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Senator Lindsey Graham eclipses crowded field in SC Republican primary

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina looks poised to be the latest member of the Republican establishment to fend off a primary challenge from the Tea Party, overcoming criticism from some members of his party that he is not conservative enough. Graham’s…

Open carry activists claim setup after loaded handgun found among toys at SC Target

An employee found a loaded handgun last week in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The loss prevention worker said the weapon was sitting in plain view on top of a superhero Playskool toy box on May 30. The worker initially thought the gun…

‘Bone-head’ lawmakers in South Carolina try to censor books with gay-friendly themes

Writers across America are uniting against what the Pulitzer prize-winning authors Richard Ford and Junot Díaz called the “bone-heads in the South Carolina legislature” and “flat-out hate masquerading as concern for ‘public sensibility’” after politicians looked to strip funding from two colleges as punishment for teaching books with gay-friendly themes.…

South Carolina town rallies outside town hall to support fired lesbian police chief

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – A one-square-mile South Carolina town with four traffic lights is challenging the mayor’s power to strip its lesbian police chief of her badge in what supporters are calling a case of workplace discrimination. The controversy surrounding the firing of Crystal Moore, 42, has rallied the…

SC GOP candidate urges Christians to remove children from godless ‘Pharaoh’s schools’

A Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor says Christians should remove their children from public schools. “It’s our hope and prayer that a fresh obedience by Christian families and educating their children according to biblical commands will prove to be a key for the revival of our families, our…

8-year-old SC girl’s ‘State Fossil’ drive derailed by creationists who want credit for God

An eight-year-old South Carolina girl’s drive to have the woolly mammoth designated at the state’s ‘official fossil’ has been thwarted by two state senators who want the bill to be amended to give credit to God for creating the earth and the mammoth. According to The Daily Beast,  Olivia McConnell…

South Carolina lawmakers fail in attempt to undo Obamacare

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers failed to derail implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in the state when a measure was defeated in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last year, the state House passed an amendment that nullified the law by calling for…

South Carolina state House approves ban on abortions after the 20-week mark

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, moving the state closer to becoming the latest to limit access to the procedure. State representatives voted 84 to 29 to…

South Carolina Democrat on school prayer bill: Even atheists would be allowed to pray

South Carolina lawmakers have offered what they call a compromise to their clearly unconstitutional bill mandating teacher-led prayer in public schools. Seven Democrats introduced the measure in February with three Republican cosponsors, but they have proposed a watered-down version of the bill to bring it more into line with Supreme…

South Carolina woman stabs husband with ceramic squirrel in beer dispute

A woman in North Charleston, South Carolina was arrested on Christmas after she stabbed her husband for coming home without any beer. According to Charleston, South Carolina’s News Channel 2, Helen Ann Williams, 44, attacked her 41-year-old common law husband with a ceramic sculpture of a squirrel. Police arrived at…

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