A bill representing the largest overhaul of state government in decades is again approaching passage. BMore >>
A bill representing the largest overhaul of state government in decades is again approaching passage. Both Gov. Nikki Haley and her chief Democratic opponent are working to get it to her desk in the legislative session's...More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-16 03:20:55 GMT
ANDREW MIGA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose extramarital affair sank his political career in 2009, is returning to Congress to reclaimMore >>
Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose extramarital affair sank his political career in 2009, is returning to Congress to reclaim his old House seat as he forges a comeback.More >>
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is scheduled to be sworn in for a fourth term in the U.S. House. Sanford is set to take the oath of office on the House floor in WashingtonMore >>
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is scheduled to be sworn in for a fourth term in the U.S. House.More >>
It's the only constitutional question on Tuesday's ballot: In 2018, should the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor be required to run on the same ticket?
A vote yes would change a system that South Carolina shares with 16 other states. A vote no would keep things as they are.
Support for the proposed amendment crosses party lines. It has been part of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's restructuring agenda since she took office. But Democrats including Haley opponent and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen have also backed the change.
Many supporters say the same-ticket concept offers more consistent executive policies, especially if the governor is not able to serve a full term. Critics say the amendment gives voters less of a choice, requiring them to vote for a party and not the person.
It would also dramatically change the responsibilities of the office now held by Charleston's Glenn McConnell because the lieutenant governor would no longer preside over the Senate.
Senators would choose their own president, giving that person the power to do things like breaking tie votes.
If approved, the constitutional change would mean South Carolina's number two executive officer would have little to do other than oversee the state's Office on Aging.