Politics

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. Graham (Photo Permitted) 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…

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 election is scheduled for Tuesday June 20, and it for the replacement of Councilman Dale Harley, who died last week. Harley’s term ends in November. But since he died more than 180 days before the end of…

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…

Congressman Jim Clyburn speaks at Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

1/3The Greenview Elementary Chorus The Greenview Elementary Chorus Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3US Rep. Jim Clyburn US Rep. Jim Clyburn speaking in Columbia, Monday Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Large crowd Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn was the Keynote Speaker at City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza, Monday. The Greenview Elementary Chorus. (Photos by Terry…

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to speak at Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Sixth Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia. US Rep. James E. Clyburn. (Photo Submitted.) The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an…

Boeing South Carolina votes not to unionize

Lowcountry Graduate Center Photo. Use Permitted. Two days before a presidential visit, workers at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, rejected an invitation to join the Machinists union. An union organizer conceded, Wednesday, that workers voted not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The vote against unionization was almost 75 percent. About 3,000 workers voted. On…

SC State Rep. Joseph H. ‘Joe’ Neal dies, colleagues saddened

Rep. Joe Neal. (SC House Photo.) South Carolina State Rep. Joseph Neal has died, according to Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison tweeted at 1131 p.m., Tuesday of Neal’s death. Harrison’s Tweet: “Saddened & devastated to hear our good friend & progressive champion Rep. @JosephNeal3 passed away! He will be missed by all! #RIPJoe,” Neal represented…

Trump coming to South Carolina

President Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. A visit, this week, to the Palmetto State has been rumored since Sunday. Link to initial report Trump will visit North Charleston and the Boeing aircraft facility there. The visit will take place on Friday, when Boeing’s latest 787 aircraft will be introduced. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump’s visit to South Carolina…

Is President Donald Trump coming to South Carolina this week?

Donald Trump. (Permitted Photo.) CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower, on his Twitter feed, is reporting that US Pres. Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. “Donald Trump will visit Boeing’s South Carolina facility on Friday, the first sitting President to do so,” Ostrower posted on Twitter. Boeing’s facility in South Carolina is in North Charleston where the company makes the…

Loftis removed from pension investment commission, issues statement

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis said he was removed from the pension investment commission today. The commission manages investments for the state’s public-sector employees. In the fall it was discovered that South Carolina’s unfunded pension debt could be as high as $40 billion. Loftis has been vigilant in his insistence that pension fund managers are taking high fees and underperforming. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. (Photo Contributed.) Loftis issued…

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall details improvement plan, recounts progress

State of the Town address was Monday

Town of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall delivered his “State of the Town” address Monday night. In it, MacDougall addressed traffic congestion, annexation and growth, and some key attractions that have become a part of Lexington’s personality. He also detailed infrastructure projects and funding for repairs that are lingering from flood damage. Lexington State of the Town Address Monday evening. (Photos…

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…

Columbia protesters denounce Trump immigration order

The group ranged in age from children to seniors, and several races and religions also were represented

About three dozen people gathered in front of the State House on Sunday to protest the immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump. Dozens gathered Sunday in Columbia to protest President Trump’s controversial order on immigration, joining other cities across the nation. (Photos by Allen Wallace) The demonstration, which followed larger-scale protests in dozens of cities such as New York,…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Ambassador Nikki Haley to U.S. adversaries: ‘We’re taking names’

The Lexington County resident and former S.C. governor sets the tone of her new post on the first day on the job

An upbeat Nikki Haley walked into United Nations headquarters on Friday and wasted no time letting the world know that Donald Trump’s new U.N. Ambassador doesn’t intend to play games. New U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Friday after the formality of presenting him the United States’ diplomatic credentials. (Photo provided) Though…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

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…