Latest South Carolina state government News

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...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 23, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

The Post and Courier. June 22, 2022. Editorial: SC Supreme Court crackdown on problem judges should prompt Senate reforms The S.C. Supreme Court is on a roll, and we hope people are paying attention. We’re not referring to the court’s decision to...

SC Democrat seeks age limit for 'geriatric' politicians

Jun. 22, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham is proposing an age limit for South Carolina politicians — a cap that would cut off the 75-year-old incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster — and making a veiled argument that even fellow Democrats like President Joe Biden are...

South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh likely to lose license

Jun. 21, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, who faces more than 70 criminal charges after police scrutinized his finances in the aftermath of the unsolved shooting deaths of his wife and son last year, is likely going to permanently lose his law license. ...

SC medical ethics law prompts concerns re: LGBTQ healthcare

Jun. 21, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

A new South Carolina law that allows physicians, medical students and nurses to refrain from doing procedures that violate their conscience has prompted concern that the measure will restrict healthcare options for the state's LGBTQ population. Signed into law by Republican Gov....

SC officials monitor special education in Jasper County

Jun. 19, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Jasper County schools have been placed under special monitoring by the South Carolina Education Department after a periodic review of special education plans found the district wasn't following rules and regulations. The monitoring started earlier this month,...

Turnout down for South Carolina's 2022 primaries

Jun. 19, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — About the same number of people voted in this year's South Carolina Republican primary as voted in the last midterm primary in 2018. But Democrats had about 60,000 fewer voters in their primary this year, according to state Election Commission data. Final...

Supporters want 70-mile park network along SC's Black River

Jun. 18, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) — A coalition working to connect a dozen local, state and private parks along 70 miles (113 kilometers) of South Carolina's Black River has released a plan. Now all they need is $45 million to complete the project. The Black River Water Trail and Park Network...

Ellis wins Democratic education race without a runoff

Jun. 17, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's election board Friday finalized the results for this week's primaries and confirmed Democratic Education Superintendent candidate Lisa Ellis narrowly avoided a runoff. The board certified all races in South Carolina, but the Democratic...