SC Senate Legislative Update March 27-31, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House.

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the state budget on Tuesday after months of subcommittee budget hearings. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget include K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. Copies of the Committee’s budget will be distributed to all Senate members in anticipation of debate on the floor on Tuesday.

Craig, Ray | U.S Congressional District 5 Candidate

By K. Cannon

Ray Craig, candidate for U.S Congress.

Ray Craig is a native of Clover, SC. He currently resides in Lake Wylie, S.C. Craig graduated from Clemson University, where he studied history. He has worked in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  He previously interned for Strom Thurmond.

Ray Craig does not have a website.

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Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By K. Park

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Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

Murphy, Les | U.S. Congressional District 5 Candidate

By K. Cannon

Les Murphy, Candidate for U.S Congress.

Originally from Kentucky, Les Murphy received his Bachelors from the University of Phoenix and Masters from Walden University. A Veteran himself, Murphy is the founder of Carolina Veterans Commission, a non-profit located in York County. Before founding CVC, Les worked as a Record Analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration in North Carolina, and also served as a Work Force Investment. 

State House Update March 31, 2017

By G. Jackson

This Week in South Carolina

This week in the South Carolina State House, suspended Sen. John Courson, R-Columbia, appeared for a bond hearing over his criminal ethics charges, the roads bill officially stalled in the Senate, debate on medical marijuana bills continued in Senate and House committees, and a bill to carry guns openly without a permit is poised to move in the House. 

U.S. Congressional District 5 Special Election

By K. Cannon

U.S Congressional District 5

Since U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was appointed to be the White House Budget Director, South Carolina's District 5 will be voting for a new representative in Congress. In an effort to inform the District 5 voters about the candidates running, South Carolina ETV has invited those candidates to ETV Carolinas in Rock Hill to give them a chance to let voters know where they stand on the issues. 


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Gov. McMaster on Richard Quinn & Associates, USC Basketball

By G. Jackson

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Tuesday he will continue to use long-time political consultants Richard Quinn & Associates for his 2018 campaign, despite an ongoing corruption investigation that has ensnared the firm. McMaster has used the firm for political consultant work since 1993.

McMaster also praised the basketball teams at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, for making it to the Final Four. He will not attend the men's basketball game in Phoenix on Saturday, since he already said he would attend the Carolina Cup horse race.