Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. is in violation of a S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC) decision ordering him to pay $21,000 in fines and late-filing fees. The Chronicle-Independent discovered the order as part of a check on SCEC filings by Kershaw County elected officials and candidates as the 2012 election season gets underway. The order is listed in the SCEC's Complaints Resolved Index.
John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.
February 15, 2012|
(This story was originally published in the weekly newspaper Free Times of Columbia.)
By COREY HUTCHINS
Absentee voting is underway throughout South Carolina, and the S.C. Election Commission wants to inform voters about associated procedures and deadlines. Voters who meet one of the qualifying reasons may cast an absentee ballot either in person or by mail.
The Republican Party is set for its "first-in-the-South" presidential primary, scheduled for Jan. 21 here in South Carolina, with all registered voters in the state, regardless of party affiliation, eligible to cast a ballot. Rosalind Watson, director of the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, said individuals must have registered by Dec. 21 to be able to vote.
Fewer than 30 percent of South Carolina citizens over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree, said Rep. Laurie Funderburk Wednesday at The ALPHA Center during its annual Legislative Briefing luncheon.