Politics

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By K. Park

blurred image of child behind a fence

“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn.

Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications.

“A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country.  However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.”

Gov. Haley Vetoes ‘Pork’ in Capital Reserve Fund

By K. Rackley

Governor Nikki Haley

Last week, Governor Nikki Haley released her list of budget vetoes. While recognizing the positive budget items like funding for education, health services and law enforcement agencies, she took the legislature to task for allowing what she referred to as “pork, pet projects and earmarks.”

Among these earmarks vetoed were funds that would go to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Patriot’s Point Development Authority, Clemson University’s Garrison Arena Education/Conference Center, and tourism revitalization projects.

Horne-Sanford Debate Monday, June 6 at 7pm on SCETV

By G. Rawls

Jenny Horne and Mark Sanford to Debate on ETV

South Carolina ETV is broadcasting a debate between the Republican candidates for S.C.’s First Congressional District.  Incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Jenny Horne will debate live from ETV’s Beaufort studios Monday, June 6, 2016.  The program will be carried statewide on all ETV stations and ETV's YouTube Channel.

Sanford has served previously as the state’s Governor.  Horne has served previously in the South Carolina House.

Sen. Pinckney's Portrait Unveiled at the State House

By A. Crouch

Senator Clementa Pinckney

On Thursday, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney's portrait was unveiled in the State Senate. SCETV streamed the ceremony live. Stay tuned to SCETV and Palmetto Scene for more coverage, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charleston.

SC Legislature Overrides Gov. Haley’s Veto on $40 Million Farm Aid Bill

By K. Rackley

farm

Last October, nearly two feet of rain fell from the sky in 12 hours, flooding entire neighborhoods, destroying homes, and altering some people’s lives forever.  After Governor Haley vetoed a widely supported $40 million bill meant to help compensate South Carolina farmers who suffered catastrophic crop losses in the torrential rainfall and flooding, the S.C. House of Representatives and Senate met to vote on overriding the governor’s decision.

Senator Clementa Pinckney's Portrait To Be Unveiled

By A. Crouch

Sen. Clementa Pinckney

On the floor of the S.C. Senate today, Senator Gerald Malloy announced that a portrait of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney would be unveiled on May 25. Senator Pinckney was one of the nine murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June.

Malloy said, "This portrait will be a lasting tribute to the life of Senator Pinckney, appropriately reflecting his service to our citizens and his church. But more importantly, it will be a constant lesson of the power of grace in the face of tragedy.”

Latest Winthrop Poll Looks at Race Relations in SC

By A. Crouch

SC State House

This past year in S.C. has been a tragic, yet historic time. After the shooting of Walter Scott, the murders at Mother Emanuel, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the discussion of race has increased throughout the state.

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

By K. Park

heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State.

The plan would provide around $4 billion for road projects over the next 10 years.

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