Politics

South Carolina legislators return to Capitol; Senate addresses gun bill

South Carolina House and Senate lawmakers returned Wednesday to what will be a busy legislative year in South Carolina. Very little action was taken Tuesday afternoon. The House referred all remaining bills from the previous legislative session as well as prefiled bills to their respective committees. The House also voted to move their start time to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for…

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will not seek re-election

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, opting to apply for the post of president of the College of Charleston. The veteran of state politics with more than 30 years under his belt said he would step aside in the best interest of the state and of the political process. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (photo…

Job creation, spending cuts centerpieces of Rep. Joe Wilson’s 2014 legislative agenda

Rep. Joe Wilson reviews his 2014 legislative agenda during a district-wide tour Friday. (photo by Rachel Ham) Days before Congress resumes work for the first time in 2014, Rep. Joe Wilson traveled around South Carolina’s Second Congressional District sharing his plans for the new year. Wilson made stops Friday in Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, Columbia and Lexington to discuss his…

Former Obama adviser Rick Wade to run for U.S. Senate seat

Lancaster native Rick Wade announced Friday night that he will run as a Democrat for United States Senate next year in the special election scheduled to fill the seat now held by Sen. Tim Scott. Rick Wade (photo provided) “I have made the decision to run for the United States Senate. The people of South Carolina understand that Washington is…

Sen. Lindsey Graham introduces bill banning abortion

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham took the first steps to bring legislation to the Senate floor outlawing abortions after 20 weeks. The Republican senator from South Carolina, along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and anti-abortion advocates gathered at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and announced he would introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a federal law that would make it…

Gov. Haley defends campaign fundraiser on mansion grounds

A campaign fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican party was held Wednesday night at the Lace House on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion Complex in Columbia, despite objections from South Carolina Democrats. Governor Haley (photo by Allen Wallace) The South Carolina Ethics Commission said that the event is not illegal, citing Section 8-13-765 of the state ethics code, and…

Poll: Haley leads Sheheen in South Carolina governor’s race

A poll commissioned by the Democratic Governors’ Association shows Gov. Nikki Haley leading challenger state Sen. Vincent Sheheen 44 percent to 40 percent with a little over a year to go before the 2014 gubernatorial election. The poll, conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs, surveyed 760 registered South Carolina voters by phone last week. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.53 percent….

Sheheen, S.C. Dems question ethics of Governor’s Mansion campaign fundraiser

A fundraiser for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign will be held Nov. 6 at the Governor’s Mansion, and the event is drawing protests because of its location. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who also is running for governor, has posted an online petition to protest the use of the mansion for a campaign fundraiser. The South Carolina Ethics Commission said…

Columbia voters to decide strong-mayor issue

After 10 days, with the work of four county workers and 12,600 petitions later the city of Columbia got its answer about a controversial ballot question: The special election for the strong-mayor referendum will happen. Set for a tentative date of Dec. 3, Columbia residents will get their chance to change the city’s government to a mayor-council form, something that…

1 early winner declared in West Columbia elections

One candidate for a West Columbia city council seat can begin planning for his next term ahead of the Nov. 5 election. The West Columbia Municipal Election Commission (MEC) declared Boyd J. Jones to be the winner of City Council Seat 5. He was the sole candidate who filed for the race, and no other write-in candidates stated intentions to…

Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen calls ethics allegations ‘desperate’

In a race that’s shaping up to be a bit of a mudslinger, gubernatorial candidate Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen held a brief news conference Thursday afternoon to criticize Gov. Nikki Haley and the state Republican party for filing ethics complaints that eventually were dismissed. Sheheen said Jordan Kay, who worked on Haley’s campaign, filed three complaints to the state…

Morning mishap leaves Haley locked out of governor’s mansion

Getting the kids off to school can lead to a rough morning, even if you’re the governor of South Carolina. Governor Haley was getting the day started Wednesday when she found herself accidentally locked out of the governor’s mansion. The governor was willing to laugh at herself about the incident, posting about it on Facebook: “What not to do…getting locked…

Legally married gay couple sues South Carolina for rights

A Lexington County lesbian couple married in another state is suing to gain the rights of a married couple here in South Carolina. Katie Bradacs, a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and her wife, Tracie Goodwin, an Air Force veteran, were married April 6, 2012 in Washington, D.C. However, South Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage means that…

Gov. Nikki Haley announces re-election bid

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will be seeking re-election. Haley made the announcement in Greenville outside the Bi-Lo Center, where she was joined by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and fellow Republican Governors Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker. “I want to continue representing you as Governor to help ensure that South Carolina remains the best…

S.C. Chamber of Commerce announces results of legislative scorecard

Thirty legislators were granted a perfect score by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce this August as the organization released its annual Legislative Year in Review and Scorecard. The scorecard outlines the results of a tallying system set up by the Chamber. During the most recent legislative term, decisions pertaining to business issues, infrastructure funding, expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten, the…

Candidates file for West Columbia municipal seats

As the filing period closed Friday, Aug. 9, nearly a dozen people had submitted paperwork to enter the race for West Columbia city council seats. All four incumbents with expiring terms decided to run for re-election; three seats will have challengers on the ballot this November. A special election for the unexpired term in District 4 will be held with…