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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.

  President Trump expected to come to Columbia to speak at HBCU forum on criminal justice reform

  Rep. Elijah Cummings born in Baltimore but shaped by South Carolina

SC voters support for Biden remains strong as candidates focused on Warren in latest debate

Lawmaker to introduce bill banning sale of vaping products in SC

SC senators start look at accelerating interstate expansion

  Columbia City Council approves Vacant Building Registry

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  South Carolina voters get ‘first look’ at new voting system

  Congressman James Clyburn, Sen. Elizabeth Warren lay out student debt relief plan during town hall

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Impeachment ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate

  Politics Explained: The impeachment process and what’s required from Congress

  Politics Explained: President Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden and his son

  Council votes to stop payments to team managing penny tax ahead of transition to new team

  Former U.S. Representative, Lowcountry businessman file lawsuit claiming SCGOP broke state law by canceling primary

Former U.S. Representative Bob Inglis and a Lowcountry businessman filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Richland County claiming the state's Republican Party violated party rules and state law by canceling the 2020 presidential primary.

  South Carolinians are confused, sharing mostly negative sentiments on whistleblower story

After the news of a whistleblower accusing the President of covering up a conversation with the Ukrainian President came out, South Carolinians expressed more negative views towards President Trump than the whistleblower online.

  Politics explained: More on the unclassified whistleblower complaint

An unclassified whistleblower complaint, testimony on Capitol Hill, and a series of tweets and statements from lawmakers may all have you wondering exactly how we got here.

Foundation says S.C. governor violated Constitution with prayers

A national organization says South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is violating the Constitution by holding prayers before press conferences

  Juul faces uncertain future: What that means for the Lexington County e-cigarette plant

  SC party leaders react to this potentially historic impeachment inquiry

  Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry as Trump vows to release call transcript

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

  Emily England Clyburn -- librarian, philanthropist and wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn -- dies at age 80

  SC politicians react to the passing of Dr. Emily England Clyburn

The wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn leaves a legacy of empowerment and dedication to civil rights and education.

Columbia City Council passes gun and hate crime ordinances

New ordinances that target hate speech and tighten gun restrictions are in effect for Columbia residents as of last night.

  Inspector General reviewing allegations in letter from lawmakers studying state housing agency

The Office of Inspector General said they have received a letter from the House Legislative Oversight Committee studying the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority about concerns they received from a constituent wishing to remain anonymous.

  Democratic presidential hopefuls speak to SC voters at historic venue

For the first time ever, a special meeting was held at the Galivants Ferry Stump just for presidential candidates.

Democratic presidential candidates make their case to S.C. voters at Galivants Ferry Stump

Four of the top Democratic presidential candidates made their case to voters in Galivants Ferry Monday evening during the Galivants Ferry Stump.

Former state representative, airman Murray dies at 81

Julius Murray, a former South Carolina state representative and airman, died on Sunday in Columbia.

  State lawmakers continue to tackle affordable housing crisis, tour new development

Members of the House Legislative Oversight Committee continued their work on addressing the affordable housing crisis while they study the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority.

  Voters eager to hear more about economy as Biden leads race ahead of third Democratic debate

Democratic voters say they are interested in getting a chance to compare the top 10 candidates’ policies.

  Pro-life and pro-choice advocates sound off on abortion bill

In a full meeting room, Senators listened to hours of testimony from supporters and people opposed to H.3020.

  SC politician bitten by copperhead snake at Lexington home

State Rep. Chris Wooten said he went out to walk his dog Sunday night when he stepped on a copperhead in his yard.

  State GOP cancels 2020 presidential primary

Over the weekend, South Carolina joined Nevada and Kansas as the three states that have decided to forgo Republican Presidential Primaries or Caucuses in 2020.

  Former SC Governor Mark Sanford releases official presidency statement

Former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford has released an official statement announcing that he will be running for President.

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

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

  Trump takes jab at Mark Sanford with ‘Mr. Appalachian Trail’ tweet

President Donald Trump took a jab at former Congressman and governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford in a tweet in which the president touted his approval rating with Republicans.

  Rep. Wilson addresses potential challenge, gun reform, and 2020 presidential election during district tour

A potential challenger to long-term, Congressman Joe Wilson is putting up some big numbers early in the race to represent South Carolina's second district.

  Vice President visits Upstate, touts new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico

Vice President Mike Pence (R-United States) was in the Upstate Monday evening.

  Schedule announced for Congressman Joe Wilson’s Annual Bus Tour

On Aug. 26 Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will embark on his annual district Bus Tour.

SC business owners meet with members of SC Congressional delegation

On Thursday evening, members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation and business owners got together for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Night.

  In Louisville, Trump signs order forgiving student-loan debt for disabled veterans

President Donald Trump closed his speech in Louisville on Wednesday by signing an order that will forgive all student-loan debt for many of America’s disabled veterans.

  Sen. Jackson sends letter requesting Oversight Subcommittee for UofSC Board of Trustees

Senator Darrell Jackson has sent a letter requesting the appointment of a Senate Legislative Oversight Subcommittee to review the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees presidential search process.

  Columbia ordinances on guns, hate crimes pass first vote

Two city ordinances dealing with guns, and another on hate crimes, have passed an initial vote.

  Columbia City Council to vote on gun and hate crime ordinances

Tuesday, Columbia City Council is taking a first vote on three ordinances designed to make Columbia safer.

  Sanders says SC was ‘a bad state’ for him in 2016, but this time is different

Senator Bernie Sanders admitted he lost by a considerable amount in South Carolina when he ran for President in 2016 but thinks this time will be different.

  Campaigning in SC Elizabeth Warren says plans have bipartisan appeal, the key is talking

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is portrayed as one of the most progressive Democrats in the race for the party’s nomination, but at a campaign event in Aiken, she said her plans can appeal to both sides of the aisle the trick is just communication.

  Irmo Councilman officially announces bid for town mayor

In Irmo, Saturday, a candidate in the mayoral race made it official.

  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.

Columbia mayor to light city hall orange until council votes on gun reform

Mayor Steve Benjamin made the order in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

  SC Sen. Scott will not run again after 2022 race

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said if he runs for reelection in 2022 and wins, he will not seek another term.

  SC lawmakers weigh in on hate crime legislation proposals

South Carolina is one of four states in the country that do not have state hate crime legislation.

  State lawmaker, brother of church shooting victim, urging others to take action after mass shootings

State Representative JA Moore (D-Berkeley) was shocked after this weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

  Two South Carolina lawmakers address lack of hate crime bill, banning assault weapons

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Texas and Ohio, two South Carolina lawmakers sent a letter to be hand-delivered to Gov. Henry McMaster.

South Carolina politicians react to deadly mass shootings

Former and current state politicians have taken to social media to share their reactions to two mass shootings over the weekend.

  Silver Elephant Gala draws prominent Republicans to the Capital City

South Carolina Republicans gathered tonight for the 52nd annual Silver Elephant Gala at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

  Sen. Lindsey Graham thanks S.C. soldiers, talks Afghanistan, immigration bill

A deployment ceremony was held for about 100 soldiers from a National Guard unit in South Carolina Friday. They are headed to the Middle East to support Operation Spartan Shield.

  Richland Co. Councilman calls for full release of audit regarding Penny Tax management team finances

Councilman Joe Walker III said a few months ago, he and other councilmembers were shown audit results from a company that looked into the finances of the entity managing the Penny Tax Program.

  South Carolina political experts say expect heat during second debate

South Carolina political experts and strategists say they are expecting a passionate and engaging debate Wednesday night.

  ‘We have lost our way’: Sanford two weeks away from decision to run

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is at the halfway point as he decides whether to primary President Trump.

Town of Kershaw awarded $1.8M grant to improve water infrastructure

The Town of Kershaw has been awarded $1.8 million to improve water infrastructre to protect local businesses from future flooding.

Town of Kershaw awarded $1.8M grant to improve water infrastructure

The Town of Kershaw has been awarded $1.8 million to improve water infrastructre to protect local businesses from future flooding.

Councilman calls for state, federal investigation into claims of illegal activity on Richland Co. Council

A fired council administrator claimed several council members engaged in illegal activities.

  SC Democrats will be watching the debates, but what are they hoping to see

The majority of South Carolina Democratic voters plan to watch the second round of debates, according to a new poll from Firehouse Strategies and Optimus.

  UofSC board chair claims vote for university president not influenced by governor

Before the board even voted, accreditors with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools expressed concerns of political influence on the presidential search.

  Poll: Biden leads Dems ahead of S.C. primary, healthcare top issue for voters

Former Vice President Joe Biden is still leading the pack among South Carolina Democrats, according to a new poll.

  Understanding adverse childhood experiences and their long term impacts

First Sergeant Walter “Shawn” McDaniels has been with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for more than 15 years.

  SC for Ed leaders tour the state to push for continued education reform

After 10,000 educators and supporters rallied at the South Carolina State House to advocate for higher teacher salaries and improved working conditions, legislators mandated a four percent salary increase for educators across the state.

  South Carolinians have negative reaction to Mueller hearing online

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony dominated television, but it also was one of the top trending topics on Twitter.

  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.

Former Congressman, SC Gov. Mark Sanford mulling run for president

Former Congressman and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is considering a run against Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020.

  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.

  Many USC Caslen supporters have been quiet this week. Some say this is why.

Supporters of embattled USC presidential finalist Robert Caslen are speaking out, one day after a judge blocked a controversial vote requested by Governor Henry McMaster asking the university’s board of trustees to vote on Caslen as the school’s next president.

  Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills earlier this year that aim to make pay based on factors like effort, responsibility, and skill.

  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.

  Richland County attempts to adjust Penny Tax Program after hiccups

When WIS teams spoke to Council Chairman last month, he said the county was looking at a disparity of about $140 million between the projected and actual costs of the Penny Tax Program.

  Attorney General, US Senators, tour Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield

There are about 2,000 prisoners housed at the medium-security federal correctional institution in Edgefield.

South Carolina DHEC letter halts seismic testing in state waters

A letter from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to one of five companies that requested permits to conduct seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic, has halted the testing in state waters.

  Harris slated to make campaign stops in S.C. this weekend

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris is returning to South Carolina for two campaign stops.

  Biden to make campaign stops in South Carolina this weekend

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be campaigning in the Palmetto State this weekend.

  New laws go into effect in South Carolina

The month of July brings a number of new laws that will take effect here in South Carolina.