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Green Garris: Is city still neutral in election dispute?

Testy exchanges as Harris rejoins Lancaster council

By Greg Summers

Tension over the election dispute between Jackie Harris and Linda Blackmon wasn’t confined to the courtroom this week.
It bubbled over in Tuesday night’s city council meeting, with testy exchanges involving Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris, Mayor John Howard and Councilwoman Hazel Taylor.
The meeting was the council’s first since Harris was restored to her District 3 council seat while her protest of Blackmon’s Nov. 8 election victory is adjudicated in Lancaster General Sessions Court.


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Sheri Few of Lugoff targets 5th District

By Mandy Catoe

Sheri Few, a Lugoff Republican known for her opposition to Common Core, announced Wednesday that she will run for the 5th District congressional seat if Rep. Mick Mulvaney is confirmed as White House budget director.
Few described herself as a social conservative and said her goal is to “make America America again.”
“Taking this fight to the federal level will be one of my key priorities,” Few said.


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To represent District 3 until judge resolves voting dispute with Blackmon

Harris back on council

By Greg Summers

The dispute over the Lancaster City Council election took a surprising turn Tuesday, with city officials restoring Jackie Harris to her District 3 seat while her voter-fraud allegations against Linda Blackmon proceed to General Sessions Court on Feb. 2.   
Early this month, city officials declared the seat vacant after learning that state law barred Blackmon, who beat incumbent Harris in the Nov. 8 election, from being sworn in until Harris’ appeal of the election outcome was resolved in court.


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Senate confirms Haley as Trump's U.N. ambassador


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Heath Springs: Let’s not close down Town Hall

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to continue its victim’s services agreement with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office so its town clerk can waive state-required training to do the same thing.
“This takes us out of the loop,” said Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
The decision came after an annual audit of the town’s crime victims fund by the S.C. Office of Victim Services.


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Harper discusses county goals at COG forum

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Trump team stands behind OMB pick

Nanny taxes trip up Mulvaney

By Reece Murphy

U.S. House District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s White House budget director hit a snag Wednesday after the New York Times and other national news outlets reported he failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee.
Mulvaney, of Indian Land, revealed the issue himself in a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Budget Committee ahead of his confirmation hearing Jan. 24, the New York Times said.


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IL lawyer targets Mulvaney’s seat

By The Staff

An Indian Land lawyer says he will run for the U.S. House District 5 seat if Rep. Mick Mulvaney is confirmed as director of Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget.
Mulvaney’s confirmation hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. If the Senate confirms his nomination, a special election will be held to fill his congressional seat.
Kris Wampler, 33, announced this week that he would seek the Republican nomination in that special election.


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Lucas backs House bill to raise gas tax

By Greg Summers

COLUMBIA – One member of the county’s legislative delegation wasted little time Wednesday in endorsing a House proposal to raise the state’s gas tax by 10 cents over five years to fix the Palmetto State’s decaying roads.
“South Carolinians have demanded state government fix our dangerous roads,” said House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65), who represents part of Lancaster County.


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Lawmakers target road funding again

By Greg Summers

COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.


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