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SC Lede: Sheriffs That Act 'Above The Law'

By Sean Birch

5730d6a4-c53e-4ceb-93c5-3285b27b9c3bOn this episode of South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson speaks with the Post and Courier's Tony Bartelme about the paper's "Above The Law" special investigation into questionable conduct by several South Carolina sheriffs. Bartelme and fellow reporter Joe Cranney sifted through more than 5,000 pages of bank statements, receipts, lawsuits, campaign filings, and IRS records related to the state's sheriffs, discovering extravagant spending, criminal charges, and questions about who is overseeing these officials sworn to uphold the law. You can read the Post and Courier's "Above The Law"...

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Sen. Bernie Sanders

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoLeading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of March 21, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.). Here is a list of presidential candidates visiting South Carolina this week: Friday, March 22 8:10 a.m. - Beto O’Rourke, Rock Hill Meet and Greet - Amelie’s Café, 157 E Main St, Rock Hill, SC 11:15 a.m. - Beto O’Rourke Columbia Meet...

SC Lede: South Carolina's $9 Billion Pot O' Gold

By Sean Birch

LedeOn this edition of South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to discuss the $9 billion budget recently passed by the South Carolina House of Representatives. They also look at the possibility of the Carolina Panthers NFL team relocating their headquarters to Rock Hill, SC. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , Stitcher , and Spotify...

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Sen. Kamala Harris

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoLeading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of March 14, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week. You can watch the full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV YouTube page . And you can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher , and Spotify...

SC Lede: Dark Money - The New Normal

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Andy Brown (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, March 11, 2019.Dark money: What is it, who uses it, and hows does it affect how voters see issues and candidates? On this episode of South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson speaks with The Post and Courier's Andy Brown about his in-depth report on the $6 million of dark money involved in the 2018 South Carolina elections . They discuss the misleading ads and mailers bought with that money, what state lawmakers are doing to address this issue, and the state grand jury corruption report released last year concerning political consulting firm Richard Quinn & Associates. You can read Andy Brown's report on...

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Sens. Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoLeading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of March 7, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and potential candidate Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week. You can watch the full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV YouTube page . And you can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts ,...

SC Lede: It's Academic - House Education Bill Debate

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Seanna Adcox (l) and Maayan Schechter in the SC Public Radio studios on Monday, March 4, 2019.On this episode of South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to discuss the education reform package hitting the floor of the South Carolina House of Represenatives this week for debate. The bill is one of the most sweeping proposals to address Palmetto State education issues in years and could make it to the state Senate by the end of the week, where a similar companion bill continues its way through the committee process. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South...

SC Lede: 2020 A Year Out - LIVE From Greenwood

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson with Maayan Schechter and Jamie Lovegrove onstage at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.On this edition of South Carolina Lede , recorded live at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the growing list of Democratic presidential candidates and their visits to the Palmetto State as they vie for their party's nomination in 2020. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney quizzes Gavin and the audience about Greenwood history. You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher . You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter...

SC Lede: Trail Bites - Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris

By Sean Birch

SC LEDE logoLeading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these weekly "Trail Bites" mini-episodes. On this edition for the week of February 21, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week. You can watch the full remarks from candidates who visit South Carolina during the campaign on the SCETV YouTube page . And you can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts...

SC Lede: MOX Pit

By Sean Birch

Gavin Jackson speaks with Colin Demarest (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, February 15, 2019.On this edition of South Carolina Lede host Gavin Jackson speaks with Colin Demarest, reporter for the Aiken Standard, about the recently terminated MOX mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility project at the Savannah River Site. The MOX plan was part of a 2000 agreement with Russia to convert 34 metric tons of weapons grade plutonium into reactor fuel. The project was originally estimated to cost $4 billion, but as of 2018 only 70 percent was completed and $12 billion would have been needed to finish it. Gavin and Colin discuss the history of the project as well as what may be on the horizon...

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