Gov. McMaster on Richard Quinn & Associates, USC Basketball

By G. Jackson

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Tuesday he will continue to use long-time political consultants Richard Quinn & Associates for his 2018 campaign, despite an ongoing corruption investigation that has ensnared the firm. McMaster has used the firm for political consultant work since 1993.

McMaster also praised the basketball teams at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, for making it to the Final Four. He will not attend the men's basketball game in Phoenix on Saturday, since he already said he would attend the Carolina Cup horse race. 

SC Senate Legislative Update March 20 - 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House

The Senate Finance Committee continued its work this week on the state budget with the goal of advancing it to the floor for full Senate debate. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget includes K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. The Finance Committee is scheduled to resume deliberations on Tuesday.

The infrastructure funding package, H. 3516, also remains on the Senate’s contested calendar, but some movement on it is expected next week.

SC House Legislative Update

By G. Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
March 21, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 11

The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3720, the General Appropriation Bill, and H.3721, the joint resolution making appropriations from the Capital Reserve Fund, which together comprise the $26.9 billion FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 STATE GOVERNMENT BUDGET. The budget includes $7.9 billion in recurring state general fund revenue, $29 million in nonrecurring Fiscal Year 2016-2017 certified surplus, and $139 million in Capital Reserve Funds.

State House Update: Opioid Bills Progress, Roads Bill Stalls, Open Carry Bill Advances

By G. Jackson

S.C. State House update

This week in the South Carolina State House, several bills tackling the growing opioid overdose problem advanced in both the House and Senate, a bill to allow people to openly carry a handgun hit the House floor after receiving no testimony, the ongoing State House corruption investigation slowed the confirmation process for two of Gov. Henry McMaster's appointees to the S.C. Ports Authority board, and a $500 million bond bill took shape during  a House budget panel meeting.

SC Senate Legislative Update March 13 - 17, 2017

By G. Jackson

The South Carolina State House

The Senate this week set the stage for debate in the coming weeks on two significant pieces of legislation, a bill addressing the state’s infrastructure system and the state’s general appropriations bill.

The Senate Finance Committee voted to give a favorable report to H. 3516, advancing it to the Senate floor for debate. The bill aims to address longterm infrastructure needs through increasing the motor fuel user fee two cents per year over six years. When fully implemented, it’s estimated to generate approximately $792 million.

Parnell, Archie | U.S. Congressional District 5 Candidate

By K. Cannon

Candidate for U.S Congress, Archie Parnell

South Carolina Native Archie Parnell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned both his bachelor's and law degrees. He has worked as an attorney for the U.S Department of Justice, served on the staff of the U.S House Committee on Ways and Means, and also worked in the private sector.


SC Senate Update March 6 - March 10, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. Senate

The Senate this week approved third reading of H. 3726, a bill that aims to make the state’s pension system more financially sound. The House version of the bill was moved forward after the Senate adopted all amendments from a companion bill, S. 394. The goal of the legislation is to make the retirement system financially solvent and make sure the benefits promised to state employees are provided.