Politics

Tommy Parler ends tenure on West Columbia City Council

Tommy Parler When West Columbia City Council convenes, Tuesday, Councilman Tommy Parler will not be seated. After three terms, Parler chose not to run in 2017. Erin Porter will be sworn-in to take his place. “It was time to step down” said Parler. Parler, was with the West Columbia Fire Department for 25 years, and first elected in 2005. He…

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin endorses James Smith for S.C. governor

Candidate for governor, James Smith. Mayor Steve Benjamin, of Columbia, Monday endorsed James Smith’s candidacy for Governor of South Carolina. James Smith is the State Representative for much of Columbia and Richland County. The endorsement was announced in a press release. “I have seen James push the envelope and bring people together to make real change here in Columbia,” Benjamin…

Mike Green, Marland Hardy Mitchell, Erin Porter win West Columbia City Council seats

Porter, Mitchell, Green Mike Green, Marland Hardy Mitchell, and Erin Porter won West Columbia City Council seats, Tuesday. Green retained the District 1 seat he won in a special election in June. Pete Fisher and Virginia McGrady opposed him in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell defeated incumbent Councilman Boyd Jones in District 5. Porter defeated two opponents vying for the District 7…

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…

Gov. Henry McMaster announces effort to ban sanctuary cities in South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by members of the General Assembly to announce a new law enforcement initiative to ensure that no South Carolina municipalities become “sanctuary cities” and to establish, in state law, a mechanism through which local officials must annually prove compliance with existing immigration law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Bannister, the proposed legislation…

Political consultant Richard Quinn Sr., 2 former legislators, indicted by State Grand Jury

Columbia Political consultant Richard Quinn Sr., was indicted Wednesday by the State Grand Jury on felony charges of criminal conspiracy and illegal lobbying (failure to register as a lobbyist.) The indictment of Quinn, 73, by Special Prosecutor David Pascoe is part of a months-long investigation. Former S.C. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Harrison, 66, R-Richland, was also indicted…

Phil Noble is the second Democrat to enter the 2018 S.C. governor’s race

Phil Noble Phil Noble, a Charleston businessman, is the second Democrat to enter the 2018 race for S.C. governor. Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, has also announced his plans to run for the governor’s office. Noble is a longtime Democratic activist. He is the president of S.C. New Democrats, a group founded by former S.C. Gov. Richard Riley. South Carolina is…

James Smith announces campaign for Governor, first Democrat to announce

James Smith. James Smith  announced Thursday that he is running for Governor of South Carolina. He will hold an event in mid-October to officially kick off his campaign. Smith in a press release said he is a husband, father of four, soldier, legislator, attorney, and small business owner. “All of my life I have felt the call to service. It was…

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson drops DACA lawsuit

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson applauded President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday to give Congress time to decide how best to handle so-called “Dreamers,” children and teens who were brought into this country illegally by their parents. Wilson said the decision by Trump is upholding the Constitution. “This is a victory for the rule of…

Chapin’s Labor Day celebration is a big event for the town

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Illegal immigrant advocates shouted down confronting AG Alan Wilson at Chapin Parade

Protesters, advocating a program that allows illegal immigrants brought into the US during the Obama Administration, confronted SC Attorney General Alan Wilson, Monday. Wilson was accosted at the Chapin Labor Day Parade. But a majority of the crowd viewing the parade shouted down the protesters, and cheered Wilson. The demonstrators held signs and chanted in favor of DACA at the annual…

Gov. Henry McMaster praises Pres. Trump’s order to allow police use of military equipment

Local police departments will soon have more access to surplus U.S. military equipment. President Donald Trump signed an order (known as the 1033 military surplus program) on Monday restoring a Pentagon program that allows police to use some of the same gear to fight crime, that the military uses. President Barack Obama had blocked the use by police of military…

Filing has closed for Lexington County municipal elections, see list of candidates

Some mayors in Lexington County municipalities are facing challenges, along with some council members.  Filing for municipal elections closed at noon, Friday. The general election for municipal offices  is Nov. 8. Below is a list of filers and the office for which they filed, and the municipality. Town of Irmo, Council Kathy Condom Robert Wessinger Ed Wadelington C Brent Chitwood Barry…

State Rep. Micah Caskey proposes under cover of totality

State Rep. Micah Caskey (R- West Columbia) used Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse for a special occasion. Caskey, getting down on one knee, asked his girlfriend, Erin Harris, to marry him. The proposal took place  on Lake Murray during the eclipse’s totality phase. “Yesterday during the solar eclipse, I got engaged to my favorite person in the universe,” Caskey wrote on…

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom to post gas tax spending online

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom said- in a Friday press release- his office has spent recent months developing procedures to track revenues generated by the new road-funding law. The legislation raised the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Eckstrom will post the expenditures on the web. He said he expects to begin posting monthly, itemized reports of…

“Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally held at State House, Monday

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3 running for Chapin mayor after first day of filing

The Town of Chapin will have at least three people in the race for Mayor. Friday was the first day individuals could file paperwork to run for the office in the Lexington County community. Two individuals announced plans to run – Shayla Flores and David W. Knight.  Current Mayor Skip Wilson also plans to run for re-election. Flores graduated from Chapin…

Gov. Henry McMaster to participate in Chapin’s Employ SC Job Fair, Monday

Governor Henry McMaster Governor Henry McMaster will participate in the Employ SC job fair at the CATE Center in Chapin, on Monday. Employ SC is a rapid response coalition of public and private organizations that was created to assist those affected by the suspension of the VC Summer nuclear reactor project. Employ SC will provide South Carolinians in search of…

SCE&G needs to be accountable, say legislators at press conference with fired workers

Republican and Democrats legislators, with fired employees on hand, held a press conference at the S.C. State House Wednesday, demanding more accountability from SCE&G. The energy giant abandoned an effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear station in Fairfield County this week. “There absolutely needs to be wholesale changes in leadership,” said West Columbia Rep. Micah…

SCGOP chairman giving Trump Administration voter data, after election commission declines

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick The chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will give state voter data to the Trump Administration. The Trump Administration will get the information after the S.C. Election Commission said state law does not allow for the records to be sent to the federal government. SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick said, Thursday, he will buy the data from…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…