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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. 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.

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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

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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

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June 26, 2019: Senator Scott Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

The Office of Sen. Scott will be accepting applications through Friday, October 18th, 2019. Candidates interested in attending one of the four service academies - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - may submit applications and other necessary documents. Apply or find out more here.

June 2019: Jim Geraghty speaking at Sun City's Pinckney Hall

Jim Geraghty is an award winning senior political correspondent at National Review. He spoke to an enthusiastic group last week on what is going on in DC. The son of Richard and Peggy Geraghty of Bluffton, Jim was also here to announce his new thriller novel that just came out, “Between Two Scorpions”. It's great read!

June 18, 2019: What’s in the State's final 2019-2020 budget?

Last month, the General Assembly passed a budget spending nearly $30 billion – the largest appropriations bill in state history. By contrast, the governor vetoed only 0.1% of legislative spending. Below is an overview of how lawmakers are spending taxpayer dollars and what the governor vetoed. Read More

June 11, 2019: Project Road Repair: Getting answers on your roads, tracking answers across the state

It’s year three of the gas tax hike, and most of the $615.2 million of gas tax revenues they’ve collected so far has not been spent. In fact, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is saying that it might be ten years before your roads are fixed. Read More

June 11, 2019: Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act | Senator Tim Scott

Late last month, I joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act. This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its lead poisoning prevention measures to reflect modern science and ensure that families and children living in federally-assisted housing are protected from the devastating consequences of lead poisoning. 

With buildings dating back to the 1920s, South Carolina is home to some of the oldest standing public housing in the country. We owe it to children both in South Carolina and across the country to make certain that proper inspections are taking place in regards to lead paint. My mission is to ensure every child from every zip code in the country has the opportunity to succeed, and I am proud to help reintroduce this bipartisan legislation to help ensure low-income families have access to safe housing that can provide a stable environment for their children's dreams to grow. Read more about the bill here.

June 10, 2019: Sen. Scott Joins Palmetto Boys State

WASHINGTON – This morning, U.S. Senator Tim Scott addressed the Palmetto Boys State members at Anderson University. Senator Scott spoke to the young men on leadership and motivation, the importance of bipartisan and how “failure is not fatal.” He is a proud alum of Palmetto Boys State ’82.