Politics

SC Voter ID Laws: What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Primaries

May 31, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kristina Rackley
vote button

The implementation of voter ID laws, which typically require voters to provide some form of photo ID to be able to vote in primaries and presidential elections, has been an issue fraught with controversy in several states. Voter ID laws are meant to prevent fraud from...

Sen. Pinckney's Portrait Unveiled at the State House

May 25, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Senator Clementa Pinckney

On Thursday, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney's portrait was unveiled in the State Senate. SCETV streamed the ceremony live. Stay tuned to SCETV and Palmetto Scene for more coverage, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charleston.

SC Legislature Overrides Gov. Haley’s Veto on $40 Million Farm Aid Bill

May 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kristina Rackley
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Last October, nearly two feet of rain fell from the sky in 12 hours, flooding entire neighborhoods, destroying homes, and altering some people’s lives forever. After Governor Haley vetoed a widely supported $40 million bill meant to help compensate South Carolina farmers...

Senator Clementa Pinckney's Portrait To Be Unveiled

April 28, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Sen. Clementa Pinckney

On the floor of the S.C. Senate today, Senator Gerald Malloy announced that a portrait of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney would be unveiled on May 25. Senator Pinckney was one of the nine murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June. Malloy said, "...

Latest Winthrop Poll Looks at Race Relations in SC

April 28, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

This past year in S.C. has been a tragic, yet historic time. After the shooting of Walter Scott, the murders at Mother Emanuel, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the discussion of race has increased throughout the state. The latest...

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State . The plan would provide around $4 billion for...

The Mayor: Age of Riley

April 8, 2016 - Posted in ETV by Glenn Rawls
Mayor Riley in an early Spoleto film.

The Mayor: Age of Riley, directed by Barbara Tranter and produced by Jennet Robinson Alterman, follows the career of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s remarkable four decade tenure. The film, four years in the making, features interviews with Mayor Riley and those who found...

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain...

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

March 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
pothole in road

The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed...

Native Americans Make Land Gains

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Native Americans make land gains.

Native Americans have been making land gains since 2009, totaling to about 400,000 acres, according to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. President Obama pledged to place a total of 500,000 acres into trust for Native American tribes before his term as...

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

March 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene
Senate looks to help farmers.

This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to...

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

March 16, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Governor Nikki Haley

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews...

SC Offshore Drilling Plan Canceled

March 16, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
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South Carolina is among four southeastern states that will no longer be a part of the federal government’s offshore drilling plan. The U.S. Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, announced Tuesday that it has canceled its plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling along the...

Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

March 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
Senate looks to fund road repairs.

The roads in South Carolina may be one step closer to repair, but many lawmakers are unhappy with the current bill that passed through the Senate this week. The Senate gave the $400 million roads plan key approval with a 30-15 vote. This version of a roads bill does not...

SC Senate Comes to Compromise on Roads Bill

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
pot hole in the road

The South Carolina Senate has reached a compromise after nearly five days of filibusters over the S.C. road funding bill. WIS reports that Senators reached an agreement over a proposed Republican amendment that sends more money to fund S.C. roads without increasing gas...

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