This Week in South Carolina

McMaster Declares Public Health Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

December 18, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
McMaster Declares Public Health Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

Gov. Henry McMaster declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Monday in his latest push to help combat the growing problem in South Carolina. McMaster called the epidemic a “silent hurricane” from the state Emergency Operations Center surrounded by Cabinet...

Former Rep. Rick Quinn Pleads Guilty In Ongoing Corruption Case

December 14, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Former Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, in Richland County Court on Dec. 13, 2017.

Former state Rep. Rick Quinn could face jail time after pleading guilty to a statutory misconduct in office charge, stemming from an ongoing State House corruption probe that’s ensnared several current and former state lawmakers, as well as his politically-connected father...

USC Economists Say SC Economy to Remain Strong in 2018

December 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
USC Economic Outlook

University of South Carolina economists said the state’s economy will remain strong in 2018, despite a tight labor market and large layoffs in the Midlands area. Job creation, the single best indicator of economic performance, is expected to grow at 2.1 percent in 2018,...

Rep. Todd Atwater Announces Attorney General Bid

December 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Rep. Todd Atwater

Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, announced on the State House steps Wednesday his run for attorney general. Atwater is taking aim at current Attorney General Alan Wilson, a fellow Republican from Lexington County, who is running for his third term in office. The crux of...

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Running Mate Pamela Evette

November 29, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Pamela Evette named Gov. Henry McMasters 2018 running mate on Nov. 28, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster named Upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette as his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race on Tuesday afternoon. Evette, 50, is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a Travelers Rest-based company, which generates nearly $1...

South Carolina Prepares for Winter Weather Season

November 29, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Severe winter weather in South Carolina

With freezing low temperatures already chilling South Carolinians this week, several state officials told citizens on Tuesday to be prepared for the winter weather season and the potential hazards it may bring over the coming months. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston...

What To Watch For in The 2018 SC Governor's Race

November 16, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Candidates

The full interview with Professor Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston political science department chair, on the state of the 2018 South Carolina governor’s race. Catch up on who the candidates are and where the race stands a year away from Election Day here . What does the...

Poll Finds Southerners Split on Racial Issues, Confederate Monuments

November 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Southern states

A Winthrop Poll of 11 southern states found that both blacks and whites felt under attack and believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but were heavily divided over the future of Confederate monuments, President Donald Trump and the economy. The poll, released...

GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Demands Ethics Changes

November 2, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton outside of her childhood home near Irmo on Nov. 1, 2017.

South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton held a press conference to call for resignation of indicted Sen. John Courson and Rep. Rick Quinn over alleged corruption charges. The backdrop was her former childhood home near Irmo, located in Courson’...

South Carolina, Nation Share a Shortage of Nurses

October 30, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Tut Underwood
A nurse instructs students on the use of IV medications.

Nursing has been described as a virtually recession-proof occupation, one that will always be in demand. Even so, the heads of nursing departments at both the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College decry the critical need for bedside nurses, in spite of...

State House Corruption Probe and South Carolina Politics

October 29, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Alfred Turner
South Carolina Focus

The curtain surrounding the ongoing probe into alleged Statehouse corruption was raised some this week as special prosecutor David Pascoe alleged for the first time in open court that the powerful Republican political consultant, Richard Quinn, Sr. is at the center of what...

Rep. James Smith Announces His Bid for Governor

October 18, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, formally announces his gubernatorial bid on Oct. 17, 2017.

Richland Democrat Rep. James Smith formally kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday in downtown Columbia. Smith, 50, is a Columbia native who has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1997. Smith is running against Charleston businessman Phil...

President Declares Disaster For South Carolina and 16 Counties Due to Hurricane Irma

October 18, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Work on Folly Island following Tropical Storm Irma

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that a major disaster exists in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 16 counties affected by Hurricane Irma, but not for individuals. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public...

This Week in SC - The Opioid Crisis

October 16, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Aimee Crouch
opiod

Rep. Eric Bedingfield and SCDAODAS Director Sara Goldsby address the growing opioid epidemic in our state.

South Carolina Sends 150 Guardsmen to Puerto Rico

September 28, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
An image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order Thursday to send 150 engineer soldiers with the S.C. National Guard to assist in recovery efforts following the widespread destruction wreaked by Hurricane Maria. The engineers are part of a multi-state Engineer Task Force...

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