S.C. Reps. Bruce Bannister and Dwight Loftis want $5 million in state funding to help build a convention center in downtown Greenville that Bannister says would house a large art collection that had been displayed at the private Bob Jones University.

Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, who has donated to the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium, says he wants $1.5 million in state money to move power generating equipment at the Charleston aquarium to higher ground. He also is asking for $2.5 million in state funding for unspecified “revitalization and maintenance efforts at statewide tourism destinations,” according to a House document.

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To the South Carolina Public Service Commission,
101 Executive Center Dr, Suite 100,
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 803-896-5100
Regarding, my objection to Duke Energy’s request for a 12% increase in electric power rates.

I am opposed to Duke Power Energy raising electric rates because it is a tax on the poorest of people, including the sick, the helpless and the unemployed. Duke constantly asked for rate increases and they have made so much money they have bought out Piedmont Natural Gas for billions of dollars. Besides polluting rivers with coal ash, Duke Power got a rate increase to help build the Oconee Nuclear Plant 50 years ago saying they were spending $1 million per day to build the plant that would cut power rates. 

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Pandolfi Concert

On Friday, March 8th, Washington Center students and staff were privileged to host well-known Greenville artist and performer, Mr. Emile Pandolfi, for a concert. Everyone seemed to enjoy the "fast and fun" extras that Mr. Pandolfi added to his creative piano pieces. Musical selections included a variety of enjoyable genres from ragtime and pop to Broadway favorites. With the addition of handmade stars and colored scarves to wave, students made their own contributions to the concert. Dr. Penny Rogers, principal of Washington Center, said about the program, “I have never seen our students so attentive!” A special “thank you” goes to Mr. Pandolfi for his kindness and for sharing his beautiful music.

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SC Capitol USPIE

During a recent hearing on H. 3759, which passed, SC Representative Shannon Erickson talked heavily about tracking ALL children, including private and homeschoolers, from birth.

Now, after much backlash, and in an attempt to save face, SC Republican Rep. Shannon Erickson has claimed her comments were taken out of context. So in order to give you more context, we have added more of her speech for you to discern her intent for tracking children from birth in all educational environments including home school. Just watch this clip of Rep. Erickson saying it’s the legislature’s responsibility to monitor and measure child progress.

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Republicans are going down to the wire as they try to find a way out of their showdown with President Trump over his national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Republicans have just days to find a more palatable solution than the House-passed resolution blocking Trump’s actions, which is expected to come up for a vote by Friday.

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Tigerville, SC -  North Greenville University will host A Hero’s 5K walk/run on Saturday, March 23 on its Tigerville Campus. A Hero’s 5K was founded in 2010 and is a 5K walk/run held annually in March to remember all of the soldiers who fought, died, and lived for our great country.

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The enemy of our Republic and our way of life is Congressman Jerry Nadler. Last week he subpoenaed 81 individuals. He is harassing and disrupting political opponents — using his power for oversight in the government to destroy people with legal threats and fear tactics. 

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