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An Argument Against Single Member District Voting

By Barney Blakeney In the wake of the November 6 general elections that shown a spotlight on polarized politics perhaps more than any in recent memory, reflections on statements made by the late W. Earl Douglas may offer some insight. Several weeks ago, former Charleston County Council Chairman Lonnie Hamilton, III provided this reporter with…

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Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Seeking Seven Community Representatives

Are you interested in helping to improve your local criminal justice system? If so, consider applying to become a community representative with the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). The CJCC is a collaboration of elected and senior officials, law enforcement leaders, judicial and court leadership, behavioral health professionals, victim and legal advocates, and…

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Incumbents Hold On To CCSD Board Seats

By Barney Blakeney Several races in the 2018 general election may have been more contentious, but few were as unpredictable as the races for seats on Charleston County Consolidated School Board. Voters elected four members to the board in races that featured three incumbent county school board members. Elected to the board were incumbents Cindy…

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Huge Voter Turnout Produced Huge Winners and Losers

By Barney Blakeney After a record voter turnout, voter machine breakdowns and perceived efforts to manipulate outcomes the November 6 general elections produced some surprising victories and losses. Gov. Henry McMaster was re-elected in a walk-away from Democrat James Smith and Katie Arrington pulled away from challenger Joe Cunningham early in the counting only to…

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South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation Gears Up For Election With Establishment Of Transportation Sites

The South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation, a non-partisan political education organization, has begun its efforts to provide transportation for those who need to get to the polls. The transportation will be limited to the polls in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties. Mr. Marion Welch, Chairman of the South Carolina Coalition for Voter Participation…

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Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley Seeks to Make a Difference as Probate Court Judge

The Honorable Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley is a long-time resident of Charleston, South Carolina and have served as a Summary Court Judge for over 12 years interpreting the civil and criminal laws in the state of South Carolina. She is a civil mediator with proven leadership skills, experience on the bench and academically prepared. Ganaway-Pasley decided to run…

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