Columbia Bureau Chief
Shain runs The Post and Courier's team based in South Carolina's capital city. He was editor of Free Times and has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Charlotte, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
South Carolina political leaders were hopeful after meeting President Donald Trump on Thursday that the White House will work to finish a struggling nuclear fuel factory at the Savannah River Site.
The Post and Courier sent the two nominees for governor in the Nov. 6 election a list of questions on issues, requesting each candidate offer specifics in their answers.
We asked the candidates, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic state Rep. James Smith, for their opinions on these issues and a few others ahead of their first debate on Wednesday.
Some insights into South Carolina's big two political headlines of the week:
Gusts uprooted trees that snapped electric lines in bursts of sparks. Thousands lost power. A few neighborhoods flooded.
Tropical Storm Michael downed trees, knocked out power and flooded some neighborhoods and roads across the Columbia-area as the once-powerful storm zipped across South Carolina on Thursday.
Nikki Haley's political capital and foreign policy credentials skyrocketed during her time as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but one aspect of the former South Carolina governor's life didn't get the same boost: her personal finances.
A decade ago, Nikki Haley was a little-known backbench South Carolina legislator from Lexington who no one thought could win a governor's race.
A government watchdog asked the State Department to examine whether U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley broke any regulations by accepting seven flights on private jets from three SC executives last year.