Politics

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 SCETV 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
Beach

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...

Extended Interview on Politics and Social Media

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Social media plays a big part in politics.

Palmetto Scene sat down with Dr. Brent Nelsen and several students at Furman University to talk about the impact of social media on politics and how politicians are using it to their advantage.

Clinton Wins Big in SC

February 29, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary. The 73.5 percent win for Clinton does not come as a surprise, due to her expected support from minority voters in the state. MSNBC reports that...

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

February 25, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, recently spoke at Duke University, along with Reverend Kylon Middleton and Reverend Chris Vaughn, friends of the family. Their message was of hope and forgiveness after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in...

Donald Trump Wins SC Primary

February 22, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
vote button

The South Carolina primary contest for the Republican Party gave Donald Trump his second victory over the other candidates. NBC News reports that by winning the First in the South Primary, Trump added “legitimacy to a campaign that many wrote off, since even before he...

South Carolina Entities Taking Bold Steps to Affect Climate Change

February 22, 2016 - Posted in SCETV by Kaitlyn Park
South Carolina pier at the ocean with swelling tides

In 2015, the United Nations Climate Conference passed the historic Paris Agreement, signed by representatives of 196 nations. This agreement, combined with the scientific findings on climate change, is a testament to the international consensus that climate change and its...

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