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Election 2014 Dates and Links
  • 4/11 - N.C. Voter registration ends
  • 5/6 - N.C. Primary Election
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  • 5/10 - S.C. Voter registration ends
  • 6/10 - S.C. Primary Election
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  • Latest Winthrop Poll Has Good News For Graham

    Latest Winthrop Poll Has Good News For Graham

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:12:58 GMT
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    Lindsey Graham's approval rating is up 3.1% among South Carolinians, that's according to the latest Winthrop Poll. The poll surveyed 877 adults from April 6 to 13th of this year. Since October 2013, Graham's approval is up. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Scott, facing his first election for the senate has an approval rating of 43.1%.
    Lindsey Graham's approval rating is up 3.1% among South Carolinians, that's according to the latest Winthrop Poll. The poll surveyed 877 adults from April 6 to 13th of this year. Since October 2013, Graham's approval is up. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Scott, facing his first election for the senate has an approval rating of 43.1%.
  • 5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

    5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

    Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken.
    Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken.
  • Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
  • Department of Corrections Working on Plan to Fix the System

    Department of Corrections Working on Plan to Fix the System

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:31:43 GMT
    Department of Corrections will present a plan to the legislature to address issues in the system. Department of Corrections will present a plan to the legislature to address issues in the system.
    The Department of Corrections needs funds to fix problems in the system.
    The Department of Corrections needs funds to fix problems in the system.
  • New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:44:46 GMT
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
  • Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:37:26 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
  • SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:45:32 GMT
    State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

  • SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:21:42 GMT
    The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
  • SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:43:02 GMT
    Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
  • Emma's Law Heads to the Governor's Desk

    Emma's Law Heads to the Governor's Desk

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:37:59 GMT
    Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law. Members of the Longstreet family and supporters celebrate lawmakers passing Emma's Law.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
    Emma's Law passes the Senate and is now going to the Governor's desk.
  • Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:15 GMT
    The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
  • Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:34:10 GMT
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
  • Fact Check: Sheheen Ad Slams Haley’s Education Record as Governor

    Fact Check: Sheheen Ad Slams Haley’s Education Record as Governor

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:16:16 GMT
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is airing a new TV ad that slams Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her record on education as governor. It says South Carolina students have fallen behind under her leadership. We checked the facts in the ad.
    Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is airing a new TV ad that slams Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her record on education as governor. It says South Carolina students have fallen behind under her leadership. We checked the facts in the ad.
  • FACT CHECK: Congressional Budget Office, Rep Gowdy Agree on Minimum Wage Bill

    FACT CHECK: Congressional Budget Office, Rep Gowdy Agree on Minimum Wage Bill

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:00:10 GMT
    Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy said he'll fight a plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
    Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy said he'll fight a plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
  • Bill says teacher layoffs can't be seniority-based

    Bill says teacher layoffs can't be seniority-based

    Teachers' seniority must be downplayed in layoff decisions during budget cuts under a bill advancing in the South Carolina Senate.
    Teachers' seniority must be downplayed in layoff decisions during budget cuts under a bill advancing in the South Carolina Senate.
  • Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't

    Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't

    Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.
    Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.
  • Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:33:08 GMT
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
  • NC voter audit suggests widespread fraud

    NC voter audit suggests widespread fraud

    The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating hundreds of cases where voters appear to have cast 2012 ballots in two states.
    The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating hundreds of cases where voters appear to have cast 2012 ballots in two states.
  • SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:32:17 GMT
    The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
  • SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:40:52 GMT
    The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
  • SC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill

    SC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-03-26 16:09:23 GMT
    SC House Approves Presidential Primary BillSC House Approves Presidential Primary Bill
    The House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina's future presidential primaries that would delete from state law a reference to the 2008 election cycle.
    The House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina's future presidential primaries that would delete from state law a reference to the 2008 election cycle.
  • SC House Committee Passes “Emma’s Law” to Reduce DUIs

    SC House Committee Passes “Emma’s Law” to Reduce DUIs

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-03-25 23:07:11 GMT
    Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunken driver in 2012.Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunken driver in 2012.
    The South Carolina House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill is named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a repeat offender drunken driver in 2012.
    The South Carolina House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed “Emma’s Law” Tuesday afternoon, including a provision that critics say weakens the bill. The bill is named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, who was killed by a repeat offender drunken driver in 2012.
  • "Emma's Law" Passes SC House Subcommittee to Fight DUIs

    "Emma's Law" Passes SC House Subcommittee to Fight DUIs

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-03-20 23:08:14 GMT
    Supporters of Emma's Law packed a House hearing.Supporters of Emma's Law packed a House hearing.
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives.
    A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed "Emma's Law" Thursday morning, a bill aimed at preventing DUIs and saving lives.
  • Bill to Protect SC Children From ID Theft Passes

    Bill to Protect SC Children From ID Theft Passes

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-03-19 23:19:45 GMT
    The South Carolina House gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill to protect children from identity theft by allowing their parents to put security freezes on their children’s credit. Right now, there’s no way to do that because, since children don’t have credit, they don’t have credit reports on which to put a security freeze.
    The South Carolina House gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill to protect children from identity theft by allowing their parents to put security freezes on their children’s credit. Right now, there’s no way to do that because, since children don’t have credit, they don’t have credit reports on which to put a security freeze.
  • Haley Raised Over $5 Million For Re-election Bid

    Haley Raised Over $5 Million For Re-election Bid

    Monday, January 13 2014 6:32 AM EST2014-01-13 11:32:13 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013. Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
  • Report: Obama To Speak At NC State During Visit

    Report: Obama To Speak At NC State During Visit

    Sunday, January 12 2014 11:08 AM EST2014-01-12 16:08:19 GMT
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week. Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
  • U.S. Sells Final Shares On General Motors

    U.S. Sells Final Shares On General Motors

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 7:34 AM EST2014-01-07 12:34:00 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on theGeneral Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the econo...
    DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on theGeneral Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the econo...
  • Upstate SC City and County Elections 2013

    Upstate SC City and County Elections 2013

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 5:41 PM EST2013-11-05 22:41:58 GMT
    View municipal and county election for Upstate SC races.
    View municipal and county election for Upstate SC races.
  • Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Friday, June 28 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-06-28 20:33:50 GMT
    Can You Trust The Inspection Score?Can You Trust The Inspection Score?
    7 On Your Side Investigation shows some restaurants maintain "A" rating even after investigators find unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
    The investigation showed some places earn "A"s with what the state calls "Critical Risk" factors, including potentially unsafe food.
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  • Oversight Panel Grills SC DSS Director

    Oversight Panel Grills SC DSS Director

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:23:30 GMT
    SC Dept. of Social Services Director Lillian Koller testifies before the Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee.SC Dept. of Social Services Director Lillian Koller testifies before the Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee.
    The Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee is investigating claims children died because the agency missed red flags.
    The Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee is investigating claims children died because the agency missed red flags.
  • Bass Pro Shops Opening Store In Spartanburg Co.

    Bass Pro Shops Opening Store In Spartanburg Co.

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:04:27 GMT
    Artist’s rendering of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Spartanburg County, S.C.Artist’s rendering of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Spartanburg County, S.C.
    Outdoor retail giant Bass Pro Shops is setting up shop in Spartanburg County. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference.
    Outdoor retail giant Bass Pro Shops is setting up shop in Spartanburg County. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference.
  • Dismissed Clemson QB Kelly Apologizes

    Dismissed Clemson QB Kelly Apologizes

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:52:31 GMT
    Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for a pattern of conduct detrimental to the team.Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for a pattern of conduct detrimental to the team.
    Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his behavior with the Tigers and believes he can learn from the experience.
    Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his behavior with the Tigers and believes he can learn from the experience.
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