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Even more South Carolinians have given up on finding jobs under Henry McMaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 22, 2018Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – We noted a couple of months back that the percentage of South Carolina’s working-age population actually participating in the labor force –...

State employees know who values the jobs they do (hint: it’s not Henry McMaster)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 17, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – Yesterday, we told you about the fact that South Carolina teachers are backing James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell for governor...

James and Mandy stand behind our teachers, and the teachers stand behind them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 16, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – There’s no question which candidates for governor and lieutenant governor support the job South Carolina public teachers do. James Smith and...

Why Mandy Powers Norrell will be SC’s best lieutenant governor yet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 16, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – People keep asking James Smith about his vision for Mandy Powers Norrell’s role as South Carolina’s next lieutenant governor. He has...

McMaster says ‘no’ to suffering people just so he can sound tough

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – There are so many issues on which Henry McMaster cares more about his own political benefit than about the people of...

Abandoned Buildings Act: Yet another careless, clueless veto by Henry McMaster overridden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – This is the story of yet another Henry McMaster veto that was easily overridden by the Republican-led Legislature. It’s another case...

Smith and Norrell would get the state off the backs of local communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – State government needs to get off the backs of local communities, and James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell are determined to...

Early voting started Monday, so you have no excuse not to get out and do your civic duty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – Did you vote yesterday? If not, why not? Monday was the first day of early voting, and lots of our supporters...

Officers will be in schools, with or without McMaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – Henry McMaster has a new ad out that we find puzzling: He’s proposing to put police officers in all the schools...

SC teachers and state employees have earned a bonus, and the money is available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2018 Press Contact: Brad Warthen, 803-315-1886 brad@jamessmith.com COLUMBIA, S.C. – The state of South Carolina has a budget surplus of $177 million, and with all the neglected and underfunded facets of...

McMaster vetoes not only wrongheaded, they show him as hopelessly out of touch with SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Back in July, Henry McMaster issued a long list of vetoes for a long list of stated reasons. This week, the Republican Legislature made short work of rejecting one after another of them....

Smith praises the unsung heroes at Santee Cooper

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Let’s take a moment to celebrate some unsung heroes of Hurricane Florence – the 1,700 workers at Santee Cooper, our state-owned utility. You may know that in North Carolina, flooding caused by the...