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Rep. JA Moore Holds Coronavirus Video Conference

In response to the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on normal life in South Carolina, State Representative JA Moore (D-Berkeley) brought together a number of medical experts, local officials, and prominent community figures to talk about the many aspects of the crisis and inform the public. “The coronavirus pandemic has upended so many…

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Two Local Legislators to Call It Quits

By Barney Blakeney Two long serving Charleston County state legislators have announced they will retire upon completion of the current legislative session. Hollywood Rep. Robert Brown and North Charleston Rep. David Mack say they will not seek re-election in November. At the end of the session Brown will have served House Dist. 116 20 years.…

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SC General Assembly to Convene After Letter from Rep. JA Moore and Marvin Pendarvis

The South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Thursday for an emergency session to address the coronavirus pandemic after Representative JA Moore (D-Berkeley) and Representative Marvin Pendarvis (D-Charleston) sent a letter to Governor McMaster and House Speaker Lucas last week calling for the House and Senate to convene. “I am grateful for the leadership of…

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Washington Sees Election As County Republican Chair An Opportunity To Join Hands

By Barney Blakeney Charleston County Republicans last month conducted a historic election by voting Maurice Washington the county’s first African American chairman since Reconstruction. In an era of extreme political and racial polarization, the election could provide a threshold into a new political awakening. Washington, a Charleston native, has worked both sides of the political…

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Rep. JA Moore Introduces the South Carolina Fix Our Roads and Traffic Act in House Budget to Fund State Infrastructure Projects

As the South Carolina House of Representatives debates the state’s budget this week, Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) is advocating to allocate 20 million dollars to fund much needed infrastructure repairs and traffic reduction efforts in Charleston and Berkeley Counties. “Too many South Carolinians who travel I-26, I-526, Highway 17, and other corridors in the Charleston…

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Budget Surplus Alone Won’t Dispel Disparities In State’s Black Communities

By Barney Blakeney South Carolina state legislators reportedly are sitting on a substantial budget surplus. Given the disparities that exist in the state’s Black communities, I asked some local legislators how that surplus might impact those disadvantaged communities. Here’s what they had to say. Hollywood Rep. Robert Brown said the budgeting process is a complicated…

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The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area host documentary film premiere screening and panel discussion

As the 2020 vote approaches, Americans’ understanding of election laws and their intricacies gains greater importance. Uncivil War: U.S. Elections Under Siege, a new documentary from the Bertelsmann Foundation, paints the picture of three different (and legal) ways to undermine an election in the United States: gerrymandering, voter suppression, and disinformation. The film unravels a…

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