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
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
"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
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...
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
Education reform, Spending $1.8 billion; Investing in kids. Read More
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
"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
"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.
"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
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.
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!
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
"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
"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
Results from the November 5, 2019 Beaufort County elections. Read More
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
Click here for details + update on the November 5th referendum.
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
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
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
This past session, lawmakers finally took action on Santee Cooper – without actually taking action. Read More
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
Updates from the Beaufort TEA Party. Read More
"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