Politics

Where They Stand: Candidates Vying For State's Top Job Debate Ahead of June Primary

By Thelisha Eaddy

Republican candidates for Governor on debate stage May 23.

The state’s primary election is June 12. All executive office positions are up for election as well as all seven seats of the US House of Representatives. The eight candidates vying for the state’s top job recently fielded questions on various topics during two, hour-long debates. Republicans debated May 23 and Democrats on May 24. Democratic candidates Phil Nobel, Marguerite Willis and James Smith answered questions on the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear power station, education, legalizing marijuana, protecting students from school shootings and more.

SC Lede: No Cable For Old Bridge

By Gavin Jackson

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It's been a week since the westbound lanes of the Wando River Bridge in Charleston were closed due to one of the eight cables holding the concrete segments together snapped, slowing traffic throughout the Lowcountry.

SC Lede: So Long And Thanks For All The Bills

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Andy Brown (l) and Jamie Lovegrove in the SC Public Radio studios on Monday, May 14, 2018

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporters Andy Brown and Jamie Lovegrove to look back on the 2018 South Carolina legislative session.

While lawmakers managed to pass several high profile bills to the governor's desk this session, they will reconvene later this month and in June to continue debate over the $8.2 billion state budget and bills dealing with the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.

SC Lede: Finals Week 2018

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (c) speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Jamie Lovegrove in the SC Public Radio studios on Monday, May 7, 2018.

This week is the final week of the 2018 South Carolina legislative session.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove and South Carolina Public Radio Reporter Russ McKinney to break down what the last three days of the session may hold, including the dozens of bills state lawmakers still have on their calendars.

They also recap last week's filibuster by state Senate Democrats over legislation regarding abortions, look ahead to the South Carolina primary elections in June, and more.

State House Week for May 4, 2018

By Russ McKinney

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The SC General Assembly heads towards its' final week of the 2018 session. Key bills have yet to pass, but Democrats in the State Senate managed to kill a sweeping anti-abortion bill.

SC Lede: Six More Days

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Shain

There are six working days left in the 2018 South Carolina state legislative session, and the stage has been set to make these final two weeks a bit chaotic, with debates over budget spending, SCE&G rate reductions, and more.

On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson looks at the biggest stories coming out of the statehouse with Andy Shain, Columbia bureau chief for The Post and Courier, and South Carolina Public Radio Reporter Russ McKinney.

State House Week for April 27, 2018

By Russ McKinney

State House Week

The State House and Senate remain at odds over reducing SCE&G's nuclear charge, and the state will soon have a new Child Advocate.

SC Lede: Palmetto Spotlight - Deadly Prison Fights And Nikki Haley's Bite

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Jamie Lovegrove and Meg Kinnard (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios.

Last week saw two South Carolina news stories make local and national headlines.

First, a riot at the Lee Correction Institution maximum-security prison in central South Carolina left seven inmates dead and several others injured. The alleged gang fight was over territory and contraband, and was the deadliest prison riot in 25 years.

SC Lede: Gubernatorial Arms Race

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson and Jamie Lovegrove

We're less than two months away from the June 12 South Carolina primary. On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove about the latest on the race for the governor's office.

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