Politics

The Mayor: Age of Riley

By G. Rawls

Mayor Riley in an early Spoleto film.

The Mayor: Age of Riley, directed by Barbara Tranter and produced by Jennet Robinson Alterman, follows the career of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s remarkable four decade tenure.  The film, four years in the making, features interviews with Mayor Riley and those who found favor (and disfavor) with his vision for the city.  It premieres Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV with re-broadcasts Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. 

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

By A. Crouch

SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain good teachers in poorer districts that can’t pay the same salaries as some of the richer districts in the state. Some of the areas include Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Lee, and Bamberg.

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

By A. Crouch

pothole in road

The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed to pass.

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.

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