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Southern Lawmakers Rethink Long-Standing Opposition to Medicaid Expansion

KFF Health News, February 16, 2024 CBS News, February 16, 2024 US News & World Report, February 18, 2024 By Daniel Chang and Andy Miller Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, […]

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Democracy Most Urgent Issue Facing America

Quinnipiac University national poll of registered voters January 31, 2024 MOST URGENT ISSUE Given a list of 10 issues and asked which is the most urgent one facing the country today, 24 percent of voters say preserving democracy in the United States, 20 percent say the economy, and 20 percent say immigration. There are wide

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Conservative groups bash effort to allow ranked-choice voting

Post & Courier January 26, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers are considering bipartisan legislation to allow municipalities the option to adopt a ranked-choice “instant runoff” system to elect some local offices amid concerns over high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections some communities face each year. The bill, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Rep. Jermaine Johnson and Easley

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State and National Organizations to Rally at Statehouse for Municipal Election System Choice

Better Ballot SC, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Principles First, FairVote, Country First, Rank The Vote, Veterans For All Voters, Braver Angels Soda City Alliance, Business for Democracy   Media Advisory January 19, 2024 Contact Frank Knapp, 803-600-6874, fknapp@scsbc.org Who: Better Ballot SC, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Principles First, FairVote, Country First,

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SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855

January 9, 2024 The Honorable Tom Davis, Chairman SC Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee 203 Gressette Building Columbia, SC  29201 Re: Senate Bill 855 Dear Senator Davis, The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855. The bill calls for the creation of the Healthcare Market Reform Measures Study Committee to “study whether to

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Charleston’s wet winter has begun. Here’s why, and what it means for coming months.

Post and Courier December 26, 2023 By Toby Cox According to the National Weather Service, downtown Charleston typically sees 2.41 inches of rain in December. This year, the city has seen 5.18 inches as of Dec. 25, with additional rain forecast through the end of the month and into the new year. “We have this

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Debate on instant runoff voting continues in Charleston, experts weigh in

WCSC-TV (Charleston, SC) December 26, 2023 Watch Video By Molly McBride CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – After a push to allow instant runoff voting in South Carolina, one state representative from the Lowcountry is warning against the highly debated election method. Instant runoff voting, or ranked-choice voting, is an election method that’s not currently allowed in South Carolina. Here’s

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Editorial: Charleston should back effort to allow ranked-choice voting

Post and Courier December 16, 2023 BY THE EDITORIAL STAFF We believe Charleston Mayor-elect William Cogswell still would be Charleston’s mayor-elect if the city had used a ranked-choice voting system this year rather than the traditional method, which involved both a general municipal election and then a runoff two weeks later; after all, Mr. Cogswell

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Charleston is first to seek instant-runoff voting

Statehouse Report December 15, 2023 By Skyler Baldwin   Statewide advocacy groups are lauding a coming proposal by Charleston leaders who are asking the state legislature to allow municipalities to use instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, in future local elections. Such a move would void the need for costly runoffs, say groups backing

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Outgoing Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg to urge SC to support a new way to vote

Charleston Post and Courier December 14, 2023 By Ali Rockett At his final City Council meeting, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg plans to introduce a resolution supporting a change to the way South Carolina voters elect their local officials. The resolution, which was released Dec. 14 ahead of the council’s Dec. 19 meeting, calls on the state’s

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