Latest South Carolina state government News

No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal challenge by the operator of North Carolina's two casinos, saying that the tribe had no grounds to oppose a competitor's plans for a third gambling operation in the state. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has...

SC House adds African American documents to college course

Apr. 15, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday that would revise a required college course on America's founding that hasn't been changed since 1924. The bill passed 91-12 on Thursday after Republicans agreed to a Democratic amendment that the...

S Carolina Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing

Apr. 15, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Thursday. The subcommittee hearing was less than...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 14, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 13 The Index-Journal on extending the effort behind the South Carolina Highway Patrol's weeklong littering crackdown: One could certainly argue that...

South Carolina sued by private schools who want public money

Apr. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its...

SC House passes April 26 deadline for in-person classes

Apr. 14, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday passed a proposal to require all schools in the state to offer in-person classes five days a week starting the last week in April and continue to offer them next school year no matter what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

McMaster names appointments to South Carolina Ports board

Apr. 13, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has reappointed six people to the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors and named one new appointee. The governor picked Greenville attorney Bill Coates to fill an at-large seat on the board, which governs the South...

Haley says she'll back Trump, stand down if he runs in 2024

Apr. 12, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, often mentioned as a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, said Monday that she would not seek her party's nomination if former President Donald Trump opts to run a second time. ...

S Carolina governor bans border kids from state foster homes

Apr. 12, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor issued an order Monday to ban foster care and group homes in the state from taking in unaccompanied children found at the southern border of the U.S. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, blamed President Joe Biden for a...

Democrat says registration key to ousting SC's Tim Scott

Apr. 12, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a year and a half ahead of the 2022 general election, a Democratic state lawmaker is mounting a bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, saying her campaign — with the aim of registering 150,000 new voters across South Carolina — has what it takes to...