Politics

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…

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…

‘We continue the journey’ — Hundreds gather to honor King’s legacy

Hundreds gathered Monday on the north lawn of the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds gathered Monday at the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (photo by Allen Wallace) The King Day at the Dome event, organized by the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP,…

Rep. Joe Wilson gains House subcommittee chair

With a GOP-controlled Congress in place, Congressman Joe Wilson is expanding his clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Joe Wilson (Photos provided) Wilson, an eight-term Republican from Lexington County, was named Wednesday as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness by Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). “Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis,” Thornberry said in…

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 ·…