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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...

It’s long past time to end the deadly scourge of domestic violence in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, Rep. James Smith attended a solemn ceremony on the State House steps, in unity with the Republican attorney general, to recognize South Carolinians who have died as a result of domestic violence....

Veto shows McMaster puts empty political gestures ahead of the people of SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – This week, state lawmakers will come back to Columbia to consider Henry McMaster’s budget vetoes. Chief among them is an item that is the perfect expression of McMaster’s brand of politics, which is...

McMaster veto blocks disaster relief

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Even as parts of our state are still reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, Henry McMaster is blocking funds to help us recover from earlier storms. Local governments spent millions to help...

BMW warns tariffs will likely hurt earnings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BMW is having problems, and job-killing tariffs are at least in part to blame. CNBC reported that BMW shares fell 5 percent Tuesday after the automaker warned investors its 2018 revenues and profits...

Listen to the people explaining why they’re for James and Mandy

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Go to #IsupportJamesandMandybecause on Twitter, and listen to the voices: “I have known him for 20 years,” former Joel Lourie says of Rep. James Smith, the Democratic nominee for governor of South Carolina....

Vested interests stifled solar power, thanks to McMaster’s lack of leadership

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Yesterday, we were talking about the need to free South Carolina’s economy from the grip of the big utilities. Today, we’ll talk about one practical way of doing that: Lift the cap on...

Our 46-County Campaign: See the video

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Since resuming campaigning Monday, James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell have been in Greenville, Spartanburg, Lancaster, Richland, Dillon and Marlboro counties. On Thursday, they had no fewer than seven events in Aiken County....

Smith will keep up South Carolina’s infrastructure

COLUMBIA, S.C. – We’ve been hearing for years about South Carolina’s “crumbling roads,” and the flooding from Hurricane Florence brought us a dramatic example of the problem. The headline on The State’s front page said “Crumbling...

Smith rejoices that jobs have been saved, but they should never have been threatened

COLUMBIA, S.C. – James Smith, Democratic nominee for governor of South Carolina, had the following to say about the news that Element Electronics in Winnsboro has obtained the exemption it sought, and 126 good Fairfield County...