State Rep. William Bailey will seek re-election to the General Assembly instead of running for the 7th District congressional seat, in an announcement made June 14.
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The ruling marks the second time this week that efforts to block the executions have failed, suggesting the inmates will likely be killed by electrocution later this month.
The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations launched the Original Six Foundation when she was South Carolina governor and is now distributing 12,500 new books to schools in high-poverty areas around the state.
An early backer of Donald Trump's presidential run says he is focused on business, not politics, since returning to South Carolina.
The long-debated question of whether a controversial law that blocks South Carolina cities from taking down Confederate monuments and other war memorials passes constitutional muster will come before the state Supreme Court this week.
In the letter submitted May 12 to chairman John Wells and obtained by The Post and Courier, S.C. Election Commission executive director Marci Andino did not specify a reason for her departure but referenced an undisclosed discussion she had with Wells last week.
In his first public speech since leaving office, former VP Mike Pence told a friendly crowd of several hundred Christian conservatives they need to "stand up and unite behind a positive agenda and win back America" as he charts a path forward in Republican politics.
In a statement expanding on his previous endorsement of the incumbent, Trump said Drew McKissick "has done an outstanding job as South Carolina GOP chairman, electing more Republicans in 2020 than in over 140 years."
The decision by Wood, confirmed in a March 29 email to The Post and Courier, comes just months after he moved to the Palmetto State from neighboring Georgia.
The move to add sexual orientation and gender back to the list of characteristics protected by the bill, which would enhance penalties for hate crimes, came after lawmakers faced backlash for their decision to remove them just a few days earlier.