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Robertson is New Leader of South Carolina Democrats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Political strategist Trav Robertson is the new leader of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Media outlets report Robertson was elected chairman at the party’s convention Saturday with 66 percent of delegates’ votes. Pawleys Island activist Susan Smith received 28 percent. The 42-year-old chairman said Democrats can build the party “into a force to be reckoned with”…

SC Democratic Party Holding Palmetto Blue Dinner and Convention

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The head of the Democratic National Committee is the keynote speaker of a South Carolina Democratic Party fundraiser. Tom Perez delivered the address at Friday night’s inaugural Blue Palmetto Dinner at the Medallion Center in Columbia. Perez will be talking about the need to build the party and compete on all levels. Perez was labor secretary…

Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced for Sending Fake Bomb Threat Messages

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A volunteer firefighter in South Carolina has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for sending messages about a fake bomb threat to try to get his station called in the event of a real emergency. U.S. Attorney Beth Drake says 21-year-old Karry Max Taylor was sentenced Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay about…

News Outlets Including AP Sue State House GOP Caucus

A coalition of news outlets including The Associated Press has sued the state House Republican Caucus in South Carolina. The lawsuit’s purpose is to gain access to the caucus’s records involving a political consultant under scrutiny as part of a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption.

Student Files Civil Lawsuit Against Bar Owner

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A University of South Carolina student is suing the owner of a bar he says needlessly assaulted him during a fight over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Daniel Wells faces a criminal assault charge. But senior engineering student Ryan Chisolm’s civil lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks monetary damages for the injuries he suffered last month, including a…

SC Governor Signs Pension Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill designed to stabilize South Carolina’s pension system for public workers. The Republican governor called the law signed Tuesday “just the first step of many” needed to secure long-term stability. He’s particularly disappointed it doesn’t address moving new hires to a defined contribution plan such as a 401K. Under the…

Deshaun Watson to Cleveland? Probably not

CLEVELAND (AP) — Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns’ search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching bag, have been running in circles as they try to find a quarterback to lead them from the darkness…