Elections

New faces vying for seats on West Columbia City Council in Tuesday’s election

Four West Columbia City Council seats are on the ballot in the Tuesday (Nov. 7) municipal election. Of the four council seats, two incumbents have opposition and one seat is open because of a retiring council member. The City Of West Columbia Council seat in District 3 is held by Casey Jordan Hallman and she is running for reelection unopposed….

List of candidates for Lexington County municipal elections

Town of Irmo, Council Kathy Condom Robert Wessinger Ed Wadelington C Brent Chitwood Barry A Walker, Sr. Kelly Busch Town of Pine Ridge Mayor David L. Busby Town of Pine Ridge, Council Scott Simms Floyd Dinkins Rick Dinkins Town of Summit, Council David Reese Henry E Hartley Town of Batesburg-Leesville, Mayor Lancer Shull Charles Simpkins Town of Batesburg-Leesville Council District…

City of West Columbia schedules special election after councilman’s death

The City of West Columbia will conduct a special election for the election of a City Council member in Council District One. The special election was announced on the city’s website, Wednesday afternoon. The information, below, regarding the election was issued, too. Maps showing the district boundaries will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the administrative…

Drain the Columbia swamp the focus at Trump rally

1/5 Rev. Leon Winn of Sumter. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Some held signs, and there was lots of security at the event. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Rich Bolen, Lexington attorney and Trump supporter. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis was the only elected official at the rally. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Some of the…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Protesters exhort Trump, McMaster: ‘You represent us, too’

Hundreds, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gather in Columbia to send message to political leaders

As America’s political divide deepens, protesters assembled Monday on Presidents Day at the S.C. State House to send a message to President Donald Trump and the state’s new – and unelected – Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Though living in an unmistakably red state, a group of nearly 600 people from across South Carolina – along with representatives from a wide…

Dr. Ed Harmon, former Lexington One School Board member dies

left Lexington One board in october

Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon, who left the Lexington One School Board in the fall, died on Tuesday. He was 64. “We mourn the loss of long-time board member and friend, Ed Harmon. Ed served on the school board for 16 years and retired in 2016,” was the message issued from the Lexington One Communications office. Dr. George Edwin “Ed”…

Organizers planning ‘People’s March’ on Columbia

Aim is to spotlight “human rights” concerns to new Gov. Henry McMaster and, by extension, President Trump

Organizers are working to bring thousands of peaceful protesters to Columbia from across the state later this month to send a “strong message” to new S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and President Donald Trump. Image provided “The People’s March on Columbia,” slated for President’s Day, February 20, at the S.C. State House, is a call to action, said chief organizer, Pastor…

New S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster assumes reins of power

In a divisive "game of musical chairs," Sen. Kevin Bryant becomes Lieutenant Governor as Senate president Hugh Leatherman scrambles to retain his dominant legislative role

Hal Millard contributed to this report A lot has changed in state government in a short period of time. South Carolina transitioned from one governor to the next, and got a new lieutenant governor in a 24-hour span, from Tuesday to Wednesday. New S.C. Governor Henry McMaster (Photo provided) Former Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn in as the state…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Rickenmann to fill Columbia City Council District 4 seat

A familiar face will be returning to the Columbia City Council. Daniel Rickenmann won a special election Tuesday for the District 4 council seat. Rickenmann, who served from 2004 to 2012 as an at-large council member, defeated Jessica Lathren on Tuesday in the election to fill the seat held by Leona Plaugh until her death in September. Rickenmann received 76…

Lott sworn in for 6th term as Richland County sheriff

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott officially began his third decade in office Tuesday, taking the traditional oath to begin his sixth term. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott renewed his oath of office Tuesday as he was sworn in for his sixth term as sheriff. (Photo courtesy of Richland County Sheriff’s Department) “It’s about building relationships with the community,” said Lott,…

New faces, new era for Lexington County Council

Chairman Todd Cullum: "Will we pull together as a team?"

With the beginning of 2017, a substantial portion of Lexington County Council will be new. One-third of council will be made up of newcomers. Scotty Whetstone in District 1; Darrell Hudson in District 3; and, Erin Long Bergeson in District 6 were just elected to Council in 2016. They join reelected incumbents Debra “Deb” Summers in District 4 and Bobby…

Rep. Joe Wilson lays out agenda for GOP-controlled Washington

Excited about the prospect of a federal government fully dominated by Republicans for the first time in 16 years, Congressman Joe Wilson on Tuesday outlined his personal agenda when President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress take the reins of power next month. The last time the GOP controlled all three branches of government occurred in 2001, when George W….

Lexington County to swear in new crop of elected officials

Lexington County Council will hold an Oath of Office ceremony for recently elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy K. Black Council Chambers located on the second floor of the Lexington County Administration building. The elected officials, many of whom are new, will include: · Scotty R. Whetstone, County Council – District 1 ·…

Protesters mass at Statehouse to denounce Trump vote

There was a common theme as South Carolina’s nine electors met Monday in Columbia to cast their presidential vote. “Trump’s unfit,” said Eugenia Clark. She was one of about 200 on hand on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia to protest the the confirmation of Donald Trump as U.S. President by the Electoral College. A group of protesters outside the Solomon…

Bright lights, big city beckon Nikki Haley

S.C. governor accepts call from President-elect Trump to become America's next ambassador to the United Nations

For the past several years, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been hailed as a “rising star” in the Republican Party. Pending a required U.S. Senate confirmation vote sometime early next year, her star will be affixed above the soaring skyline of midtown Manhattan as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Following a week of speculation that Haley was…

Nikki Haley statement on U.S. Ambassador nomination

Satisfied the state is on a “very strong footing,” Haley cites “sense of duty” in accepting offer from Donald Trump

Pending U.S. Senate confirmation sometime early next year, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is set to leave her office for New York City and the role of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. On her Facebook page Wednesday, Haley released the following statement about her decision to accept the post, despite two years left in her second term as governor:…

On Haley cabinet speculation, S.C. GOP leaders say ‘why not’?

Many pundits and foreign-policy experts say Haley's lack of experience would make her a strange choice for Secretary of State

Speculation that Donald Trump may pick Gov. Nikki Haley for his cabinet, perhaps even as Secretary of State, has many national political and foreign-policy experts scratching their heads. Haley’s lack of experience and her rocky relationship with Trump top their list of reasons why she would make for an odd choice. As many of them have noted in a torrent…

Nikki Haley as ‘Madame Secretary?’

With Trump team working through the weekend on filling his cabinet, Gov. Nikki Haley waits to hear if her name is called

It’s been a crazy, heady few days for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. It began Wednesday, when former Fla. GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” tweeted that an unidentified source confirmed to him S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley of Lexington was under serious consideration as a nominee to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet – specifically Secretary of State. That was…

Jaime Harrison makes bid to become nation’s top Democrat

South Carolina's Democratic leader seeks DNC chairmanship to help transform national party after electoral blowout

Jaime Harrison, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, has announced he intends to seek the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Harrison, an Orangeburg native and Columbia resident, made his official announcement Monday night in the final segment of the Rachel Maddow Show on the MSNBC cable-news network. SCDP chair Jaime Harrison speaks at this past summer’s 2016 Democratic National…

Protesters denounce Donald Trump at State House rally

A couple hundred people gathered Friday night in Columbia in a peaceful protest against President-elect Donald J. Trump, joining thousands more in cities across the nation who have been marching daily since the controversial billionaire’s electoral-vote victory over Hillary Clinton. Anti-Trump forces protest Friday night at the State House. (Photos by Hal Millard) The crowd, hoisting signs and chanting anti-Trump…

Electoral defeat only emboldens Arik Bjorn to fight on

Facing defeat on election night, Arik Bjorn said he was all smiles. While his supporters reached out to console him in his loss to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District seat, Bjorn said he had nothing to feel bad or sorry about. And, he said, he certainly didn’t feel sorry for himself. Arik Bjorn displays his…

Clyburn, McLeod win as Democrats dominate Richland races

County is a bright spot for Democrats on a bleak night

While Republicans across the river in Lexington County were having a field day, Democrats ruled Tuesday in races across Richland County. Nothing really new there, but on a night in which Democrats saw the presidency and both houses of Congress fall into GOP hands, the local victories were a salve nonetheless. “Thank God some sanity prevailed across Richland County tonight,”…