South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham makes move toward presidential run

...Graham has been a close ally of Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee who lost to Obama.Former state House Speaker David Wilkins will head Graham's organization. Wilkins was chairman of President George W. Bush's 2004...

Expense money beefs up SC legislators' salaries

...and $12,750 for postage and in-district expenses.Even though Courson lives in Columbia, just minutes from the State House, he also received $9,666 last year to cover the cost of food and lodging while the Legislature was in session.

Fired Atlanta fire chief to give testimony at Abilene Baptist

...as a result of his "extreme bias.""Southern Baptists are a large population here in Georgia," he said. "I think (the debate) is going to be a force behind the new (religious freedom) legislation coming through the state House."

Tax hikes looms to fix Georgia roads

...two-year or three-year plan. We are looking for a long-term plan to bring that much money in every year," said state House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts.Roberts and his Senate counterpart conducted eight field hearings over the summer...

A true hometown hero

...and marry the woman who became his wife of 67 years, the former Betty Bird Foy.The young attorney won a seat in the state House of Representatives in 1954 and in the state Senate in 1956. Sanders' solid, distinguished leadership propelled him...

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley names former ethics commission chairman as her next chief of staff

...Pitts replaced Stirling.Pitts, a major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, represented Lexington in the state House from 2003 until 2010, when he received a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. During her three terms in the...

Georgia races

...infrastructure investments to support relocating the Army Cyber Command and opening a Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon STATE HOUSE 125 NAME: Earnest Smith (Democrat*)AGE: 61FAMILY: Wife, Patricia; daughterEMPLOYMENT: Unemployed; former...

Political newcomer challenges incumbent for House District 125 seat

...at the military post.Smith was first elected to the state House in a special election in December 2009 to fill the term...It'll be close."He hopes being a Republi can in the state House will help him introduce legislation that benefits Augusta...

SC voter turnout lowest in 40 years

...voters cast ballots in an election in which all incumbents seeking re-election to statewide offices, congressional and state House seats won another term. Agency spokesman Chris Whitmire says that marks only the second time that turnout dipped below...

Lieutenant governor candidates Repub­lican Henry McMaster, Democrat Bakari Sellers debate experience, vision

...the page from McMaster's decades-old ideas.Sellers argued that he has more practical experience as a four-term state House member, despite being 37 years younger than McMaster, who's 67. He noted that Nikki Haley had served three terms...