S.C. Teachers Blast Touted Public School Improvement Bill

February 15, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
Sen Mike Fanning (D-Fairfield) in a recent meeting with public school teachers at the Statehouse.

Comprehensive bills to improve the state’s troubled public education system are being debated in both the State House and Senate. Last month House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) and dozens of other lawmakers introduced an 84 page bill aimed at improving student readiness...

Change in S.C. Constitution Affects the Lt. Governor and the State Senate

February 1, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
S.C. Senate President Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee (L).

When sworn in as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor last month Pamela Evette made history. She became the first Lieutenant Governor elected as a Governor’s running mat instead of running for the office independently of the Governor. The primary duty of the Lieutenant...

Elizabeth Warren Talks Economic Fairness, Affordable Housing and Gun Control at Columbia College

January 24, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Columbia College

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Columbia College Wednesday night, during a question and answer forum. The potential presidential candidate spoke to a crowd of almost a thousand about fighting corruption, creating more affordable housing and ending the government shutdown...

Gov. McMaster Delivers 2019 State of the State Address

January 24, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Sean Birch
File: Gov. Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his State of the State address Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Addressing a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly, McMaster laid out his 2019 legislative agenda. Listen to the full audio of his speech below: Listen to the Democratic...

College Students Talk Tuition Affordability, Government Shutdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders

January 23, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Sen. Bernie Sanders talks with Benedict College students in Columbia.

One day after delivering a speech about combatting racism, poverty and war, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with students at Benedict College in Columbia encouraging them to “think big, not small.” “When we live in a competitive, global economy, does it make sense to tell...

Governor McMaster's Education Budget

January 18, 2019 - Posted in Education by Alfred Turner

Work is underway at the Statehouse on next year’s $9 Billion state budget which is expected to pump money into reforming the state’s public education system. Gov. McMaster sent his budget recommendations to the legislature this week. He calls for a 5 percent pay raise for...

Education Reform to Dominate 2019 Legislative Session

January 11, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney

After the first week of this year’s session, it’s clear that the top priority for the South Carolina General Assembly is improving the state’s public school system, something that education advocates have been seeking for years. In his Inaugural Address, Gov. Henry McMaster...

Longtime South Carolina Senator Recipient of Legislative Leadership Award

January 9, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Senator John Matthews

Sen. John W. Matthews, Jr. (D-Orangeburg) is the recipient of the 2018 David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership. The award is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman University. “I’m always better off if my neighbor is better off. I’m better off...

South Carolina Lede Live Taping in Columbia

December 14, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina Lede is hosting its first hometown live podcast taping on Thursday, January 3! Come listen to some of the state’s top political journalists preview the upcoming legislative session, which starts the following week. Join host Gavin Jackson, along with...

Live Lede Taping in Charleston

November 27, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Join us at Munkle Brewing Company in Charleston on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.

The South Carolina Lede is hitting the road for another live podcast taping, this time in Charleston, where we’ll don ugly sweaters and recap the year in politics with the state’s top political journalists. Join host Gavin Jackson, along with South Carolina Public Radio and...

SC Lede: Midterms Are Done, Ya Turkey!

November 13, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the SC Public Radio studios on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

On this last episode of South Carolina Lede before Thanksgiving, host Gavin Jackson looks back on the 2018 South Carolina midterm elections with Seanna Adcox, The Post and Courier's assistant Columbia bureau chief, and Russ McKinney, South Carolina Public Radio's own...

Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham Clinches an Historic Win

November 8, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by vhansen
Joe Cunningham addresses the press at the International Longshoremen's Hall on Morrison Drive in Charleston

After a nail biting night and an all too close early morning win, Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham addressed the press Wednesday night in front of a small group of family and friends at a longshoremen’s union hall in Charleston. He spoke about a campaign that began at a...

SC Lede: Midterm Madness MiniPod

November 7, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson

The midterms have come and gone and the South Carolina Lede breaks down the results just minutes after they were announced on election night 2018. Host Gavin Jackson recaps the action from the state Republican watch party with reporters Jamie Lovegrove with The Post and...

SC Lede: Choose Your Own Adventure - The 2018 Midterms LIVE From Greenville

November 6, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Sean Birch

On this special edition of South Carolina Lede , recorded live at the Growler Haus in the Village of West Greenville, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Associated Press South Carolina Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove to recap last...

SC Lede: Final Destination - Nov. 6

October 30, 2018 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gavin Jackson with Andy Shain (l) and Charles Bierbauer (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, October 29.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Charles Bierbauer, dean emeritus of the USC College of Information and Communications, and Andy Shain, Columbia bureau chief with The Post and Courier, to discuss the final gubernatorial debate between...