Politics

SC Roads Featured on This Week in SC

By A. Crouch

Bierbauer and Christy Hall

Of South Carolina's roadways, 2,000 have been deemed the worst of the worst. Charles Bierbauer sits down with S.C. DOT Secretary Christy Hall to discuss the state of S.C. Roads. Hall tells This Week in SC that the S.C. roadways are decaying rapidly, and the decay has almost doubled over the past five years. It will take ten years to fix the issues from the past five. The S.C. DOT will need $500 million a year for the next 25 years to fix these problems.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

South Carolina. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant in the Senate on Jan. 25, 2017.

This week in the Senate Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2017

The Senate returned to regular statewide session this week after spending the previous week working at the committee level to move bills to the floor for debate. Former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became South Carolina’s governor this week following the resignation of former Governor Nikki Haley, who received confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

The South Carolina State House

Legislative Update
January 24, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 3

During the initial days of the session, committees of the House of Representatives began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.

Donald Russell

Donald Russell

Donald Stuart Russell (1906-1998) was a protégé of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. Russell was Governor of South Carolina from 1963-1965 and  a U.S. Senator. He also served as President of the University of South Carolina.  The Donald S. Russell Papers are preserved at the University.

Gov. Henry McMaster's Swearing-In Ceremony

By G. Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster taking the oath of office.

Henry McMaster was sworn-in as the 117th Governor of South Carolina in a ceremony held at the State House on Tuesday.

McMaster replaced Gov. Nikki Haley after the U.S. Senate confirmed her, 96-4, to be President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations moments earlier. 

McMaster has served as Haley's Lieutenant Governor in her second and final term since 2014. 

State House Power Moves

By G. Jackson

The 2017 S.C. Senate

A day after Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster replaced outgoing Gov. Nikki Haley, Senators elected Sen. Kevin Bryant as McMaster's successor. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, successfully retained his position shortly after Bryant was elected by the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Leatherman, helped keep him in the powerful position by a vote of 28-16 over the only other candidate, Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney.

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 17, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
January 17, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 2

HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, lawmakers gathered in Columbia to commence the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives and the Senate sat in joint assembly to receive the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. During the week, committees began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.

2017 Legislative Preview

By G. Jackson

The South Carolina Statehouse

The legislative session was in full gear this week in Columbia, while Gov. Nikki Haley was before a U.S. Senate committee for her hearing to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley was before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday where she presented her foreign policy stances, many of which clashed with President Donald Trump’s positions.

"I do anticipate that he will listen to all of us and see it the way we see it,” Haley said about her future, working with Trump.

People's Rally in SC State Capital: #WhyWeMarch

By K. Park

people rally at the South Carolina state house

Women, men and children of all ages gathered on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, for a People's Rally and Strategy Summit at the South Carolina State House. The rally was planned as a sister event for the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Attendees marched to Columbia's Music Farm where activists and community leaders gathered together to speak about the current political climate and what it means for the progressive movement in South Carolina.

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