Politics

S.C. school administrators association director enters state superintendent race

Molly Spearman has announced her bid for state Superintendent of Education. (photo provided) The Republican ticket for state superintendent of education is getting crowded as another GOP candidate has declared her intention to run. Current superintendent Dr. Mick Zais announced in December that he would not seek another term. Molly Spearman has been the executive director of the South Carolina…

Ed Greenleaf launches campaign for U.S. House seat on promise to put constituents first

Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf told supporters at a Tuesday campaign launch event that U.S. House District 2 deserves a congressman who would create jobs and put constituents first. Ed Greenleaf kicks off his campaign for the District 2 congressional seat. (photo by Kelly Petty) “We can vote for the same person who’s held the office for 13 years. And…

State Senate Education Subcommittee holds vote on Common Core bill to consider ‘compromise’

The South Carolina Senate’s K-12 Education Subcommittee chose during a Wednesday meeting to delay a vote on legislation that would repeal Common Core State Standards. The decision came after Sen. Mike Fair introduced a proposed amendment to SB 300, which would repeal Common Core. “For me it was a compromise with myself,” Fair told the committee. “This is where many…

Ready for Hillary group holds Columbia fundraiser

The next United States presidential election is more than two-and-a-half years away, and Hillary Clinton has not yet announced whether she will be a candidate, but a vocal group of supporters gathered Thursday night in Columbia to let the former U.S. Secretary of State, senator and first lady know they want her to be in the race. Rep. Bakari Sellers…

Conservation Voters of South Carolina endorse Vincent Sheheen for governor

The non-partisan Conservation Voters of South Carolina announced Tuesday its endorsement of state Sen. Vincent Sheheen for governor of South Carolina. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen accepted the CVSC endorsement for governor Tuesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) CVSC Executive Director Ann Timberlake said the organization plans to do more than ever before to support their chosen candidate in this year’s election….

Gov. Nikki Haley signs bill allowing concealed firearms in bars, restaurants into law

South Carolina law officially allows licensed concealed weapon carriers to bring guns into bars and restaurants unless the establishments specifically prohibit them. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law Tuesday. It allows gun owners who have a state-issued Concealed Weapons Permit to carry a concealed firearm into any bar or restaurant that does not have a sign posted prohibiting…

U.S. House candidate Ed Greenleaf postpones campaign kick-off event

Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf will go up against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for the 2nd congressional district seat in the November election. (photo courtesy of VoteGreenleaf2014) The campaign of Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf announced Monday that it had postponed its kick-off event that was scheduled for this Wednesday. The campaign launch instead will be held Feb. 25 at…

Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf will face off against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for congressional seat

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will face some competition this fall from with a newcomer to the political scene. Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf has announced his run for the seat that Wilson has occupied since 2001. Richland County resident Ed Greenleaf will go up against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for the congressional District 2 seat in the November election. (photo…

South Carolina government restructuring bill becomes law

A bipartisan bill that restructures South Carolina’s government officially became law Wednesday after a ceremonial signing by Gov. Nikki Haley. Gov. Nikki Haley, flanked by legislators and the family of Gov. Carroll Campbell, speaks at Wednesday’s bill signing. (photo by Allen Wallace) The new law, sponsored by gubernatorial challenger state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and others, creates a Department of Administration…

Sheheen pushes for ethics reform, calls for ‘ethical leadership’ beyond letter of law

The South Carolina legislature will discuss ethics this week, and Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, wants to see some big changes made. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (photo provided) Sheheen will introduce and support bills calling for full disclosure of income by all elected officials, an end to use of state assets for campaign purposes and tighter rules for government officials becoming lobbyists….

Lexington attorney Amy Cofield announces bid for state superintendent of education

Lexington attorney Amy Cofield will run for state Superintendent of Education. (photo provided) Another Midlands resident has entered the race to replace state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais. Amy Cofield, who has lived in the Upstate but currently practices law in Lexington, announced Tuesday that she is running for the position. Zais previously stated his intentions not to seek reelection….

Democrats, teachers respond to Gov. Haley’s State of the State address

Gov. Nikki Haley’s political opponents are voicing objections to her State of the State address, but at least one teachers’ group expressed excitement. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland County, gave the official Democratic response to Haley’s speech, saying her education reform plan comes too late. “Leadership makes public education job one, day one,” Smith said. “Instead of waiting four years, until…

Education activist announces run for state education superintendent seat

Sheri Few (photo provided) In the midst of pushing for the repeal of Common Core, a Kershaw resident has announced her bid for State Superintendent of Education. Sheri Few, president and CEO of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, is the second person to join the race. Rep. Andy Patrick, a Hilton Head resident and Republican, announced his intention to…

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…