Articles by: Statehouse Report

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Where is this portrait today?

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Where is this portrait today?

If you’ve been around South Carolina politics for a little while, you probably know the identity of the man painted in this portrait.  That’s not the information we’re seeking with this mystery.  Rather, we want to know where the portrait is located.  For bonus points, where was it, say, three years ago and why did it move?  Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com – and please make sure to include your name and hometown.  In the subject line, write: “Mystery Photo guess.”

Hats off to all who correctly guessed last week’s mystery as being a photo of a statue of S.C.-born President Andrew Jackson at Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster.  “Andrew Jackson, A Boy of the Waxhaws” was sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington, who is known for her grand sculpture collection at Brookgreen Gardens in Georgetown County.

SPOTLIGHT: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

SPOTLIGHT: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

Organized almost 25 years ago, the S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus has played an important role in many of the historic issues facing our state.

by · 12/08/2017 · Underwriters
NEWS BRIEFS: Dems to convene on issues, Riley Institute to honor two

NEWS BRIEFS: Dems to convene on issues, Riley Institute to honor two

Staff reports  |  State Democrats say there’s nothing more important that they can do right now to prepare for the 2018 elections than have deep discussions about issues.

On Friday and Saturday, more than 200 Democrats are expected to do just that at the Spratt Issues Conference in Columbia. 

“We are going to talk about the issues affecting our state and not shy away from the difficult issues,” party chairman Trav Robertson told Statehouse Report. 

Kicking off the event will be a Friday keynote dinner featuring U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who has been leading the charge on the congressional investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.  The ticketed 7 p.m. event will be at the Coop, 1100 Key Road,  Columbia.

Also: Furman’s Riley Institute to honor Newton, Bolden

by · 12/07/2017 · News, News briefs
TOP FIVE: Loss of construction workers, rise in foster care children, more

TOP FIVE: Loss of construction workers, rise in foster care children, more

Five recent stories with policy implications for S.C. that you might have missed:

1. S.C. is losing construction workers

2. Number of children in foster care rises in S.C., Carolina, nation

3. 81 percent of girls incarcerated in S.C. have history of sexual, physical abuse,

4. Nearly 700 South Carolinians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2015

5. S.C. is one of 20 states with domestic violence task force

Click the headline above to learn more.

by · 12/06/2017 · News, Top Five
HISTORY:  South Carolina barbecue

HISTORY:  South Carolina barbecue

S.C. Encyclopedia  }  South Carolina barbecue is slowly cooked, hand-pulled or shredded pork that is flavored with a tangy sauce and usually served with side dishes such as rice, hash, coleslaw, sweet pickles, white bread, and iced tea. Barbecue often is served on festive occasions such as holidays, family reunions, weddings, church and community fundraisers, football tailgating parties, and political meetings. It varies widely across the state with respect to cooking methods, cuts of pork, sauce type, and side dishes served. Barbecue is often the topic of friendly debate since many South Carolinians have strong preferences for particular types that reflect the cultural character and identity of specific regions or places.

Traditionally the pork is cooked in an open pit fueled by hardwood coals. The pit usually is a rectangular cement block structure of variable length, about three feet high and five to six feet wide, with either iron or steel rods across the narrow width. Openings at floor level allow for refueling and air circulation control.

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Large bronze statue

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Large bronze statue

Here’s a large bronze statue, but where is it and who is it?  Bonus points:  Why sculpted it?  Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com – and please make sure to include your name and hometown.  In the subject line, write: “Mystery Photo guess.”

Photo sleuth George Graf of Palmyra, Va., proved his mettle and deserves a medal or something better for tracking down the location of Chuck Boyd’s mystery photo of a hand-lettered reward notice painted on the side of a trailer. Graf was the only person to correctly identify the location as being on Old Gilliard Road near Holly Hill off S.C. Highway 176.

FEEDBACK: On independent living; Delay exploring for oil and gas

FEEDBACK: On independent living; Delay exploring for oil and gas

Megan Branham: “In your recent TOP FIVE report dated November 21, there was a focus on aging out of foster care and the article noted, “South Carolina is among 25 states that has not chosen to extend foster care beyond 18 years old.” On behalf of the Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF), I wanted to take a moment and provide clarification on this point for future stories or publication.”

Also: Fred Palm and Jim Watkins on oil, gas exploration off S.c.’s coast.

by · 12/01/2017 · Commentary, Feedback
SPOTLIGHT: WREN, the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network

SPOTLIGHT: WREN, the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network

WREN is a South Carolina-based nonpartisan network created to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls and their families. WREN provides a strong, collective voice for South Carolina’s women and girls.  

by · 12/01/2017 · Underwriters