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SC House GOP super-majority roiled by House Freedom Caucus

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Russ McKinney
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Rep. David Hiott, R-Pickens and members of the SC House Republican Caucus during a Statehouse news conference on January 19, 2023.

Republicans have controlled the South Carolina House of Representatives for almost thirty years. Following last November’s election, they achieved a super-majority with 88 of the 124 house seats held by Republicans. That super-majority means the GOP caucus can pass pretty much any bill or resolution backed by its' leadership.

Of those 88 Republicans, about 20 ultra-conservative members make-up what they call the South Carolina Freedom Caucus, similar to the Freedom Caucus in the US House of Representatives.

Ever since last year’s Republican Primaries a deep rift has been developing between members of the Freedom Caucus and many members of the mainline Republican Caucus leading to most Freedom Caucus members refusing to agree to sign-on to a set of G-O-P rules that they feel is aimed at muzzling them.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.