On Monday, Henry McMaster ended a 15-month exhibition of what can happen when South Carolina’s governor has a lot of power. Not just the kind of power most governors except ours take for granted. More. More even, on the state level, than the too-powerful U.S. president has. The governor’s performance provides some important lessons, and calls for a few reminders about how government is supposed to work.

Anyone expecting Harris Pastides to pick up where he left off 20 months ago at South Carolina’s flagship university will be disappointed. The most popular University of South Carolina president in decades takes the “interim” part of the title he accepted Friday seriously. He sees his job as doing what he can, while the board of trustees searches for the successor to his short-lived successor, to make “outstanding candidates … look at the university now and say there’s a lot of good things going on there.”

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The SC House vote on Wednesday inviting all South Carolinians to proudly pack a handgun on their hip — no training required, background check demanded or questions asked — was driven by the idea that it’s time to take back our Second Amendment rights from a government that has been steadily chipping away at them. A 25-year history of SC gun laws tells a different story.

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SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman says that the Biden administration's refusal to let South Carolina skip a second year of standardized testing means “educators and students will be forced to spend an inordinate amount of time preparing, administering, and taking tests whose results won't be known for months, when they should be focused closing academic gaps and addressing the social and emotional needs of our students.” So here's a crazy idea: Let's skip the endless preparation, stop stressing out the students and return the tests to their original purpose.

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S.C. Senate Education Chairman Greg Hembree predicts that many SC students won't overcome the effects of COVID-19 unless schools take drastic action. “It’s going to be plain, hard ugly work,” he said. “There’s no magic bullet. There’s no broadband that’s going to fix all this. It’s going to be sitting down with kids who are struggling. It’s basically more seat time, one way or another. You can build it a lot of different ways: longer school days, weekends, summers, pods. There’s lots of ideas. They’re just common sense.”

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I recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview for the Jasper Project’s website with a Columbia-based classical musician named Idris Chandler. Chandler is a homegrown talent who went t…

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The children are getting restless. Not just the younger ones who are still locked out of their classrooms most of the week. The older, technically adult ones who crowd maskless into college bars. The ones who keep demanding that the University of South Carolina stop studying building names and just start replacing building names that they consider too closely linked to white supremacy. Now.

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Sometime back in the fall of 2020 I heard future President Joe Biden, while discussing a completely different subject, make a casual remark about living his life “in service” and for some reas…

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Kershaw County's schools were the first to send students back into classrooms on a full-time basis, just weeks after a cluster of coronavirus cases made the region South Carolina's first COVID-19 hotspot. The district's leader has gained national attention for his innovative approaches in keeping cases down and attendance up.

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