SC Gov. Henry McMaster accepted $26,500 in books, meals, art, hotel accommodations and other gifts during his first year as governor in 2017, and just over $4,000 in reimbursement for speaking engagements.
New state charges have been filed against former 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson and his onetime top aide, Nicole Holland. Johnson also faces federal charges. Holland has entered a guilty plea in U.S. court.
SC drug kingpin Eric Hughes used the Dark Web to order raw narcotic material from China to make counterfeit prescription drugs in clandestine drug labs at rented beach vacation homes. He distributed fake Xanax and other drugs via the U.S. mail and made millions, which he put in bitcoins.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured a rural school district in the ‘Corridor of Shame’ that was taken over by the state of South Carolina last year. Education reform is a major issue in South Carolina.
Vice President Mike Pence toured a newly reopened Columbia movie theater Thursday, touting the project as an example of a successful investment in an “Opportunity Zone.” Pence was in SC with Sen. Tim Scott.
He’s not yet in the race, but former Vice President Joe Biden leads in a new SC poll of likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, followed by U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.
A SC lawmaker wants libraries to monitor outside groups after a Greenville library hosted Drag Queen Story Hour for children last weekend. Opponents in the Legislature worried it would get SC libraries sued.
South Carolina’s state workers could get a 2-percent pay raise in the state’s 2019-20 spending plan, an expense of $41.4 million annually. The full SC House will debate the budget on the floor in March.
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold a meet-and-greet Saturday in Columbia. This is Klobuchar’s first stop in the Palmetto State since launching her campaign.
As the rule-making body of the United Methodist Church gathers in St. Louis to decide whether the church will bless same-sex marriage and ordain gay clergy, members of the denomination in North Carolina are praying and preparing for a possible split.
Southeastern Grocers, parent company for Bi-Lo, announced it’s closing 22 underperforming grocery stores, and 10 supermarkets are in South Carolina, two are located in the Midlands in Lexington & West Columbia.
The Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort has an underground tunnel that allows people to walk under Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC. The tunnel was built in the mid 1980s and is painted with blue and sea life.