Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday nominated a 29-year veteran of South Carolina's public safety agency to take over as director, 10 months after asking him to fill in on a temporary basis
State Rep. Chris Murphy takes over as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, putting another Lowcountry Republican in charge of steering a large chunk of legislative proposals.
In a pandemic first, South Carolina legislators took rapid-result COVID-19 tests Tuesday before walking into the Statehouse for this week's special session
S.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Ted Pitts says the organization will actively back efforts to pass a hate crimes bill next year in hopes of ending the state's status as one of only three states without such.
State Sen. Tom Davis, a Beaufort Republican who has championed medical cannabis legalization in the Statehouse for years, said he thinks there is a "very, very good chance that we get something passed next session."
Gov. Henry McMaster's announcement that COVID-19 testing will be available in public schools followed weeks of back-and-forth on hang-ups that include whether districts can tweak a state-provided parental consent form and use their own letterhead.
Students and teachers can get a COVID-19 test at public schools across South Carolina under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Henry McMaster
The creation of "Dirt Road PAC" comes as Harrison has emerged as the top contender to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
The city-commissioned report found the Columbia area’s historically high combined tax rates are nearly double that of Charleston and 1.5 times higher than Greenville.
South Carolina’s public health agency has been without permanent leaders in two of its top positions for months as the state confronts a rising toll from the worst global pandemic in a century.
After a round of judicial screenings in Columbia, a legislative panel nominated three potential replacements for a judge who stepped down over ethical questions.
Public schools across South Carolina will start receiving deliveries of COVID-19 tests after Thanksgiving in an effort to help keep classrooms open, Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday.
Newly installed Richland County elections czar Alexandria Stephens and her staff won praise from the area's legislative delegation for their handling of a pandemic-laden voting cycle.
Don't expect any return to normalcy soon. Widespread availability of a COVID-19 vaccine is "many months" away, and the need to socially distance and wear masks to prevent spread will continue even longer, state epidemiologist says.
The change comes after Democrats lost three incumbent state senators in this month's election and failed to pick off any of the Republican-held seats they were targeting.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, a question he interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes.
Not only did the national spotlight solidify Lindsey Graham's Republican support, it spelled doom for Democrats down the ballot — and not just in districts with growing conservative populations.
As Republicans continue to allege fraudulent counts in the Nov. 3 presidential race, state election officials say no evidence exists of interference here, echoing a federal regulatory group's findings.
April Derr, who was constituent services director for U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-Charleston, and a longtime aide for Republican former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford before that, will stay on in her current role, Mace announced Friday.
Republicans gained three seats in the Senate, boosting their majority to 30 out of the 46 seats in the chamber, and all three of the candidates who unseated Democrats campaigned on promises to oppose abortion.
Now that their own elections are over, South Carolina politicians are turning their attention to neighboring Georgia and rushing to help on both sides of the two critical U.S. Senate runoffs there that will determine the balance of power in Washington come January.
More than 1.3 million people across South Carolina voted early in 2020. The impact of that was felt across the Midlands on Election Day, keeping normally bustling polling locations nearly vacant.
op South Carolina Republicans are sticking firmly in line behind President Donald Trump a week after the general election, unanimously arguing he should not concede the race against President-elect Joe Biden until all legal challenges are exhausted despite growing leads for Biden in multiple key states.
Estimates updated Tuesday mean COVID-19 has sunk state revenue by more than $800 million since February.
Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, the state's longest-serving senator, will not seek reelection to his leadership position after eight years at the helm of the Democratic caucus.
The red wave that swept through South Carolina on Election Day didn't topple any Democratic legislators in Richland County but probably helped a Republican hold on in the state's capital
As President-elect Joe Biden's transition begins, so too does the jockeying for potential jobs in his new administration, with a number of South Carolinians possibly in the running for a variety of posts.
New members will be joining three of the Midlands' largest school boards after a wave of challengers were successful in their Election Day bids. Here's a look at who won and what constituents can expect from them.
Hundreds of protesters, most supporting President Donald Trump, rallied at the S.C. Statehouse on Saturday, gathering soon after a protest began by members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Unprecedented voter turnout that not only shattered prior records but — for the first time — saw more South Carolinians vote early than on Election Day helps explain why vote counting extended almost two full days past the close of polls.
Most high-profile Republican politicians in South Carolina refrained from backing up President Donald Trump's evidence-free accusations Thursday night of widespread voter fraud costing him reelection, saying only that illegal votes should not be counted and they support investigating any alleged irregularities.
Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison spent more than $130 million en route to losing to Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham in South Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race this week, while Graham spent more than $100 million, according to their campaigns.
Far from the "New South" that Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison envisioned throughout his campaign, shifts were not dramatic in the biggest counties around the state, and in many smaller ones, Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham actually gained ground from his party's 2016 results.
South Carolina has been under GOP control for decades, and Biden was barely able to put a dent into Trump’s support in the Palmetto State. The incumbent president won South Carolina by 12 percentage points in 2020 after a 14-point victory here four years ago.
The election amounted to nothing short of a bloodbath for South Carolina Democrats, losing not just almost every seat GOP seat they were hoping to flip, but also many of their own incumbents, including some of the party's most esteemed legislators in districts that were barely even on the radar of possible upsets.
How top races in Richland and Lexington counties — including battles for Congress, the Statehouse and school boards — turned out on Election Day.
Ballot counting across South Carolina continued overnight following record-breaking absentee voting and potentially the highest votes cast statewide in any presidential election, leaving the outcomes of many races unknown.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson led early against Democrat Adair Ford Boroughs in the race for the historically conservative district covering the central part of the Palmetto State.
At least four Democratic incumbents in the South Carolina Statehouse appear to have lost their bid for re-election.
After entering the race as the clear favorite in a historically conservative state that has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than two decades, Lindsey Graham went on to face a stronger challenge from Jaime Harrison than many political observers initially expected en route to his fourth term.
Glitches came early as voting started across the Columbia area from faulty Wi-Fi to problem passwords. Long lines, however, are moving smoothly for the most part.
As South Carolina's high-profile U.S. Senate race barrelled toward election day, Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison spent the final week criss-crossing the state in pursuit of every last vote, leaving no stone unturned at the tail end of one of the most expensive electoral contests in history.
In 2016, the percentage of mailed absentee ballots rejected for lacking a witness signature was much higher, when there wasn't a court case to potentially confuse voters.
South Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison is shaping up to be one of the most competitive statewide contests the Palmetto State has seen in years.
South Carolina residents stand in long lines to vote in one of the last days for in-person absentee voting in the 2020 general election.
No matter who wins the White House on Tuesday, the spotlight will almost immediately turn toward former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, sparred over issues such as health care, federal judges, COVID-19 and climate change during their second and final debate, sponsored by The Post and Courier and S.C. ETV.
COLUMBIA — If you wait until Election Day to vote in South Carolina, chances are a partisan poll watcher will be monitoring your precinct for problems.
All of South Carolina's 81 school districts will offer at least some in-person learning by mid-November.
The last-minute unity bid come as Harrison has sought to elevate third-party candidate Bill Bledsoe in the closing weeks of the race, running ads and sending out mailers to Republicans that call Bledsoe "too conservative" and "too pro-Trump" in an apparent attempt to peel off conservative voters from Graham's right flank.
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Nearly 4,000 Lexington One employees will get one-time payments of between $500 and $1,000 for their work helping to keep the district operating in the midst of a pandemic, district officials decided this week.