Politics

Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

April 26, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The South Carolina State House

Credit File 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...

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
Ernest F. Hollings

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...

Education Reform Is Critical To the State's Economy

March 8, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
House Leadership

The S.C. House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a major bill that overhauls the state’s education system. It pumps more money into the system, gives the state education superintendent more ability to take over low-performing school districts, and creates a...

Bills to Restrict Authority of Local Governments and Education Reform Debated at the State House

March 1, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Russ McKinney
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The S.C. General Assembly is attempting to exert its authority over local governments in this year’s legislative session. The House of Representatives this week passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would stop local governments from passing regulations on cigarettes and...

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
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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...

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