Post Tagged with: "South Carolina"

S.C. Ridiculous Second Amendment Education Act

December 29, 2014 10:34 AM
S.C. Ridiculous Second Amendment Education Act

One of the most ridiculous prefiled bills for this year’s General Assembly legislative session proposes to establish a Second Amendment Education Day in South Carolina schools.

Sponsored by House representatives Alan Clemmons, Richard Yow and Garry Smith, the bill (H3023), if passed, would establish December 15th of each year as Second Amendment Awareness Day.

It also would require three consecutive weeks of instruction on the Second Amendment each grading year from a curriculum developed or adopted by the National Rifle Association.

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Remembering Governor Jim Edwards

December 27, 2014 12:53 PM
Remembering Governor Jim Edwards

With great sadness I send the news that Governor Jim Edwards passed away yesterday morning. Governor Edwards was South Carolina’s first Republican Governor (1975-1979) since Reconstruction and instrumental in growing our state Republican Party. Click here for a great summary of his life that appeared in the Post and Courier.

Governor Edwards did more in one life than most could do in two: World War II veteran, oral surgeon, Charleston County Republican Party Chairman, State Senator, Republican National Convention delegate, South Carolina Governor, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and MUSC President. We will miss his incredible leadership.

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Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

December 22, 2014 1:59 PM
Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

As the holiday season highlights acts of kindness and opportunities to give back, a new federal study shows that 1 in 4 South Carolina residents volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year.
The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released on December 16 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians.
This year’s report found that 776,000 South Carolina residents (24.2 percent) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Altogether, South Carolinians volunteered nearly 96.7 million hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $2.2 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer’s hours.

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Dennis Tyndall to Announce Sheriff Candidacy Today

December 10, 2014 12:42 PM
Dennis Tyndall to Announce Sheriff Candidacy Today

West Columbia police chief Dennis Tyndall is announcing his candidacy for Lexington County Sheriff today.

Tyndall will be making his official announcement at West Columbia City Hall at 5:30 p.m.

A 33-year veteran of law enforcement, Tyndall has been chief of the West Columbia department for the past 17 years. He is a 1995 graduate of the FBI Academy and is certified in South Carolina as both a police officer and corrections officer.

In 2009, Tyndall was awarded the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.

Under his direction, the West Columbia Police Department, in 2007, was awarded the Municipal Association’s Achievement Award for innovation in dealing with Family Violence.

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S.C. General Assembly and New Taxes

November 24, 2014 7:30 AM
S.C. General Assembly and New Taxes

The S.C. General Assembly will be hearing proposals for new taxes in January and they won’t be coming from Democrats.

It looks like Grover Norquist and his pledge will be forgotten when the S.C. General Assembly convenes in January looking for more money for the state’s crumbling roads and inadequate schools.

Need more funding for road maintenance and repair? Raise the gas tax.

Need more money for schools? Pass a new property tax.

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Searching for South Carolina Road Funding

November 16, 2014 8:22 AM
Searching for South Carolina Road Funding

The message seems to have finally gotten through to Columbia that South Carolina roads are in generally poor condition.

However, how to fix the problem, or more specifically how to fund the fix, elicits differing solutions but no consensus to date.

Gov. Nikki Haley has promised to unveil her “magic” road maintenance funding plan in January. So far, she has promised to not raise the gas tax and to veto any legislation doing so.

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