South Carolina Lede

Weekly Podcast
  • Hosted by Gavin Jackson

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.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of July 18, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Gavin Jackson (l) and Colin Demarest (r).
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Aiken Standard's Colin Demarest to discuss the recent special report "Lethal Legacy," written by Demarest and the Post and Courier's Thad Moore, detailing how South Carolina is expected to be home to tons of plutonium for decades, according to an internal memo obtained by the papers. The excess plutonium is housed in a 65-year-old building at the Savanah River Site which federal regulators have rated as poor.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of July 11, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Vice President Joe Biden, and New York City, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio. Over the next several Trail Bites episodes, we'll be brining you clips from all of the candidates who spoke at the convention.

Hurricane Florence, seen here as a Category 3 storm on Sept. 12, 2018, approaches the East Coast. It eventually made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., on Sept. 14, and caused massive inland flooding.
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This summer we're dedicating several episodes of South Carolina Lede to in-depth topics we felt needed futher exploration.

On this first South Carolina Lede Summer School special, host Gavin Jackson examines the history of hurricanes in South Carolina. From Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to Hurricane Florence in 2018, we look at the impact of these major storms with Jamie Arnold, chief meteorologist with WMBF News. Then Derrec Becker, public information officer with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, joins us to discuss what can be done both personally and on the statewide level to adapt to and safeguard against future storms.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of July 4, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Over the next several Trail Bites episodes, we'll be brining you clips from all of the candidates who spoke at the convention.

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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd to examine the 2020 battle for South Carolina's Fist Congressional District. Four Republicans have announced their candidacy for the seat, a sign of how focused the state's GOP are on flipping that Lowcountry district after Democract Joe Cunningham delivered a major upset in last fall's election.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of June 27, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes us to the recent South Carolina Democratic Party Convention to hear from presidential hopefuls Jualian Castro, Marianne Williamson, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Andrew Yang. Over the next several Trail Bites episodes, we'll be brining you clips from all of the candidates who spoke at the convention.

Gavin Jackson (r) with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Meg Kinnard on Monday, June 24, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to recap the political news coming out of two big Democratic events in South Carolina this past weekend. Nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates attended Rep. Jim Clyburn's (D-SC) "world famous" fish fry on Friday and the state party's convention on Saturday.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of June 20, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to the recent Black Ecomonic Alliance Presidential Forum in Charleston, SC. The forum featured four Democratic presidential hopefuls: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd to discuss the latest South Carolina 2020 poll numbers and recap the recent Black Economic Alliance forum in Charleston. They also preview two major political events this week: Congressman Jim Clyburn's annual fish fry, which 22 of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates are expected to attend, and the state Democratic Party Convention.

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Kirk Brown and Nikie Mayo (r) in the Greenville News offices.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Greenville News reporters Nikie Mayo and Kirk Brown about their recent coverage on South Carolina prisons. Mayo and Brown have been focusing on the disciplinary action taken against hundreds of corrections officers and other factors surrounding the 2018 riot at Lee Correctional Institution. The investigation into the incident, which left seven inmates dead, is ongoing and no one has been charged.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of June 6, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Seth Coulton (D-Mass.).

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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning Post and Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes about her book, "Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness." Hawes chronicles the tragic shooting of nine parishioners at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and its aftermath through pointed, detailed accounts of the victims and their familes.

Gavin Jackson (l) and Russ McKinney in the SCETV/South Carolina Public Radio studios on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney to look back on the end of the 2019 South Carolina state legislative session. They discuss a number of finalized bills from the session, including how lawmakers will handle Santee Cooper's future, what is officially in the $9 billion state budget, and more.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 23, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to an Orangeburg, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, May 17, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press's Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest news about the South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe and Richard Quinn, who at one time was considered one of the state's top political consultants.

Quinn has been charged with 11 counts of lying to the state grand jury, despite pledging cooperation as part of a plea deal involving his son, former Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington), who last year was found guilty of misconduct in office.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 16, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to a Columbia, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Avery Wilks (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, May 13, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to recap which bills were passed during the 2019 state legislative session, and, more importantly, which ones remain in a suspended state until the second year of the session begins in January. They look at bills dealing with dark money, civil asset forfeiture, education reform, and more.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Maayan Schechter (l) and Jamie Lovegrove at the South Carolina State House on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
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On this special mini-episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on Thursday, May 9 -- or Sine Die, the final day of the state legislative session. The three discuss the outcome of one of the busiest days at the statehouse, with bills needing to be passed by 5 p.m. or be stuck with hundreds of others in a state of suspension until state lawmakers return next January.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 9, 2019, host Gavin Jackson interviews Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Jeffrey Collins (r) and Jamie Lovegrove (l) in front of a live audience at Rock Hill Brewing Company on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Rock Hill Brewing Company in Rock Hill, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss the final days of the 2019 state legislative session. The three also look ahead to the 2020 presidential election and the number of Democratic hopefuls visiting the Palmetto State ahead of their party's primary.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of May 2, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Gavin Jackson and Joe Cranney (l) in the SCETV studios on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Joe Cranney to discuss his new in-depth report looking at the secretive world of judicial discipline in South Carolina. Over the past two decades more than 1,000 complaints have been lodged against circuit court judges, but none have been punished publicly.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Maayan Schechter and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, April 22, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox and The State's Maayan Schechter to explore the $9.3 billion budget proposal the South Carolina state Senate approved last week, what changes were made from the House version, and what it all could mean for you.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment.

On this special episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson looks back on the life and career of former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, who passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 97.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, April 8, 2019.
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The end of the legislative session is one month away, which means this week is "crossover week." That's an insider way of saying if a bill hasn't been passed out of its originating chamber -- either the State House or Senate -- by the end of the day Wednesday, that legislation is not likely to go anywhere this year without a supermajority vote.

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson discusses a number of the bills still up in the air (including controversial ones dealing with medical marijuana, outlawing plastic bags, and abortion) with the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney.

Gavin Jackson with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Meg Kinnard (r) at Seminar Brewing in Florence, SC, on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Seminar Brewing in Florence, SC, host Gavin Jackson gets an update about the 2020 election from the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove. The three look at the current slate of Democratic presidential hopefuls visiting the Palmetto State as they compete for their party's nomination.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney quizzes Gavin and the audience about Florence history.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of March 28, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and potential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The Post and Courier

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with the Post and Courier's Tony Bartelme about the paper's "Above The Law" special investigation into questionable conduct by several South Carolina sheriffs. Bartelme and fellow reporter Joe Cranney sifted through more than 5,000 pages of bank statements, receipts, lawsuits, campaign filings, and IRS records related to the state's sheriffs, discovering extravagant spending, criminal charges, and questions about who is overseeing these officials sworn to uphold the law.

Leading up to the 2020 election, South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of March 21, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.).

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