Sen. Graham cancels climate bill launch in protest

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has backed out of a highly publicized press conference today that was to unveil a bipartisan energy and climate bill. This weekend he threatened that Democrats’ immigration push has given him doubts about working across the aisle. The White House has now put immigration reform ahead of the energy bill. Graham’s office confirms [...] Read More

Firefighters say sprinklers should be required (AUDIO)

Legislation will soon be on the floor of the South Carolina House to override a requirement that all new homes in the state be constructed with fire sprinkler systems installed. The House bill passed the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee in March and numerous House members have requested debate on the bill. The South Carolina Firefighters [...] Read More

BEA Chair: Recession has created a new type of poor (AUDIO)

The chairman of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisers says there is a new type of “poor” person. John Rainey says the recession has forced many middle income people and financially successful retirees to live on half of the income or less they were accustomed to only a couple of years ago. Rainey is the [...] Read More

Wilson reviews defense health plan budget request

Congressman Joe Wilson and colleagues have been reviewing the White House’s budget request for the military spending for next year. Wilson is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Wilson says he was pleased that the Defense Department did not propose raising fees on TRICARE, the military health insurance plan. The fees are not to [...] Read More

Litigation over Fort Mill hospital continues

(Rock Hill, SC) — After more than six years of debates, discussions and lawsuits over the construction of a new hospital in Fort Mill, the debate continues on over who will build it. Three area health agencies — Presbyterian Hospital and Carolinas Healthcare Systems of North Carolina; and Piedmont Medical Center of South Carolina, submitted [...] Read More