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  Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall wins runoff election for council seat

Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall came out victorious this evening in the runoff to keep his At-Large council seat.

  ‘It’s time for change’: Irmo voters oust three incumbents in town election

  Abortion ban bill headed to Senate floor, exceptions for rape and incest restored

Election Day Guide: What you need to know before you vote Nov. 5

  First widespread usage of new SC voting machines to be used in Tuesday elections

  South Carolina looking for next generation of poll managers

  Tired of complaining? Vote in Tuesday’s local elections

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  South Carolina’s golf industry could benefit from permanent daylight saving time

  POLITICS EXPLAINED: What Twitter’s ban on political ads means for your newsfeed

  Politics Explained: House vote makes impeachment inquiry more public, here’s what it means

  Irmo voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide on mayor, town council seats

  Days after Kershaw Co. deputy struck by distracted driver, sheriff voices support for hands-free bill

  3 Democratic presidential candidates wrap up forum hosted by Benedict College

  ’We have some control today’: Benedict College, Columbia mayor change presidential forum after backlash

Seven Democratic candidates running for president were in Columbia Saturday for a forum and town hall at Benedict College.

  Protesters, supporters clash outside Benedict College during President Trump’s visit

The event billed itself as bipartisan, but outside of Benedict College Friday it was far from unified.

  What to expect when President Donald Trump, Democratic candidates visit Benedict College

President Donald Trump and a number of Democratic presidential candidates are speaking at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum on Benedict College's campus this weekend.

  SCNAACP, Mayor Benjamin release statements regarding President Trump’s visit to Benedict College

The SCNAACP and Mayor Steve Benjamin have released statements addressing President Trump’s visit to Benedict College.

  Graham introduces Senate resolution condemning process of impeachment inquiry in House

  President of Benedict College responds to criticism over President Trump visit

  Graham’s comments on impeachment inquiry, Syria put spotlight on relationship with Trump

  Former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley shares advice with seniors at Chapin High School

Longtime SC Sen. Gregory won’t run for reelection in 2020

  Panel of SC senators move forward with amended Fetal Heartbeat bill

  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 to come to Columbia to speak at HBCU forum on criminal justice reform

The forum, organized by the college’s 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, will also feature many Democratic presidential candidates.

  Bill would require all sign language interpreters in SC hospitals, courtrooms and schools to become certified

Lawmakers are mulling over a piece of legislation that would require all sign language interpreters in the state to be nationally certified before they can be hired to work in hospitals, courtrooms, and public schools.

  Judge listens to arguments over SCGOP primary lawsuit

A few weeks after a lawsuit was filed in Richland County over the South Carolina Republican Party’s decision to cancel their presidential preference primary in 2020, a judge listened to arguments from attorneys representing the plaintiffs and defendants in the case.

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

Some South Carolinians also felt as if the state lost a son after the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings.

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren stepped on to the debate stage Tuesday night as the leader in recent national polls and her fellow Democrats treated her that way.

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.

SC senators start look at accelerating interstate expansion

A group of state senators is studying what South Carolina needs to do if it wants to increase the pace of widening interstate highways

  Columbia City Council approves Vacant Building Registry

Columbia City Council approved an ordinance that would require property owners to list vacant structures on a Vacant Building Registry.

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

South Carolina spent more than $50 million replacing the state’s aging voting system.

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

On Wednesday night, U.S. Representative James Clyburn and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed their proposed legislation that would cancel student loan debt for millions of Americans.

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

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is apparently trying to warm House Democrats that, while the House of Representatives may impeach President Trump, the Senate will not remove him from office.

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

The term “impeachment” is sometimes used to refer to removing a president from office, but it’s actually the step before that.

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

President Trump urged China and Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son on Thursday.

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

The move is meant to “save the taxpayers millions of dollars and improve oversight,” county officials said.

  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

In the wake of hundreds of people becoming ill from e-cigarettes, Juul, the dominant e-cigarette company faces an uncertain future.

  SC party leaders react to this potentially historic impeachment inquiry

The process House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have triggered Tuesday night is a long one, and it could overlap with the 2020 presidential election.

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

This comes as more Democrats are calling for impeachment proceedings related to what may have been said on the call.

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.

  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

In response to hundreds of cases of reported lung injuries related to e-cigarettes and vaping across the country, some states are banning the sale of flavored vaping products.

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

Dr. Emily England Clyburn leaves behind her husband, their three daughters, and four grandchildren.

  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.