Judge declares healthcare law unconstitutional

A federal judge in Virginia on Monday rejected parts of the healthcare reform bill passed earlier this year, saying a section that requires individual mandates is unconstitutional. Dictrict Judge Henry Hudson, a Bush appointee, ruled that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, which the Obama administration argued gave Congress the power to regulate health insurance under “interstate commerce,” does not give [...] [...] Read More

State revenue director resigns

The director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue says he will step down in order to join a law firm next year. Ray Stevens has led the department since his appointment by Governor Mark Sanford in 2006. Prior to that, he was a judge on the state’s Administrative Law Court for 10 years. Stevens said [...] [...] Read More

Haley meets with state congressional delegation

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has represented South Carolina in both the US House and Senate for 15 years. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) has served since 1993. So when both say they’ve never been in a meeting like Monday’s, it’s noteworthy. Governor-elect Nikki Haley met with all of the state’s congressmen in Columbia Monday to [...] [...] Read More

DSS gives update to outgoing governor

Last week outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford held his final cabinet meeting where members were asked to highlight the accomplishments of their departments. Kathleen Hayes, director of the Department of Social Services reported that they have successfully placed more children in adoption in the last three years than in the history of South Carolina. We have made [...] [...] Read More

Former Beaufort lawmaker passes away

A longtime figure in Beaufort politics has died. Former Democratic State Rep. Harriet Keyserling passed away Friday afternoon. She was 88. Keyserling was a self-proclaimed “New York Jewish liberal” during her 16 years in the Statehouse from 1977 to 1993. She was a vocal advocate for women’s issues and later wrote a book about her experiences entitled, [...] [...] Read More