Politics

Rep. Rick Quinn to remain free on personal recognizance

After agreeing to return to the court in the future, Rep. Rick Quinn was allowed to go free on personal recognizance by Judge Knox Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo. McMahon, Tuesday in a Richland County courtroom. In accordance with the bond agreement, the Lexington Republican would have to pay a $50,000 bond if he missed a court date. Quinn…

Wendy Brawley wins Democratic Party primary runoff

Wendy Brawley (Candidate Photo) Wendy Brawley won the Democratic Party’s primary runoff over Heath Hill in the S.C. House District 70 race, Tuesday. Brawley was also the top vote-getter in the May 2 primary. Hill finished second. District 70 was represented by Joe Neal who died in February. District 70 covers Lower Richland and portions of western Sumter County. Brawley…

Quinn says he’s being targeted by a partisan Democrat

After Rep. Rick Quinn, was indicted by the State Grand Jury on Tuesday, he issued a statement saying he is not guilty and he wants to clear up the matter. “I have done nothing wrong, and I am asking for a speedy trial so this can be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Quinn, in the statement. Quinn’s family owns…

Rep. Rick Quinn indicted on misconduct charges, House Speaker Jay Lucas has suspended Quinn

The State Grand Jury has indicted Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. on one count of common law misconduct in office and one count of statutory misconduct in office. Hours after the indictment was announced, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn from the House. According to the indictment, Quinn accepted $4.5 million “from lobbyists’ principals,” and other groups without reporting “to…

Lexington County Council holds public meeting on proposed Amicks Ferry Road rezoning

Lexington County Council held a public hearing last Tuesday regarding the proposed rezoning of the Amicks Ferry Road corridor in Chapin. The meeting was held in Council Chambers As Lexington County Councilwoman for District 6, Erin Long Bergeson explained at the beginning of the public meeting, “the increasing growth of the Chapin area has raised concerns with citizens regarding safety, traffic,…

Drew McKissick elected chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday

Drew McKissick was elected as the State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday at the 2017 South Carolina Republican Party State Convention. Drew McKissickMcKissick received 86 percent of the vote and defeated Mark Powell of Anderson County. McKissick assumes the duties of State Chairman immediately and becomes the SCGOP’s 19th State Chairman. McKissick released the following statement on the election…

Richland County’s $1.7 billion two-year budget has no tax increase

Richland County Council this week kicked off discussions on its first proposed two-year budget, which sets forth a $1.7 billion spending plan to improve government services at no additional costs to taxpayers. The outline of the budget was issued in the form of a press release, Wednesday evening. As presented, Biennium Budget I – which covers the fiscal years beginning July…

U.S. House seat primary in South Carolina is Tuesday

A Special Election primary for the U.S. House District 5 seat is scheduled for Tuesday (May 2.) The District 5 seat opened when former U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) was installed as the director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump Administration. The District Five seat covers 11 counties including: Cherokee, Chester; Fairfield; Kershaw; Lancaster; Lee; Newberry; Spartanburg; Sumter; Union;…

Trav Robertson elected S.C. Democratic Party chairman

The South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention has elected Trav Robertson to serve as State Party Chair. Below is a press release from the SCDP: Trav Robertson Trav Robertson has spent his life fighting to elect Democrats and working to build strong party organizations across the country.  He’s run campaigns at every level of American politics.  Robertson is one of…

Widow of Dale Harley to run for West Columbia City Council seat he left open

Sandy Harley has filed to run for the vacancy on West Columbia City Council, District 1. Sandy Harley, wife of the late Dale Harley, with Sen. Nikki Setzler on the night her late husband was honored. (Photo Contributed) The seat became open upon the death of West Columbia City Councilman Dale Harley on March 23. “I have lived in West…

SCDOT Secretary praises Senate for passing gas tax hike

SCDOT office on Park Street Columbia (Terry Ward Photo) In a press release entitled: “SCDOT Response to the Road Bill Passage in the Senate”  South Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall released a statement praising the state Senate on passage of legislation that will raise the state’s gas tax by 12-cents a gallon. Link to initial report of gas tax hike vote by…

Gov. Henry McMaster signs a bill addressing state pension fund deficit

The legislation McMaster signed does not raise workers’ contribution rates, but government employers will pay more through 2022. The rate of contributions from employers will rise by 7 percent in the the next six years. The increased contributions are expected to result in $3.2 billion for the pension system. “Unfortunately, the only means available today to immediately begin reducing the…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson conducts Veterans Job Fair for the Midlands

1/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Rep. Joe Wilson Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson talks to Nicole McCombs of Training Concepts, Thursday, at the Veterans Job Fair. (Photos/Terry Ward) U.S. Rep….

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham one of nation’s most unpopular senators

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Seneca)  has been named one of the nation’s least popular senators in a poll released Tuesday. Only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sen. John McCain are more disliked than Graham. All three have been staunch critics of President Donald Trump. Click link to see the results of the Morning Consult Poll Among voters in South Carolina,…

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…

Tiff erupts over TIF between 4 county council members and City of Cayce

Cayce Streetscape proposal. The City of Cayce has moved to establish Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to fund improvements to its Knox-Abbott corridor and other parts of the city. Tuesday, four members, of the nine-member Lexington County Council issued a press release in opposition to the Cayce TIF. Cayce Mayor Elise PArtin responed to the council memebrs, and so did Lexignton…

One indictment of Sen. John Courson involves moving campaign money

Sen. John Courson State Sen. John Courson allegedly paid the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn & Associates $247,829, and then RQ&A made multiple exchanges of cash back to Courson in the amount of $132,802.  That is the charge made in one of three Grand Jury indictments of Courson made public Friday. The alleged movement of money took place over…

New poll says 58% in South Carolina favor Trump, 78% oppose gas tax

Trump in South Carolina. (Photo Contributed.) A poll released Tuesday shows President Donald Trump’s South Carolina approval rating at 58 percent. The poll was released by the The Trafalgar Group and surveyed more than 1,200 people. It is in contrast to a poll from Winthrop University published in February. According to the Winthrop poll Trump’s approval rating in South Carolina…

West Columbia has $16.7 million unfunded liability because of State Retirement System

It grew by $1.5 million in a year

The City of West Columbia has done an excellent job minding its budget, but the city owes $16.7 million in unfunded liability to the S.C. Retirement System. CPA Bill Hancock informed West Columbia City Council that the unfunded liability is $16.7 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “It will be a budget challenge,” said Bill Hancock, a CPA with The Brittingham…

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…