Decision 2020

  SC Supreme Court hears arguments over COVID-19 grant money promised to private schools

McMaster calls the program Safe Access to Flexible Education grants, also known as SAFE grants.

  Richland Co. Council expected to OK $730,000 in external grant funds for elections commission

  SC lawmakers vote to expand absentee voting due to COVID-19 pandemic

  SC House to discuss Senate absentee bill during special session, massive education bill unlikely to pass

WIS to host U.S. Senate debate between Graham, Harrison

  SC governor pushes for schools to open in person; DHEC talks COVID-19 vaccines

  SC State Election Commission says they are ready if absentee voting expansion bill is signed into law

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SLED agents investigating 3 possible absentee voter fraud cases

  SC Senate approves expansion of absentee voting for November election

  SC senators to discuss updating election laws ahead of November during one-day special session

  Graham discusses state of the race, Black Lives Matter, and absentee voting in one-on-one interview

  Some lawmakers unsure if SC should pass a new budget in 2020

  DHEC releases new guidelines to allow nursing home visits in limited outdoor settings

  SC lawmaker wants saliva testing available statewide in ‘days or weeks, not months’

Senator Tom Davis said in order for this dream to be realized, UofSC researchers, lawmakers, and DHEC need to all work as one.

  SC getting $600 million from federal government in plutonium removal settlement

The settlement gives the Department of Energy up to 2037 to remove 9.5 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium from the Savannah River Site. The plutonium was relocated to SRS in the early 2000s officials said.

  EXCLUSIVE: Harrison reacts to criticism, discusses rural agenda, and attacks Graham for not wearing a mask

If Harrison were to win, South Carolina would make history as the first state to send two Black men to the U.S. Senate.

  Better Business Bureau warns public of political candidate donation scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about scammers using the presidential election to take advantage of people.

  Incumbent Rep. Wilson ‘taking nothing for granted’ as opponent outraises him

  Sumter mayoral candidate accused of faking her own kidnapping, beating for publicity

  Clyburn shares Democratic efforts to ‘protect the Postal Service’ ahead of election

Clyburn in SC to discuss Democratic efforts to ‘protect the Postal Service’

  SC Senate to return in September to discuss updating voting laws ahead of 2020 election

Sen. Graham says Orangeburg medical manufacturer is ultimate ‘Made in America’ story

Town councilman resigns after post of Hillary Clinton in blackface

A Moncks Corner town councilman resigned Wednesday afternoon after apologizing for a Facebook post depicting former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in blackface.

  Rep. Clyburn: Democratic voters in SC ‘want to see’ Biden-Harris ticket

During a virtual teleconference, Clyburn said he was pleased with Biden’s pick but added he would have been pleased with any of the potential candidates the Democratic nominee had under consideration.

  Hearing held regarding funds set to be allocated from emergency fund for private school tuition

A lawsuit filed in Orangeburg County requesting the temporary restraining order against the grant claims the state constitution says public funds cannot be given to religious or other private educational institutions.

South Carolina ranked as state to remove the fewest Confederate symbols

New data provided by data analyst group BeenVerified shows that South Carolina has become the number one state to remove the least Confederate symbols.

Richland Co. now accepting absentee ballot applications

You may request an absentee ballot application through the Voter Registration and Elections Office which is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..

  Lawsuit challenging Heritage Act as unconstitutional filed with SC Supreme Court

The lawsuit argues that requiring a two-thirds vote to amend or repeal the Heritage Act is unconstitutional.

Judge temporarily blocks McMaster’s plan to provide $32M in private school scholarships

Gov. Henry McMaster announced the Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants on Monday, giving $32 million in emergency funding to the school-choice program.

4 states to share drivers license data to help Trump administration check citizenship status

Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota have now joined Nebraska in agreeing to share state driver’s license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration to determine the citizenship status of every U.S. resident.

  ‘That’s unacceptable to me’: Sen. Hembree gives S.C. digital learning results ‘D-’ grade

Sen. Greg Hembree, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says based on data, many students aren’t flourishing in digital learning environments and are losing a year’s worth of learning in math while at home.

DECISION 2020: As SC’s Senate race starts to gain national attention, here’s what’s going on

Both campaigns have millions of dollars to spend on getting your vote.

  Sen. Tim Scott brings AG Barr to speak with SC law enforcement, church leaders

In between meetings, Attorney General Barr and Senator Scott took some questions.

SC AG: Heritage Act constitutional, but required two-thirds vote to remove monuments unconstitutional

Attorney General Wilson also said the Heritage Act does not apply to the John C. Calhoun monument in Charleston.

Crews remove John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square

After more than 17 hours, workers have brought down the statue of former United States Vice President and South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun in downtown Charleston.

  RUNOFF RESULTS: Here’s a look at the winners of Tuesday’s runoffs in the Midlands

The polls for the South Carolina runoffs have officially closed.

Open letter sent to Gov. McMaster regarding statewide mandate on face masks, more cities look into mask wearing ordinances

While wearing a face mask out in public has been strongly recommended by health officials to help stop the spread of the virus, it has not become a state mandate.

LIST: Runoffs for SC primaries to be held Tuesday

Several races across the state will be decided following Tuesday’s runoffs in South Carolina.

  SC Republican Senators share police reform proposals, plan to work on legislation through this year

Members of the South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus unveiled their police reform plans Monday afternoon at the State House.

  Richland Co. Board of Voter Registration and Elections names new director

The Richland County Board of Voter Registration and Elections has officially named a new director after the group was tasked with finding someone to fill the position more than a year ago.

State lawmakers will push to name June ‘Black Lives Matter Month’ in S.C.

Five Democratic South Carolina House members plan to file legislation that would proclaim the month of June as “Black Lives Matter Month” in the Palmetto State.

Peter M. McCoy, Jr. unanimously confirmed as U.S. Attorney for SC by Senate

Peter M. McCoy, Jr. has been unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

  SC senator plans to file legislation to designate Juneteenth a state holiday

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when the last slaves in the south, who were in Texas, found out they were free.

SC House Speaker creates Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) has created a committee aimed at addressing ways to improve law enforcement policies in the state.

S.C. Legislative Black Caucus calls for repeal of Heritage Act

The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus released a press statement Wednesday formally calling for a repeal of the Heritage Act.

  New audit says SC Department of Commerce’s incentive program lacks transparency and oversight

Some state lawmakers are calling for the resignation of a state cabinet agency head after a new audit looked into how the state is handling corporate incentives and grants.

  SC governor allows bowling alleys to reopen as he extends state of emergency

His new order also lifts restrictions on how many people can be inside retail stores.

  First Black and first female Richland County coroner-elect says voters are ready for a change

The incumbent has held the position for the last 20 years, making the win more surprising.

  Midlands men planning to wear their “Sunday best” to recreate Million Man March

A Midlands group is inviting the community to join them as the recreate the historic Million Man March, this weekend, in the wake of national unrest after the death of George Floyd. That’s happening at the Martin Luther King Junior Park in Columbia, Sunday, June 14.

  Frustrated Richland Co. voters argue for ballots to be counted after chaos during primary

Several Richland County voters are expressing their frustration with Tuesday’s primary elections.

  Senate panel approves recommendations for CARES Act money

Thursday morning, a panel of South Carolina senators approved recommendations on how to spend some the CARES Act money the state is receiving from the federal government because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mace, Cunningham discuss top issues, coronavirus before November election

Republican State Representative Nancy Mace will take on Democrat and incumbent Congressman Joe Cunningham in November's race for the first congressional district of South Carolina.

A decade of woes: Here’s a quick history of problems with Richland County elections

After another rough election day, Richland County is under renewed pressure from elected officials.

  SC Election Commission says it’s disappointed, frustrated by handling of Richland Co. primary

From long lines to confusion on where to go, Richland County voters ran into a host of different problems during Tuesday’s state primary.

  Primary Election Results: Many SC races called; problems at the polls plague Richland County voters

WIS is following up with election officials Wednesday to pinpoint what went wrong and how it may be corrected in the future.

  SC House District 88 race bound for runoff after no candidate earned majority vote in June 9 primary

The race to represent District 88 in the South Carolina House of Representatives is going two weeks longer.

  Graham campaign shifts focus to November showdown with Harrison after GOP Primary win

Senator Lindsey Graham and his team said they will celebrate Tuesday's primary victory for a little bit and then get right back to work for the November election.

Long lines, incorrect ballots in Richland Co. add to voter frustration in SC primary

As voters cast their ballots in the primary elections in Richland County Tuesday, some of them reported problems and hang-ups at the polls.

AP: Graham defeats three GOP challengers for U.S. Senate seat, will face Harrison in November

Harrison ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

  Hand-written ballots, 90-degree heat, long lines: Voter turnout in Richland County bigger than expected

Many Richland County voters spent more than two hours in 90-degree heat and South Carolina humidity to vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Election commissioner says voting locations in Richland Co. need more poll workers

As voters make their way to cast their ballots in Richland County, some voters have found themselves waiting in long lines as many precincts converge to vote at one location.

Find info on candidates, sample ballots and polling places for SC statewide primary June 9

Races for both Republican and Democratic candidates will be held, depending on where a voter lives.

Where do I vote? Your polling place may have been temporarily moved

With Tuesday’s primary just hours away, you may be wondering where you can cast your ballot.

  City leaders, law enforcement, activists and residents protest peacefully for racial justice in Newberry

Newberry is a majority African-American city less than a tenth the size of Columbia, but on June 7, hundreds in the small city were determined to set an example for the rest of the country.

  Local civil rights activist shares her experience protesting for racial equality in Columbia and Washington, D.C.

Many of the protests we have seen in Columbia have been led by young politically engaged activists. Civil rights leaders from the 1960′s say these young activists are a welcomed addition and applaud their efforts of peaceful protests.

Record number of absentee ballots issued to voters for SC primary, state election commission says

With the June 9 primary just days away, several voters have been working to ensure they’ll have a chance to vote.

SC state treasurer says he’s ‘sick of being a second-class citizen’

Curtis Loftis Jr. referred to lockdowns related to the coronavirus outbreak, recent protests and what he calls “wasteful public spending.”

SC Election Commission: Voting options for June 9th primaries

Election Day in South Carolina is approaching and the S.C. Election Commission is making voters aware of their voting options for the June 9th statewide primaries.

  Black SC lawmakers share reform plans to address police brutality and racial issues

The caucus said they will be working closely with the rest of the General Assembly and the governor to pass the reforms.

  ‘If I can get it, so can you’: Richland Co. representative tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Kambrell Garvin announced Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19.

  SC superintendent speaks to state Senate committee about need for summer program funding

On Wednesday, the Senate committee charged with making recommendations to the General Assembly about how to reopen the state and allocate emergency relief funds from the CARES Act and federal relief funds met to discuss reopening.

  SC election officials say June 9 primary will have fewer polling locations, surge in absentee ballots

South Carolina’s June 9 primary is exactly two weeks away.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

Sen. Lindsey Graham shares plans to expand PPE production in US

Graham said he expects to get bipartisan support in the Senate for his legislation.

  SC election officials gear up for increase in absentee voters for June primaries

The State Election Commission are now sending high-speed ballot scanners to counties across the state.

  SC governor signs bill expanding absentee voting for June primaries, run-off

Lawmakers unanimously voted to expand absentee voting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  SC lawmakers approve legislation to avoid shutdown, fund state coronavirus response

House and Senate members said they worked closely over the last few weeks to make sure a compromise could be reached.

  New bill says voters who choose to vote from home during pandemic should be able to

Some lawmakers will be pushing for changes to our state’s absentee process when they return to session, Tuesday, May 12. A bill being introduced in the House says there should be some adjustments made to protect voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  SC budget forecasters expect state revenue losses to grow because of COVID-19

As South Carolina begins the reopening process, state economists are taking a look at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the state's revenue streams so far this year.

3 lawsuits filed seeking to change rules of absentee voting in SC ahead of June primary

No court has made a ruling on any of the lawsuits at this time.