Caitlin Byrd

Political Reporter

Bio

Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

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Charleston County wants to see an ordinance for a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags, a significant first step that could one day make it the second county in South Carolina to enact such a law.

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McMaster's inaugural address hinted at some funding priorities. In his 16-minute speech, McMaster made repeated calls to fix education, both K-12 and higher education. (And it drew some of the loudest applause.) How that translates into McMaster's budget will be worth noting.

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When the South Carolina Legislature gavels in for a two-year session at noon Tuesday, state Rep. Rita Allison admits she will be feeling some pressure. The Spartanburg Republican is the chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee, which means she is tasked with leading the key House committee that will guide the Legislature’s response to calls for wholesale education reform.

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