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The first regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly adjourned Thursday, June 4, without reaching an agreement on a budget for the state’s next fiscal year. The legislature will return to Columbia for a three-day special session starting […]

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Ethics reform is again in the hands of the Senate after the House voted overwhelmingly to overhaul ethics laws. House Bill 3722 would give the State Ethics Commission authority to investigate legislators, would amend certain unconstitutional campaign finance definitions, and […]

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The State Ethics Commission has a new attorney following the departure of Cathy Hazelwood to the Department of Education at the end of 2014. Michael Burchstead is the commission’s new general counsel after leaving his post as an assistant attorney […]

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Gov. Nikki Haley and state House Speaker Jay Lucas are attempting to revive ethics reform after the Senate voted down a bill to overhaul ethics laws. Lucas expects the House to pass and send to the Senate an omnibus ethics […]

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Jay Jordan has won the Republican primary for the vacant seat in House District 63. Unofficial results have Jordan with 1,927 votes, Robby Hill with 1,076, and Elijah Jones with 517. No Democrats filed to run in the special election […]

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The Senate has voted down a bill to overhaul ethics laws. Senate Bill 1 failed by a 19 to 24 vote on Wednesday, February 11. The main issue Senators could not agree on was whether lawmakers should be involved in […]

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The State Ethics Commission is losing an influential attorney who was recently silenced by the commission’s director. Attorney Cathy Hazelwood said she will leave the commission after 15 years of service to work at the Department of Education under Republican […]

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Republican Rep. Kris Crawford has vacated his seat in House District 63, a month after being elected unopposed to a fifth term. Crawford said the commute to the state capital and his professional duties as a physician were wearing him […]

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A state House study panel considering ethics reforms has endorsed legislation to remove lawmakers’ ability to police themselves on legal issues. A similar bill failed in the Senate during the last legislative session. The draft proposal unanimously approved by the […]

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The state’s Supreme Court has issued a stay allowing voters to choose a House District 114 candidate on November 4, as originally planned. The ruling suspends the recent decision by the State Election Commission to postpone the election for former House […]

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Independent candidate Tom Ervin suspended his campaign for governor this week and endorsed Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen. Ervin, a self-funded attorney and former judge, had the support of just 3.9 percent of likely voters, according to an October 1 Winthrop […]

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Days after election officials announced no special election would be needed to replace former House Speaker Bobby Harrell in House District 114, the State Election Commission unanimously voted to hold the special election. The commission reversed the earlier ruling after […]

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No special election will be held to replace former House Speaker Bobby Harrell in House District 114. Harrell, who recently pleaded guilty to ethics violations, will remain on the November 4 ballot, but will not be eligible to win the […]

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A constitutional amendment on the November ballot to allow the adjutant general to be appointed has the support of both the Republican and Democratic parties. The adjutant general oversees the state’s National Guard and is currently an elected position held […]

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