Politics

  Sen. Warren to take part in Student Loan Debt Relief Act Town Hall in Orangeburg

Senate committee formed to investigate hiring of UofSC president Caslen

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

Former Lexington Co. Council chairman Banning passes away

  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

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

  Politics explained: More on the unclassified whistleblower complaint

Foundation says S.C. governor violated Constitution with prayers

  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

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.

SCDOT Commission removes former commissioner’s name from sign in Columbia

South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Commission voted unanimously to remove the name of former commissioner, John Hardee, from a sign leading to the Columbia airport Thursday.

  Democratic presidential hopefuls speak to SC voters at historic venue

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

Texas GOP lawmaker’s tweet escalates tension over guns

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

Vow to ban assault weapons gives O’Rourke debate breakout

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

State lawmakers to tour Veranda and discuss affordable housing in SC

A House committee within the South Carolina Legislature will tour the Veranda at North Main, an affordable housing complex available through SC Housing, 10 a.m. Thursday.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  USC Board of Trustees votes in favor of Caslen as 29th president

UofSC’s Board of Trustees have made a decision concerning the next president of the university after meeting Friday morning at the university’s Alumni Center. The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Meeting to discuss next UofSC President underway

UofSC Board of Trustees members have gathered at the university’s Alumni Center to discuss the decision for the next university president.

  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.

Possible 2020 run against Trump is ‘in God’s hands,’ former SC Gov Mark Sanford says

Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a YouTube video repeating concerns about the nation’s growing debt and deficit.

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.

  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.

  Richland Co. Council passes first reading to ban single-use plastic bags

The Richland County Council passed the first reading of a ban that would limit the use of single-use plastic bags.

  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.

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.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

  Thousands pack Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to hear from 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls

Thousands of people packed the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to hear from the 2020 presidential democratic candidates Saturday.

  Blue Palmetto Dinner rallies South Carolina Democrats ahead of State Convention

Ahead of Congressman Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry, the Blue Palmetto Dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center was the place to be for South Carolina Democrats Friday night.

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.

  Governor ‘hoping for the best but ready for the worst’ this hurricane season

Governor Henry McMaster spoke with emergency management officials in coastal areas Friday to see how they’re preparing for potential hurricanes this year.

  Jill Biden set to visit South Carolina teachers on Thursday, June 6th

Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, is set to visit South Carolina teachers on Thursday, June 6th.

  Not a Jedi mind trick: ‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill tweets support to U.S. Senate hopeful, S.C. native Jaime Harrison

In a Twitter exchange early Sunday morning, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill responded to Harrison's "fanboy" tweet, openly showing his support for the attorney-turned-politician.

Major donor at odds with the University of Alabama over abortion law

The University of Alabama's largest donor, encourages students to boycott the university.

  Harrison to challenge Graham in upcoming U.S. Senate race

When Election Day comes around in 2020, Lindsey Graham will have a challenger for his seat in the United States Senate.

Gov. McMaster vetoes $2.7M in budget that would have been used to sink USS Clamagore

The idea was to sink the aging submarine in order to turn it into a reef.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

South Carolina: Tax break for Carolina Panthers near passage

South Carolina legislators are expected to clear the final hurdle to giving the Carolina Panthers up to $120 million in tax breaks to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina

Planned Parenthood schedules national protests against abortion bans, 1 scheduled at SC State House Tuesday

As the debate regarding abortion and women’s rights continues to heat up across the nation, Planned Parenthood has staged a national ‘STOP THE BANS’ day of action protest to fight against restrictive abortion laws being passed in the country.

  SC lawmakers begin three-day special session to discuss budget, Santee Cooper & Panthers

South Carolina lawmakers are headed back to the State House Monday to begin a three-day special session.

  SC State Rep. ‘Ronnie’ Young passes away

Rep. Young, who represented District 84, recently received the state’s highest honor, Order of the Palmetto. The lawmaker was battling cancer and had been in hospice care.

  Historic moment showcased in photo at the SC State House

This is the first time in the state’s history that nine African American women have served simultaneously in the House of Representatives, a moment shared among a sisterhood of women who’s primary mission is to serve and create positive change.

  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveils his K-12 education plan in Orangeburg

Senator Bernie Sanders made a stop in Orangeburg Saturday morning to campaign ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

SC lawmakers approve pro sports incentive plan

House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement that could pave the way for a NFL team to move some of their operations to South Carolina

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

  Biden stops by SC church Sunday during weekend campaign visit

The 74-year-old longtime politician visited the church one day after an event at the Hyatt Park Community Center on Saturday where he was welcomed by a community of supporters.

  2020 candidates react online to the #AllOutMay1 teacher’s rally

2020 candidates and political leaders show their support for the #AllOutMay1 teacher's rally.

  SC lawmakers consider new ride-share safety measure

Lawmakers in South Carolina are considering another proposal to try to improve ride sharing safety

Biden expected to announce campaign stops in South Carolina soon

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered the Democratic race for the White House this week, is expected to announce a visit to the Palmetto State.

  SC Senate subcommittee makes change to proposed ridesharing safety bill

There’s been a change to proposed legislation to improve safety for Uber and Lyft users in South Carolina.

  UofSC board of trustees names four finalists in the search for next president

The University of South Carolina's board of trustees has announced the names of the four candidates under consideration to become the school's 29th president.

SC could implement tolls to fund improvements to I-95

A proposed amendment moving through the South Carolina Statehouse could add tolls to Interstate 95.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

  WATCH: Funeral services for the late former SC governor, US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Family, friends, and politicians said final goodbyes to former U.S. Senator and Governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings on Tuesday.

Hundreds remember former Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings during visitation in Charleston

The visitation was the first of the “Three Days of Mourning” planned for Hollings, who died at the age of 97 in his Isle of Palms home on April 6.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

  Feds, US Attorney uncovers nearly $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme dubbed ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

The scheme, entitled “Operation Brace Yourself," has more than 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts and originated in Charleston.