Politics

Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

September 20, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
The South Carolina Senate Chamber

The next session of the S.C. General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but Republicans in the State Senate are already working to try and pass a bill that essentially would prohibit abortions in the state. It’s known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. It won easy passage in...

Don't Be Too Tough on the Polls. It's Actually Not Their Fault

August 5, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
Poll responses

After 2016, some lost their faith in election polls. Turns out, that mistrust is somewhat misguided. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio The 2016 presidential election was, by any account, notable. It was also largely a surprise how it turned out. Regardless...

NPR Special Coverage: Democratic Debate

July 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Tonight, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. NPR presents special coverage of the Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks. Watch...

Breaking News: Mueller Statement at 11:00 a.m.

May 29, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NPR/SC Public Radio Special Coverage

Special counsel Robert Mueller is making a statement about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Watch his remarks at the Justice Department live.

2019 Session of The SC General Assembly Adjourns - Several Major Bills Still Await Action

May 10, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
The S.C. State House

In the final hours of this year’s session of the state legislature, Senate yesterday passed an economic incentives bill aimed at persuading the NFL’s Carolina Panthers to move it's headquarters and practice facilities from Charlotte to Rock Hill. A $250 Million investment...

State House Week: Thousands of Teachers Ralley for Education Reform

May 3, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
Teachers and their supporters rally outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia on May 1, 2019

Some 10,000 teachers and supporters from across the state descended on the Statehouse this week sending a powerful message to lawmakers that they want more state support in funding and in education reforms, and they are not happy with the school improvement bill pending in...

Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

April 26, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
The South Carolina State House

School Improvement Bill Pushed To Next Year Leaders in the state legislature had hoped that the magnitude of deciding what to do with state-owned utility Santee-Cooper would not interfere with their efforts to pass a desperately needed school improvement bill this year. But...

2019-20 State Budget Advances with Major Increases In Education Funding

April 19, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) flanked by Gov. Henry McMaster and a bi-partisan group of State Senators

Budget Also Contains Off-Shore Oil Prohibition The S.C. General Assembly passes hundreds of bills and resolutions each year, but the most important measure enacted by the legislature is the annual State Appropriations Bill. That’s the state’s operating budget for the next...

Education Improvement Bill Slows in the S.C. General Assembly

April 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
The South Carolina State House

State lawmakers are in the final month of this year’s legislative session with most of this year's priority bills still being debated. This week, a Senate sub-committee opted to hold until next year's session a controversial portion of the massive school improvement bill in...

Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings Interview | SCETV 7:30 (1977)

April 11, 2019 - Posted in SCETV Classics by Ty Moody
Host Beryl Dakers sits down for a one-on-one interview with Senator Holling

Host Beryl Dakers sits down for a one-on-one interview with Senator Hollings. Aired December 8, 1977. Senator Hollings died on April 6, 2019 at the age of 97.

Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings on Walter Edgar's Journal

April 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The late Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings

Former S.C. Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings died on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 97. A Democrat, he held elective office for over fifty years. In 2008, Hollings talked with Walter Edgar about his life in politics and government, and about how to "...

Ernest Frederick Hollings (1922-2019)

April 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by Steve Folks
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Ernest “Fritz” Hollings was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1922. He graduated from The Citadel in 1942 and served as an artillery officer in World War Two. After the war, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1958, at age 36, he was...

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Heads to Debate in the SC House

April 5, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
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This year’s attempt by pro-life members of the state legislature to pass restrictions on abortions is centered in the House of Representatives. A bill that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected in a woman passed the House Judiciary Committee this...

Energy Matters Dominate This Week at the S.C. Statehouse

March 29, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
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S.C. lawmakers had hoped to keep the decks at the Statehouse clear this legislative session to be able to focus on improving the state’s public school system. A major education bill has already been approved by the House. But matters regarding the state’s energy future are...

State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

March 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Santee Cooper headquarters sign.

After months of discussion about Santee Cooper, the SC General Assembly this week took the first official actions that could lead to the eventual sale of the state-owned utility. The State House of Representatives and Senate are considering Joint Resolutions that would...

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