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Sheheen book seeks ‘The Right Way’ for state

A new book written by State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden goes on sale today. "The Right Way: Getting the Palmetto State Back on Track" is, according to the back cover, "about South Carolina -- a South Carolina we know can exist if we join together in a common vision with leaders who actually care about our state."

March 11, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


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(Editor's Note: C-I staff reporter Denise Schnese (above, right) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., on personal business. Ahead of the trip, Schnese arranged to meet with U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who represents South Carolina's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The interview has been edited for publication.)

February 22, 2013 | Denise Schnese | Politics


A student in the senate

Before his election to the S.C. Senate last November, Thomas McElveen was used to a fairly commonplace routine.

February 08, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


‘Silver haired’ reps look to improve senior services in South Carolina

Remond Cooper and Ed Stokes may not be creatures of politics, but they're currently helping to provide South Carolina seniors with an added voice in state government.

January 28, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Sheheen Named Rodel Fellow by Aspen Institute

Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen has been nominated to be part of the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program at the Aspen Institute. Sheheen senator will join 24 other elected officials from around the country who have been recognized as "America's emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue." Fellows include mayors, state representatives and senators and state-wide elected officials.

January 23, 2013 | | Politics


Local lawmakers eye accountability after breach

Members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation offered similar snapshots of the need for more accountability at the state level during a luncheon Friday hosted by the ALPHA Center.

January 09, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


State Senator Sheheen: ‘Dismantle the government’

Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) has yet to announce his intention to run against Republican Gov. Nikki Haley again in 2014. Whether he does or not, Sheheen wants to see more governing actually vested in the governor's office by changing certain state offices from elected to appointed ones.

January 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Voting Rights Act review could affect elections here

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this month to revisit the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could have major implications for elections in South Carolina, including Kershaw County.

November 21, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Scully, Parks, Drakeford swearing in Nov. 26

The oath of office to Camden Mayor-elect Tony Scully, Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks and reelected Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford will be held at Camden City Hall in council chambers at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26. Their terms of office will begin on Dec. 1.

November 19, 2012 | | Politics


Recount shrinks Mickle’s win

Ballot variations initiated a recount in the Kershaw County Council District 1 race Wednesday, allowing Willie Mickle's win to be confirmed, but by a smaller margin, while also drawing concern and frustration from incumbent Councilman Bobby Gary.

November 16, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Campaign cash fuels Camden mayor’s race

The final total won't be known until after January 10, but S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC) filings by local candidates this year show that Camden Mayor-elect Tony Scully had already outspent incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Graham by a 2-to-1 margin by Oct. 22 when candidates had to file pre-election campaign disclosures. With 15 days to go in the campaign at that point, Scully had received approximately $30,000 in contributions and spent just about $22,800 -- only $700 less than Graham had received in contributions by that time. By Oct. 22, Graham had received nearly $23,500 in contributions and ...

November 14, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Politics


Swindall’s name on master ballot delayed returns

An error on the state level delayed Kershaw County election returns until early Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Miciah Bennett C-I news staff | Politics


Scully edges Graham to win mayor’s race

A first time candidate for political office, Tony Scully can be sworn in as Camden's new mayor as early as Dec. 1 after beating incumbent Jeffrey Graham in the general election.

November 09, 2012 | By Michael Ulmer and Denise Schnese C-I news staff | Politics


Election 2012 - Winners and vote totals

The following is a list of winners and unofficial Kershaw County vote totals, from U.S. President to Camden City Council, as provided by the Kershaw County Election Commission around 2 a.m. today. The C-I will have complete precinct-by-precinct results and candidate's reactions Friday in print and online.

November 07, 2012 | | Politics


Absentee voting hits new record

Absentee voting statewide and in Kershaw County hit an all-time high this election cycle as more than 375,000 South Carolinians cast their ballots before Election Day. Kershaw County Voting Registration Director Rosalind Watson estimated absentee voting in the county this year nearly doubled that of the 2010 election.

November 07, 2012 | By Michael Ulmer and Denise Schnese C-I news staff | Politics


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