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200,000 in SC could get health coverage with Medicaid expansion

Analyses from the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities predict 191,664 South Carolinians would gain health coverage if the state expands Medicaid. According to the CBPP, Medicaid expansion narrows racial disparities in health coverage and access to care, and it improves coverage and health for parents and children. It would also put the state in a better position to respond to […]

SC House justice panel seems to skirt race, critics say

By his account, Marcus McDonald was the youngest person in Room 110 of the Blatt Building at the Statehouse complex when he took the lectern this month.  The 23-year-old Charleston man also lacked law enforcement or attorney credentials — a hallmark of many speaking before the special House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee. […]

SC agency could halt federal aid to private colleges after court ruling

South Carolina’s public fund administrator said it has been advised to halt federal coronavirus aid to private higher education institutions after a S.C. Supreme Court ruling that stopped governor-directed aid to reimburse tuition at private K-12 schools.  S.C. Department of Administration Executive Director Marcia Adams sent a letter Tuesday to Senate Finance Chair Hugh Leatherman, […]

Mace seeks to make Cunningham a one-term wonder

Republican state Rep. Nancy Mace has her eyes set on Washington, but first she has to topple Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham. Like Cunningham, Mace has made offshore drilling and flooding issues top of her campaign. She has also touted social justice issues during her three years as a state lawmaker and sought bipartisanship.  […]

Cunningham attempts to charm a second term

Joe Cunningham, with postcards in mailboxes and ads on the radio, online and on TV, has reached near-celebrity status as a freshman Democratic congressman. But on Nov. 3, voters will choose whether to keep him flying up to Washington.

Trump memo kills offshore wind in SC, clean energy group says

A presidential memorandum that halts offshore drilling and testing off South Carolina waters also puts an end to the burgeoning offshore wind industry, clean energy advocates say. It was supposed to be good news for conservationists: President Donald Trump signed earlier this month a memo halting new leases for offshore drilling exploration for South Carolina, […]

Redistricting looms as census count ends

As the U.S. census comes to a close likely Oct. 5, state lawmakers are readying for a decennial undertaking in 2021: Picking their voters. “We believe that, perhaps, South Carolina’s biggest problem in redistricting is not the protection of party but the protection of incumbents,” said Lynn Teague of Columbia, vice president of issues and […]

Tax breaks take millions from SC schools, report says

When a corporation lands a county tax break in South Carolina, the school district has zero say and stands to lose thousands of dollars per child. Corporate subsidy tracker Good Jobs First found public school districts in the Palmetto State lost $423 million in fiscal year 2019 from economic development deals that seek to trade property taxes […]

Challengers hope to shift Senate power, Charleston-area seats in play

As Democrats seek to flip four Senate seats in the Lowcountry in the Nov. 3 election, Republicans are looking to wrest five Democratic seats in reddening rural districts in the Upstate and Midlands. Of the Senate’s 46 seats, 27 currently are held by Republicans and 19 are held by Democrats. There are 32 seats facing […]

SC poll shows strong support for utility market reform

A poll of 1,078 South Carolina voters found strong support for increasing competition in the utility market, days ahead of the Senate approving a state study looking at altering how utilities buy energy. Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC), a bipartisan nonprofit focused on the environment, commissioned Public Policy Polling of Raleigh for the Sept. […]