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Columns

  • Column: Newton: New House duties as ’19 session nears its start

    I would like to start off by saying thank you for your support in this year’s election. It means a lot that so many of you voted to send me back to Columbia for another term in the State House.
    It also meant a lot to hear from so many of you during the campaign. Election campaigns are always challenging, and your words of support and encouragement meant a lot to me.

    Off-season efforts

  • Column: Health records released by S.C. data warehouse

    For at least two years, a few members of an obscure state panel have routinely approved requests by public- and private-sector researchers for sensitive information contained in a massive health “data warehouse,” records reviewed by The Nerve show.

  • Column: On public information, all of us should be the Beastmaster

    Have you watched NBC’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” on Netflix or any of those other extreme competition shows that pit men and women against grueling and physically demanding obstacle courses?
    It occurs to me that all too often there is a parallel between such competitions and what the public must endure in its effort to access information it is due.

  • Column: The Red Rose resurgence has begun

    Shortly before USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center opened in October 2012, the economic atmosphere seemed bleak for Lancaster County.
    In 2008, Forbes magazine named Lancaster “the weakest performer” on its list of the most vulnerable towns in the nation. In 2012, a CNN broadcast featured us in an “Open Mic” story about politics and faith, prompting a cry of “We Are Lancaster” in protest of what many felt was an unfair portrayal of Lancaster.

  • Column: Do reporters have a right to be at press conferences?

    It already seems like a long time ago, but it’s only been a month since the Trump administration’s long-simmering clash with CNN reached a new level, with the cancelation of reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” that gave him access to the White House.
    The pass was restored temporarily on the orders of a federal judge when CNN sued over the action, and then permanently when the White House press office deescalated the confrontation.

  • Column: Finding a church that feeds my soul

    When I was a little girl, my mama said she was a Methodist, but my daddy was a Baptist, so we were Baptists. That was that.
    I’ve often wondered what the difference was between the two denominations. I found out about a month ago, after I started attending Grace United Methodist Church. From the children to the men and women with their smiles and their hugs welcoming me there, I immediately felt at home.
    My soul was happy.

  • Column: Incentives floated at business prospects often remains secret

    The S.C. Department of Commerce says it didn’t formally offer any taxpayer-backed incentives to lure Amazon’s second national headquarters to the Palmetto State, but instead provided general incentives information to counties if any of them wanted to compete for the project.

  • Column: Journalists not your enemy, we’re vital to a free country

    We’ve been complacent.
    We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is.
    But the reckless attacks have continued, instigated and encouraged by our president.

  • Column: Electoral college keeps small states relevant in our elections

    Like him or not, Donald Trump is your president.
    You might say that he didn’t win the popular vote, and you would be correct. Pat yourself on the back for understanding something that 66 percent of Americans don’t. He did win the Electoral College vote.

  • Column: We should not treat SCOTUS rulings like the law of the land

    Chief Justice John Roberts, disagreeing with President Trump’s statement, said we do not have Obama judges or Trump judges.
    I believe Justice Roberts is delusional. The courts today are highly political and have gotten worse lately. And Roberts needs to do something about it.
    In my study of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, it is easy to see that we have way too many case opinions where the unelected judges have become independent of our Constitution.