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'Til Death Do Us Part': Inside South Carolina's Domestic Violence Epidemic

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In South Carolina, one woman dies every 12 days from domestic violence. Yet the problem is a silent epidemic, with more animal shelters than domestic violence centers in the state.

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South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Only 4 years ago, former Governor Mark Sanford was embroiled in an ethics scandal stemming from his disappearance to visit his mistress in Argentina. But last night, all that seemed forgotten as he was elected to South Carolina's First Congressional District with a 10-percentage-point lead over the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Brian Hicks, a political columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier, discusses the circumstances that led to Sanford's comeback.

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Governor Nikki Haley's American Story

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina and now author of her memoir, Can't Is Not An Option: My American Story, talks about her background as a child of immigrants who has become a rising star in the Republican party, and today's political news headlines.

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Opinion: CNN Was Right to ask Gingrich About Open Marriage

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gingrich misrepresented King’s question – and its newsworthiness. That Gingrich’s ex-wife accused him of having an affair might not be “news.” But that it comes after Gingrich himself spent months trying to get Bill Clinton impeached for lying about Monica Lewinsky IS.

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Opinion: What if Alvin Greene Jumps in South Carolina?

Friday, January 20, 2012

In South Carolina, conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney has this Saturday’s primary all wrapped up, despite Newt Gingrich’s tour-de-force debate performance on Monday. But that calculus ignores the potential political earthquake that could ensue if former U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene makes a last-minute bid for the presidency. 

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Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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GOP Debate Before South Carolina Primary

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rick Perry is out, Rick Santorum actually won Iowa, and Newt Gingrich's second wife says he asked for an open marriage before he filed for divorce. The four remaining candidates debated in Charleston one last time before this weekend's South Carolina primary. We take a look back at what was arguably the wildest day of the 2012 Presidential campaign thus far.

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Watch: Herman Cain and Stephen Colbert Rally in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain are holding a rally in South Carolina today at 1 pm. Colbert is calling on people to vote for Herman Cain as a proxy for him in the South Carolina primary, for which Colbert was too late to get on the ballot.

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Rick Perry Drops from Presidential Race

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CNN is reporting this morning that Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry will drop his bid for the nomination just days ahead of the South Carolina primary. Perry drops his bid amid tepid poll numbers as candidates will scramble to pick up what little support he had. Mitt Romney faces his biggest test as the Iowa GOP also announced today that he may not have won their caucus. Republican political consultant Ron Christie joins the program to let us know how this will impact the race.

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Opinion: Why I'm Voting for Stephen Colbert for President...of South Carolina

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stephen Colbert is able to focus on some of the most ridiculous aspects of our political system, and use them against themselves. Enter Colbert's latest stunt stroke of genius. He announced that he was turning over control of his SuperPAC to fellow Comedy Central political satirist, Jon Stewart, so he would then be eligible to run for president... of South Carolina.

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Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.

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A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In Iowa it was intense sincerity, in New Hampshire it was sophisticated ambivalence, what's the pulse of South Carolina voters. Anna Sale has been our non-scientific emissary to voters and voter sentiment in each of these GOP contests. Anna tell us about two events in the state yesterday that give us a snapshot of two important voting blocs in this all important conservative, southern, primary contest.

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Romney Fights Off Attacks in South Carolina to Remain the Front Runner

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Only four days left until the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. That means only four days for the candidates to derail front-runner Mitt Romney off the path to the GOP nomination. At last night's debate in Myrtle Beach Romney fended off attacks on his business record, his personal wealth, and his moral character.

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The GOP and the Political Geography of South Carolina

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In the primary elections Iowa is the first caucus and New Hampshire is the first primary, but since the 1980s South Carolina is the place where presidential nominees are decided. From the low country to the mid-lands to upstate, South Carolina is not a homogeneous as one might think. The political geography of the state sets the stage for the GOP presidential hopefuls and what they must do to reach the residents of South Carolina.

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Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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The Takeaway

Black Church Gains Ownership of Ku Klux Klan Shop

Friday, January 13, 2012

Last week — after a 15 year battle — Reverend Kennedy of Laurens, South Carolina made headlines when a judge declared his New Beginnings Baptist Church to be the rightful owner of "The Redneck Shop", a store that sold Ku Klux Klan and confederate memorabilia. One of the original owners had sold his portion of the store to Kennedy after falling on hard times and experiencing a religious reawakening.

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The Takeaway

Previewing the Southern Primaries

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the next big competition for the Republican nomination lies in the South. With strong GOP bases in both Florida and South Carolina, the candidate that carries either state will need to appeal to a pool of voters that are more racially diverse than their northern counterparts. However, currying the favor of this mix of social, fiscal, and military conservatives will require a great deal more money, something that some campaigns are running short on.

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The Takeaway

Storms Ravage Southeastern US

Thursday, November 17, 2011

At least five people are dead and many are injured after storms hit the nation's southeast. South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi were all slammed by the severe weather and suspected tornadoes. Thousands remain without power. Derrick Becker, a public information officer for South Carolina Emergency Management, talks about what his organization is witnessing.

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Herman Cain’s Surge: Race and Relatability in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rick Perry is back today in South Carolina, the state where he launched his presidential campaign just over ten weeks ago. Perry immediately spiked in the polls, but after his series of debate fumbles, it’s been Herman Cain who’s captured the momentum.

Cain led two polls of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina last week, and Romney hasn’t led polls in the first-in-the-south primary since June, well before Perry entered the race.

But it’s more style than substance that they’re responding to. While Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 refrain helped introduce him to early primary voters, Republican voters in South Carolina praised his relatability — and anti-Romney-ness — more than any specific proposals.

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A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Friday, October 21, 2011

In South Carolina, Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back-and-fourth between the leading GOP candidates. Mitt Romney is still floating in the background as the standby front-runner and presumptive nominee. Two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry and last week all the hype was about Herman Cain. It is unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters. 

where Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back and fourth between the leading GOP candidates. 
Mitt Romney is always floating there in the background as the standby frontrunner...and two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry.  Last week all the hype was about Herman Cain.
It's unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters...to find out Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country went to a particularly Red state to talk to voters.  

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