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Senator Mia McLeod wants the state to (rightfully) reimburse pregnant people for being forced (or coerced) to give birth

Columbia — A bill that’s been prefiled for the 2020 state legislative session aims to force anti-choice politicians walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

S. 928, prefiled by state Senator Mia McLeod, would reimburse pregnant people who were forced or coerced into giving birth. Read the rest of this entry »

The South Carolina Senate is trying to push through an unconstitutional total ban on abortion with unprecedented out-of-session move

Columbia — If the GOP is in charge, chances are there’s always something sneaky going on.

Case in point: the South Carolina Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Republicans call for special order to ban second trimester abortions

Columbia — The party of big intrusive government is at it again in the state legislature.

This time, the Republicans want to ban abortions in the second trimester.

According to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina president Vicki Ringer, the GOP called for a special order on H. 3548, a bill that passed the House under regular rules in the winter because the GOP hates women.

Imagine if these arrogant politicians dictated to doctors how to perform open heart surgery or a colonoscopy, both of which are much more dangerous for women than abortion.

And conservatives ever wonder why no self-respecting woman will ever vote for them.

Let’s send H. 3548 to its graveyard. Call your state Senator or text 50409 to the Resistbot to find your state Senators and demand they vote no on H. 3548!

South Carolina House introduces bill to ban Medicaid patients from receiving health care

Columbia — The South Carolina House of Representatives have introduced another bill that would essentially ban Medicaid patients from receiving any kind of health care.

The bill is known as H. 4491, and it defunds the only health care provider in the state that accepts Medicaid patients, Planned Parenthood. If H. 4491 is passed into law, there will be absolutely no alternatives for Medicaid patients in South Carolina for health care.

Vicki Ringer, the director of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina, writes:

Attention : major announcement for tomorrow morning March 7 th :
Friends, the House Judiciary Subcommittee is holding a hearing tomorrow morning at 9 am in Room 516 of the Blatt Building on the State House grounds (it’s between the Gressette Building and Pendleton Street). The bill is H. 4491 which prevents patients on Medicaid from coming to abortion clinics for pap smears, breast exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings and other health care. This is the “defund Planned Parenthood” bill.

It has absolutely no impact on the number of abortions performed because state and federal law already prohibit funding for abortion. And though the bill says it affects abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood is the only one affected because we’re the only one which accepts Medicaid.

We really need people who will testify so we can fill the agenda and perhaps slow down a vote or prevent a vote tomorrow.

You don’t need any facts or statistics. Just talk about how politicians are interfering with women’s health care choices, taking away women’s option to go to an already trusted health care provider, making it more difficult for low income women to seek care, hurting women over and over again. It’s getting really tiring having to constantly defend our basic rights to care. Legislators have decided that they haven’t punished us enough this year.

Please come tomorrow and show your support AGAIN for our reproductive rights in SC.

Please forward this to all your networks and contacts. Share on social media. Post on Facebook. Let’s fill the room again!

Thank you so much!


With the state being much worse off now than it was in 1986, waging a War on South Carolina Women is what this crooked conservative state does best.

November 6, where are you?

h/t Elaine Cooper

Victory, although subdued: Permitless carry, open carry bill dead for 2017


Columbia — The regular session of the South Carolina state legislature has ended.

It ended at 17:00 today and while it is a major defeat for many adults due to the failure of the legislature to even consider the bill decriminalizing marijuana, this session did turn out to be a subdued victory for our children.

That’s because the South Carolina Senate ran out of time to pass a dangerous House bill that endangers our children and their public welfare and public safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislator who hardly ever stepped foot in a public school wants to give teachers the right to kill your five-year-old kid simply for misbehaving (video NSFW)

Columbia — Once again, another state legislator who has rarely (if ever) stepped foot in a public school wants to give teachers to right to kill your young child simply for misbehaving.

The proposal, now sponsored by state Representative Josh Putman (R-Piedmont), would allow for teachers, some of whom have had past issues with behavior, to carry guns.

What’s worse: they would be allowed to carry guns concealed. What that means is that no one will know whether the teacher carrying has anger issues currently or has had anger issues in the past.

One only has to go back to Tuesday, November 15, in Baltimore City to see the terrifying prospects of allowing teachers to carry guns in public schools. Read the rest of this entry »

SCETV, run by conservative extremists, airing a sandwich show instead of Trapped


Columbia — South Carolina hates women.

That’s the clear message being sent – not just from Nikki Haley and Lee Bright – but also from the state’s very own public broadcasting station that’s overrun with ultraconservative donors.

The most useless group of PBS affiliates in the history of the US will air Sandwiches That You Will Like instead of Trapped, the latter of which an outright majority of South Carolinians wanted to watch, at 22:00 Monday (photo of DirecTV guide above).

And not one person at SCETV is talking about their immoral decision.

Let them hear it from you.

Send them tweets at @SCETV and call their office at 737-3200 and demand that they air Trapped or else you will no longer donate to SCETV!

Update at 22:03: WCES-HD, one of the 46 low-band VHF stations nationwide and a Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) affiliate, is also refusing to air Trapped on Monday night. They instead will air The Queen’s Castle. Image of guide is via my Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10. Tweet to GPB and ask them why are they allowing local stations to preempt Trapped.


UPDATE at 14:18: It’s come to our attention that Savannah’s WVAN, the local GPB affiliate for Allendale, Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties, is also refusing to air Trapped. Like WCES, WVAN will air The Queen’s Castle at 22:00 Monday. Screenshot of guide via Zap2It:


H/T @TrappedDoc

Richland County Sheriff’s officer arrested for domestic violence

Columbia — A female Richland County Sheriff’s Department officer has been arrested for domestic violence.

Curtis Wilson, the Lieutenant for the sheriff’s department, said that Officer Sharmeen Crandell turned herself into the Columbia Police Office Sunday night around 22:00.

Officers said Officer Crandell has been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Domestic Violence in the First Degree.

She will be fired from the RCSD before Memorial Day.

WAR ON SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN: State passes unconstitutional ban on abortion that has no exceptions for the life of the mother


Columbia — See you in court, legislature.

South Carolina representatives passed one of the most extreme – and unconstitutional – restrictions on abortion, the first nationally since neighboring North Carolina’s Senate Bill 353 in July 2013.

“This is a dangerous bill for South Carolina women …, made even more extreme by removing exceptions for victims of rape and incest,” said Alyssa Miller, South Carolina director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, in a statement.

“The reality is that abortion later in pregnancy is extremely rare and often takes place in complex and difficult situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available,” she added.

These are the following representatives who voted for the bill, with local representatives in bold.

Allison, Merita A.

Anthony, Michael A. (DINO)

Atwater, Todd K.

Ballentine, Nathan

Bannister, Bruce W.

Bedingfield, Eric M.

Bingham, Kenneth A.

Bowers, William K. (DINO)

Bradley, Jeffrey A.

Brannon, Norman D.

Brown, Grady A. (DINO)

Burns, James Mikell

Chumley, William M.

Clary, Gary E.

Clemmons, Alan D.

Cole, J. Derham, Jr.

Collins, Neal A.

Crawford, Heather Ammons

Crosby, William E.

Daning, Joseph S.

Delleney, F. Gregory, Jr.

Duckworth, Gregory D.

Erickson, Shannon S.

Felder, Raye

Finlay, Kirkman, III

Forrester, P. Michael

Fry, Russell W.

Funderburk, Laurie Slade (DINO)

Gagnon, Craig A.

George, J. Wayne (DINO)

Goldfinch, Stephen L., Jr.

Hamilton, Daniel P.

Hardee, Kevin

Hayes, Coach Jackie E. (DINO)

Henderson, Phyllis J.

Herbkersman, William G.

Hicks, Donna C.

Hill, Jonathon D.

Hiott, David R.

Hixon, William M.

Horne, Jenny Anderson

Huggins, Chip

Johnson, Jeffrey E.

Jordan, Wallace H., Jr.

Kennedy, Ralph Shealy, Jr.

Loftis, Dwight A.

Long, Deborah A.

Lowe, Phillip D.

Lucas, James H.

McCoy, Peter M., Jr.

Merrill, James H.

Moss, Dennis C.

Moss, V. Stephen

Nanney, Wendy K.

Newton, Wm. Weston J.

Ott, Russell L. (DINO)

Pitts, Michael A.

Pope, Thomas E.

Putnam, Joshua A.

Quinn, Rick

Ridgeway, Robert L., III (DINO)

Riley, R. Shannon

Rivers, Samuel, Jr.

Ryhal, Mike

Sandifer, William E., III

Simrill, J. Gary

Smith, G. Murrell, Jr.

Smith, Garry R.

Sottile, F. Michael

Spires, L. Kit

Stringer, Tommy M.

Tallon, Edward R., Sr.

Taylor, Bill

Thayer, Anne J.

Toole, McLain R.

White, W. Brian

Whitmire, William R.

Willis, Mark N.

Yow, Richard L.

Bill Clyburn, who represents Aiken, and Jerry Govan, who represents Hampton County, were excused from the vote. Two other local representatives, Aiken County Republicans Chris Corley and Don Wells, did not vote.

And here’s Rep. Todd Rutherford with the tweet of the night:


Raw Story

Sex worker implicated in Mother’s Day murder


Columbia — A 41-year-old Upper Midlands sex worker was arrested and charged with murdering a young man on Mother’s Day.

According to the Columbia Police Office, the sex worker, identified as Natalia Tucker, was on the job on Mother’s Day and got into a dispute with a 25-year-old customer over her rates. The incident happened at the Coronet Motel on MAIN ST in Columbia.

That’s when Ms. Tucker pulled out a small pistol and shot her client in the head.  His body was found during a routine inspection by motel employees during the daylight hours.

Columbia Police Office deputies also allege that Ms. Tucker stole the dead man’s car after offing him.

Ms. Tucker, 41, became the prime suspect in the murder before Mother’s Day ended.  She was arrested on the job at MAIN ST and ELMWOOD AV on Thursday and is charged with murder and possession of stolen goods, with the “goods” being the victim’s vehicle.

Note: Photo is a stock image and is not the image of the suspect.

Violent transphobic bigot Lee Bright intros bill to allow cis men to murder trans women in the men’s room

Under a bill introduced by violent bigot Lee Bright, it would be illegal for unisex restrooms like this one at the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health center in Barnwell to exist.

COLUMBIA — Violent transphobic bigot Lee Bright has no conscience.


Nor does he learn from other states that tried to discriminate and foment violence against transgender people.

Earlier tonight, Bright introduced a North Carolina style HB 2 bill that would wipe out all local non-discrimination ordinances (such as the ordinances in Charleston and Folly Beach) and would ban state-owned business from building unisex restrooms and locker rooms.

Furthermore, the bill would allow cisgender men to assault and kill transgender women in the men’s locker rooms and men’s restrooms.

North Carolina passed HB 2 less than 24 hours after Charlotte, the largest city in the Tri-State region, exercised proper authority to outlaw all forms of discrimination, the same ordinance that the two aforementioned SC cities and more than 210 US cities have on the books.

In case if Bright thinks this bill is a good idea, Paypal – which received millions in tax incentives to build a facility in NC – immediately ceased the project at 12:01 am on March 24, firing the first shots against bigotry by economically boycotting NC.

Spartanburg Herald Journal

Practicing consensual sex, BDSM will land you on the sex offender registry under a proposed law under the false guise of combating sex trafficking


Dominatrices are among a large group of people who would be classified as sex offenders under a new bill sponsored by Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

COLUMBIA — Are you a kinkster who practices safe BDSM?

That will land you on the state’s sex offender registry if the politicians in Columbia have their way on a bill sponsored by Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

Under the false guise of battling sex trafficking, all consensual sex will be classified as a sex offense under a bill that got initial approval last week.  Sex with someone who is classified as “profoundly mentally disabled” – even if it is consensual – will carry enhanced penalties, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

Someone caught a second time having consensual sex of any kind, regardless of circumstance or situation, would have to pay between $500 and $3,000, or face up to six months in jail.  A judge also would have the authority to place the kinkster(s) on a sex offender registry for up to five years.

A third offense would carry a fine between $1,500 and $5,000, and mandate the offender be placed on the registry.  He or she would have to petition a judge to be removed from the list.  All of this, again, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

 Here’s a list of activities that would be criminalized as sex offenses under the Shealy proposal:

  • BDSM, even consensual
  • Cock-and-ball torture, even consensual
  • Female domination, even consensual
  • Sugar baby/Sugar Daddy (Sugar Mama)
  • Cuckold
  • All other fetishes, even consensual
  • All other kinds of sexual activity, even freebies, even consensual

Paying for dates could also classify as a sexual offense requiring registration in the state.

Sex trafficking is a major scourge on our society.  However, we should not be criminalizing payments for sex between consenting adults – let alone classify sex work as sex offenses.  There’s far more effective ways to combat sex trafficking, such as decriminalization of sex work.

Shealy’s plan, and those like them, have failed miserably.  The legislature needs to scrap this bill and try a new approach.

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