Stories by Jim Davenport

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Gov. Haley calls for tax cuts, tort reform

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked legislators in her second State of the State address Wednesday evening to reduce income taxes, further clamp down on unions restructure government, and pass a ...
By Jim Davenport

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Haley threatens veto over helmet rule

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley laid out her first veto threat of the session, saying Tuesday she will reject stricter helmet rules if they reach her desk.
By Jim Davenport

Haley accuses feds of waging war over laws

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that federal officials are waging war with South Carolina over laws the people want, like new voter ID requirements that she and other ...
By Jim Davenport

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Voter ID report numbers inflated

COLUMBIA - The state Election Commission knew it was using inaccurate data when it released reports that show nearly 240,000 active and inactive voters lacked driver's licenses or ID cards and ...
By Jim Davenport

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Haley defends her role in Georgia port dredging

Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday defended actions that advanced Georgia's plans to dredge the Savannah River in a move that state legislators said betrayed South Carolina's interests.
By Jim Davenport

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

Court upholds S. Carolina's primary

The South Carolina Supreme Court by a 3-2 vote refused to block the first-in-the-South presidential primary, turning back challenges by counties that the state lacked the authority to hold it.
By Jim Davenport

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Occupy Columbia protesters arrested

Officers started arresting Occupy Columbia protesters Wednesday after Gov. Nikki Haley ordered them to leave the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, saying the people who had been sleeping on the ...
By Jim Davenport

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

Cost-of-living increase cut

COLUMBIA — A typical state retiree will lose about half of his cost of living adjustment next year, or about $180 for the year, under a plan the South Carolina financial oversight board adopted ...
By Jim Davenport

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Top court sets date to hear primary challenge

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Supreme Court said Thursday that it will hear arguments in a challenge to the first-in-the-South presidential primary on Nov. 14.
By Jim Davenport

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

Analysis finds black areas hit most by ID law

South Carolina's new voter photo identification law appears to be hitting black precincts in the state the hardest, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
By Jim Davenport

Counties sue over cost of primary

Officials from Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties, who have been fighting with the state over the bill for the primary, say the state doesn't have the authority to hold the ...
By Jim Davenport

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Haley lacks proof again

Gov. Nikki Haley said one of her appointees cleared the way for permits that allowed the Boeing Co. plant in South Carolina to open six months early, but neither the agency, the aircraft maker nor ...
By Jim Davenport

Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

SC GOP sets early primary date

SC GOP moves to protect presidential primary date, sets contest for Jan. 21 to top Florida
By Jim Davenport

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

VA will cover costs amid loan confusion

COLUMBIA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will cover extra costs for veterans who struck deals on home loans and faced the possibility of higher fees amid confusion over a federal law ...
By Jim Davenport

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

Pension deficit requires action, lawmakers told

Filling the pension fund's $17 billion gap likely involves a combination of lower cost-of-living pension increases, higher contributions from workers or taxpayers and changes in some rules for ...
By Jim Davenport

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

Report: Retirement fund gap $17 billion

A funding gap for South Carolina's main pension plan has soared to $17 billion, according to a draft of an expert's report released Tuesday. State lawmakers will get a briefing on the report ...
By Jim Davenport

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011

Federal decision due on voter photo ID law

A decision could come as early as today from the U.S. Justice Department on whether voters will have to show state or federal photographic identification when they vote in South Carolina elections.
By Jim Davenport

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011

Bachmann flubs Elvis 'birthday'

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina.  
By Jim Davenport

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Treasurer's pal got $3 million in state work

A fraternity brother and personal attorney of South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis stands to make $3 million in fees working on a lawsuit for Loftis' department.
By Jim Davenport
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