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Government

  • Newton: Medical cannabis bill likely dead for this year

    COLUMBIA – The push to allow medical marijuana use has likely died for this legislative session, after an S.C. House committee chose not to vote on the proposal this week.
    Rep. Brandon Newton (R-45), who sits on the committee, said the Compassionate Care Act probably lacks the support to advance in its current form.
    “It’s an emotional issue,” Newton said. “We have parents with kids who are having seizures, and if marijuana oils will help, I’m all for that part of it.

  • City employees to get extra day off

    Full-time city of Lancaster workers are getting another paid day off each year with the addition of a personal day to the municipality’s personnel policy.
    It’s a use it or lose it,” said Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles, on the March 14 measure unanimously approved by city council.
    The change means that in addition to 11 scheduled holidays, city employees will be allowed to take off one floating personal day that’s not charged as a vacation day or as sick leave, though it must be used by the end of the year.

  • Norman, Few speak to Lancaster GOP

    Two of the seven Republicans competing for the 5th District U.S. House seat courted Lancaster County GOP members Thursday night at their monthly meeting.
    Sheri Few said education would be her top priority if elected, and she lashed out at one of her GOP opponents as a Democrat. She said she is proudly politically incorrect, declaring that the Confederate flag should still be flying on the State House grounds.
    “They are destroying our history and our Southern heritage,” Few said. “They are rewriting history.”      

  • Spratt endorses Parnell in 5th District primary

    From release

    Former U.S. Rep. John Spratt is backing Archie Parnell in the upcoming special election to fill the vacant seat for the state’s Fifth Congressional District.  
    Spratt, a Democrat who held the seat from 1983 to 2011, said Parnell was clearly the best choice.
    A lifelong resident of York County, Spratt, and his wife, Jane, were among the 100 to attend Parnell’s recent campaign kickoff event in York.

  • Pension reform would threaten cities, counties, school districts

    The S.C. House’s plan to stabilize the state’s in-the-red pension plan is a double whammy for local municipalities and the school district, as well as their workers.
    And that isn’t sitting well with at least two members of the local legislative delegation.
    While the bill passed the House, local lawmakers Brandon Newton (R-45) and Richie Yow (R-53) voted against it, citing how it directly impacts local governments.

  • 15 candidates to slug it out in 5th District

    The field of 15 candidates is set for the upcoming special election to succeed Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    The two-week-long filing period ended at noon Monday, with three Democrats, seven Republicans and five third-party candidates signing up for the 5th District race.
    Mulvaney, the Indian Land Republican who had just won his fourth congressional term in November, resigned in February when he became President Trump’s budget director.

  • 3rd-party candidate Thornton files for congressional seat

    Voters will now have three parties to choose from in the race to replace Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    American Party candidate Josh Thornton announced Monday that he will seek the seat in the upcoming special election.
    Thornton, 41, is a public/private school educator from Rock Hill. He said in a release that voters deserve a positive choice that isn’t a career politician within the framework of a broken two-party system that leads to unprecedented gridlock.

  • Filing opens for 5th District congressional seat

    The two-week filing period for the vacant 5th District congressional seat opens at noon today.
    Candidates may file through noon March 13 at the State Election Commission, 1122 Lady Street in Columbia.
    The district includes Lancaster, Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York counties.
    Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land resigned the seat Feb. 16 after he was confirmed as President Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

  • House OKs gas-tax hike to finance road repairs

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House voted Wednesday to increase the state’s gas tax by two cents a gallon each year for the next five years to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
    When fully phased in, the increase would raise an estimated $600 million per year.
    The bipartisan vote was 97-18, with two members of Lancaster County’s House delegation – Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65) and Brandon Newton (R-45) voting for the plan.

  • Kershaw fronts $100K for Church St. water line

    KERSHAW – People want to get paid for the work they do.
    Kershaw Town Officials have shifted $100,000 from one town account to another to make sure Corbett Construction – the company that’s installing a new 6,000-foot-long water line along Church Street – gets its money in a timely fashion.
    The water line is part of an ongoing $2.23 million project that ties Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.