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Government

  • Tommy Pope joins GOP list in 5th District

    State Rep. Tommy Pope on Monday joined the crowded GOP field lining up to run for Mick Mulvaney’s U.S. House seat if he vacates it to become White House budget director.
    As the House speaker pro tem, Pope is the highest-profile candidate to announce for the seat. He had previously stated his intention to run for governor in 2018, but President Trump’s election and his selection of Mulvaney have changed those plans.

  • 4th Republican throws hand up for 5th District

    The line of Republicans officially interested in taking over Mick Mulvaney’s 5th District congressional seat is now up to four.
    Tom Mullikin, a Republican lawyer from Camden, announced Wednesday that he will run for the seat if Mulvaney is confirmed as White House budget director.
    “I support President Trump’s focus on strengthening America and want to be a part of his team in Congress,” Mullikin said.

  • Mulvaney gets thumbs up from 2 committees

    WASHINGTON – On party-line votes, two U.S. Senate committees on Thursday approved the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney as White House budget director.
    The Budget Committee voted 12-11 for the Indian Land Republican, and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved 8-7. Next the full Senate will vote on the nomination, perhaps early next week.

  • ‘I’m not going to sit on this long’

    Attorneys for Jackie Harris and Linda Blackmon argued their cases in court Thursday but presented no witness testimony, and the judge said he would issue his ruling early next week in their disputed Lancaster City Council race.
    “The law wants a quick decision on elections, because things have to keep moving and governments have to operate,” said Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons.

  • Testy exchanges as Harris rejoins Lancaster council

    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.

  • Sheri Few of Lugoff targets 5th District

    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.

  • Harris back on council

    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.

  • Senate confirms Haley as Trump's U.N. ambassador
  • Heath Springs: Let’s not close down Town Hall

    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.

  • Harper discusses county goals at COG forum

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service