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Filing nears for 3 council members, CPW commissioner
JUL 6, 2017

Wayne Griffin (left), Lee Dumas (blue shirt) and Judy Albert (not in photo) are city council members who's term expires this year. Filing begins July 17.
 

Wayne Griffin (District 2), Lee Dumas (District 4) and Judy Albert (District 6) of city council and Perry Williams (Commissioner of Public Works) have their seats up for re-election this year.

Council members have four-year terms and commissioner of public works is a 6-year term.

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'I am safe.' Rep. Duncan on gunman shooting at Congressional Republicans
JUN 14, 2017

“I am safe."

That was a tweet by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) of the third district after a gunman opened fire on a group of congressional Republicans practicing baseball in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday morning.

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Rita Allison: Legislature did its job balancing the budget
JUN 13, 2017

Rita Allison is Representative for District 36.
 
 

Updated Tuesday

Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed $56.4 million in state spending including:

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Rita Allison: House rejects seat belt proposals on new school buses
APR 27, 2017

Rita Allison: House rejects seat belt proposals on new school buses

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

House members debated then turned back a proposal to eventually require seat belts on all new school busses in SC. There was concern about the cost ($6,500 per bus) and the potential new requirements for drivers to be responsible for each student during an accident. The bill was referred back to committee.

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Rita Allison: Real ID, HOA reform, Safe Children's Act, massive bond program moves forward
APR 12, 2017

Rita Allison
Representative District 36
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

Last week was a fast moving one as we prepare to meet crossover to the Senate. Listed are some of the passed and sent bills to the Senate for them to consider.

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Rita Allison: Here's how your tax money is spent
MAR 29, 2017

Rita Allison
Representative District 36
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

The SC House of Representatives focused solely on one issue in the past weeks debating the state's “General Fund” budget that totals nearly $8 billion. Months of committee hearings resulted in a couple of hundred votes over several days including one 15-hour day of debate. The Budget is now being debated in the Senate.

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Lyman Mayor Gillespie, 69, dies
MAR 28, 2017

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday.
 

Lyman Mayor Tony G. Gillespie Sr., died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to officials in Lyman.

Gillespie, 69, has served as mayor since July 2016.

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Rita Allison: Careful consideration is given to all constituents' input
MAR 11, 2017

Rita Allison
Representative District 36
 

By Rita Allison

Representative District 36

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Rita Allison: Passing of Rep. Neal, Real ID legislation moved out of committee
FEB 20, 2017

Rita Allison: Passing of Rep. Neal, Real ID legislation moved out of committee

By Rita Allison

Representative District 36

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Rita Allison: New infrastructure bill put into motion that takes an incremental approach to increased user fee
JAN 30, 2017

A new infrastructure bill put into motion that would take an incremental approach to an increased user fee.
 
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

The State House was bustling this past week as a bill to fix our broken roadways and bridges was introduced in the House. I’ve heard from so many of you about the importance of fixing our roads and bridges and the initial step was made in that process this past week.

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Rita Allison: Shorter legislative session mean taxpayer savings, more efficient government
JAN 16, 2017

Representative Rita Allison
 
 

By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36

Last week was the first week back in session for the General Assembly. We returned to Columbia with a long list of issues to tackle and a shorter period of time in which to accomplish the work of the people.

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Sen. Scott sworn in to new term, keeps key committee assignments
JAN 3, 2017

Senator Tim Scott poses for a photo with his family and Vice President Joe Biden after being sworn in Monday.
 

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) was sworn-in to his first full term in the United States Senate this afternoon in a ceremony on the Senator floor. 

Scott will roll out his Opportunity Agenda in the coming weeks, introducing legislation to ensure every American family has the opportunity to succeed. 

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ARTICLE ARCHIVES

Trump elected President in historic vote
NOV 9, 2016

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
 

Republican Donald Trump has won election as the 45th president of the United States in a stunning upset. He defeated Democratic nominee, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Associated Press called the race after 2:30 p.m.

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Lewis beats Loftis for Greenville County Sheriff
JUN 28, 2016

Will Lewis beat Steve Loftis for Greenville County Sheriff Tuesday in a runoff.
 

Will Lewis edged Sheriff Steve Loftis in a runoff for Greenville County Sheriff.

Lewis, a former sheriff’s deputy won 50.79 percent of the vote to Loftis’ 49.21 percent. The returns are unofficial and the results will be certified Thursday at noon.

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Scott Talley wins runoff for Senate District 12 seat
JUN 28, 2016

Scott Talley defeated incumbent Lee Bright in a runoff for the Senate District 12 seat in the Republican Primary.
 
 

Scott Talley won the Republican Primary runoff for Senate District 12 defeating incumbent Lee Bright Tuesday night by 299 votes.

Talley earned 52 percent of the votes (4,861) over Bright with 48 percent of the votes (4,562).

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Jolly's death creates special election to fill vacancy of Wade Hampton Fire District
JUN 27, 2016

Due to the untimely death of John Jolly, Commissioner on the Wade Hampton Fire and Sewer District, a special election will be conducted to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term, through December 2019. 

The special election is scheduled for Aug. 30. This is a non-partisan election. 

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Bright versus Talley headline choices greater Greer voters have in primary runoffs Tuesday
JUN 27, 2016

Bright versus Talley headline choices greater Greer voters have in primary runoffs Tuesday

Several runoffs are scheduled Tuesday in the Republican primaries in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

The races for Senate District 12 has incumbent Sen. Lee Bright facing former state Rep. Scott Talley. Bright won 38 percent of the votes and Talley 27 percent in the primary. Since then Gov. Nikki Haley and Greer businessman David McCraw and Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott have endorsed Bright. The district includes Greer, Thornblade, Sugar Creek, Five Forks and part of Spartanburg County.

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Gov. Haley endorses Scott Talley for Senate District 12 at rally at Duncan's AFL
JUN 16, 2016

Gov. Haley endorses Scott Talley for Senate District 12 at rally at Duncan's AFL

Scott Talley got the biggest endorsement in the state when Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed the candidate for Senate District 12.

Haley came to Duncan to Talley’s rally at the AFL corporate offices Thursday evening. It was a big boost for Talley as his former opponents Duncan Mayor Lisa C. Scott and Greer businessman David McCraw also endorsed the Spartanburg attorney.

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Republican Primary results in greater Greer
JUN 15, 2016

Republican Primary results in greater Greer.

Candidates

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Tom Corbin edges John White by 321 votes in Senate District 5 race
JUN 15, 2016

John White gets a hug before telling his family, friends and campaign staff he was likely to come up short in the Senate District 5 race. 
 

State Senator Tom Corbin of Travelers Rest defeated John B. White of Spartanburg by 321 votes Tuesday in the District 5 race. Corbin will keep his seat for a second term since there is no opposition in the general election.

Corbin received 5,435 votes for 52 percent versus White’s 5,114 votes and 48 percent.

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