Politics

Trump, Clinton Leading in South Carolina

By A. Crouch

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A poll released by CBS News shows that Republican candidate Donald Trump continues to lead in South Carolina with 42%. Ted Cruz is more than 20 points behind Trump, with 20%, followed by Rubio at 15%. Kasich, Bush, and Carson all have under 10%.

Extended Interviews On Sex Education Bill

By K. Blackwell

Sex Education in S.C. is under review.

The Comprehensive Health Act was passed in the late 1980s mandating that sex education be taught in public schools in South Carolina. This session, a new bill amending the sex education practices in the state was put forth in the House, where it passed quickly. The bill looks to update the current sex education, mandating clear, accurate and up-to-date medical information. The bill was stalled in the Senate when Republican Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville put an objection on the legislation.

Changes to S.C. Teen Health Face Objection

By K. Blackwell

Vaccines given to teen.

Two bills dealing with teen health have stalled in the Senate after a speedy passage in the House. The two bills, one that would amend the current Comprehensive Health Education law and the Cervical Cancer Prevention bill, had objections placed on them by two Upstate Senators, Mike Fair and Lee Bright. 

Politicking In South Carolina

By P.A. Bennett

State House Lobby

It was one of those blustery, cold days we don’t often see in the Midlands of South Carolina. I’d travelled to downtown Columbia to get as close as possible to the State House. In this political season, so much is going on, and the State House is often ground zero. It was tough to get a parking space, but I finally found one about three blocks away on Main Street.

Infrastructure Repairs Still Up for Debate

By K. Blackwell

pot hole in the road

The issue of crumbling roads and bridges throughout the state of S.C. has been a glaring issue for many years. The historic flooding that the state faced last October pushed the issue of how lawmakers plan to solve the problem to the forefront. The bill was passed by the House but has now seen opposition in the Senate. Everyone agrees the roads need repair, but no one can come up with a way to pay for the repairs.

King Day at the Dome in Columbia, South Carolina

By A. Crouch

Clinton

On the morning of January 18, at the S.C. State House, the annual King Day at the Dome was held for the first time without the presence of the Confederate flag. The event initially began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, in protest to the flag flying on the State House dome. 

With the recent ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court regarding equity in education, and the task in front of the legislature to deal with education funding, this year’s focus was on providing all students with equal opportunities.

Governor Haley Gives State of Union Response

By A. Crouch

US Congress

Following President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address, S. C. Governor Nikki Haley was chosen to give the Republican response. Her speech touched on healthcare, national security, and the economy.

Ernest Frederick Hollings

By S. 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 elected Governor. In 1966, Hollings became a U.S. Senator, an office he would hold for nearly 40 years. In 2003, Hollings retired from political service.

John C. West

By D. Kent

John C. West

John Carl West, Sr. served as the 109th Governor of South Carolina from 1971 to 1975. From 1977 to 1981, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Haley Praises S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force

By K. Geer

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Gov. Haley spoke to the press Thursday about how pleased she is with the 50 recommendations from the task force, which has been looking into the issue of domestic violence since early 2015. The recommendations suggest things such as guidelines at workplaces on how to handle reports and making reporting abuse easier and safer, changing the police prosecution of cases, and insuring speedy trials.

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