Politics

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

Senate looks to help farmers.

This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to help farms that suffered damage from the flood waters. Sen. President Pro Temper Hugh Leatherman said in a statement that the matter is urgent. “There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to this issue. We need to make sure we are not only designating the right amount, but also doing it quickly.

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

By A. Crouch

Governor Nikki Haley

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews will then be sent to the State Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.

Haley said, "This is the beginning of what is going to be South Carolina reforming herself to say that survivors matter, victims matter, and that domestic abuse is part of the past, and not part of the future of South Carolina."

SC Offshore Drilling Plan Canceled

By A.B. Madden

Beach

South Carolina is among four southeastern states that will no longer be a part of the federal government’s offshore drilling plan. The U.S. Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, announced Tuesday that it has canceled its plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling along the coast.

Southeastern waters have never been proposed for oil drilling before this plan was created about a year ago. The new plan would have allowed oil rigs 50 miles off the coast, but would not have started until the year 2021.

Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

By K. Geer

Senate looks to fund road repairs.

The roads in South Carolina may be one step closer to repair, but many lawmakers are unhappy with the current bill that passed through the Senate this week. The Senate gave the $400 million roads plan key approval with a 30-15 vote. This version of a roads bill does not include a gas tax hike but does focus on restructuring the Department of Transportation. The House bill, which passed its own version last year, included a ten cent on the gallon increase on the gas tax, a small cut to the income tax, and restructured some of the DOT, as well.

The Many Hats of Edith Childs

By P.A. Bennett

Edith Childs in hat

Greenwood's Edith Childs is the lady who gave President Barack Obama his "Fired Up, Ready to Go" campaign chant. She's a big fan of the President and she has a great love for hats, too. In fact, she has a hat to match every outfit.

SC Senate Comes to Compromise on Roads Bill

By AB Madden

pot hole in the road

The South Carolina Senate has reached a compromise after nearly five days of filibusters over the S.C. road funding bill.

WIS reports that Senators reached an agreement over a proposed Republican amendment that sends more money to fund S.C. roads without increasing gas taxes. The amendment would also give Governor Nikki Haley the right to choose all of the eight SCDOT commissioners, with final approval from the Senate.

Extended Interview on Politics and Social Media

By K. Blackwell

Social media plays a big part in politics.

Palmetto Scene sat down with Dr. Brent Nelsen and several students at Furman University to talk about the impact of social media on politics and how politicians are using it to their advantage. 

Clinton Wins Big in SC

By AB Madden

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary.

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

By A. Crouch

Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, recently spoke at Duke University, along with Reverend Kylon Middleton and Reverend Chris Vaughn, friends of the family. Their message was of hope and forgiveness after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in Charleston last June. Jennifer explains that through the Senator Clementa Pinckney Foundation, she is able to carry on her husband's work of being the “voice for the voiceless.”

SC Grandmother Fights HIV/AIDS in PBS Film

By G. Rawls

Wilhemina Dixon, worries about her granddaughter Dayshal, born HIV positive

Meet Wilhemina Dixon from Williston, South Carolina, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, in a new film from Independent LensWilhemina’s War shows the devastating toll of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.

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