
Senate Watch
SC Senate: Lindsey Graham (R)
2020-10-28 12:53:28
by TWN Staff

About Graham:  Lindsey Graham was raised in Central, S.C., where he lived with his family in a single room behind the liquor store, restaurant, and pool hall owned by his parents. After law school, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force... Read More

Supreme Court Restores Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots
State News
Supreme Court Restores Witness Requirement for South Carolina Absentee Ballots
2020-10-06 19:26:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Within hours of the start of its new term on Monday, the Supreme Court revived a South Carolina law that requires absentee ballots to be returned accompanied by a witness's signature. Lower courts had set aside the law,... Read More

Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
State News
Biden, Harris Left Off First Sample Ballot In South Carolina
2020-09-04 15:31:58
by Dan McCue

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been added to sample ballots in South Carolina after initially being left off the voter education pieces. The sample ballots were made public Thursday, and... Read More

Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020 Elections
Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020-07-13 13:22:28
by Dan McCue

Nineteen months ago a Democrat who had never run for elected office stunned the political intelligentsia and won a U.S. House seat when barely anyone thought he would succeed. South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, snaking along the southeastern coastline of... Read More

South Carolina Beaches Fill, But COVID-19 Takes No Vacation
Tourism
South Carolina Beaches Fill, But COVID-19 Takes No Vacation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The elevator doors opened and inside were 10 people crammed into a space no bigger than a closet, none of them wearing a mask. In bathing suits, they walked out of the hotel, across the... Read More

Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
Business
Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
2020-06-01 18:23:49
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district" of Charleston, South Carolina. But it was something of a barometer of how restaurants are fighting to come back from... Read More

As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
Primaries
As Primary Approaches, South Carolina Republicans Vows to Return Congressional District to the GOP
2020-05-29 18:32:00
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The theme of the contest is most succinctly spelled out on the campaign signs that have appeared this week in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, like so many clumps of blooming Black-Eyed Susans. "Take Back the Lowcountry,"... Read More

Joe Biden’s South Carolina Firewall is Holding, New Poll Indicates
Opinion Polls
Joe Biden’s South Carolina Firewall is Holding, New Poll Indicates

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign got good news Thursday, as a new poll added to the evidence that he’s on track to win South Carolina’s presidential primary on Saturday — a victory he desperately needs to keep his flagging campaign... Read More

Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
Political News
Could the S.C. Primary Be A Harbinger of a Very Bad Year for Lindsey Graham?
2020-02-25 22:52:28
by Dan McCue

It is the kind of assertion that brings a reporter up short, temporarily. To hear it twice, in two completely separate conversations, was astounding. It was the idea that as result of changing demographics and highly successful voter registration drives... Read More

Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats
2020 Elections
Clyburn Warns Sanders Victory May Endanger House Democrats

WASHINGTON — The highest-ranking African-American in Congress warned that if Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic nominee the party could lose many of the moderate seats they won to retake the House in 2018. “It’s going to be tough to... Read More

As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
2020 Elections
As SC Primary Approaches, Black Vote Poised to Play Decisive Role
2020-02-21 21:11:07
by Dan McCue

The arrival of the bus made all heads turn. Mostly blue, its side was dominated by the name "Biden" in large red and white letters, and a slogan, declaring it was dispatched to wage a "Battle for the Soul of... Read More

‘It Ain’t Over, Man,’ Biden Says in South Carolina
2020 Elections
‘It Ain’t Over, Man,’ Biden Says in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Vice President Joe Biden fled an election defeat in New Hampshire on Tuesday, returning to South Carolina hours before polls closed with a message for the experts and cable TV pundits who said his struggling campaign... Read More

Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
State News
Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
2019-10-18 21:18:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the state GOP executive committee's vote last month to forgo a 2020 Republican presidential primary. In the end,... Read More

South Carolina Moves to New Voting System
Voting
South Carolina Moves to New Voting System
2019-08-20 18:56:44
by Dan McCue

South Carolina will implement a $52 million upgrade of its voting system this fall, deploying a paper-based voting system in time for a special legislative election on Oct. 1 and municipal elections scheduled four weeks later. Until now, South Carolina... Read More

'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
State News
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
Energy
South Carolina Senate Passes Energy Freedom Act in Bipartisan Vote
2019-05-10 20:36:44
by Dan McCue

The South Carolina State Senate Thursday unanimously passed The Energy Freedom Act, a comprehensive solar bill that will lift the state's 2 percent cap on net metering, among other solar-related actions. The state House is expected to take up the... Read More

Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist During Traffic Stop Appeals Conviction to Supreme Court
In The News
Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist During Traffic Stop Appeals Conviction to Supreme Court
2019-05-08 20:52:28
by Dan McCue

A former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for killing a black motorist who fled a traffic stop four years ago, has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Slager pleaded... Read More

In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
Transportation
In South Carolina, Governments, Employers and Schools Forge Strategy to Deal with Traffic Issues
2019-05-07 21:19:33
by Dan McCue

After years of economic development success, traffic congestion has become a critical challenge for the three-county region comprising the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area. Every morning, hundreds of thousands of commuters head off to work on local roads ill-suited to... Read More

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