The Republican Record

South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state  for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the basement while other states, including Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, progress. For the next eight weeks, we’ll explore what exactly South Carolina has gotten from our Republican leadership – and why we can and should demand better.

The schedule: Sept. 8, Guns; Sept. 15, Economy; Sept. 22, Education; Sept. 29, Women’s Well Being; Oct. 6, Income; Oct. 13, Children’s well being; Oct. 20, Healthcare; Oct. 27, Democratic solutions.

The record on guns:

Republicans answer calls for sensible controls with more relaxed rules and permitless carry

The Republican Record: On gun violence

Who Cares About Gun Violence in South Carolina? South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state – for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the […]

The Republican Record on Guns: A survivor’s story

Melody McFadden was 17 when her mother was shot to death by her boyfriend. Years later, her niece was killed by in a mass shooting in Myrtle Beach. Melody, a minister and gun violence prevention advocate, has dedicated her life to fighting to make our world safer. In South Carolina – number 1 in the […]

The Republican Record on Guns: By the Numbers

South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state – for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the basement while other states, including Georgia, Florida, and […]

The Economic Cost of Gun Violence in South Carolina

South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state – for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the basement while other states, including Georgia, Florida, and […]

The record on economy:

Failure to plan for the future leaves SC stuck in the past – and the bottom 10 percent of states

The Republican Record: On the economy

A failure to plan for the future, leaves SC stuck in the past South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state  for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the […]

South Carolina loses out to Southeast competitors

Part of The Republic Record series US News and World Report ranks South Carolina 45th in the country in economic measurements. Here’s a look at some of those, comparing our state to neighboring states – the same one we compete with for incoming business, new business start ups, entrepreneurial growth, venture capital, and corporate headquarters […]

Even on economy, SC is stuck in the basement

Part of The Republican Record series

The record on Education:

SC continues to fail the state’s students and teachers

The Republican Record on Education

An abysmal record of failure is an F for South Carolina South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state – for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state […]

Education in SC by the numbers

What’s behind SC’s abysmal record on education

Writer Elise Filpot walks through her key findings in researching The Republican Record on Education.

The record on Women:

It’s tough to be a woman in South Carolina

The deck is stacked against women in South Carolina

By Erin D. Basinger The U.S. News and World Report ranks South Carolina 42nd in their classification of Best States, with our state in the bottom third or quarter in the areas of healthcare, education, infrastructure, opportunity, violence and crime, and environmental care. For women, this picture is even bleaker: South Carolina is 46th, with […]

A single mom’s perspective

Timicia Grant is a professional women. She’s a non profit professional who’s worked for years to help single parents navigate a system often stacked against them. As a professional political organizer, she’s also working hard to change the dynamic in local, state, and national centers of power. But she’s also a single parent who knows […]

The record on Income:

Gender- and race-based income disparities are widespread

The Republican Record on Income

By Elise Filpot South Carolina’s median household income of $52,309 put it at 42nd in the nation and more than 10K below the national median. In light of the GOP’s historic control of the legislature, that ranking is essentially the Republican record on income in our state.  Is the GOP the party of fiscal conservatism […]

A conversation with Je’Varus Howard

As part of our project on The Republican Record, we talked with State House District 19 candidate Je’Varus Howard about income and the impact it has on the quality of life, business, and the strength of communities in South Carolina. 16.7 percent of South Carolinians live below the federal poverty line, 25 percent of our […]

By the numbers: A look at SC income

South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state  for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the basement while other states, including Georgia, Florida, and North […]

The record on the well being of children:

Failure to protect and nurture the most vulnerable of us

How Republicans Have Failed Our Children

South Carolina has been governed by Republicans for decades – in some parts of the state  for generations. In that time, the state has never crawled out of the basement on any major metric of governmental success. From education to GDP, the state languishes in the basement while other states, including Georgia, Florida, and North […]

A conversation with Amanda McDougald Scott

A researcher, doctoral candidate, advocate for children and families, Amanda McDougald Scott is also a candidate for County Council District 24. Part of The Republican Record series. Amanda talks about the complex and interconnected issues revolving around child care, education, health care, and family support. After years of research and study, Amanda McDougald Scott, County […]

The record on healthcare:

Callous disregard for public health leaves millions vulnerable – even without a pandemic

State’s “ruthless” public health policy leaves our state vulnerable, unequal

By Laura Haight Few issues are as important to South Carolinians as affordable, quality healthcare. That was true in normal times but is even more obvious now when we are engulfed in a pandemic. Unfortunately, South Carolina ranks somewhere between poor and middling in this area. US News and World Report puts SC at 36th […]

A conversation with Dr. Dawn Bingham

Dr. Dawn Bingham is an OB-GYN, an advocate for women’s healthcare, a community activist and a candidate for State Senate District 12. We sat down with her to talk about healthcare in South Carolina, particularly with the death knell for the Affordable Care Act looming in the Supreme Court, and another conservative justice poised to […]

Writing a new record:

Democrats have solutions to problems; Republicans look for someone to blame and excuses for failure

Republicans have excuses and blame for SC’s problems, Democrats have solutions

For the past eight weeks, we’ve been exploring the results delivered by the Republican-controlled political leadership of our state. Those results are – in a word – awful. And yet we continue to elect these same people year after year after year. Although national politics holds our attention in this election, it is state and […]