A councilwoman in South Carolina’s capital county skirted ethics laws by failing to disclose thousands of dollars in contributions and expenses across several election campaigns in 2016, the state’s top political watchdog agency charged in documents released Tuesday.
Joseph Cranney is a reporter based in Columbia, covering state and local government. He previously covered government and sports for newspapers in Florida and Pennsylvania.
When S.C. lawmakers start the second year of a two-year session on Tuesday, they also will tackle how to fix the state's struggling K-12 school system and whether to sell the state-owned power utility Santee Cooper.
Suspended Chester County Sheriff Alex "Big A" Underwood (center right) on Jan. 9, 2020, faces state indictments alleging pubic corruption, con…
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood in Richland County court hearing. Joe Cranney/Staff
The new charges follow federal indictments last year on charges Alex "Big A" Underwood misused public money and lied to cover up a case of excessive force. A trial on those charges is set for April.
Richland County council members are squabbling again in the wake of firing a controversial administrator, this time featuring claims politicians traded sexual favors at strip clubs.
The Richland County Council convenes in a Jan. 7, 2020, meeting. The council voted to reappoint Councilman Paul Livingston as chair, despite c…
Florence County Sheriff Kenneth Boone pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement under $5,000 and one count of misconduct in office, a spokesman for the South Carolina attorney general said.
A Chester County magistrate will remain the county's chief judge, despite an ethics investigation into her conduct.
After a Post and Courier/ProPublica investigation, lawmakers are proposing the most sweeping changes to the magistrates system in two decades.