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Congressman Gowdy named to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Friday, the first South Carolina member of Congress to be on the panel. Media outlets report that Gowdy is appointed to the panel by House Republican leaders. He will continue to serve on three other committees: ethics, oversight and government […]

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State Treasurer furious about proposed changes to SC pension system

A legislative committee seeking solutions for a $25 billion gap in what South Carolina has promised its state employee retirees vs. what it has in assets are warning they’ll need to make expensive changes to fix it. The Joint Committee on Pension Review issued recommendations Tuesday… including increasing the amount that state government pays into […]

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Gov. Haley proposes more tax cuts as she prepares to leave

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley launched the legislative session Tuesday by again asking legislators to cut taxes. Haley’s roughly $8 billion proposal for state taxes, expected to be her sixth and final executive budget, calls for cutting both income and corporate taxes over the next decade. Her proposed phase-in would reduce revenue coming into state […]

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Some Legislators Hope 2017 Is The Year For Medical Marijuana In South Carolina

S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State. A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the session’s opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act. The bill would allow South Carolinians with “debilitating […]

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New State Laws Effective With the New Year

Seven new laws passed by S.C. legislators last spring go into effect with the start of the new year. S.C. lawmakers passed a law meant to protect poor families who lack written property deeds from real estate speculators looking to buy up their land on the cheap. Named for the state senator slain in Charleston’s […]

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Chisa Johnson Putman nominated for York County Magistrate Judge

York County’s state senators Wes Climer of Rock Hill, Greg Gregory of Lancaster, Harvey Peeler of Gaffney and former Senators Wes Hayes and Creighton Coleman have nominated Chisa Johnson Putman, a Rock Hill lawyer, city prosecutor and president of the York County Bar Association, to be a York County magistrate judge. It is believed that […]

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Jury Selection Delayed for Roof

The federal judge in the Dylann Roof murder trial postponed jury selection yesterday after a last-minute and unusual closed door meeting between the judge, Roof and Roof’s defense team. Neither defense lawyers nor federal prosecutors objected to Judge Richard Gergel closing the hearing that lasted about 90 minutes. However, lead prosecutor Jay Richardson told Gergel […]

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