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Experience, new ideas clash in SC Democratic gov debate

May. 24, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democratic candidates seeking to become South Carolina's next governor squared off in a vigorous debate Thursday night that stood in contrast to the less combative Republican debate held a night earlier. The two outsider Democratic hopefuls sought to blame longtime state Rep....

GOP South Carolina gov hopefuls debate nukes, streamlining

May. 23, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republicans vying to become South Carolina's next governor have given voters their first real-time opportunity to compare their positions on the state's multi-billion dollar nuclear plant debacle and issues such as abortion and streamlining government. The four challengers seeking...

South Carolina governor wants review after bridge problems

May. 23, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants an independent review of state records about a bridge causing major traffic problems. McMaster said Tuesday an audit of records about the James B. Edwards Bridge over the Wando River on Interstate 526 in Charleston County and other problem...

GOP challenger's site calls Gov. McMaster 'Hypocrite Henry'

May. 23, 2018 11:51 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican mounting a primary challenge to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the incumbent has been hypocritical on three important issues. On Wednesday, Greenville businessman John Warren told The Associated Press he was launching a website calling out McMaster for hypocrisy...

Group says ad back on the air despite cease-and-desist order

May. 22, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A third-party group has renewed the airing of an ad partially pulled from South Carolina airwaves last week following a cease-and-desist letter from a Republican challenging Gov. Henry McMaster. Palmetto PAC said Tuesday that it was back on the air with the TV spot , which says...

SC gov hopeful Templeton picks prosecutor as running mate

May. 21, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In picking a longtime prosecutor for her running mate, a Republican challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that she's creating a partnership to tackle the state's two top problems: crime and corruption. "My wheelhouse is getting rid of the regulations and...

SC teachers-state workers to launch competitive pay campaign

May. 18, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina teachers and state employees plan to gather this weekend to launch a campaign to press for better pay and benefits. The South Carolina Education Association and the South Carolina State Employees Association will host a rally and mobilization news conference Saturday at...

NRA endorses McMaster in South Carolina governor's race

May. 17, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The National Rifle Association says it is supporting South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in his election bid. Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, said in a letter dated Thursday McMaster received an "A'' rating, calling the endorsement "a reflection of your years...

South Carolina lawmakers postpone budget talks

May. 17, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers say they need more time to figure out the state's $8 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year starting July 1. In a joint statement released Wednesday evening, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence and House Ways and Means...

Stations pull ad after cease-and-desist order from candidate

May. 16, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina television stations began pulling an ad Wednesday after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from an attorney for Catherine Templeton, who's mounting a primary challenge to Gov. Henry McMaster. Correspondence obtained by The Associated Press confirmed that several...