Politics

Coronavirus Could Have Major Impacts on Next Year's State Budget

March 20, 2020 - Posted in News by Alfred Turner
Members of the SC House of Representatives practicing social distancing

Like the state as a whole, the Sc General Assembly is being impacted by the coronavirus. The House and Senate held separate, one day sessions this week to approve an emergency appropriation for DHEC to help the public health agency deal with the growing pandemic. A larger...

S.C. House Passes FY 20-21 State Budget

March 13, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
File photo: S.C. House of Representatives chamber

The state is on its way to having a record state budget. The House of Representatives this week approved next year’s state spending package, and for the first time it totals over $10 Billion . The state’s soaring population coupled with an exceptionally strong economy is...

S.C. Senate Finally Passes Education Bill

March 6, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
Bipartisan group of State Senators discuss final passage of the School Improvement Bill at the Statehouse on March 5, 2020.

After two years of work and eight weeks of gridlock on the floor of the State Senate … Senators this week were finally able to pass the sweeping School Improvement Bill. Education Committee Chairman Gregg Hembree called it a long, and arduous journey. The bill aims to...

After 7 Weeks, S.C. Senate Limits Debate on Education Bill

February 28, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
File photo of the S.C. Senate in session

The S.C. State Senate this week voted to limit debate on the massive public school improvement bill. Senators have been considering the bill for seven weeks. Senate leaders hope to move to a final vote on the bill next week.

Rock Hill Democrats Hope, Worry, and Hope (In That Order) As Primary Looms

February 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Scott Morgan
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Note: This story has been amended to remove a reference to Michael Bloomberg setting up operations in South Carolina. Bloomberg is not on the South Carolina ballot. Democrats are united on one idea. They want to unseat President Donald Trump. But past that, and even with...

Santee Cooper's Future Back for Debate at the State House

February 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
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For the past several years the issue that’s dominated the state legislature has been the future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned public power utility. Santee Cooper in effect produces electricity for over two million customers in the state. State lawmakers have been...

Lots of Debate But Little Movement on Several Education Bills

February 7, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
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Four weeks into this year’s session of the state legislature there has been lots of debate, but little movement on several education bills. The Senate is slowly working its way through the massive School Improvement Bill with no end of debate in sight. Senators have turned...

President Trump's State of the Union Address

February 3, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, Tuesday night at 9:00 p. m. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast NPR's Special Coverage, live. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. We will also...

S.C. Senate Continues Debate on School Improvement Bill

January 31, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
SC Senate in session on January 30, 2020.

Teacher Bill of Rights Defeated When the State Senate re-convenes next week it will begin its’ third week of debate on an omnibus School Improvement Bill. For the past two years it’s been the General Assembly’s first priority. It aims to update an array of state policies to...

SC Lede: SC's Politcal Fyre Fest Weekend

October 29, 2019 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by Maayan Schechter, of The State newspaper, and Meg Kinnard, of the Associated Press, to talk about the criminal justice reform summit held at Benedict College that was attended by 10 Democratic...

Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

September 20, 2019 - Posted in News 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
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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
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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 News 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...

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