February 11, 2016

Jeb Bush campaigns in South Carolina

GOP presidential candidate, former Florida governor Jeb Bush made stops in South Carolina Thursday.

At a rally in Columbia Bush took swipes at the president and Donald Trump. “Our country is now imperiled because we have a person who only thinks about himself and Donald Trump is just like that,” said Bush.

Bush told the crowd that he is the true candidate in the presidential race. “Trump is high jacking the conservative cause, but I believe in it in my heart and soul. It is what I believe to be true and I am an evangelist for the conservative movement,” Bush said.

Closing out the rally in Columbia Bush simply asked the crowd for their vote. “If you haven’t supported me, I hope you’ll consider it,” said Bush.

Bush also made a stop Thursday in Sumter.

Bush, who did not done well in Iowa and New Hampshire, is looking to South Carolina for a strong showing. The state GOP presidential is Saturday February, 20th.



Kasich and Rubio vow ‘respectful’ campaign during stops in Grand Strand

John Kasich speaks at Applewood Pancake House in Pawleys Island (Image: Kasich campaign/Twitter)

John Kasich speaks at Applewood Pancake House in Pawleys Island (Image: Kasich campaign/Twitter)

During campaign stops in the Grand Strand Thursday, Republican presidential candidates John Kasich and Marco Rubio pledged they would refrain from personal attacks on their GOP rivals.

But Kasich also vowed to defend himself when targeted by another candidate. “If somebody wants to poke at me — and they do, they’re already starting — that’s okay,” he said while stopped at a pancake restaurant on Pawleys Island. “I’m not going to be a pincushion, though. I don’t take crap from anybody.”

And even Rubio told his audience at Crown Reef Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach that he still plans to point out differences between himself and fellow candidates, particularly Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

“We’re going to talk about the differences in a respectful way. Because when Republicans tear each other up, the Democrats cheer,” he said to applause. “When conservatives tear each other up, the liberals cheer.”

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SCRN 5:30 Newscast

Included in this evening’s newscast:

— Republican presidential candidates are saturating the state this afternoon. Hear from John Kasich and Marco Rubio.

— Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet has resigned from his position.

— A Richland County councilman was sentenced after admitting he did not file his state income taxes for three years.

— Federal judge in Charleston again delayed  a trial date for Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston Emanuel AME church shooter.


Dorchester County coroner resigns, governor names replacement

Chris Nisbet (Image: Dorchester County)

Chris Nisbet (Image: Dorchester County)

Gov. Nikki Haley has promoted Dorchester County’s chief deputy coroner to the office’s top position, one day after the previous county coroner resigned to face misconduct charges.

The Governor’s Office issued an executive order Thursday naming Alice Durr to the position. Voters will choose the new coroner in November.

She replaces previous coroner Christopher Nisbet, who resigned from his position on Monday. Nisbet was charged in September 2015 after he chased down his neighbor with a county-owned vehicle and pulled a gun during that neighbor’s confrontation with a repossession worker. The governor had already suspended Nisbet in October after a grand jury indicted him.

An affidavit released by the State Law Enforcement Division states a responding Summerville Police officer smelled alcohol on Nisbet after responding to the incident. The coroner admitted he had been drinking beforehand, according to the incident report, but said the other man had pulled a gun on the repo man.

Dashboard camera footage showed Nisbet holding a handgun at his side as the officer pulls up to the scene. The video also shows Nisbet not responding as the officer repeatedly orders him to drop the weapon.

Nisbet is out of jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Richland County councilman pleads guilty for failure to pay taxes

Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington (Image: Richland County)

Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington (Image: Richland County)

A Richland County councilman was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday after admitting he did not file his state income taxes for three years.

However, the circuit judge ruled that probation could be lifted once Kelvin Washington pays a $2,500 fine and $1,000 more in court costs.

Washington, who recently left his job with the state Department of Transportation told the court Wednesday he neglected his personal finances while trying to balance his job and his service as a councilman. “The minutiae of life just got in the way and, of course, doing the things I’ve done in the community, I just didn’t take care of my personal assets,” he told Circuit Judge J. Mark Hayes. “Transitioning from public work with (the Department of Transportation), I just got behind.”

Prosecutors said Washington did not file income tax returns from 2012 to 2014 and was charged with three counts of willful failure to file taxes by the state Department of Revenue. They said Wednesday that Washington paid more than $7,000 in back taxes back in October after they confronted him. He also paid a $1,000 fee on top of his fine.

Washington’s guilty plea comes a month after former Columbia city councilman Brian DeQuincey Newman pleaded guilty to similar charges. He also received probation and a fine.

SCDOR officials said they discovered the unreported income last year while auditing how Richland County handled revenues from a 2012 sales tax increase. Known as the “Penny Tax,” revenue from the additional one percent tax were to go toward transportation needs in Richland County.
Prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office said it is routine for auditors to investigate the income taxes of officials involved whenever it looks into financial questions about programs such as the sales tax.