Decision 2020

  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.

  Lawsuit challenging Heritage Act as unconstitutional filed with SC Supreme Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crews remove John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square

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

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

LIST: Runoffs for SC primaries to be held Tuesday

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

Deadline approaching for SC residents to register to vote in upcoming primaries

Residents who have not registered to vote have one week to do so if they wish to vote in the June 9 primaries.

  ACLU files lawsuit against SEC, governor for not letting all South Carolinians vote absentee amid pandemic

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Carolina and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund have filed a federal lawsuit against members of the South Carolina Election Commission (SEC) and Governor Henry McMaster for not ensuring all voters can vote by mail during the pandemic.

South Carolina June 9 primary to be held amid coronavirus concerns

The South Carolina State Election Commission announced that the June 9 primaries will go on as scheduled.

  Protesters circle SC State House calling for the state to reopen

Demonstrators showed their support for immediately reopening South Carolina’s economy.

Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to serve on Presidential Task Force for reopening the economy

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will be among the leaders who will serve on President Donald Trump’s task force to reopen the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Tim Scott among lawmakers pushing for virtual diabetes prevention program

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) are working to provide access to Medicare beneficiaries to virtual suppliers in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

  Election officials working to secure polling locations, workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

South Carolina is less than two months away from its statewide June primaries.

  As coronavirus pandemic continues, decision over S.C. June primaries looms

The primaries are scheduled for June 9 and several options are being looked into to keep voters safe.

  COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out nearly all of SC’s projected surplus

According to economists, South Carolina could lose about a billion dollars in tax money because of the coronavirus pandemic.

South Carolina to get new, lower budget prediction

The board that predicts how much money South Carolina will take in from taxes and fees to help set the budget is meeting Thursday.

S.C. lawmakers returning to Columbia for 1 day to pause session, extend budget

Senate President Harvey Peeler said this will allow the General Assembly to pause the legislative session and send legislators home until it is safe to return.

$2 trillion federal relief bill offers help for state agriculture

The $2 trillion emergency stimulus bill recently signed by President Donald Trump will provide help for South Carolina agriculture, according to state officials.

Rep. Joe Cunningham calling on McMaster to issue statewide stay-at home order

Rep. Joe Cunningham is calling on Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. Cunningham tweeted on Monday afternoon that he was urging the stay-at-home be done immediately.

South Carolina’s typical June primary not certain with coronavirus

As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled - the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election.

  S.C. attorney general says local governments cannot issue stay-at-home orders

Columbia City Council passed a stay-at-home ordinance Thursday, but the state attorney general says they don’t have the power to do that.

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Representative said he has been in self-quarantine since March 19 and will remain.

  S.C. lawmakers ask governor for statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order

The Republicans say more needs to be done to fight the spread of the coronavirus across the state.

  Governor, other state leaders give update on protective measures in place for older South Carolinians

AARP of South Carolina hosted a Teletown Hall with Governor Henry McMaster and other state leaders.

Former S.C. Governor Beasley says he has tested positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, former South Carolina governor David Beasley confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19.

  Governor signs S.C. emergency funding bill to fight coronavirus

The bill allocates $45 million to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

  Columbia mayor declares state of emergency

On Monday, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has declared a state of emergency.

March and April elections across the state postponed due to coronavirus

Governor McMaster announced on March 15 that all elections scheduled for March and April 2020 would be postponed. Elections that would be affected will be rescheduled to occur after May 1, 2020.

Lancaster Co. representative criticizes DHEC’s guidance to not cancel events

DHEC says “the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina does not indicate that cancellation of events or schools is needed at this time.”

S.C. governor requests $45 million in surplus funds to go to DHEC for coronavirus response

The governor said the money should come from the taxpayer credit proposed in the 2020-21 budget passed by the House.

SC for Ed plans another ‘All Out’ event at the State House, one day after Senate passes bill

Just a day after the South Carolina Senate passed an education bill, the grassroots group SC for Ed announced its plan to have another “All Out” event at the State House on March 24.

  DHEC officials tell lawmakers a confirmed coronavirus case in SC is likely in the future

State health officials said with cases in neighboring states, it is likely there will be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Carolina in the future.

S.C. Senate passes education reform plan, bill now on its way to the House

Three Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.