Latest South Carolina state government News

Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

Jul. 17, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His motivations were immediately greeted with skepticism from some...

South Carolina Democrat posts $1.5M in challenge to Graham

Jul. 2, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Democratic National Committee official raised $1.5 million in the most recent fundraising period in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Campaign officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jaime Harrison raised the money in the second quarter,...

Group to fly Confederate flag outside SC statehouse July 13

Jul. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of the Confederate flag will be a few days late this year in marking the anniversary of the banner's removal from the South Carolina statehouse grounds. A group called Flags Across the South has a permit for a rally outside the state Capitol on July 13 and plans to fly the...

State lawmakers reject veto, agree to sink surplus submarine

Jun. 27, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators have reaffirmed their decision to sink the USS Clamagore, a submarine that's been floating in Charleston Harbor for 40 years. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports lawmakers on Tuesday overturned Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of measure. Built in 1945 and...

Biden wins early state endorsements, including black leaders

Jun. 25, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign announced a new round of endorsements on Tuesday as the former vice president tries to bolster his status as the Democrats' presidential front-runner. He heralded support from four South Carolina state legislators, including two African Americans,...

TAKEAWAYS: In South Carolina, a new Democratic landscape

Jun. 23, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-two Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina this weekend along with the brightest of political spotlights trained on the party in the South's first primary state. Here are some takeaways as the primary contest shifts to the first debates this week: BIDEN...

Confederate flag won't rise at SC Statehouse this July 10

Jun. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This year, the Confederate flag won't temporarily be raised at the South Carolina Statehouse to mark the day it was permanently taken down. A group calling for racial fairness — Showing Up for Racial Justice Columbia — has a permit to rally on the grounds July 10. The...

The Latest: Biden says comments taken out of context

Jun. 23, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Joe Biden says his controversial comments about segregationists have been taken out of context. At a fundraiser earlier this week, Biden recalled that in his early days in the Senate, a...

Harris, Warren, others counter Biden's electability argument

Jun. 22, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Standing before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal Democrat to oust President Donald Trump. They did it...

Dems' presidential field takes spotlight in South Carolina

Jun. 22, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage Friday in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees. Former Vice President Joe...