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  • Winthrop University's new poll shows a lot of harmony and a lot of party-line differences on the issues of abortion, politics, religion, and the Confederacy in 11 southern states.
  • September 13, 2022 — A look at where abortion legislation currently stands in the state; a breakdown of the controversy surrounding state Rep. Krystle Matthews' US Senate run against incumbent Sen. Tim Scott; an update on COVID-19 boosters; and more.
  • September 10, 2022 - A full recap all of the action this week as the SC Senate debated a new restrictive abortion bill.
  • August 20, 2022 — In-depth reporting on recent legal rulings, legislation, and action on abortion related issues in the state; the latest news out of the Port of Charleston; a look at how South Carolina has handled the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can better respond to future pandemics; and more.
  • A near total abortion ban in South Carolina that doesn't include exceptions for pregnancies' caused by rape or incest was sent to the state House floor Tuesday but not without hints and warnings that the lack of exceptions could cause a big legislative fight in a few weeks. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-7 to approve the ban. All yes votes were from Republicans and all votes against the bill from Democrats. But three Republican committee members who were at the meeting did not vote. South Carolina currently has a six-week ban passed in 2021 that went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The full House will likely debate the bill at a special session called by House Speaker Murrell Smith in the next few weeks.
  • August 16, 2022 — The latest on Sen. Lindsey Graham's subpoena fight; a look ahead at this week at the statehouse, where abortion remains a major focus; updates about monkeypox; and more.
  • Prosecutors in Atlanta have told Rudy Giuliani's lawyers that he is a target of their criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia. Giuliani's lawyer said Monday the special prosecutor sent notification that the former New York mayor, later a lawyer for Trump, is a target of the investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.Earlier Monday, a federal judge said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before the special grand jury. Prosecutors have said they want to ask Graham about phone calls they say he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff in the weeks following the election.
  • A federal judge says U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta. The panel is investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws while trying to overturn his 2020 general election loss in the state. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation last year. A special grand jury with subpoena power was seated at Willis' request. Prosecutors have indicated they want to ask Graham about phone calls they say he made to Georgia's secretary of state and his staff following the election.
  • As more details emerge about the Georgia investigation into possible illegal attempts to influence the 2020 election, high-profile lawyers are getting involved. Former President Donald Trump has hired prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney Drew Findling, who's best known for representing rap stars. Trump's former White House counsel, Don McGahn, has been in federal court in Atlanta as part of the legal team fighting a subpoena for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Legal experts say hiring a lawyer is the right choice for anyone who has dealings with the special grand jury or suspects he may be a subject or target of the investigation.
  • Conservative groups pushing for a convention of the states as a way to amend the U.S. Constitution have been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in state legislative primaries to elect Republican lawmakers sympathetic to their cause. Much of the money comes from groups that do not have to disclose their donors, masking the identity of who is funding the push to change the Constitution. Their goals are vague and include limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and imposing fiscal restraints. No amendment to the Constitution has ever been done through a state convention.