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  1. Bill Cotty, politician who helped bring the Confederate flag off the S.C. Statehouse dome, dies at 69Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | The Washington Post

    Bill Cotty, a former South Carolina state representative who helped bring the Confederate flag off the Statehouse dome, died July 23 at his home in Columbia, S.C. He was 69. Mr. Cotty, a Republican, helped develop the 2000 compromise that moved the Confederate flag from the dome to a 30-foot pole beside a monument to Confederate soldiers. It was a move he'd advocated since his 1994 election as a way to promote racial unity.


  2. The intrigue, leaks, drama, speed, volume, havoc, politics of email in 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 25 | Washington Post

    South Carolina state Rep. Walt McLeod, delegate Mel Hart, Jan Bilton, delegate Lauren Bilton and William Bilton pose at Benjamin Franklin's grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds in Philadelphia. Somewhere on their 12-hour car trip up the interstate from Columbia, S.C., to Philadelphia, William Bilton, a former prosecutor with an infectious personality, turned to his 26-year-old daughter, Lauren, who was looking down at a small screen, preoccupied as usual, and made an offer.


  3. Meteorologists shouldn't just 'stick to the weather,' they should openly discuss climate changeRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 12 | The Washington Post

    It is perhaps the most frustrating response I encounter as a meteorologist when I write about climate change. It stems from doubts about climate change or the view that it's a political issue, one that shouldn't contaminate straight weather reporting.


  4. Confederate flag flies once again - for a few hours - at the South Carolina statehouseRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 11 | The Washington Post

    Supporters of the Confederate flag raise it on a temporary flagpole on the grounds of the statehouse in Columbia, S.C., at a rally on Sunday. Counter-protesters showed up but the event was peaceful.


  5. Before it asks for statehood, D.C. already faces a constitutional crisisRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jul 9 | The Washington Post

    Residents listen to Paul Strauss, D.C.'s shadow senator, speak during the release of a draft constitution in May. The D.C. Council is poised to put a popular idea before voters in November: should D.C. become the 51st state ? But there's a catch, and it's a doozy: If District voters endorse a complicated ballot measure for statehood, they essentially would be giving up their right to decide anything else about the future state - from how it's organized to how it's governed. The ballot referendum proposed by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, which the D.C. Council will consider on Tuesday, asks voters to "approve" a constitution that does not yet exist.


  6. Shakespeare Theatre pauses its admin building bid in SouthwestRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 7 | The Washington Post

    Image rendering of the proposed mixed-use project The Bard located at 6th and I Streets SW; the view is along 6th Street. Courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company.


  7. American sports leagues expanding faster than, well, Americans themselvesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Our own wondrous United States of America once widened across the continent. Apparently, MLS now has its own Manifest Destiny.


  8. Forgiving Dylann Roof is taking a heavy toll on those left behind. But they're not giving up.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2016 | The Washington Post

    A person walks past a large mural with the likeness of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina.


  9. How a D.C. political novice unseated long-time Council member Vincent OrangeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 15, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Brightwood native Robert White defeated long-time D.C. Council member Vincent Orange in the Democratic primary for an at-large seat. He's on the Kennedy Street corridor, one of the struggling commercial strips he'd like to see revitalized.


  10. D.C.'s board of elections makes it shockingly easy to snoop on your fellow votersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 14, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Tamika Smalls, the Precinct 58 captain, overseas the day's operations as local voters head to the polling center for this year's primary. A little-known law in the nation's capital is leading to complaints over the way it lets anyone on the Internet find out D.C. voters' names, addresses, voting history and political affiliations, with little more than a click or two.


  11. Segregated cemeteryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 7, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Parks and recreation director John Williams inspects a fence at Greenwood Cemetery in Waco, Tex., that segregated black and white graves for generations. But for those who are dead, the Jim Crow segregation that plagued much of the South until the 1960s is very much alive in one of the city's historic cemeteries.


  12. The South Carolina police files: Gunslinging raids, coverups and magical dog sniffsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 31, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Jonny McCoy didn't intend to practice criminal law. "I wanted to be like Tom Cruise in 'The Firm,' " says the Myrtle Beach, S.C.,-based attorney.


  13. Congress is about to drop the hammer on D.C.'s attempt at fiscal freedomRead the original story w/Photo

    May 24, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Supporters of D.C. statehood call for an end to "taxation without representation" outside the Capitol building. The District's effort to declare fiscal independence from Congress is about to run into a wall of opposition in the House of Representatives.


  14. Five myths about D.C. home ruleRead the original story w/Photo

    May 20, 2016 | The Washington Post

    The District of Columbia operates a $13 billion budget , but it can't technically spend that money without approval from Congress. District residents have been voting for their own mayors and legislators for more than 40 years, but representatives from the hinterlands are still allowed to weigh in on how the city conducts its business, thanks to language in the Home Rule Act of 1973 that treats D.C.'s budget like that of a federal agency.


  15. Neighborhood activist sues Justice Department over obtaining conviction ratesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2016 | The Washington Post

    A neighborhood activist from the District sued the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court this week seeking information on what happens to the thousands of people arrested each year on crimes from robbery to murder. It is the latest chapter in Denise Rucker Krepp's six-month campaign to force federal prosecutors in the District to disclose conviction rates to the public.


  16. South Carolina lawmakers pass bill banning abortion after 19 weeksRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2016 | The Washington Post

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has said she will almost certainly sign the South Carolina abortion bill passed May 17. COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Legislature passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting abortion after 19 weeks, becoming the 17th state to pass the restrictive ban. The legislation will now head to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk.


  17. George Zimmerman inserted himself into 2016 politics. Now a Clinton ally is tying him to Trump.Read the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks next to Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 23 in Columbia, S.C. On Wednesday night, George Zimmerman attempted to auction off the gun he used to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. In the process, he inserted himself in the 2016 presidential race by claiming that the proceeds of the sale would benefit an effort to defeat "Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric."


  18. Bernie Sandersa s plans have surprisingly small benefits for Americaa s poorest peopleRead the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Bernie Sanders listens to a speech at the State House in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 18. As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders prepared to campaign across the South a couple of months ago, there was a moment when it looked as though the senator from Vermont had found an opening in a region with some of the country's poorest places . Clinton had supported the 1996 welfare reform effort during her husband's presidency.


  19. Who are the #NeverTrump refuseniks?Read the original story w/Photo

    May 5, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Jeb Bush, center, speaks at his South Carolina Republican presidential primary rally in Columbia, S.C., in February. To the dismay of superficial media types who like neat political labels, there is no easy way to characterize the developing split between the #NeverTrump and Trumpkin Republicans.


  20. Powerful photos show what it looks like when the worlda s waters riseRead the original story

    May 5, 2016 | The Washington Post

    The historic deluge that flooded South Carolina in October submerged entire neighborhoods. As Hurricane Joaquin sailed by the East Coast, the rain grew so intense that it busted more than 10 dams, sending water surging downstream.


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