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  It’s good to see that an independent commission is drawing lines for redistricting state house and senate seats in South Carolina. This is real election reform, as opposed to the “reform” of letting people vote by showing their driver’s license. What’s the point of having a voter registration...
  Fewer and fewer employers are offering health benefits.  In 2001, 68 percent of firms sponsored health plans. Last year, that share dropped to 53 percent.   Part of the problem is that insurance premiums have soared, pricing many employers out of the market. For businesses with fewer than 200...
  COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster today announced the FY 2019-20 Executive Budget – a fiscally responsible budget that invests heavily in K-12 education, returns $200 million of surplus funds back to the taxpayers who earned it, and proposes a path toward freezing tuition at South Carolina’s...
  Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03-Laurens), who represents Clemson University in Congress, participated in the White House ceremony today honoring the Clemson Tigers as the College Football National Champions. Duncan is a graduate of Clemson University and a former walk-on...
  Inaugural AddressAs Prepared for DeliveryWednesday, January 9, 2019The Statehouse, Columbia   GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER: It is another beautiful day in South Carolina. Thank you for coming. Words cannot express the pride and joy I have to be the governor of the great state of South Carolina. It is...
  What is wrong with you people? This question, first posed a couple months ago, has more standing today than then. Individual 1 shows himself to be a liar every single day. Every. Single. Day.  In addition to being incapable of telling the truth, Individual 1 has overcome debilitating (and...
  I just read a frightening piece about the “rebranding” of the far right in Germany. Apparently the new fear-mongers there think the neo-Nazis are old school. Like our own, sad white nationalists, dressed in khakis, not white hoods, and carrying tiki torches, Germany’s better dressed, better...
  As the New Year begins, we have several congratulations to dispense. The year passed, 2018, has seen the Laurens County community lose many valuable members, and others have faced significant challenges. Still yet, we move forward, find success, and optimistically look ahead to now. First, let us...
  Presbyterian College will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events on Monday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 23. MLK events kick off with National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training in Chapman Conference room in Jacobs Hall on Jan. 21. During the training,...
  Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03-Laurens) filed eight bills on the first day of the 116th Congress on a variety of issues: “These bills address a number of concerns I have heard from constituents in the Third Congressional District over the years. I look forward to advocating for...

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