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  • Long list of 5th District candidates drops to 14

    The list of five third-party candidates seeking the 5th Congressional District seat has dropped to four.
    Victor Kocher (pronounced “CO-her”) was selected as the nominee of the S.C. Libertarian Party early this month in Columbia over opponents Nathaniel Cooper and Bill Bledsoe.
    The self-employed Kocher, 55, has previously sought public office several times dating back to 2008. Most recently, he ran for the S.C. House District 79 seat in 2016 and the U.S. Senate held by Lindsey Graham  in 2014.

  • McMaster signs pension overhaul

    Gov. Henry McMaster signed a controversial bipartisan pension-reform bill Tuesday that will pump money into the state pension system to ensure that state and local government retirees will get what they’ve been promised.
    The S.C. House approved the bill in late February, and the state Senate approved it April 5. McMaster had until midnight Tuesday to sign the bill into law.
    While the legislation does prop up the state’s in-the-hole pension plan, McMaster called it only the first step, noting that more must be done.

  • Sheri Few, facing better-known foes, lights lots of fuses

    Sheri Few is sticking to her guns, particularly the prominent AR-15 in her most recent online political ad.
    Few, one of seven Republicans running for the 5th Congressional District seat, has been the most incendiary campaigner from the start.
    Friday she drew criticism for a 30-second commercial that she started airing on her website. The ad criticizes fellow Republicans Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman for voting to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in 2015.

  • Norman, Parnell lead fundraising in District 5 race

    With nine days left before the party primaries, Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell have raised the most money in the race for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat.
    The two are among the 15 candidates vying to replace Mick Mulvaney, who resigned in February to become White House budget chief.

  • 5th District showdown

    Twelve of the 15 candidates for the 5th District congressional seat had plenty to say Tuesday night, sitting elbow-to-elbow onstage in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    They had to choose their words carefully and quickly, given the 90-minute time limit for the Before You Vote candidate forum. That worked out to about seven minutes of talking per candidate, covering a wide variety of issues.

  • 2 Dems plead their case at local party meeting

    Two of the three Democrats in the hunt for the 5th District U.S. House seat visited Lancaster on Thursday night trying to convince members of the local Democratic Party why they are the best choice in the upcoming special election.
    Les Murphy told the crowd of about 30 partisans he is the statesman that District 5 needs. A statesman, he said, differs from a politician in that a statesman takes care of those who elect him.  

  • Dems cancel tonight’s 5th District debate

    Tonight’s scheduled debate among the three Democrats seeking the state’s vacant 5th District congressional seat has been canceled.
    No specific reason was given, and it is not known if the debate will be rescheduled for a later date.
    “We had to pull the plug on the town hall meeting,” said Keith Grey, chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party. The debate had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium.

  • Norman touts record in business, politics

    Congressional candidate Ralph Norman made his pitch to about 45 people at a Monday night campaign event at historic Craig Farm in Lancaster.
    Norman, a 63-year-old Rock Hill real estate developer, is one of seven Republicans running for the 5th  District seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed White House budget director of the Office of Management and Budget.
    The weather was perfect for the outdoor event, where Norman mingled with the crowd, gave a short speech and answered questions from the audience.

  • Rick Santorum to stump for 5th District’s Mullikin

    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be in Lancaster this week to boost Tom Mullikin’s bid for the state’s vacant 5th District congressional seat.
    Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, will attend a business meet and greet from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at the Edwards-Scott House, 200 Elm St. Local construction company owner Kim Lineberger will host the campaign stop.
    Those wishing to attend should RSVP www.tommullikin.com/eventsrsvp and select “Lancaster, April 6” from the drop-down menu.

  • Pope, Connelly court voters at Lancaster, Kershaw events

    The race for the 5th District congressional seat is in full swing, with two more candidates courting Lancaster County voters over the weekend.
    Chad Connelly and Tommy Pope appeared at campaign events in Lancaster and Kershaw. Sherri Few and Ralph Norman stumped in the county last week, and Tom Mullikin is coming this Thursday.
    The five are among the seven Republicans candidates in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney. The other two GOP candidates are Indian Land attorney Kris Wampler and Ray Craig of Lake Wylie.