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Some of South Carolina's House districts.

NEWS: Redistricting should be independent, lawmakers say in survey

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Purple is a rare color when it comes to South Carolina politics: a state legislator’s seat is usually reliably red or blue with fewer than 30 percent of candidates fielding opposition in the general election, according to voting advocates.

An informal poll taken this year shows support for change among S.C. lawmakers.  Meanwhile,  two bills have been introduced that would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators through the creation of an independent commission. In Congress, another bill would create state-level independent panels and scrap single-member districts for its members.

In South Carolina, advocates are starting to push state lawmakers to take a hard look how legislative and congressional districts are drawn.   They say legislators here, like in other states, have eroded competitive general elections through partisan gerrymandering over decades.

by · 11/17/2017 · News
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS BRIEFS: Nuclear fallout at Statehouse, a Q&A and impact of life sciences

In the wake of billions spent on nuclear reactors that will remain unfinished for the foreseeable future, South Carolina lawmakers this week established a bipartisan caucus, and others will reconvene for a special Senate committee meeting this month.

On Monday, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) abandoned the over-budget V.C. Summer project that has already cost $9 billion. Some of that money was raised by SCE&G on the backs of ratepayers, enabled by a 2007 act by the General Assembly.

Also: Six Questions with Santee Cooper and the impact of the life sciences industry in S.C.

by · 08/03/2017 · News, News briefs