APNewsBreak: Wrongful death suits filed in SC prison riot

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two federal lawsuits filed Tuesday claim South Carolina corrections officials violated prisoners' constitutional rights by failing to prevent a riot in which seven inmates were k...

Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Rep...

Rivals Biden, Harris to circle each other in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris are circling each other again — this time in South Carolina, a crucial early-voting state that will ...

South Carolina Democrat posts $1.5M in challenge to Graham

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Democratic National Committee official has posted a record-breaking fundraising haul in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Campa...

House Democrats train 2020 focus on minority, young voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of House Democrats' political arm wants to build on 2018 midterm gains by turning out more voters who are young and diverse. Democratic Congressional...

5 networks launch protest of South Carolina Dems' MSNBC deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five major networks are protesting the South Carolina Democratic Party's decision to grant MSNBC exclusive live rights to show this weekend's party convention. ...

South Carolina's 'World Famous Fish Fry' reels in 2020 Dems

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry" has been part of South Carolina politics for nearly three decades, but this year it's a showpiece event in the run-up to...

Booker campaign gets 2020 jolt with pushback against Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker's supporters have spent months waiting for a moment when the charismatic senator could break through a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. That opening c...

Campaign focus on economic issues vital to black community

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It's a campaign focus this weekend on economic issues important to the black community for some of the Democratic presidential candidates. A forum in Charlest...

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke has taken a path somewhat less traveled as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential p...

Planned Parenthood forum on abortion drawing Dem candidates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With abortion emerging as a high-profile issue in the 2020 presidential race, many of the Democrats seeking their party's nomination plan to attend a forum on reproductive rights...

Presidential campaign raises SC mayor's national profile

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina is playing a visible role in many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' visits to his state. He usher...

Kamala Harris says prosecutor past will help defeat Trump

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Kamala Harris played up her experience as a prosecutor on Saturday, telling a mostly black crowd in South Carolina that her prosecutorial credentials have given her...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday released his plan for reforming public education, including halting federal funding of new charter schools and banning ...

Biden, Buttigieg are keeping 2020 focus on South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden's visit to a South Carolina church Sunday is part of his 2020 presidential campaign's outreach to black voters, who play a pivotal role in the early-vo...