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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…

Democrat Wendy Brawley defeats Bill Strickland for S.C. House 70 seat

Wendy Brawley defeated Bill Strickland in the race to replace the late representative Joe Neal in the South Carolina legislature. Brawley, a Democrat, got 78 percent of the vote compared to 22 percent for Strickland in Tuesday’s election for the S.C. House District 70 seat. Brawley is the founder of Imara Women’s Magazine. District 70 includes portions of lower Richland and…

Clemson football team welcomed at the White House, meets with president

President Donald Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers football team to the White House Monday. Clemson won the 2016-2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. Gov. Henry McMaster was also on hand for the Tigers’ visit. During the White House ceremony, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney presented the president with official Tigers No. 1 jerseys. President Trump called Clemson’s victory over Alabama…

S.C. Congressman Trey Gowdy chosen to lead House Oversight Committee

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from the Upstate of South Carolina, has been chosen to lead the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The sharp-questioner and ultra-popular Gowdy will replace Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is leaving Congress at the end of the month. Gowdy is expected to be confirmed by the House next week. Gowdy is a…

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…