Elections

Glen Conwell “ecstatic to win” Lexington County Council seat, ready to work

Glen Conwell Glen Conwell accomplished an improbable feat on June 12. The former Lexington Two School Board member won a three-way primary for the District 8 Lexington County Council seat. He defeated incumbent Ned Tolar and challenger Chuck Crouch on the first ballot. To win, Conwell had to get more than 50 percent of the vote. He is a Republican,…

Gov. Henry McMaster wins GOP Primary runoff over John Warren

McMaster with President Donald Trump, Monday. Gov. Henry McMaster has been projected as the winner in SC GOP Primary runoff election Tuesday over John Warren With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Master had 54 percent of the vote compared to Warren’s 46 percent. McMaster will face Democrat James Smith in the November general election. Categories: Columbia, Elections, Richland County

Trump-McMaster rally attendees come to protest, support, witness president in SC

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President Donald Trump urges voters to come out for Gov. Henry McMaster Tuesday

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After primary win, Richland County Council Dist. 11 candidate Chakisse Newton continues campaign

Chakisse Newton, photo from Newton’s Facebook campaign page. Richland County’s District 11 residents recently made their voice known that they wanted a change in Democratic representation for their area of the county. Chakisse Newton was District 11’s winner of the June 12 primary, beating out incumbent Norman Jackson with 62 percent of the votes. Newton said she feels humbled and…

Pres. Donald Trump coming to Airport High School for McMaster Campaign

President Donald Trump will attend an Election Eve campaign rally for S.C. Gov.Henry McMaster in West Columbia, on Monday. The event is free and open to the general public. General admission tickets can be obtained by clicking “Register” on Page Link and then filling out the form. Doors open at 4 p.m. The event will start at 6 p.m. Mon,…

President Donald Trump to campaign for Gov. Henry McMaster

McMaster Campaign photo. President Donald Trump will campaign for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster according to The New York Times. Trump intends to join McMaster for a rally Monday in the Columbia area before Tuesday’s runoff election between McMaster and John Warren. And this Saturday, according to the New York Times, Vice President Mike Pence will campaign with McMaster. More…

Incumbents face challengers Tuesday for Richland, Lexington County Council seats

Wikipedia image-use permitted There are candidates running for seats on Richland and Lexington County Council. The Primary is Tuesday. Voting hours are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Richland County Council District 1 covers the Irmo and Dutch Fork area. The incumbent is Bill Malinowski of Chapin. He is being challenged by Stan Smith of Chapin, for the GOP nomination….

Two out of three candidates present for Lexington County Council Dist. 8 debate

Conwell and Crouch Show Caption Hide Caption Candidates with empty podium Show Caption Hide Caption Chamber sign Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor Show Caption Hide Caption crowd after debate Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Music Shop hosted event. Karamie Sullivan photos. Two out of the three Lexington County Town Council candidates from District 8 met Thursday evening at…

Chris Wooten defeats Anne Marie Eckstorm Green in House 69 seat race

Chris Wooten speaking at a House Seat 69 candidates forum. Republican Chris Wooten defeats Anne Marie Eckstorm Green for S.C. House 69 seat with 1,655 votes to 1,319 votes. Wooten won 56 percent to 44 percent. The two competed in a GOP primary runoff. The results are unofficial from Lexington County voter office Director Dean Crepes. House Seat 69 is…

Sen. Nikki Setzler receives Legislative Leadership Award

State Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia received the Clemson Board of Visitors Legislative Leadership Award, Tuesday. “I’m honored and humbled to receive this leadership award,” Setzler said of being chosen. He said he works every day as a legislator to help make public education and higher education better. “I appreciate the people who support me,” said Setzler. He also…

Ted Stambolitis resigns from Lexington Town Council

Ted Stambolitis Mayor Steve MacDougall has accepted the resignation of Councilman Ted Stambolitis effective Wednesday (Feb. 28.) Stambolitis no longer meets the eligibility requirements of a qualified elector set forth in the Town of Lexington Ordinance 34.37. Stambolitis is a local businessman who has served on Town Council since 2004. According to town ordinance, a qualified elector “must be a…

GOP primary vote for S.C. House Dist. 69 is Tuesday

The five candidates at a forum last Thursday. Five candidates are vying to be the nominee in Tuesday’s GOP primary to represent District 69 them in the S.C.  House of Representatives. The Lexington County seat was vacated in December. Former House Majority Leader Rep. Rick Quinn resigned and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office. The candidates running to replace Quinn are: attorney…

House District 69 candidates talk about SCANA, other issues at forum

Candidates for  SC House District 69 got together Thursday night. Empowered Young Professionals of Lexington hosted a forum, for the  candidates. The district, left vacant by the resignation of Rick Quinn who pleaded guilty to misconduct, covers part of the Town of Lexington and it runs into other parts of the county. The forum was at the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors…

Pringle wins West Columbia City Council Dist. 5 race, Cary wins in Lexington School Dist. 3 

Mickey Pringle campaign photo. Mickey Pringle won the West Columbia City Council District 5 seat in a re-vote, Tuesday. Also in the race were incumbent Boyd Jones and Marland Hardy Mitchell. Pringle received 66 votes. Mitchell got 54 votes and Boyd Jones finished with 14 votes. The Lexington County Election Commission overturned the initial result from November in the West Columbia…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn gets probation

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and two years of probation Monday. Quinn faced the possibility of  one year in prison, but that sentence was suspended to community service and probation. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a courtroom in Beaufort. Quinn…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn to be sentenced Monday

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Monday in a Beaufort courtroom. Quinn pleaded guilty to charges in an investigation of corruption at the South Carolina Statehouse. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is set to sentence Quinn. Quinn pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December. Mullen delayed sentencing…

Rep. Joe Wilson lauds tax cuts at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair in West Columbia

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson presents Bill Mooneyhan with photo of Wilson and President Donald Trump at tax cut bill signing. Bill Mooneyhan Jr., Mike Green and Ben Homeyer were also on hand. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia Monday to congratulate owner Bill Monneyhan on the expansion of the small business. Wilson…

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin talks about a bright 2018 in his “State of the City” address

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Gov. Henry McMaster issues synopsis of his State of the State address

Gov. Henry McMaster, ColaDaily file photo. Summary of the State of the State address from the office of S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster  Takeaways Wednesday night, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his vision for the future of South Carolina. He outlined a multi-pronged plan for growth that includes across-the-board tax cuts. He said tax cuts would let South Carolinians keep more of their…

Government shutdown ends Monday in third day

US Senate – Wikimedia photo- use permitted. The U.S. Senate voted 81-18 Monday to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill. The vote allowed for Congress to approve a Continuing Resoltion for funding and end a three-day government shutdown. Democrats effectively backed off their opposition to the funding bill. “We will vote today to reopen the government,” said…

Government shutdown not causing much to change, Monday

The federal government shutdown began at midnight Friday when The U.S. Senate failed to pass a spending bill to keep funding government operations. The U.S. House passed a Continuing Resolution to the fund the government. In the Senate 60 votes are needed to pass the bill to fund the government, and the Democratic leadership is filibustering (or refusing to support)…