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Eastside Residents Want Answers About May 31 Police Assault

By Barney Blakeney The Eastside CDC, ACLU and Lowcountry Black Leadership Coalition have joined forces to challenge a May 31 massive police presence that surged through the Charleston Eastside community following protests that began at Marion Square. According to former Eastside Charleston City Councilman Kwadjo Campbell, a wave of policemen in riot gear and including…

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Deon Tedder Trained For Service In House Dist. 109

By Barney Blakeney Deon Tedder is the only attorney among the candidates seeking election to the S.C. House Dist. 109 seat. At age 30, he also is the only candidate for the seat who, in addition to his youthful energy, brings legislative experience to the race. Though he was born in Durham, North Carolina, Tedder…

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Primary Elections Produce Few Surprises

By Barney Blakeney The June 9 Primary elections produced few surprises. By early evening after the polls closed 7 p.m., it already had become apparent several expected leaders would come through victorious. In the U.S. Senate contest incumbent Lindsey Graham held on to an early lead that made it obvious an hour after results were…

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May 30 Riots Among Charleston’s Most Destructive – Future Riots Are Preventable, Says National Action Network’s Nelson Rivers

By Barney Blakeney Saturday, May 30 heralded perhaps the most destructive rioting in Charleston history since the deadly downtown riot of 1934. Throngs of protesters raged onto downtown Charleston streets after hundreds of protesters responding to the May 25 police murder of George Floyd conducted an early afternoon peaceful assembly originating at Marion Square. By…

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The Enigmatic Joseph Floyd Manor, Home To Plagues and Plays

By Barney Blakeney Local elected officials in the past two weeks again have addressed ongoing issues about living conditions at Charleston County’s only rental apartment complex, Joseph Floyd Manor. Residents for years have complained that the building was poorly maintained and issues of pest infestations and illegal activities prevailed. Joseph Floyd Manor is a retirement home in the…

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Wilder Brings Lessons of Self-Reliance, Ability, Honesty and Integrity to Dist. 109 House Race

By Barney Blakeney When you meet, Jeff Wilder his energy, ability and confidence are immediately apparent. They are characteristics he’s developed over a lifetime confronting issues head on – characteristics that have served him well as a husband, father, businessman and public servant. And they are characteristics that will serve S.C. House District 109 well…

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Rep. Moore: “We Are In The Valley”

By SC House District 15 Rep. JA Moore The recent murders of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmad Aubrey in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis bring back the trauma of Walter Scott being murdered right here in North Charleston. Unequivocally, these events have shaken our community to its core. I still carry the pain of…

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