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Whipper Resignation Opens Door For Younger Leadership

By Barney Blakeney    A month after refuting rumors he would leave the S.C. Legislature House Dist. 113 Rep. J. Seth Whipper has resigned. Whipper leaves the legislature in August after 23 years to take a position as a Charleston County magistrate. He said last week the new position, one he held eight years prior…

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ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Debtors’ Prison Practices in South Carolina County

In the latest pushback against modern-day debtors’ prisons, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina, and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina. Victims are arrested on warrants and incarcerated when they cannot afford to…

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Whipper Says He’s Not Going Anywhere Soon

By Barney Blakeney For weeks murmurs of a political change in North Charleston have been stirring quietly. This week North Charleston House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper hushed them. The proverbial cat slipped out of the bag several weeks ago when a North Charleston political pundit told this reporter Whipper would be leaving the S.C.…

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Legislative Session Ends With Citizens Getting Screwed Again, Says Mack

By Barney Blakeney Next week the 2017 session of the South Carolina State Legislature officially closes. Asked how the session benefited the state’s black constituents, veteran lawmaker Rep. David Mack said succinctly, we’re screwed! Legislators opened the session in January and for the past three months spent three days weekly at the State Capitol, presumably…

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Trump’s Proposed Elimination Of CDBG Funds Could Hit Where We Live

By Barney Blakeney Since 1975 the City of Charleston has received tens of millions of dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant funds. Those millions allow the city to conduct various activities that benefit residents such as home repairs and quality of life initiatives. The Trump administration has proposed cuts to the Department of Housing…

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Political Strategist Angela Rye Discusses the Power of Words and Issues Call to Action During Speech at Claflin

“Do you recall the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?,” asked Angela Rye, principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, which develops tailor-made solutions for high profile clients on Tuesday at Claflin’s annual Freshman Assembly in the W.V. Middleton Auditorium. “But that’s a lie,” Rye said. “Some of…

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South Carolina Law Review elects first black woman editor in chief

For the first time in its 69-year history the South Carolina Law Review has elected an African American to serve as its editor in chief. Chelsea Evans, a second-year law student from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was elected by peers to lead the esteemed University of South Carolina School of Law publication. “I’m proud…

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Columbia Legislator Rep. Joe Neal Passes

By Barney Blakeney Columbia Rep. Joseph Neal died unexpectedly February 14. He was 66. Neal’s name may not have been a widely familiar one in the Charleston community, but his work as a minister and legislator in those respective communities was more than familiar. And the impact of his actions was even more widely felt.…

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Local Groups Picket Senator Offices Over Trump Nominations

By Barney Blakeney The North Charleston Branch NAACP this week led local participants in picketing the offices of U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham to show opposition to the nominations of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General and charter school advocate Betsey DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education. The pickets…

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S.C. Legislative Shake-Up Produces Different Names, Same Games

Staff Reports – The game of musical chairs set in motion when former Gov. Nikki Haley became U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations created a trickle down effect that will shape South Carolina politics for the next decade. We asked several local state legislators how shifts in the hierarchy in state government will impact Black…

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