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April 4, 2020: South Carolina’s Tom Davis Pushes ‘All Hands On Deck’ Medical Response to Coronavirus

A South Carolina senator is pushing his state’s medical community to adopt an “all hands on deck” response to the coronavirus pandemic – urging its leaders to suspend regulatory restrictions that prevent nurse practitioners and physician assistants from engaging more directly in the current health care crisis. read more

March 27, 2020: Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott on federal coronavirus bill and SC: ‘Help is on the way’

"Between direct individual payments, loans to small businesses and aid for local governments, Graham and Scott said billions of dollars are coming to S.C. In particular, Graham called a $150 billion fund to boost state and local governments throughout the country a 'godsend to the state of South Carolina to replenish the coffers.” read more


March 27, 2020: Executive Order Issuing State of Emergency | Gov. Henry McMaster

"To prepare for and respond to the ongoing and potential impacts associated with COVID19, and the evolving public health threat posed by the same, and to maintain peace and good order during the State of Emergency, pursuant to the cited authorities and other applicable law, I hereby determine, order, and direct as follows:" read more

March 8, 2020: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

DHEC is closely monitoring a rapidly emerging outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DHEC is investigating possible cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

If you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, MUSC Health encourages you to do a free virtual visit and use the promo code "COVID19."

March 6, 2020: SCDOT Provides Update on Strategic 10-Year Plan

Progress is being made to address a 30-year backlog of deferred maintenance thanks to the gas tax trust fund along with federal funds and other state funds that support SCDOT's 10‐year plan. South Carolina has the 4th-largest state highway system in the nation and the 6th-fastest population growth rate. Read more...

Feb. 14, 2020: Public agencies in SC spending thousands to influence lawmakers

Last year, local municipalities, fire and other special purpose districts, public colleges and at least three state agencies collectively spent more than $1.4 million on lobbying the S.C. legislative and executive branches, State Ethics Commission records show. read more

Feb. 13, 2020: South Carolina's New Voting System

Become familiar with South Carolina's new voting system before going to the polls this year. To view the instructional video from Beaufort County's Board of Voter Registration and Elections, click here

Feb. 3, 2020: Gov. Henry McMaster on School of Choice

"Everybody doesn't learn the same way. We must give our parents the choice to send their children to places that they believe will suit their needs the best... it's time to unleash the free market in education." Gov . Henry McMaster, Read More

Jan. 29, 2020: SC DOT Update

Update on the Gas Tax, road repairs and improvements from the South Carolina Department of Transportation as presented to the Greater Island Council. Click here...

Jan. 2, 2020: After the V.C. Summer Iceberg, which lifeboat is safe for ratepayers + taxpayers?

As the SC General Assembly moves ever closer to receiving a report from the state Department of Admin. on the future of Santee Cooper, the SC Public Service Authority, it is time for a basic review of the current state of affairs with this state agency and the options available for its future. Read More

Dec. 10, 2019: The Statehouse Report | November Issue

Education reform, Spending $1.8 billion; Investing in kids. Read More

Dec. 5, 2019: Bills to watch in 2020 {Part one}

The first day of South Carolina’s legislative session begins on January 14, 2020. Click below for an overview of a few of the most consequential bills that could resurface in 2020. Read More

Dec. 4, 2019: PSC decision protects monopolies, hurts ratepayers | Opinion

"Dominion and Duke’s objective is to retain monopoly control of power generation and to protect their power plant investments from competition and cheaper alternatives." - Sen. Tom Davis, Read More

Nov. 29, 2019: Republican Fervor Ebbs for Offshore Drilling

"Mr. Campsen is a Republican state senator and dedicated supporter of President Trump. He parts ways with the president, though, when it comes to drilling for oil in the waters his family has plied for decades, running tour and charter boats out of Charleston Harbor." Click Here to read the entire article published in the Wall Street Journal.

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Nov. 29, 2019: Why SC legislature will fight for solar energy after crippling ruling | Opinion

"After the S.C. General Assembly passed landmark legislation demonstrating our desire to expand the solar market, giving solar its shot as a legitimate, cost-competitive energy source, the PSC has made a decision that could force solar companies to pack up and leave South Carolina." - Rep. Shannon Erickson, Read More

Government Affairs Report: Week ending 11/22/2019

Second Reading to appropriate money to cover costs associated with the Jenkins Island Safety Improvement Project - County Council once again tackled the question of whether to fund the Jenkins Island project. As is always the case, there were numerous public comments made in support of the project by Windmill Harbour residents. They discussed safety concerns when pulling in and out of the Neighborhood. Many of them also complained about the fact it has been 10 years since this issue was first brought to the County for action.

There was also opposition to the project expressed due to the 278 Gateway Corridor project currently taking place. SCDOT has said they will not take the Jenkins Island project into consideration when they move forward with the Gateway project. That means it could be removed. Some say the Jenkins Island project is a waste of 10 million dollars.  Council approved the funding upon second reading by a vote of 7-4. The third reading will take place on December 2nd.

Nov. 18, 2019: A Special Message from the Bahamas

Click Here for a a very special message to the members of the Beaufort County GOP for the donations + supplies delivered by Rep. Bill Herbkersman to the hurricane victims in the Bahamas. Thank you to everyone who supported this mission!

Nov. 14, 2019: GOP groups launch ad campaigns attacking SC’s Cunningham over impeachment inquiry

Republicans see a golden opportunity to retake the district that Trump won handily in 2016. Meanwhile, House Democrats have given Cunningham every opportunity to hang onto the seat, including by putting him in position to fulfill campaign promises on offshore drilling. Read More

Nov. 12, 2019: Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has dropped out of presidential race

"Standing outside the New Hampshire Statehouse surrounded by 15 members of the media and two staffers, the long-shot Republican closed down his campaign some 65 days after it began." Read More

Nov. 14, 2019: The Good Way is the Best Way

"When we began the development process for the Promenade, our engineers told us we could do it the cheap and dirty way, or the good way. As I had invited all of Bluffton to witness how we did this development, I was more than happy to do it the good way." - Bill Herbkersman Read More

Nov. 6, 2019: Beaufort County Election Results

Results from the November 5, 2019 Beaufort County elections. Read More

Oct. 30, 2019: Variety of Countywide Organizations/Groups Agree About Bond Referendum!

Citizens for Better Schools Now! is grateful for all the organizations, civic groups, and government entities who have formally endorsed the passage of the Beaufort County School Bond Referendum, parts one and two, which will appear on the ballot Nov. 5, 2019. Details

Oct. 18, 2019: Here’s why the Beaufort County GOP endorses school bond referendum

Volunteers on the Community Project Review Committee (CPRC) worked more than 900 hours – visiting 26 schools in Beaufort and other districts and receiving presentations from outside experts – before producing a district-wide projects list. Read More

Oct. 14, 2019: Sen. Tim Scott advocates for civility in politics

“One of the places where we are failing as a nation is the latest polls say two-thirds of Republicans and two-thirds of Democrats do not have a single friend who is not affiliated with their partisan politics,” Senator Tim Scott speaking to Congregation Beth Yam on Hilton Head, Beaufort County, SC. Read More

Stone to lead National Association of Prosecutors

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone has been named the 68th president of the National District Attorneys Association. He is only the second South Carolinian to serve as NDAA president.  The first was the late Sixth Circuit Solicitor John Justice. The 14th Circuit is composed of Beaufort, Colleton, Allendale, Hampton + Jasper counties. Read More

2019 Beaufort County School Board Referendum

A comprehensive look at the 2019 Beaufort County School Board Referendum. What is included, why it's worth supporting, how much it will cost and what the bottomline is for you. This is information you will want to know before going in to the voting booth this fall. Details

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August 29, 2019: Commentary: Selling Santee Cooper is the best option for ratepayers

Executives, the same ones who oversaw the V.C. Summer disaster, received $5.6 million in bonuses between 2009 and 2016. Another $500,000 in bonuses is being proposed for 2019. The former CEO receives a retirement package worth up to $800,000 a year. Read More

August 26, 2019: Senator Tom Davis - Updates and Progress made at site of burning debris

As of yesterday (Sunday), 350 truckloads (3,385 tons) of debris have been removed from Abel Contracting's facility to Waste Management's Hickory Hill landfill near Ridgeland. Read More

August 12, 2019: Community Project Review Committee (CPRC) Executive Summary

The CPRC is a group of Beaufort County volunteers, who respond to invitations from the Board of Education members, school principals + district staff. Click here for an update on the committees executive session.

August 12, 2019: Board of Education County Wide Bond Referendum

Click here for details + update on the November 5th referendum.

July 23, 2019: Trump economy continues to boom for South Carolinians

In South Carolina, over 95,000 jobs have been created since President Trump was elected and our unemployment rate is near its lowest point in history. All of this is great news for hardworking families across our state. Read More

July 22, 2019: Palmetto Promise has plan to improve education in South Carolina

Ellen Weaver, president + CEO of the Palmetto Promise Institute, describes South Carolina’s education system as being “mired in the past,” with a one-size-fits-all approach that involves “everyone learning the same thing on the same page at the same time.” Read More


July 22, 2019: Education “reforms” focused on workforce rather than education

Addressing public education was a top issue during the 2019 legislative session, and will remain a priority when the General Assembly reconvenes next year. Earlier this year the House passed an education omnibus bill, while the Senate Education Committee has been working on a companion bill that is still moving through the subcommittee process. Read More

July 18, 2019: How not to sell a state asset: An update on Santee Cooper

This past session, lawmakers finally took action on Santee Cooper – without actually taking action. Read More

July 4, 2019: Democratic candidates aren’t listening to voters in SC

GOP Exec. Chairwoman for SC, Cindy Costa's latest op-ed in The Post and Courier in response to the issues discussed in last week's Democratic debate. Read More

July 4, 2019: Justin Amash’s Declaration Of Independence

The first (and only) Republican to support impeachment proceedings against U.S. president Donald Trump is no longer a Republican. Read More

June 29, 2019: Tax Increases, Road Repairs & Climate Change?

Updates from the Beaufort TEA Party. Read More

June 27, 2019: Scott Secures SC Wins in FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

"In South Carolina specifically, I’m glad that we secured the resources needed to move forward with plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site (SRS)—another important element of the SRS’s mission.” Senator Tim Scott. Read More