State Politics

  Gov. McMaster encourages private businesses to open vaccine sites

McMaster says the vaccine site is running efficiently because private businesses are working together.

Former President Trump endorses SCGOP Chairman

  SC lawmakers to debate bill banning transgender women from playing women’s sports

  S.C. businesses call on state lawmakers to establish hate crime laws

Graham visits Arizona, criticizes Biden on border wall gaps

  Federal judge temporarily halts SC abortion ban

  First legal battle on bill banning most abortions in SC set for Friday

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  SC House advances bill banning most abortions, expected to reach governor’s desk soon

  Protestors gather outside statehouse as lawmakers vote on abortion ban

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  Mayor Steve Benjamin delivers 2021 State of the City address

  Businesses see little change in revenue months after ‘Last Call’ order

  Economist: While rest of SC’s economy is almost back, leisure & hospitality down 15%

South Carolina considers breaking up public health agency

Public health workers in South Carolina have been tasked with keeping the state safe for 143 years, ever since a health board was created following a yellow fever outbreak in 1878.

SC House considers bill to keep churches open in emergency

The House Special Laws Subcommittee is meeting about the bill Tuesday.

Graham, Scott both vote to acquit former President Trump

Both of South Carolina's senators voted to acquit the former president Saturday.

Haley accused of changing positions on Trump since Capitol riot

In different interviews, former United Nations Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been quoted saying Donald Trump “let us down,” while also calling for people to “give the man a break.”

Senate approves $208M funding bill to improve vaccine rollout

Graham calls evidence presented against Trump in impeachment trial ‘offensive and absurd’

  Disability advocates split on ‘sub-minimum wage’ law

  SC Senate passes bill to move teachers to the front of the vaccine line

S. Carolina House committee approves ban on most abortions

  Teacher reacts to McMaster’s tweets on not allowing educators to ‘jump the line’ for vaccines

  Johnson announces run for Columbia Mayor

On Monday, Sam Johnson became the latest to announce his mayoral candidacy for the City of Columbia.

  SC lawmakers introduce laws prompted by summer of protests

A bill to toughen penalties for people who target a victim because of their race, color, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and or disability is a priority of the Legislative Black Caucus, according to Rep. Deon Tedder.

McMaster removes State Accident Fund director, orders investigation

Gov. Henry McMaster has removed director of the State Accident Fund Amy V. Cofield from her position and has requested the State Inspector General to investigate.

‘Unethical, immoral, absolutely unacceptable:’ McMaster responds to SC teachers’ push for vaccine priority

McMaster’s statement Sunday comes following an outcry from teachers late last week.

  McMaster, first lady donate convalescent plasma at Red Cross

Health officials in the state urge everyone who has recovered from the virus to donate plasma.

At-Large City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine to run for Columbia mayor

Her announcement comes on the heels of Mayor Steve Benjamin’s decision to not seek a fourth term leading the Capital City.

  SC lawmakers advocate for hate crime bill as hate groups increase in state

The number of hate groups in South Carolina have increased since 2015, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  SC senators push legislation to vaccinate teachers quickly

In the Senate, Majority Leader Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) has introduced a joint resolution that would require DHEC to move teachers and school support staff to Phase 1A.

  Lawmakers consider bill to allow open carry in South Carolina

The Palmetto State is one of only five states in the country without legislation that allows some form of open carry.

Milton Kimpson, a trailblazer in SC education and politics, has died at age 90

After a stint in the U.S. Army and years as a teacher and principal, Milton Kimpson went on to serve in state government for 15 years.

  SCGOP passes resolution to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote

The South Carolina GOP has formally censured U.S. Rep. Tom Rice over his impeachment vote.

  4 SC attorneys to lead Trump’s impeachment defense

Prominent Republican attorney Butch Bowers will lead the team, according to reports.

  McMaster challenges Biden Administrations ‘erroneous claims’ about safe re-opening of schools

Gov. Henry McMaster is taking on officials with President Joe Biden’s administration who he says are making incorrect claims about the possibility of safely bringing students back to the classroom.

  WATCH: During debate about Fetal Heartbeat Bill, Sen. McLeod says she survived sexual assault

During her speech on Thursday, Sen. Mia McLeod revealed she is a sexual assault survivor.

  SC House passes $208M COVID-19 bill on same day Senate passes Fetal Heartbeat Bill

The two chambers, led by significant Republican majorities, now trading legislation with hopes the other pass their respective bills quickly.

SC Senate passes Fetal Heartbeat Bill aimed at banning most abortions

The bill now goes to the House, where it’s likely to pass.

  Bill banning abortions after 6 to 8 weeks faces one more big hurdle in the SC Senate

In a 29-17 vote, the Senate moved the bill past what is known as a second reading.

SC House approves taking more bids to sell Santee Cooper

House lawmakers also voted to replace the entire board that runs the electric company.

  McMaster touts support for Fetal Heartbeat Bill before Senate debate enters 2nd day

The bill would ban abortions around six to eight weeks, after a heartbeat is detected.

  SC Senate adds an exception for rape and incest to Fetal Heartbeat Bill

The amendment passed by a voice vote and came after a heated first day of debate on the Senate floor.

Trump adds another SC attorney to legal team

Donald Trump is adding another attorney from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team: a former federal prosecutor-turned-defense attorney who specializes in white-collar crime.

House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

The General Assembly selects Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit and Family Court judges after a screening process.

  From SC to DC: Jaime Harrison focuses on Democrats’ national goals as new DNC chair

Harrison said he hopes to rally the party around unifying issues like health care and education reform.

N. Charleston elementary students express happiness, hope in letters to Biden, Harris

North Charleston elementary students expressed their happiness and hope of meeting President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in letters the children wrote to the newly elected duo.

  SC Heartbeat Bill heads to full Senate after lawmakers vote out exceptions for rape, incest

If passed, the bill would ban abortions in the state after a heartbeat can be detected, which usually happens between six to eight weeks.

Report: Lawyer for former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone to represent Trump

The attorney has also represented former SC governors in the past.

  First Lady Jill Biden’s prayer partner in the Midlands to pray at 59th Inaugural Prayer Service

Robin Jackson, the first lady of Brookland Baptist Church, will be giving a prayer during Thursday’s service.

  Clyburn: Bush called him a ‘savior’ for boosting Biden

Clyburn believes Wednesday was historic.

  Local SC fashion designer dresses V.P. Kamala Harris, Former First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, showing her commitment to American-made designers, wore a blue coat and dress by Alexandra O’Neill.

  Law enforcement outnumber protestors at the SC State House on Inauguration Day

Less than 20 people with different reasons for showing up to the State House grounds gathered for a few hours to be heard Wednesday.

  Medical marijuana bill gains support from S.C. medical professionals

The Compassion Care Act would allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with debilitating medical conditions like diabetes, cancer and PTSD.

‘An unconstitutional act of political vengeance:’ Graham pens new letter opposing impeachment of Trump

Graham reaffirmed his position in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

  ‘No specific threats to the state of South Carolina’ ahead of Inauguration, officials say

The FBI has warned of the potential for armed protests at all 50 statehouses, as well as the U.S. Capitol. State officials say the South Carolina State House and the surrounding area are secure.

  Bill restricting abortions in SC moves forward, could go before full Senate in ‘a matter of weeks’

The legislation, which was hotly debated last session, would prevent pregnant women from seeking an abortion six to seven weeks after they conceive.

Nikki Haley launches new PAC ahead of 2022 midterms

The former South Carolina governor has been rumored for a 2024 run for president.

Three S.C. representatives file bill calling for term limits for U.S. House, Senate seats

Three South Carolina representatives filed a bill calling for term limits for those who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

Mace co-sponsors bill to award Congressional medal for officer who diverted rioters

First District Congresswoman Nany Mace and two other House members are calling for an honor for a U.S. Capitol officer.

SC National Guard to send members to DC ahead of inauguration

Members of the South Carolina National Guard will provide support for Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration Wednesday.

Horry County GOP head calls impeachment of Trump ‘political stunt,’ expresses disappointment in Rice vote

The chairperson of the Horry County Republican Party said the vote to impeach President Donald Trump will “do nothing but harm the country and our party.”

Rep. Joe Wilson stands by vote against Trump’s second impeachment

Wilson said the impeachment was divisive.

  McMaster calls for SC to get back to work, classrooms to reopen in State of the State address

He did not announce any new executive orders, directives, or COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

  ‘I think the country deserves better’: Congressman Tom Rice votes to impeach President Trump

Rice previously objected to the Electoral College's count following last week's riot at the Capitol.

  Rep. Mace votes against Trump impeachment, aides say she won’t attend Biden inauguration

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace says the way in which the House is moving to impeach President Donald Trump is unconstitutional because it bypasses due process.

Sen. Scott opposed to impeaching Trump

Many in Congress are mulling whether to impeach the sitting president and Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) believes a vote to impeach Trump will do more harm than good.

  SC lawmakers face a full slate of priorities as they begin the new session

The 124th session of the South Carolina General Assembly began with hundreds of prefiled bills in both chambers.

  SC lawmakers play a large role in impeachment discussion

High-ranking Democrat Rep. James Clyburn said he supports the House moving to impeach Trump but proposed waiting before sending the article(s) to the Senate for a vote.

State law enforcement preparing for possible armed protests at SC capitol

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says it is on a state of heightened security as state law enforcement prepares for possible armed protests in the state.

’Platforms should never pick winners and losers’: Scott responds to Twitter following Trump ban

Scott is among other South Carolina Republicans who have responded in the wake of Trump's ban.

Nancy Mace signs letter urging Biden to halt impeachment efforts

U.S. House Representative Nancy Mace signed a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden calling for the halting of impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.

SC Legislature feels and looks different with same issues

South Carolina’s 124th session of the General Assembly starts Tuesday.

  ‘We’re not going to shut up and dribble’: Staley condemns Capitol riot

On Saturday, Staley reflected on what transpired on Capitol Hill earlier this week, calling it ‘domestic terrorism.’

  Clyburn calling for second impeachment, Graham says the move would be ‘dangerous’

While House Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said he supports the efforts to remove the President from office, Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks impeaching the president again would be “dangerous.”

  McMaster unveils budget proposal for 2021-22

The governor said South Carolina is one of the most fiscally-sound states in the nation.

  Mace says Trump’s legacy ‘wiped out’ during riot

Just days into her first term, First Congressional District Rep. Nancy Mace has been outspoken after the chaos on Capitol Hill and is calling out her peers to change their tone to protect lives.

Sen. Graham: ‘Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected’

An impassioned Sen. Lindsey Graham reiterated his opposition to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s win by telling Republican senators to “count” him out, saying that Biden and Kamala Harris were lawfully elected.

Rep. Mace on Capitol violence, lockdown: ‘Rhetoric has real consequences’

Rep. Nancy Mace says she evacuated her office Wednesday because of a “nearby threat.”

  ‘Thank you so much’: Ossoff claims victory in race against Perdue

Ossoff claimed victory over Republican Incumbent David Perdue Wednesday. The Associated Press has not called the race in Ossoff’s favor but Ossoff does have a small lead over Perdue.

  McMaster: Those in Phase 1A have until Jan. 15 to get vaccine or ‘go to back of the line’

McMaster said the state has “identified roadblocks” in the rollout and they are going to fix them to speed up the process.