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Past articles by Jeffrey:

South Carolina Senate again rejects abortion ban; bill not dead

COLUMBIA S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators again Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state but left open a small chance that some compromise could be reached in the less than four weeks the General Assembly has left to meet this year. The stalemate in the Republican-dominated Legislature hasn’t changed over the past month. […] → Read More

Major abortion law changes unlikely in South Carolina after Roe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Whether conservative South Carolina changes its abortion laws at all in the wake of this year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision may be decided by divided conservatives Tuesday in the state House. South Carolina for decades was at the forefront of passing more restrictive abortion laws that challenged Roe v. Wade. before the landmark case was overturned this […] → Read More

Rape, incest exceptions pulled from South Carolina abortion bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of South Carolina senators voted Tuesday to remove exceptions for rape and incest from a proposed abortion ban with Democrats choosing not to vote in what appeared to be a strategy to try to prevent the bill from passing through the Legislature. The 7-3 vote in the Senate Medical Affairs Committee […] → Read More

6 weeks of paid parental leave coming soon in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Starting in October, state employees in South Carolina are entitled to six weeks of parental leave after giving birth or adopting children. Surrounded by Republican and Democratic lawmakers who worked together to pass the bill, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster held a signing ceremony Thursday for the law he put his signature […] → Read More

South Carolina lawmakers consider near total abortion ban

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina lawmakers have given their approval to a near total abortion ban that does not include exceptions for pregnancies’ caused by rape or incest. The 3-1 vote Tuesday — all Republicans for it and the lone Democrat against — sets up a showdown later in the day on whether to […] → Read More

Judge to decide if firing squad or electric chair is cruel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Whether South Carolina can start executing prisoners again either with a firing squad or electric chair is now in the hands of a judge. The case is over whether either method is cruel and unusual punishment banned by the U.S. Constitution. Lawyers for the prisoners say they would feel terrible pain […] → Read More

Personal connections show lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s downfall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The shooting deaths of South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son started a chain of investigations, strange happenings and legal maneuvers over the past 13 months that his lawyer said will soon lead to murder charges. But Murdaugh’s life was quietly unraveling behind the scenes long before that. Authorities said he was stealing money, addicted to […] → Read More

SC Senate compromise resurrects early voting bill, House OKs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators have unanimously approved a compromise that would allow the state to hold true early voting. The House quickly approved the bill raising the possibility voters could head to the polls for two weeks before the June 14 primary. Senators decided Wednesday to add qualifications for election board members […] → Read More

Emanuel AME Church shooting survivor urges hate crimes law in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With the opportunity to make South Carolina the 49th state to pass a hate crimes law nearly gone, supporters turned to one of the survivors of the most heinous racist attack in modern America to make their case. They showed a two-minute video of Polly Sheppard in the Senate chamber where […] → Read More

Gov. McMaster’s minor heart procedure a success

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was put under anesthesia for about 10 minutes Wednesday to fix a minor irregular heartbeat. The governor’s office says the problem was found when the 74-year-old governor was scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery. McMaster had suffered a slight meniscus tear while playing tennis with his wife. […] → Read More

SC early voting bill gets unanimous, bipartisan support

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has unanimously passed a bill to expand early voting. Wednesday’s vote gave key approval to a bill that unanimously passed the House in early March. But there may be one big snag between Republicans. Gov. Henry McMaster and House leaders aren’t happy senators added a provision giving […] → Read More

UofSC trustees blistered for secret trip, coach buyouts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of powerful lawmakers is refusing to approve reelection bids for five University of South Carolina trustees. They are upset over $10 million loaned to the athletic department to buy out a football coach’s contract and a secret plane trip to meet with a presidential candidate. Trustees eventually hired […] → Read More

SC Senate unanimously passes income tax cut and rebate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has unanimously passed a $2 billion income tax cut and rebate bill, setting up what will likely be intense negotiations with the House over the $1 billion tax cut it passed last month. The proposal would send a rebate of at least $100 to everyone who files […] → Read More

SC House’s $14 billion budget provides raises for almost all

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House budget writers want to send raises to teachers, state employees and law enforcement. They also want to use funding to build new schools, a state health lab and buy more body cameras and bulletproof vests for police officers. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the state’s $14 […] → Read More

SC Senate ups ante to $2 billion in income tax cut debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The financial leader in the South Carolina Senate has proposed nearly $2 billion in income tax cuts and rebates. The plan by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Harvey Peeler adds an even larger number to the debate on cutting taxes heating up in the General Assembly. Peeler’s plan would drop the state’s […] → Read More

Plan to radically change US House districts in SC proposed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State senators now have another map to consider just when the South Carolina General Assembly appears ready to finish drawing new U.S. House districts. This latest map would make radical changes favorable to Democrats in all seven congressional districts. South Carolina currently sends six Republicans and one Democrat to the U.S. […] → Read More

Lots of money to spend as SC lawmakers start 2022 session

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to Columbia on Tuesday with a lot of money to spend. The General Assembly has some $4 billion extra to spend between the booming economy, federal COVID-19 relief money, and money set aside in case the economy crashed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are plenty of […] → Read More

New SC Senate map moves district from Columbia to Charleston

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A proposed map of new South Carolina Senate lines based on 2020 U.S. Census data moves one district from Richland County to faster-growing Charleston County. But the map appears to keep most other senators in their current districts. A committee of senators gave preliminary approval to the new map Thursday. They […] → Read More

Judge set to hear arguments on who controls Murdaugh’s money

A judge is to hear arguments Friday over whether independent representatives should take control of the money and other assets of a South Carolina lawyer involved in a half-dozen state police investigations. The court motions by attorneys in three different civil cases said they fear Alex Murdaugh is trying to hide millions of dollars they could possibly […] → Read More

1st executive to head to prison in doomed nuclear project

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule will soon be heading to prison for two years. A state judge Monday accepted the negotiated sentence of former SCANA […] → Read More