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Kindergartners on hijacked school bus asked armed intruder so many questions that he got ‘frustrated’ and let them off, hero bus driver recalls

“Precious cargo” indeed.

Within the harrowing account of a U.S. Army trainee going AWOL from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and hijacking a school bus full of children as young as kindergartners is the heroic bus driver’s recollection that his 18 young passengers played a very big role in everyone coming through the ordeal safely.

What are the details?

The driver, Kenneth Corbin, sat down for an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday and explained how the May 6 incident all went down.

Image source: “Good Morning America” video screenshot

“The kids were the ones that actually got the gentleman off of the bus, and they pretty much had my back as much as my concerns were with them,” Corbin told “GMA.” “And at the end when they started questioning him, it seemed to have frustrated him because his main objective [was] to get to the next town; but in the end I think we were only on the road about four miles, and he just got frustrated with the questions and just told me to stop the bus and just get off: ‘All y’all get off.'”

The program noted that Jovan Collazo, 23, appeared to be trying to get home, according to police, and remains in custody facing two dozen charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping.

‘Why are you doing this?’

Corbin had just gone through training on how to handle a hostage situation and tried to no avail to dissuade Collazo from entering — but Corbin told “GMA” the hijacker pointed his government-issued rifle at him and ordered him to “close the door and move and drive.”

Image source: “Good Morning America” video screenshot

The hero driver added to “GMA” that the hijacker’s “main objective was to get to the next town” — but that about every 500 feet he would ask how much more they needed to travel. Corbin told the program that he informed Collazo they needed to drive another 15 to 20 miles to get the next town.

The hijacker also moved all the children scattered throughout the bus up front in one group so he could keep an eye on them — “and when he did that, especially some of my kindergarteners, they started asking him questions,” Corbin recalled to “GMA.”

He added to the program that the students asked Collazo if he was a soldier — to which he “hesitantly answered … ‘yes, I’m a soldier.'”

“They asked him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ And he never did have an answer for that one,” Corbin recounted to “GMA.” “Then they asked was he gonna hurt them; he said ‘no.’ They asked was he gonna hurt our bus driver; and he said, ‘No, I’m going to put you off the bus.’ He sensed more questions coming … I guess something clicked [in] his mind and said … ‘enough already,’ and he just told me to .. ‘stop the bus right here, and just get off.'”

Image source: “Good Morning America” video screenshot

Then it was over. Collazo was arrested soon after.

‘My heroes’

Corbin told the program that for him “it was just a matter of just staying calm and following his instructions and thinking about the kids, because I didn’t want to do anything that would, you know, rile him to cause him to do something that would bring harm to my kids.”

The hero driver added to “GMA” that it was “so evident that they were precious cargo, and I pretty much just had to just do whatever, you know, to get them off the bus safe and sound.”

Corbin also noted to the program that “it seemed as if their goal to do the same by me, and that’s why I refer to them as my heroes.”

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Horowitz: SC and FL governors lead on unmasking and unshackling our children

We often hear that half the states no longer criminalize human breath and have ditched their mask mandates, but it’s simply not true. The most immoral and scientifically indefensible aspect of the mask mandate is the masking of schoolchildren for seven hours a day. That is continuing in nearly every county of most red states, with few of the governors even attempting to rein in local school boards. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has now provided a blueprint for how to actually enforce the termination of the mask mandate on local school districts.

On Tuesday, Gov. McMaster ordered the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control and the state’s Department of Education to distribute waiver forms to all parents, which will allow them to opt out of any mask mandate in their district’s public school. This will ensure that all children will be allowed in school without their face covered if their parent signs the document.

“We have known for months that our schools are some of the safest places when it comes to COVID-19,” McMaster said in a press release. “With every adult in our state having the opportunity to receive a vaccine, it goes against all logic to continue to force our children – especially our youngest children – to wear masks against their parents’ wishes. Whether a child wears a mask in school is a decision that should be left only to a student’s parents.”

Here is a copy of the waiver in the Spartanburg school district.

Notice that school districts are asserting that Biden’s executive order still requires masking on buses. There is no reason there should not be a lawsuit in every school district on the grounds that the president not only violated the civil rights of children but also overstepped his authority because these buses do not cross state lines.

McMaster’s Executive Order 2021-23 also declares any local mask mandate based on original emergency orders to be pre-empted and invalid. The order further prohibits any local government entity from requiring proof of vaccination to obtain services.

It has become clear that we will have to pry the mask obsession out of these local governments with as much force as we can apply. We cannot rely on simply terminating mandates in word only, but must repeal them with as much force as they were implemented. Requiring school districts to mail out consent forms is a good first step, which will also create a clear legal cause of action against those districts that violate the policy.

To the south in Florida, Gov. DeSantis has already superseded local mandates and signed a bill banning requirement of vaccines in schools. The Florida Department of Education already announced guidelines to end the school mask mandates for the next academic year. Also this week, Florida State University announced that masks will no longer be required on campus.

On Tuesday, DeSantis called on schools to return to complete normalcy. “These kids do not need to be wearing masks, OK? I’m sorry, they don’t,” DeSantis said Tuesday at a Jacksonville high school. “We need to be able to let them be kids and let them act normally, and that’s what should be the case in the fall (and) throughout the school year.”

Either way, the governors will have to use their control over the state departments of education and health to hold localities accountable and make sure the mask craze actually comes to an end. The mask has become to the left what guns are to the right. Just as Charlton Heston said, you will have to pry the gun “from my cold, dead hands,” so too we will have to pry the masks from the warm, moist, bacteria-filled faces of the COVID cultists. That will require an indefatigable grassroots pressure campaign that must include lawsuits, naming and shaming county and state bureaucrats, and a sustained focus on local elections.

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South Carolina Senate rejects constitutional carry, passes open carry with requirements

The Republican-controlled South Carolina Senate on Thursday passed a watered-down open carry bill that would allow trained gun owners with a concealed weapon permit to carry their handguns in public view.

Conservative Republicans in the state Senate attempted to expand the legislation into a full-on “constitutional carry” bill to let all legal gun owners carry firearms publicly without a permit, but nine GOP senators voted to reject the amendment.

The bill that passed Thursday requires people who have concealed weapons permits to undergo training and background checks to be allowed to carry their handguns openly. The training must include how to properly holster a firearm and de-escalation techniques for hostile situations. Those applying for a concealed weapons permit must also fire a minimum of 25 rounds during training.

Following several days of heated debate, during which Democrats decried a bleak future where Wild West shootouts occur in South Carolina streets, the bill passed 28-16 with just one Republican opposed.

“It’s just a recipe for disaster that can easily be avoided,” state Sen. Kevin Johnson (D) said. “I’m just asking that we think very carefully about what we’re doing to our beautiful state by turning into a scene from the wild, wild west.”

Democrats observed that doctors and law enforcement officers testified in opposition to the bill during subcommittee hearings.

“The medical community is against this bill, law enforcement is against the bill, the business community is against the bill and, overwhelmingly, the people of South Carolina are against the bill,” state Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D) said. “Who do we represent?”

Republicans countered that it is legal in South Carolina to carry a long gun openly in public and few state residents choose to do so.

“I don’t think open carry with a pistol will be an issue, either,” state Sen. Tom Corbin (R) said.

South Carolina is currently one of only five states without some form of open carry law, along with California, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

Gov. Henry McMaster (R) has pledged to sign any bill the legislature passes that protects Second Amendment rights.

State Sen. Shane Martin (R) led the unsuccessful effort to amend the bill to let all legal gun owners carry firearms openly, no permit required.

“I want everyone to be able to exercise his or her constitutional rights, but I don’t want our government to have to tell us how to do that,” Martin said.

After his amendment failed, Martin told the State he was “disappointed” but added that he has “no regrets” over the way things turned out.

“I won’t give up advocating for it. I was so close,” he said. “The Senate’s not ready for it yet.”

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey (R), one of the Republicans who voted to reject the constitutional carry amendment, said having background check and training requirements is important for safety and in line with how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment.

“It’s important to be able to demonstrate at least a minimal proficiency in handling weapons,” he said.

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South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott tapped to give response to Biden’s first big speech to Congress

The GOP response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress will be given by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Congressional Republican leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) announced Thursday that Scott, the popular senator from South Carolina and the only black senator in the GOP conference, will deliver the Republican Party’s response to Biden’s speech in front of a national audience.

“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference. He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation,” McConnell said in a statement. “As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother’s American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most. Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans. Senate Republicans are looking forward to this address from our distinguished colleague.”

McCarthy offered a similar congratulatory statement praising Scott.

“I couldn’t be more proud as a friend, as a Republican, and as an American to have Senator Tim Scott deliver the Republican response to President Biden’s address next week. He is a conservative optimist with the right vision for a stronger, more united country. Today’s Republican Party is a growing coalition of working Americans who value freedom in pursuit of the American dream. No member in Congress epitomizes the essence of today’s Republican Party more than my friend and colleague Senator Scott,” he said.

The Republican National Committee called Scott a “dynamic leader” in the party and “the perfect person” to respond to Biden.

“No amount of spin from Joe Biden can cover up his record of failure in office, including a raging border crisis, job-destroying Green New Deal-style policies, a refusal to follow the science on school re-openings, and an embrace of cancel culture. My friend Senator Tim Scott is a dynamic leader in our party and the perfect person to give a response that will hold Biden accountable while outlining the Republican agenda to create opportunities for every American,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.

Scott said he was “excited and honored for this opportunity to address the nation.

“We face serious challenges on multiple fronts, but I am as confident as I have ever been in the promise and potential of America. I look forward to having an honest conversation with the American people and sharing Republicans’ optimistic vision for expanding opportunity and empowering working families,” he said in a statement.

The response will be given following Biden’s address on Wednesday.

U.S. presidents typically make their first address to Congress — which is not an official State of the Union address — shortly after they are inaugurated, usually sometime in February. Biden has waited much longer than previous modern presidents to address Congress.

Biden’s first official State of the Union speech will be given in the second year of his four-year term.

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South Carolina considers bill to require colleges and universities to teach America’s founding documents

Lawmakers in South Carolina are nearing passage of a bill that would require all public college and university students in the state to study America’s founding documents. While the legislation has broad support, some Democrats in the state House opposed the bill in committee, referring to it as “indoctrination” and suggesting that requiring schools to offer a course that teaches the U.S. Constitution and other documents is just “blowing smoke.”

Senate Bill 38, the “Reinforcing College Education on America’s Constitutional Heritage Act“, or REACH Act, was introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) to reform state education law. The bill would require all South Carolina public college students to take a three-credit hour class on American history, American government, or an equivalent course that requires at minimum reading the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Grooms’ bill would update and modernize existing state law that requires institutions of higher learning to teach a yearlong course on America’s founding documents, a law that the bill’s supporters say is largely not enforced. The existing law, which is 97 years old, mandates that students complete a “one year” class on America’s founding documents and be examined on their “loyalty” to the United States.

The REACH Act would shorten the course requirement from one year to three credit hours, remove the “loyalty” provision — which is problematic for foreign students — and empower the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to enforce the law.

The bill passed the state Senate in March in an unanimous roll call vote of 45-0. It will be considered in the state House as early as Wednesday this week after advancing through committee on March 16 over the objections of some Democrats.

State Rep. Michael Rivers (D-St. Helena Island) was one of the House Democrats who opposed the bill. Calling it “indoctrination,” Rivers said, “we talk about America being built on God … but until there’s repentance there’s no forgiveness of sins. And we can write the Federalist Papers, we can write whatever we want. But until there’s some acknowledgement about the sins of the past we are just whistlin’ Dixie.”

Rivers suggested that requiring students to read the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, and other documents could perpetuate “falsehoods” about American history that could lead to “1861 again in South Carolina.”

“This stuff in S. 38, what it’s saying, is that we want to indoctrinate college students on their dime to what we think is important,” Rivers said. “It’s just blowing smoke.”

State Rep. Garry Smith (R-Greenville), the REACH Act’s chief sponsor in the House, told TheBlaze in an interview Monday that studying America’s founding documents will ultimately make South Carolina students better citizens.

“An idea of liberty for all, that whole idea in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, those things are found in the Constitution. It flows, it goes together, it was meant to do that. And when we’re looking at education in the United States and in South Carolina, we’re looking at education to build good citizens who can function in our representative republic,” said Smith, who is an affiliate professor of political science at North Greenville University.

By reading America’s founding documents, he explained, students will be taught the ideas and principles that animate American government, ideas like federalism — how state governments have some powers under the Constitution that the national government must not infringe upon.

“We’re in such danger right now of losing these ideas because you’ve got a Congress and an administration in Washington, D.C., that is looking to take those rights that under the Constitution were reserved for the states and for the people and make them federal rights. That’s completely contrary to what’s intended,” Smith said.

“When you have citizens that don’t understand that liberty for all — and they’re thinking about equity instead of equality, and dividing us instead of uniting us, then we’ve got a real problem,” he added.

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South Carolina advances ‘open carry with training’ bill

“Open carry” legislation is progressing in South Carolina after the state House approved a bill to let concealed weapons permit-holders carry handguns openly in public.

The bill passed 82-33, mostly along party lines, with the Republican majority carrying it through, the Post and Courier reported. It would implement “open carry with training,” a compromise between gun control supporters and staunch believers in the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Bobby Cox (R), said 45 states have some form of open carry law and his bill “will bring us in line with the rest of the country.”

“We have to do better, and we are doing better,” Cox said. “This is sending a message that these legislators and myself stand with the citizens of South Carolina to protect our constitutional freedoms.”

Democrats warned that open carry policies could have an adverse affect on black South Carolinians, who might be profiled by police for openly wielding firearms.

“This does not support or help people who look like me,” state Rep. Jermaine Johnson (D) said, noting that he is a 6-foot-7-inch, 285-pound black man. “If I end up in somebody’s body bag or someone’s morgue, I want you to think about the way you voted today.”

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D) offered an amendment to prohibit the police from detaining someone just because they are openly carrying a gun, but the House voted down that amendment.

State law enforcement officials are opposed to the bill, believing police lives may be put in danger if anyone can openly carry a handgun.

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where historically gun rights bills have faced opposition. However, Republicans expanded their Senate majority in the 2020 election and the newly elected lawmakers are excited to fulfill their campaign promises by advancing gun rights.

“I think there’s a renewed energy within the caucus to do something about it, and certainly some of us who flipped seats in no small part based on issues like this are going to be pretty vocal about it,” freshman state Sen. Josh Kimbrell (R) told the Post and Courier.

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey (R) said he supports the bill but would not say if the Senate would consider it before the end of the current legislative session.

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said the governor would sign the bill if it passes through the legislature.

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Democrat introduces bill banning transgender reassignment procedures on minors — and his colleagues are fuming

A Democratic South Carolina state lawmaker is under fire from his Democratic colleagues over his decision to author a bill banning the performance of transgender reassignment procedures on minors.

The bill, called the “South Carolina Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act” and sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Cezar McKnight, would prohibit the performance of any and all medical procedures aimed at altering a minor’s sex or gender, including hormone treatments and surgical operations.

The bill also defines one’s sex as the “biological state of being male or female, based on the individual’s sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous hormone profiles.” The legislation states, in part:

No person shall engage in, counsel, make a referral for, or cause any of the following practices to be performed upon a minor if the practice is performed for the purpose of attempting to alter the appearance of or affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s gender or sex, if that perception is inconsistent with the minor’s sex as defined in this chapter:

(1) prescribing, dispensing, administering, or otherwise supplying puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty;

(2) prescribing, dispensing, administering, or otherwise supplying supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or other androgens to females;

(3) prescribing, dispensing, administering, or otherwise supplying supraphysiologic doses of estrogen to males;

(4) performing surgeries that sterilize, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, orchiectomy, and penectomy;

(5) performing surgeries that artificially construct tissue with the appearance of genitalia that differs from the individual’s sex, including metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty; or

(6) removing any healthy or nondiseased body part or tissue.

McKnight, who is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, told the Associated Press recently that his constituents, most of whom are black, are largely supportive of the measure.

“Black Democrats tend to be more conservative than white progressives,” he told the news agency. “I would not have ever put this bill forward if I didn’t think the people in my district wouldn’t be receptive, and they are. Pastors, young parents, older parents, they all tell me the same thing: If you want to do this, wait until you’re 18.”

However, not everyone in McKnight’s party feels the same way. His decision to introduce the legislation — which now has 23 Republican co-sponsors — caused an immediate uproar among Democratic Party members in the state.

After the bill was introduced, leaders of the South Carolina Democratic Party approved a resolution saying the party “condemns this outrageous bill — and its Democratic supporters — in the strongest possible terms.” The resolution reportedly received unanimous approval from the executive committee, which consists of two representatives from each of the state’s 46 counties.

That was just the beginning of the backlash. The AP reported that since then, former and current members of the party have taken to social media to attack McKnight, one even suggesting that the lawmaker be censured. But McKnight has no intention of withdrawing the legislation.

“This bill isn’t anti-trans,” he said. “I just don’t think, to make a sex change during the teen years, is something someone should do.”

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South Carolina Senate advances pro-life heartbeat bill to challenge Roe v. Wade

A pro-life bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is advancing through the South Carolina Legislature, on its way to a vote on the floor of the state Senate.

The state Senate Medical Affairs Committee voted 9-8 on Wednesday in favor of advancing the bill, which would make abortions in South Carolina illegal after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, generally at some time between six to eight weeks of a woman’s pregnancy. The bill provides just one exception for when a doctor determines that a woman’s life is in danger if an abortion is not performed.

Political observers in the state expect the bill to pass after Republicans expanded their legislative majorities in both state houses in the November election.

The Post and Courier reported that two Republicans, state Sens. Tom Davis and Sandy Senn, voted with Democrats against the bill in committee. Davis had proposed an amendment adding exceptions for rape and incest, but the committee voted the amendment down by a 7-4 vote, with Democrats abstaining because they believe the bill is unconstitutional in the first place.

“Since there’s no way to cure the defects, I will not try and put lipstick on a pig in an effort to help [Republicans] sanitize a fatally flawed bill,” state Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D) said.

State Sen. Richard Cash (R), one of the bill’s most ardent defenders, argued that “innocent human life” should not be punished for the actions of a rapist.

“This is not in any way to minimize the violence, the trauma, the very difficult situation that the woman has been put in by the rapist,” Cash said. “There are no easy answers in a situation like this.”

In previous years, state Senate Democrats have successfully blocked pro-life legislation from advancing in South Carolina. But this year, after Democrats lost three seats to conservative Republican challengers who support the bill, the minority may be unable to stop the bill from passing.

“It’s possible amendments are proposed,” Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto (D) said Tuesday, referring to poison pill amendments that could erode Republican support for the bill. “Our position is, this bill is unconstitutional and it’s a waste of time.”

South Carolina pro-life groups recognize that if the bill becomes law it will likely be challenged in court. But they welcome that challenge, looking to the U.S. Supreme Court and the three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump to possibly take the case and re-examine the precedent of Roe v. Wade.

In a letter to the Medical Affairs Committee supporting the heartbeat bill’s passage, South Carolina Citizens for Life encouraged lawmakers to support the bill “as a challenge to the current legal precedent that permits abortion on demand in South Carolina until the unborn child is capable of feeling pain.”

“With changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is our sincere hope that the legislation will withstand constitutional challenge and be implemented in order to save innocent, unborn babies’ lives when a heartbeat is present,” the organization said.

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Top House Democrat says he will ‘pray’ for black Trump supporters, claims only way Biden loses is ‘voter suppression’

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said he would “pray” for any black voters who support President Donald Trump for re-election and also claimed that the only way Trump could beat Democratic candidate Joe Biden is “for voter suppression to be successful.”

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Clyburn said the election is “close” and that “I suspect in 48 hours we’ll find out how successful these suppression tactics have been.”

“The only way, in my opinion, for Joe Biden not to be successful on Tuesday is for voter suppression to be successful. They have done a tremendous job of undercutting the postal service,” Clyburn said, referring to accusations of USPS “sabotage” made by Democrats against the Trump administration.

“I have had complaints all day today, professional football players from my home state cannot vote because their ballots have not been delivered to them,” Clyburn said. “They can’t come home to vote because they are in solitary lock down because of COVID-19, they have not been allowed to come home to vote.”

“So I already know some Biden voters here in South Carolina are not going to be allowed to vote simply because the postal service has been undercut by the Postmaster General,” he continued.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Clyburn about a recent Fox News poll that found 14% of black voters nationally supporting Trump for re-election. Clyburn expressed skepticism at the accuracy of that poll.

“I don’t know where those polls come from,” Clyburn said, adding, “I can tell you what, and I feel this sincerely … I’m the father of three black women. I am the son of a black woman. If any black man can go in a polling place and cast a vote for a man who referred to a black woman as a dog on national television, I’m going to have to pray for them. I will have to pray for them. I don’t know of any man [who] can abide that kind of disrespect and insult.”

According to Fox News, Clyburn appeared to be referring to a 2018 tweet from President Donald Trump in which the president called former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog” over the publication of her tell-all book about her time in the White House.

Following up, Baier told Clyburn he was echoing controversial comments made by Joe Biden on a radio show, during which Biden said black voters who don’t support him “ain’t black.”

“What I said was, any man that calls one of my three daughters a dog, I would never vote for them, and I don’t understand any black man that would vote for anybody that refers to a black woman [like that],” Clyburn replied. “All of us that I know are sons of black women. I don’t stand for that kind of insult for my mothers, my sisters, or my children.”

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Lou Dobbs pummels Lindsey Graham, suggests he should be voted out: ‘Betrayed the American people’

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs pummeled Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Friday, saying live on-air that he does not know why “anyone” would vote for Graham.

The comments from the pro-Trump commentator came as Graham fights for his Senate career in a tight election battle with Democrat Jaime Harrison. Recent polling indicates Graham is ahead of Harrison, albeit by just a handful of points.

What did Dobbs say?

The Fox Business host pummeled Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and encouraged South Carolinians to vote Graham out of office.

Dobbs was enraged over Graham’s commitment to hold hearings on social media censorship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after Election Day. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to subpoena both social media giants this week.

“I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said. “This is the guy who keeps saying, ‘Stay tuned.’ He said he would get to the bottom of Obamagate with the Judiciary Committee, which has been a year and a half, actually longer, of absolute inert response to these pressing issues of our day.”

Dobbs then invoked sharp criticism President Donald Trump made of Graham in 2016, when he called the South Carolina senator a “disgrace,” “nut job,” and said Graham is “one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever seen.”

Of those comments, Dobbs said, “I believe that the president’s words about the senator then apply today.”

“Graham has betrayed President Trump at almost every turn,” Dobbs said. “He has betrayed the American people and his oath of office. He’s done absolutely nothing to investigate Obamagate except to tell everyone, ‘Stay tuned,’ time and time again. Stay tuned. Senator Graham needs to be tuned out in South Carolina.”

Anything else?

While Dobbs may be no fan of Graham’s, a Harrison win in South Carolina would greatly endanger the Republican Party’s majority in the Senate, especially since other Republican incumbents are currently battling in close elections, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

If Republicans want to maintain their Senate majority, there’s no doubt: South Carolina Republicans must support Graham’s re-election.

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Elections chairman resigns after removing and defacing Trump signs in South Carolina

A neighborhood dispute in South Carolina over campaign signs escalated after an elections chairman and his wife removed and defaced “Trump-Pence” campaign signs.

Dean Smith was the chairman of the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections up until his resignation this week. Constituents questioned whether Smith was fit to lead the elections commission following an incident where he vandalized Trump signs in Pawleys Island.

“People that called are concerned about the voting process with [the Smiths’] positions,” said Karol Anderson, who chairs the county Republican Party.

Smith, who has been a member of the elections board for 15 years, resigned abruptly this week after admitting that he and his wife removed and defaced Trump-Pence campaign signs.

After his pro-Trump signs had been removed several times, a resident filed a police report with Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. The resident set up a deer camera on a neighbor’s property to catch the culprit. The camera caught Dean and Rita Smith taking a Trump sign and defacing another sign by writing “Dump” above President Donald Trump’s name.

The resident provided Georgetown and Beyond News with screenshots of the suspects, who shared the images with its readers. Someone identified the sign stealers as Dean and Rita Smith.

Last week, the resident told Rita Smith, “Smile you’re on candid camera,” according to the Coastal Observer. Smith was unsure what the meaning of the comment until she saw photos of herself on social media.

Dean Smith said the dispute originated over a homeowners association rule that prohibits signs on private property. Rita Smith is an HOA president, and said she and another board member asked the resident to remove a pro-Trump flag because of the rules. He refused, and Smith alleges that the man yelled at them “in a political tirade.”

“This is actually an HOA issue. We have regulations against the signs,” Dean Smith said. “The people that reported this, put a sign on someone else’s property without their knowledge, and they insulted and attacked my wife who is the HOA president and asked them to get rid of the signs. The camera that took our picture was also put on someone else’s property.”

Rita Smith admits, “Our emotions got the better of us,” regarding vandalizing the Trump signs.

“We regret this lapse of judgment on our part. I do not want to be a distraction to the conduct of this very important election,” Dean Smith said. “It was because we were angry with the other resident.”

Anderson commented on the sign drama, “If you drive around the county I don’t think you can find 600 [Trump signs]. They cost a lot of money. I don’t care whose signs, it’s a candidate’s signs.”

Anderson added, “People with a lot of responsibility should have a lot of accountability.”

“I’ve always prided myself that when I walk in that door I’m not a Republican or Democrat,” Dean Smith said. “I’m just an American and a Georgetown County citizen.”

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Homeowner shoots intruder, warns ‘bums and thieves who come on my property to steal, if I have to defend myself … I’ll do it’

After a homeowner shot a suspected burglar trying to break into his South Carolina residence Tuesday morning, the homeowner delivered a stern warning to anyone else who might try it, WYFF-TV reported.

“Bums and thieves who come on my property to steal, if I have to defend myself, if I have to disable your vehicle, if I have to disable you, I’ll do it,” the homeowner told the station. “Stay off my property.” The homeowner declined to go on camera and wished to remain anonymous, the station added.

What happened?

The shooting was reported about 9:30 a.m. after three people tried to break into a home north of the city of Anderson on Walker Circle near Liberty Highway, Anderson County deputies told WYFF.

“There were three people [the homeowner] … caught and he believed were breaking in,” JT Foster of the sheriff’s office added to the station. “One of the suspects made a move toward him, and he felt threatened, so he fired at least one time, striking one of the suspects.”

Deputies, forensic investigators, and detectives responded to the scene, WHNS-TV reported, adding that the homeowner wasn’t injured.

What happened to the suspects?

The shot suspect was taken to a hospital, but his condition was unknown, the WYFF said.

The other two suspects ran from the scene, WYFF added, after which deputies brought in a K-9 officer and ATVs to track them down.

“It’s absolutely one of the most difficult tasks around,” Foster told the station, referring to how hard it is to conduct searches in heavily wooded areas. “Not only are you worried about not being attacked by someone you may find in the woods, but you gotta watch your step for poisonous plants and snakes.”

Deputies told WYFF they captured and detained the second suspect — a woman — shortly after the incident.

A third suspect was captured Tuesday evening, the station said.

The suspects were identified as Shawn D. Breter, Danielle N. Shockley, and Danny L. Smith, WHNS reported, adding that they all were charged with third-degree burglary.


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Protesters surrounding men in parked pickup truck allegedly pulled on vehicle’s doors, got on hood before cops arrested men in truck on gun charges

In the wake of
police arresting a pair of pickup truck occupants on gun charges after cops dispersed protesters who were surrounding the vehicle Saturday night in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the arrested men said there’s quite a bit more to the story.

What are the details?

Richard Ray, 59,
told the Post and Courier that he and the truck’s driver — 46-year-old Matthew Constantine — were concerned about the planned protest that night and headed downtown to check on business interests to make sure they weren’t damaged. The paper said Ray declined to specify what those interests are.

A few dozen demonstrators had gathered downtown in response to the grand jury decision to not indict police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman, in Louisville, Kentucky, the Post and Courier said.

Ray told the paper he and Constantine watched and recorded protesters before pulling into a bank parking lot and continuing their vigil with the vehicle’s headlights off and windows up.


Image source: WCSC-TV video screenshot

But soon enough a group of protesters surrounded the truck, pulling on its doors and getting on its hood, he told the paper.

Ray added to the Post and Courier that he was scared, but at no point did he or Constantine “reach for any weapon in the car.” Ray noted to the paper that he did grab a pepper spray container and was planning to use it if anyone broke a window.

“I’m not pulling a gun on a bunch of kids,” he told the Post and Courier. “I’m not going to do anything to hurt kids protesting when the cops are right there.”

But then Ray told the paper one of the protesters yelled about a gun, which prompted police to come over — and then one of the officers shined a light in the back and saw an AR-15. Ray told the Post and Courier the rifle was from target shooting earlier in the day.

More weapons found

Upon further questioning, Ray told police there were handguns in the vehicle — one of them in the passenger side door compartment,
WCDB-TV reported.

Constantine told police he had a handgun concealed in his waistband, WCDB added. It was loaded, according to
WCSC-TV.

Officers also found pepper spray, a wooden club, additional magazines, ammunition, knives, and a Taser inside the vehicle, WCDB said.

Neither Ray nor Constantine had concealed carry permits, and they were arrested and charged for unlawful carrying of a handgun, WCDB said, adding that Constantine and Ray were released on bonds — $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. They’re scheduled for an initial court date in December.

‘I don’t want people to be scared’

Following their misdemeanor arrests, Ray told the Courier and Journal he and Constantine had no intention of hurting anybody.

“I’m sorry it went down. I don’t want people to be scared,” he told the paper, adding that “we were not down there to harm anyone.”

Ray also told the Courier and Journal he belongs to an unnamed citizens group with members who come from law enforcement backgrounds and who are concerned about violence growing in the downtown area in recent months.

And while he respects the right to peacefully protest, Ray noted to paper that he believes he and Constantine were mobbed and are being portrayed as bad people.

Luther Reynolds, Charleston’s police chief, told the Courier and Journal that just because the men were concerned about business interests downtown doesn’t “give them permission to go out and break the law.”

But Ray also told the paper he believes the search of the truck was illegal, and that he may sue.

Anything else?

The Courier and Journal said Constantine — an artist — didn’t respond to a voicemail and emails seeking comment. However, a local gallery said in a Facebook post Monday it stopped representing an artist who was arrested for unlawfully carrying a handgun during a recent protest, the paper reported, and that Ray confirmed it was Constantine.


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Police get rid of protesters surrounding pickup truck — then arrest driver, passenger when guns, weapons found inside

After police officers got rid of protesters who were surrounding a pickup truck on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday night, they arrested the driver and passenger of the vehicle for unlawfully carrying firearms, WCDB-TV reported.

What are the details?

Police told the station an officer noticed multiple protesters leave the main group and surround a Chevrolet truck in a parking lot.

But after dispersing the protesters, an officer eyeballed an AR-15 on the back seat in plain view, WCDB noted.

Upon further questioning, passenger Richard Ray, 59, told police there were handguns in the vehicle — one of them in the passenger side door compartment, the station said.

Image source: WCSC-TV video screenshot

The driver, 46-year-old Matthew Constantine, told police he had a handgun concealed in his waistband, WCDB reported. It was loaded, WCSC-TV reported.

Officers also found pepper spray, a wooden club, additional magazines, ammunition, knives, and a Taser inside the vehicle, the station said.

Neither Ray nor Constantine had concealed carry permits, and they were arrested and charged for unlawful carrying of a handgun, WCDB said, adding that Constantine and Ray were released on bonds — $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. They’re scheduled for an initial court date in December.

According to WCSC, if you don’t have a concealed carry permit, and you’re in a vehicle, guns can be kept only in certain parts of the vehicle, such as in a closed truck, glove box, or center console.

What did the police chief have to say?

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds told WCSC that Ray and Constantine weren’t part of the protest, that their guns were seized, and investigators were still trying to figure out why the men were downtown and why they had the guns and ammo with them.

Reynolds added to the station that the incident underscores the prevailing “concern” of “danger potentially involved but in particular when it’s a busy night right in the area of the peninsula … where the protests were being held at a time when there’s lots of people.”

Protesters were angry that a Louisville, Kentucky, grand jury didn’t return murder indictments against officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, WCDB reported, adding that two protesters also were arrested Saturday night.

WCDB added that the protest was illegal since no permit was acquired for it.


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Dads tackle, detain registered sex offender accused of peeping at 15-year-old girl under restroom stall

A 15-year-old girl said that when she was in the women’s restroom at a South Carolina Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning, she noticed something moving at her feet, WSPA-TV reported.

Image source: WSPA-TV video screenshot

Turns out it was a man’s head coming from the adjacent stall — and the man was looking at her, the girl told Duncan Police, according to the station.

What happened next?

When the girl left the restroom, WSPA said she told her father, who then got a female employee to remove the man from the restroom.

Witnesses said the 15-year-old wasn’t the only girl in the restroom: “I’ll never forget the way they looked after,” one noted to the station. “They were traumatized.”

Police Chief Carl Long told WSPA the girl’s father confronted the man at the restroom entrance. And the dad apparently had a special greeting for him

“The guy came running, sprinting out the front door with a very bloody nose,” a witness told the station.

A witness told WYFF-TV he heard a commotion that sounded like a fight and heard people say, “Get him! He’s getting away!”

Long added to WSPA that other fathers aware of what happened reportedly helped tackle the man in the parking lot and restrained him until police arrived.

The witness who spoke to WYFF said he and his his son saw people hit the man, and then the witness handed off his son to his wife and went outside and recorded video.

Image source: WSPA-TV video screenshot

That same witness added to the station that his son asked him a lot of questions about what happened, and he told his boy that “there was a bad guy, and a lot of good guys took down the bad guy.”

Image source: WSPA-TV video screenshot

Long told WYFF that the parents were in town for a girls’ softball tournament.

Who is the suspect?

Police identified the suspect as 53-year-old registered sex offender Douglas Lane of Charlotte, North Carolina, WSPA reported. Lane’s phone was found on the bathroom floor and was taken by police, the station said.

Douglas LaneImage source: Spartanburg Co. (South Carolina) Detention Center

Long told the station that Lane was charged with voyeurism and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in connection with Sunday’s incident.

Lane was charged for peeping at least eight previous times, WSPA reported.

During Monday’s bond hearing, a court official said Lane told authorities he didn’t realize he was in the women’s restroom until he sat down, WYFF reported.

WSPA said Lane received a $2,000 surety bond and will be monitored by GPS. The judge also ordered that he move to South Carolina but must have no contact with the victim or her family, the station added. Lane’s initial court hearing will be 9 a.m. Nov. 12, WSPA reported.

Additional charges could be possible at the conclusion of the investigation, the station said.

More from WYFF:

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations says Lane was registered as a sex offender in 2008.

He was convicted of secretly peeping into an occupied room in 2004 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, records show. The record says the victims were 8 and 9 years old.

In 2008, records show Lane was convicted of secretly peeping into an occupied room, also in Mecklenburg County. The victim in this case was 18 years or older, records show.

The South Carolina sex offender registry says Lane was convicted of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism in South Carolina in 1997 and failure to register in 1999.

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Woman has ‘COVID-19 complications’ listed on death certificate — but family says she never tested positive

The family of a deceased South Carolina grandmother is demanding answers after they say officials listed “COVID-19 complications” on the death certificate — despite the grandmother never testing positive for the virus.

Kimberly Klosterman told WIS-TV that her 79-year-old grandmother Joan Hill died on July 31 after suffering from dementia for years. Hill had moved into the home of her daughter, Klosterman’s mom, in January, and was receiving in-home hospice care, according to WIS.

Joan Hill. (Image source: WIS-TV screenshot)

Upon receiving Hill’s death certificate, her family was shocked — it listed both Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19 complications as the cause of death.

But that is not correct, the family told WIS. That’s because Hill never tested positive for coronavirus, nor did she ever exhibit symptoms of the virus.

“That was wrong. She had never been tested before or after death, so I wasn’t sure how that could even be listed on her death certificate,” Klosterman explained. “She was breathing fine; that was the last thing to go for her. Her lung function was good up until the very end, so there were zero symptoms of COVID whatsoever.”

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, who was called to respond to Hill’s death, said there need to be answers as to why COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate.

“When you (WIS) contacted me was the first time we were made aware that there was anything listed as far as COVID,” Watts said. “When we took the call originally, it was a patient with Alzheimer’s — nothing was mentioned about COVID-19 at that time.”

“It’s certainly something that needs to be answered as to why that happened, and who made that decision, and why that decision was made if there was no indication at the time of death,” he added. “I think the family deserves an answer. I think all of us deserve an answer.”

Watts told WIS that a hospice physician was responsible for listing Hill’s cause of death.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control declined to say whether Hill’s death was included in the state’s COVID-19 death count, citing privacy laws.

When Klosterman reached out to the DHEC for answers, the agency told her to contact Amedisys, the hospice care organization that cared for her grandmother. Amedisys claimed their employees “acted in accordance with the Coroner’s Office and followed clinical protocols.”

Klosterman told WIS, “I am very aware that COVID is real. I’ve known people that have had it, that have been hospitalized for it, that have passed away from it.”

“But to have a report come back and say that that’s what my grandmother passed away from when she was never even tested, had no symptoms, it’s just devastating,” she told WIS.

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‘Take your white self back to the white neighborhood’: City official accused of using racist language toward cop over $10 parking ticket

A city official in South Carolina is accused of using racist language toward a police officer over a $10 parking ticket.

What are the details?

According to a Darlington Police Department report obtained by WBTW-TV reported, an officer was enforcing parking laws last month when he reported a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road. The officer then placed a parking ticket on the windshield of the vehicle, the station said.

The report indicates that Councilwoman Sheila Baccus moments later asked the officer what was going on, and the officer replied that he had just issued a ticket and that he’d previously given a verbal warning for the same violation, WBTW noted.

The report added that another woman emerged that the officer recognized as the individual previously warned about parking on the wrong side of the road, the station said.

‘Why are you harassing us?’

The report adds that Baccus then asked the officer, “Why are you harassing us? You don’t have anything better to do than write parking tickets?” WBTW reported.

The officer replied that it was his job and to contact Chief Kelvin Washington if she had a problem, the station said.

The report says Baccus then made a phone call and afterward said, “The chief said he will take care of this ticket,” WBTW noted.

The she offered her alleged coup de grace, according to the station, citing the report: “Take your white self back to the white neighborhood … you’re probably the kind that would shoot us in the back.”

The officer said he did not respond to Baccus’ comment and instead returned to his patrol car, WBTW said, according to the report.

What did the police chief have to say about the alleged incident?

Police Chief Kelvin Washington on Friday provided the following statement, according to the station:

“On June 17, 2020, an unattended white SUV was improperly parked on Oak Street. An officer approached the vehicle and placed a parking ticket on the vehicle for being improperly parked. It was later discovered that the vehicle was being operated by Councilwoman Sheila Baccus. The officer handled this interaction with Councilwoman Baccus with the highest level of professionalism, and he has my complete support. He did nothing wrong and said nothing wrong. He was simply just doing his job. Any questions about Councilwoman Baccus’ actions or comments that day would be best answered by her. The parking ticket was paid two days after the incident.”

The ticket was for $10, WPDE-TV reported.

WBTW said Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd also referred all questions about the incident to Baccus.

What did the councilwoman have to say?

The station said it reached out to Baccus for comment Thursday night and Friday morning. WBTW added that it reached out twice by phone Friday afternoon and that the station hadn’t received a response from her as of Friday night.

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South Carolina mayor pro tem resigns after public outrage over Facebook post comparing BLM to confederate flag

A councilman in Mauldin, South Carolina, resigned as mayor pro tem after public outrage over his Facebook posts comparing the confederate flag to minority activist groups, including Black Lives Matter.

The Mauldin City Council passed a motion admonishing Dale Black and accepting his resignation on Monday.

“Our minority community is hurting and our trust in each other is damaged,” said Mauldin Mayor Terry Merritt, according to WHNS-TV.

“Councilman Black’s over 23 years of public service for this city has been tarnished by his lack of sensitivity in sharing racially-insensitive posts on his personal Facebook account,” he added.

Black posted memes on his personal account that many called racist and insensitive. They were circulated on social media by angry activists:

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Another meme read, “Time to take down the pyramids! Pretty sure they were built on slavery!” Another read, “7 funerals, a golden casket, and broadcast on every major network for a man who was a violent felon and career criminal? Soldiers die and the family gets a flag,” apparently in reference to the death of George Floyd.

Black met with local leaders who were calling for his resignation and he apologized, but they were not appeased by the offering.

Protesters marched and held a rally at city hall to demand Black’s resignation.

“Recently, I received a Facebook message concerning the controversy involving historic monuments which I re-posted on my Facebook account. I regret this and now understand why that was offensive. As a public leader, I pledge that this will never happen again,” read a statement from Black.

Here’s a local news report about the controversy:


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Videos show violent protesters ganging up on and knocking out lone victims in streets

A recurring theme emerged at protests over the weekend: Namely that when you’re safely part of large group out for blood, pulverizing lone victims is like taking candy from a baby.

Three examples were caught on video — and some of the victims apparently were guilty of merely speaking out of turn.

In Portland, a man brought an American flag to a protest, and he soon was confronted and punched in the face by one of the protesters.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The clip published Sunday shows the mob converging around the man with the flag, who apparently never let go of it amid the melee.

But the man with the flag isn’t even one of the victims we’re counting here. See, another guy in light blue clothing rushed up to help defend him and appeared to punch one of the attackers:


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Seconds later the mob turned on the defending man and chased him down the street.


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Here’s the video — but keep reading below for Part Two. (Content warning: Language):

‘Who the f*** are you runnin’ your mouth like that, man?’

In a separate video, a few protesters could be seen catching up with the defending man and knocking him down (and out) on the street. But that wasn’t good enough for one of them, who kicked him in the head while he was motionless — and then bravely ran away.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

One of the protesters can be heard boasting, “Knocked his motherf***in’ ass out!” A nearby man can be heard asking, “Who the f*** are you runnin’ your mouth like that, man?”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

A pair of female protesters kindly attended to the man, but there was a bit of a price to pay — one of them wasn’t leaving without giving him a left-wing lecture and pointing a finger in his face: “You know this is the difference between us. We’re helping you, alright? Do not protest against black lives. And guess what? We’re showing up for you, even though you’ve been terrible to people.”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

A closeup shot of the street surface showed a tooth amid the puddle of blood from the man’s face:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Here’s the second clip. (Content warning: Language):

In our next installment, a video shows a group of protesters riding in — and on top of — a car in what appears to be Southern California.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

As the car crosses the intersection, one of the onlookers bellows out a “f*** you!” presumably directed at the protesters.

The clip then focuses on a man sitting on a bicycle on the sidewalk — and he raises his arms sideways at them, clearly a provocative gesture.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Some commentary on Twitter accuses the man of using the N-word, but a close listen to the clip’s audio doesn’t seem to support that — and there’s certainly no collective outrage one would expect upon hearing that word uttered in public.

With that, the a number of protesters get off the car and approach the man on the bike — and one of them punches him.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

He attempts to retreat down the sidewalk, but he’s quickly punched again — and this time knocked out, slumped motionless for several seconds against a building wall before a pair of people try helping him up.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

‘He’s calling police! Somebody get him!’

And that brings us to our final video, described as coming out of Columbia, South Carolina. The Twitter post indicates that a restaurant general manager was physically attacked.

In the video, a man can be heard yelling, “He’s calling police! Somebody get him!”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

With that a group converges around the man, and one person comes up and punches him in the face, knocking him to the sidewalk.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The group proceeds to attack the man while he’s apparently out cold on the ground. (Content warning: Language):

The reported location appears to be accurate, as the vantage point in the beginning of the clip matches a screenshot of video posted by The State newspaper showing three parked police cars — two of them on fire — in the background Saturday:


Image source: The State video screenshot

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Coronavirus recovery: South Carolina to re-open beaches and retail stores this week

South Carolina will be one of the first states to attempt to get back to some kind of normalcy. South Carolina plans to re-open public beaches and retail stores this week.

Gov. Henry McMaster (R) will announce on Monday the re-opening of public beaches and retail stores, the Post and Courier reported. Beaches and retail locations had previously been closed since March 30 because of the governor’s executive order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, state Sen. Stephen Goldfinch (R-S.C.) wrote on Facebook: “Beach Access being re-opened next week.”

On Friday. McMaster allowed access to public boat ramps and landings.

On Saturday, McMaster talked with fellow southeast governors about the potential recovery timeline for South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida.

“We discussed each state’s plans to safely get folks back into the workplace. Told them South Carolina was ready,” McMaster’s tweet read.

Currently, South Carolina has 4,246 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 119 deaths caused by the respiratory virus.

On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gave municipalities in his state the authority to re-open beaches, but only if it can be done safely while observing social distancing guidelines.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry re-opened Duval County beaches Friday afternoon, but they can only be used for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and surfing. Sunbathing, sitting in chairs, and groups of 50 or more are prohibited. The beaches will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, Texas announced that they would be re-opening the state in the near future. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) unveiled a new “Strike Force to Open Texas” to assist in the health and economic recovery.

Abbott did not provide a definitive date as to when he would re-open Texas, but teased that some retail stores could be open for business as early as May 1. Abbott will announce a more detailed strategy on April 27.

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South Carolina health group develops ‘life-saving’ device to make 1 ventilator work for 4 COVID-19 patients, plans to share method with the world

A not-for-profit health organization based in South Carolina announced Wednesday that it had invented a device that allows for one ventilator to be used to treat up to four coronavirus patients.

The organization, Prisma Health, said the device, called a VESper, or ventilation expansion splitter, has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is made using 3D print technology and can be produced at minimal cost using material already in use for medical devices.

The invention comes as a shortage of ventilators — which are used to treat people suffering from respiratory infection — has been reported by health officials around the world during the recent coronavirus pandemic.

Prisma said it plans to share the technology with hospitals across the United States and around the world, like in Italy, where the disease has ravaged the country and is overwhelming the health care system.

“We believe the device can be life-saving,” said Peter Tilkemeier, chair of the Department of Medicine at Prisma Health-Upstate.

According to the Greenville News, the device was the brainchild of Dr. Sarah Farris, an emergency physician who is also a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

After coming up with the idea, Farris worked collaboratively with her husband, who is a software engineer, and a pulmonologist to develop it.

“Immediately, we realized we had an opportunity to impact patient outcomes all over the country, and potentially beyond the U.S.,” said Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., chief academic officer for Prisma Health, in a statement. “What we needed was a collaborative team to put the plan in motion and close the loop between design, production, FDA approval and distribution to hospitals with critical need.”

Any hospital can download the source code and printing specifications for the device after registering online at www.prismahealth.org/VESper. The health organization is now working with other companies to scale production for distribution to COVID-19 “hot spots,” or areas of need, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews missing from SC primary coverage after sexism allegations, recent on-air controversies

MSNBC host Chris Matthews was not involved with his network’s South Carolina Democratic primary coverage over the weekend, indicating that he may have been sidelined after a recent allegation of sexism from a former guest in addition to other on-air controversies.

Laura Bassett, a journalist who has been an MSNBC guest in the past, wrote an op-ed for GQ that was published Friday accusing Matthews, 74, of using sexist and inappropriate language toward her while she was in studio. Fox News reported:

She recalled Matthews looking at her in an adjacent makeup chair before an appearance in 2016 and asking: ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?'” Bassett said she laughed nervously but Matthews kept making comments to the makeup artist. “Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her,” Matthews allegedly said.

She said he made another comment about her makeup during a separate appearance. “Make sure you wipe this off her face after the show,” she wrote he said to the makeup artist. “We don’t make her up so some guy at a bar can look at her like this.”

Bassett wrote an op-ed about these allegations in 2017, but didn’t name Matthews. It’s also not the first time Matthews has faced misconduct allegations in the workplace. MSNBC reportedly paid $40,000 in 2017 to a producer who claimed Matthews sexually harassed her.

The sexual harassment issue follows an apology Matthews had to issue last week after comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Nevada caucuses victory to the Nazi invasion of France.

Matthews also mistook Jaime Harrison, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, for Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott during an interview with Harrison. Both men are black.

Matthews played a clip showing Scott standing next to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who Harrison is running to unseat. Matthews asked Harrison on air, “Jaime, I see you standing next to the guy you’re going to beat right there, maybe? Maybe? Maybe, maybe? Lindsey Graham?”

Matthews realized his mistake shortly after, saying, “What am I saying? Big mistake. Mistaken identity, sir. Sorry.”

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Joe Biden projected to win South Carolina Dem primary, snapping Bernie’s winning streak

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the South Carolina Democratic Primary.

With less than 10% of votes tallies, almost every major news network had projected Biden’s victory. The Associated Press called the race in Biden’s favor immediately when the poll’s closed at 7 p.m. EST.

As of 8 p.m., Biden had won more than 50% of the vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders was in second, billionaire Tom Steyer was third, and Pete Buttigieg was in a distant fourth place.

The victory is Biden’s first of the 2020 Democratic primary. Biden’s strong support among African American voters undoubtedly help cement the victory.

The Associated Press reported:

African American voters in South Carolina backed Biden over any other candidate by a significant margin, according to AP VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of the electorate. Close to half of black voters supported him, compared with 2 in 10 supporting Sanders and about the same for businessman Tom Steyer.

There was also evidence that Biden’s status as former President Barack Obama’s two-term vice president helped him win over African Americans.

Biden’s win snaps winning streak. The socialist Vermont senator outright won the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucus and essentially tied with Buttigieg in Iowa.

Biden’s campaign hopes Saturday’s victory will provide a springboard for Super Tuesday, when voters in 14 states will go to the polls to award one-third of all delegates available in the primary. If Biden has a strong showing on Tuesday, it will complicate Sanders’ path to victory, which seemed certain after Nevada.

As far as delegates are concerned, Decision Desk HQ reported that Biden won at least 16 delegates in the Palmetto State, placing him in reach of Sanders.

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Joe Biden surges in South Carolina primary polls. Is it too late for a comeback?

Just as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seemed almost certain to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, former-Vice President Joe Biden might be making a major comeback.

Biden — who has struggled early in the 2020 campaign — is now up by double digits in recent South Carolina primary polls. Anything can happen, and if the Biden campaign clinches Saturday’s primary, Super Tuesday may be his to lose.

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere look at the most recent data points and weigh in on Biden’s chances.

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