South Carolina Lede

Weekly Podcast

South Carolina Lede ("lede" is the old school term for the introductory section of a news story) is a podcast about the people and issues shaping South Carolina state politics. Join host Gavin Jackson each week as we break down state political news and go inside the legislative happenings that could affect you, your family, and your pocketbook. We'll also examine the biggest stories out of the statehouse with reporters from across the Palmetto State.

Music by Jason Shaw of audionautix.com.

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at a campaign event for state Rep. Nancy Mace in North Charleston on September 21, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 22, 2020, features: a look at how you can vote absentee in the November 3 election; the latest from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the future of the Supreme Court nomination process he will oversee; comments from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams from his recent visit to Columbia; and more.

Acting director of DHEC Marshall Taylor speaks at a press conference on September 10, 2020.
SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 12, 2020, features: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on how the offshore drilling moratorium including South Carolina came about; Gov. Henry McMaster outlines how he would like to spend phase II CARES Act money that the state legislature will decide next week; state health officials project how a COVID-19 vaccine would be implemented in South Carolina; and more. 

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announces an additional investment in datacasting technology with South Carolina ETV on September 9, 2020.
SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 10, 2020, we look at datacasting to help keep students in South Carolina connected remotely to school even without broadband, hear about how the pandemic could affect the future of land development, get an update on telehealth advancements, and more.

The latest South Carolina COVID-19 case numbers, as of September 4, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 5, 2020, we examine Facebook's aproach to limiting the spread of disinformation ahead of the November 3 election, discuss whether the stock market is indicative of the greater economy, speak with medical professionals about public trust of a potential coronavirus vaccine, and more.

Sen. Dick Harpootlian (D-Columbia) speaks from the well of the South Carolina Senate on September 2, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 3, 2020, we look at how state lawmakers are working to safeguard the November 3 election, hear from state budget officials about how much money is available and how that funding may be used, break down new visitation guidelines announced by Gov. Henry McMaster this week for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 1, 2020, we discuss the Palmetto State’s current economic situation, break down the additional money lawmakers will have for upcoming budget negotiations, continue our look at the mental health of medical professionals on the frontline, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 29, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to recap speeches by prominent South Carolinian political leaders at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Also on this episode: the latest unemployment data; new CDC guidance on asymptomatic testing; a look at the mental health challenges faced by frontline medical workers; and more.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) closed out the first night of the Republic National Convention on August 24, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 27, 2020, features remarks from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the Republican National Convention, new information on how mask mandates are reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the Palmetto State, Gov. Henry McMaster tells us about the latest federal effort to expand unemployment benefits, and more.

Gov. Henry McMaster cast all 50 delegate votes for President Donald Trump on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on August 24, 2020.
RNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 25, 2020, we hear comments from South Carolina Congressional delegation on the issues facing the U.S. Postal Service, speak with state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, look at Gov. Henry McMaster's role in the Republican National Convention, and more.

Dredging of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, the deepest on the East Coast, continues. The project's final two contracts will soon be awarded and the dredging is set to complete by mid-2022.
South Carolina Ports Authority

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 22, 2020, we discuss what needs to be done to safeguard the vote in November, get an update from the South Carolina Ports Authority on the massive dredging project, speak with an MUSC psychologist about caution fatigue, and much more.

Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) delivered his virtual Democratic National Convention speech from Charleston on August 17, 2020.
DNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 20, 2020, we take you to the virtual Democratic National Convention to hear from some prominent South Carolina lawmakers, continue to explore concerns over the postal service, hear from a financial advisor on how to handle the current market, and more.

Healthcare workers collect samples at a drive-in testing site in Columbia, SC, on August 11, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 18, 2020, we speak with MUSC Health CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley about testing, look at the absentee voting situation for the November 3 elections and what state lawmakers' plans are, hear about the financial pressures facing counties and municipalities, and more.

According to the SC Emergency Management Division, 10 counties and 60 municipalities have mask mandates in place. That represents around two million South Carolinians.
SCDHEC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 15, 2020, features a look at spending for personal protection equipment for school districts, more on mask data from DHEC and which masks protect you better than others, a closer look at how you can cope with mental health issues during this pandemic, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 12, 2020, we bring you updates on broadband expansion efforts in the state, remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Gov. Henry McMaster about state and federal response efforts, a health report on the benefits of walking, and more.

Dr. Linda Bell (second from left) and Gov. Henry McMaster
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 11, 2020, we discuss The State's recent report on emails from State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell showing that she regretted not taking a stronger stance during press conferences with Gov. Henry McMaster. In the emails, Bell says the governor's staff misled people into thinking she also supported the reopening of close contact services in May. Also on this episode: a look at recent polling on how Gov. McMaster is handling the crisis; a detailed analysis on what is now forecasted to be an extremely active hurricane season; and more.

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