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Education leader's race raises qualification questions in SC

Jun. 30, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican think tank CEO who opposes critical race theory and supports giving children public money for private school scholarships appears to be a heavy favorite to be elected the new schools leader in conservative South Carolina this fall. But Ellen...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 30, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

The Post and Courier. June 29, 2022. Editorial: SC voters need to weigh in on post-Roe abortion restrictions The U.S. Supreme Court did not outlaw abortion last week. It did not restrict abortion. And if the court eventually reverses its precedents in cases involving...

Matthews wins Democratic US Senate nod in South Carolina

Jun. 28, 2022 22:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State Rep. Krystle Matthews on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, a general election campaign that could begin under the cloud of a possible ethics investigation. Matthews, the second-place...

Weaver wins Republican nomination for SC education leader

Jun. 28, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina education superintendent candidate backed by the Republican establishment came back from her second place finish in the primary to win the runoff. Also on Tuesday, state Rep. Krystle Matthews won the runoff to be the Democratic candidate for...

SC House agrees to knock $25M computer out of $14B budget

Jun. 28, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina General Assembly overturned many of Gov. Henry McMasters budget vetoes Tuesday, but they did agree with the biggest one, taking $25 million out of the $13.8 billion spending plan to try to help bring a super computer to Columbia. The money...

1 arrest as abortion protesters fill SC Statehouse lobby

Jun. 28, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault as abortion protesters spent about 90 minutes inside the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse during Tuesday's special session on the state budget, authorities said. The woman was seen on...

Court allows SC to enforce more restrictive abortion law

Jun. 27, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

A law restricting abortions in South Carolina after six weeks of pregnancy can take effect immediately in the state, a federal court ruled Monday. The U.S. District Court in South Carolina lifted its prior hold on the enforcement of a state law passed last year that bans most...

SC lawmakers to consider $53M in vetoed local projects

Jun. 26, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina General Assembly is returning to Columbia on Tuesday to consider nearly $53 million in local projects that Gov. Henry McMaster wants out of the $13.8 billion state budget. All the money went toward items put in by lawmakers for local...

SC runoffs: GOP education race; Democratic US Senate nod

Jun. 25, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's primaries end Tuesday with only two statewide runoffs, one for each party. Republicans will choose their candidate for the open Education Superintendent office, while Democrats choose their nominee for U.S. Senate to take on incumbent Tim...

SC Republicans are set to further restrict abortion post Roe

Jun. 24, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, lawmakers are poised to further restrict abortion rights in Republican-controlled South Carolina — which is not one of the 13 states with “trigger laws” banning abortion. Shortly after the ruling, Republican...