By Kerry Taylor Sixteen poor people, clergy and advocates were arrested near the Governor’s Mansion Monday as the South Carolina Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival entered its sixth and final week of a historic season of nonviolent direct action. This brings the total of arrestees in Columbia to 82 over the past six weeks. The action in South Carolina was part of a wave of protests hitting 35 state capitals and Washington, D.C. Participants in Monday’s nonviolent direct action carried signs that read, “We Are A New And Unsettling Force” and a banner reading “The People’s House, Not Your McMansion.” After 13 were arrested in front of the Mansion another three were arrested for blocking a street in front of Governor McMaster’s campaign office. Among those arrested were 83-year-old Louise Brown of Charleston. Brown was last arrested in 1969 when she took part in the … [Read more...] about Sixteen Arrested at Governor’s Mansion as South Carolina Poor People’s Campaign Enters Final Week of Season of Nonviolent Direct Action
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest South Carolina wants to keep Big Red, its historic Civil War-era flag an Iowa soldier took home. Iowa isn't sure it wants to give it up. State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, whose ancestors were slaves in Virginia, wants Gov. Kim Reynolds to make it "blatantly clear" she is not condoning the South's heritage of slavery. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. William Petroski, [email protected] Published 6:25 p.m. CT May 9, 2018 | Updated 6:51 p.m. CT May 9, 2018 CLOSE Leo Landis from the State Historical Society of Iowa explains … [Read more...] about South Carolina wants to keep Big Red, its historic Civil War-era flag an Iowa soldier took home. Iowa isn’t sure it wants to give it up.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that spells out just what South Carolina lawmakers and higher education officials need to make sure students and schools get the funding they need was introduced Tuesday by a Democratic senator, who knows it has no chance of passing with just two days left in the General Assembly's session. Sen. Vincent Sheheen said the point of his bill, which he's been working on for months already, is to put higher education funding front and center once lawmakers return to the capitol next year. "The reason why I introduced it today was so that in the offseason while we're out of session, we could hold hearings on it, fine-tune it, get the support we need so that when we come in in January, we hit the ground running and pass it," Sheheen said. Sheheen said his Higher Education Opportunity Act would require lawmakers to increase financial aid for students coming out of public colleges deeply in debt. "It's not fair to families and it's not … [Read more...] about Major bill would fund South Carolina higher education
COLUMBIA — University of South Carolina basketball star A'ja Wilson would get her own monument on Statehouse grounds under legislation proposed Wednesday. It would be another first for the most decorated athlete in the school's history, as there is no monument to an athlete — or a woman — among the historical figures honored around the state's capitol. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Leon Howard, has no chance this year, with just four days left in the legislative calendar. It would face difficulties anyway in a state where allegiances are divided between Gamecocks and Tigers, and legislators avoid debates involving South Carolina's controversial history of race relations.But it does signify Wilson's popularity. Wilson, a Hopkins native, was the No. 1 overall pick in last month's WNBA Draft after leading the Gamecocks to a national championship last year and winning numerous national player of the year accolades this … [Read more...] about Statehouse monument to South Carolina hoops star A’ja Wilson proposed
WASHINGTON -- Trey Gowdy's emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the political class, he is not all surface. At a breakfast four years ago, the South Carolina Republican had tears in his eyes as he explained when he would leave Congress: after Tim Scott, a Republican congressman who had been appointed to the Senate in 2013 when Jim DeMint resigned, had been elected in his own right. This, Gowdy said at that breakfast, would close the circle of his state's history.Scott, an African-American, was born in 1965, 44 days after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The 1960 census had recorded South Carolina as 34.8 percent African-American. It was only about 27 percent African-American when Scott was elected in 2014 to complete DeMint's unfinished term, and was elected to a full term in 2016. So, at the end of 2018, Gowdy, after eight years representing northern South Carolina's booming … [Read more...] about GEORGE WILL: Trey Gowdy aimed to close the circle of South Carolina’s history