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  Clyburn Reintroduces Stop the Tax Hike on Charities and Places of Worship Act   Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today reintroduced legislation to stop the Republican tax bill’s tax hike on charities, places of worship, and other nonprofit organizations.   This bill...
  ELECTION: The South Carolina Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Councilman Jones In Special Election   LAURENS — Since the announcement of Rep. Mike Pitts’ resignation from the state legislature, his vacancy has drawn four Republican candidates and two Democrats vying to represent the residents...
  If South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt is really interested in assisting rural areas with economic development, he can start right outside of Clinton. He can ask Gov. Henry McMaster to read a letter from Clinton and act on its request. He can facilitate the move of the South Carolina...
  We moved to Birmingham, Ala., in 1996 for my job as the new associate minister of an affluent Baptist church in the tony, wooded enclave called Mountain Brook. The church had multi-layered programs and the staff to keep all those trains running on time. One of the members of that staff was a...
  The Editor, I write this letter as the Mayor of Anderson to praise the talents and attributes of Mayor Bob McLean. For over a decade, local politics has allowed me to observe mayor in our region, state, nation, and world. Some of the common attributes of being a good mayor include being practical...
  STATE: MADD Calls for Improved Drunk Driving Laws in South Carolina   Ignition Interlocks Save Lives by Blocking Drunk Drivers from Starting their Vehicles   WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will join Gov. Henry McMaster and Sen. Brad Hutto and Rep. Eddie Tallon at a press conference...
  One has to assume most members of the School District 56 board think there are no students, teachers or staff in the district whose sexual orientation would not be approved by the Baptists. I assure them they are wrong. How else can you explain – or even make sense of – the 6-1 vote not to...
Build the wall. Yes. I said it — that taboo phrase that conservatives can’t say without being ripped on social media and called a racist. I lock my doors every night. It’s not because I hate the people on the outside, it’s because I love the people on the inside of my home more than I love the...
  EDITORIAL: A Policy Before A Purchase     Before Laurens County spends $16,000 on body cameras for detention officers, it needs to write and adopt a clear-cut policy on when, or if, it makes the footage taken by the cameras available to the public. Body cam footage is not a public document in...
  Duncan Reacts to State of the Union   Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03-Laurens) released the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address:   “The first two years of the Trump presidency have been marked with tremendous success....

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