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Rep. JA Moore Calls on SC Superintendent to Waive Standardized Testing Regardless of US Dept.’s Decision

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) is calling on State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman to waive standardized testing regardless of whether or not the US Department of Education approves of it. “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted our education system,” Rep. Moore stated in a letter to Superintendent Spearman on…

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Native Charlestonian Jade Simmons Running For President 2020

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Jade Simmons, a graduate of St. Andrew’s High School, has decided to enter the 2020 Presidential race as an unaffiliated independent.  After graduating from high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Music (Piano) from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and a master’s degree from Rice University, Houston, Texas. Jade is the…

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SC Law Firms, Charleston Legal Expand Pro Bono Legal Clinic Statewide to Help Small Businesses & Nonprofits Navigate Pandemic’s Economic Impact

July 1, Charleston Legal Access, along with law firms Nelson Mullins and Jackson Lewis, announced they will expand their South Carolina Virtual Legal Clinic statewide to assist small business owners and nonprofits. Initially launched at the end of May to help those in the Lowcountry region, the clinic offers pro bono legal consultations to help…

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Introducing scVOTES.gov

As of June 30, the State Election Commission’s voter education website has a new address: scVOTES.gov. The switch to the .gov domain name was made to help maintain the public’s trust in the information and services provided through the site. Before the change, scVOTES.gov was scVOTES.org. Having the .gov extension will help voters easily recognize the site as a trusted…

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Charleston Council Votes To Remove Calhoun Statue

By Barney Blakeney Charleston City Council June 23 approved the removal and relocation of the monument to staunch slavery advocate John C. Calhoun. The 115-foot statue has overlooked the street named in Calhoun’s honor from its place at Marion Square since 1896. The statue’s removal comes amidst a national wave of challenges to Confederate and…

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Tedder Beats The Odds And Johnson To Fill House 109 Seat

By Barney Blakeney Despite rallying calls from some of North Charleston’s most well-known politicos, S.C. House Dist. 109 candidate James Johnson lost his bid to succeed Rep. David Mack in one of the most contentious elections of the season. Political newcomer Deon Tedder defied the odds to pull out a victory over Johnson despite challenges…

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Charleston County Council Announces Vacancies on Boards and Commissions

Charleston County Council announces the following vacancies on boards and commissions: Applications for the following boards and commissions are accepted through Monday, June 29, 2020.   •        Awendaw-McClellanville Consolidated Fire District Advisory Board o    3 vacancies for residents serviced by the Awendaw-McClellanville Consolidated Fire District •        Board of Assessment Appeals o    4 vacancies •        Business License/User Fee Appeal o    2 vacancies •        Charleston County…

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Be Careful What You Ask For, Cautions Kimpson

  By Barney Blakeney As protests calling for justice and police reform in the wake of the May 25 police murder of George Floyd in Minnesota continue, a peripheral evolution is occurring since protesters began calling for defunding of police agencies. Charleston Sen. Marlon Kimpson this week offered some thoughts on the subject. Without hesitation,…

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State Lawmakers Push to Name June “Black Lives Matter Month” in South Carolina

State Representative JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will file legislation to name June “Black Lives Matter Month” in South Carolina with co-sponsors Rep. Justin Bamberg (D-Bamberg), Rep. Krystle Matthews (D-Charleston), Rep. Marvin Pendarvis (D-Charleston), and Rep. Kambrell Garvin (D-Richland). “Given what has happened in our country in recent weeks, this is show a support for the change…

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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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