Amid Charleston’s population boom, locals voice concerns over development

  Charleston is South Carolina’s fastest growing city, but while this historic port town is attracting more tourists than ever, a multitude of problems have risen from increased development and construction, alarming thousands of residents who feel like they no longer have control over the changing face of the city they call home. By Kristina Rackley November… Read More Amid Charleston’s population boom, locals voice concerns over development

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S.C. legislator to propose bill banning bump stocks

Shortly after Stephen Paddock fired a volley of shots into a Las Vegas crowd and killed 58 people, a debate emerged over the “bump stocks” that the 64-year-old man had used to transform his assault rifles into automatic weapons. 

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Divided political parties raise questions of polarization

The first presidential debate was the most watched in history, with the following two drawing in equally large audiences. But following the election, many wonder if these debates actually changed any minds. James Piereson, an expert on the topic, weighs in with commentary from voters from both parties.

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Political expert molds young minds

USC political science professor Don Fowler has been involved in state and national politics for nearly half a century and hopes to encourage political civility in a new generation of students.

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U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

Lexington County’s top-priority transportation project is under fire from a grocery store owner who says it will kill a chunk of his business. While supporters of raising the county’s sales tax say realigning Mineral Springs and Hope Ferry roads at U.S. 378 will eliminate a dangerous bottleneck, Ed Elbrecht, owner of 14 Carrot Whole Foods,… Read More U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

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Sales Tax Proposal forces Chapin to Assess its Future

  Lexington County’s potential sales tax increase has highlighted Chapin’s debate about what it wants to be. There’s consensus on the need to upgrade the roads, especially the main route into the once-rural town now surrounded by suburbia. But how to pay for it is the issue.

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Black, Green, McLeod, Heitzman become faces for pro- and anti-tax campaigns

If Lexington County residents want to learn more about the county’s proposed sales tax increase, chances are their information will somehow have come from Talbert Black, Mike Green, Earl McLeod or Tiffany Boyce Heitzman. Those four surfaced as opinion leaders on the issue well before the campaigns heated up this fall. Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Black, Green, McLeod, Heitzman become faces for pro- and anti-tax campaigns

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Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

  Activists in the ground war for public opinion about Lexington County’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase began their campaigns in part by establishing beachheads on social networking sites like Facebook. Campaigners used their pages as low-cost vehicles to interact with residents, distribute talking points and even coordinate their campaign efforts.  Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

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