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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Trump-backed candidate challenging Rep. Nancy Mace in the Republican primary has taken to South Carolina’s coastal airwaves with a “six-figure” digital and television ad buy seeking to contrast herself against the incumbent. Katie Arrington’s 30-second spot was provided to The Associated Press in advance of its release. It features voters – as customers – seeking a “refund” on their choice of Mace, saying “she turned her back on Trump.” This ad is the first to directly contrast these two candidates in the closely watched primary. Trump soured on Mace after she voted to certify that the voters chose Joe Biden to be president.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina jurist Michelle Childs is one step closer to confirmation for the federal court typically seen as a proving ground for the nation’s highest bench. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-5 Thursday to approve Childs’ nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote. Childs has been a federal judge on South Carolina’s District Court for more than a decade. Earlier this year, she was on a shortlist of candidates being considered by President Joe Biden for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her bipartisan supporters include Democratic U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.
CHESTER, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended a Chester County magistrate for six months for improperly using her judicial email account. Chester County Magistrate Angel Underwood is married to a former sheriff awaiting sentencing on federal charges and has been reprimanded by the justices before. In Wednesday’s order, the justices say Underwood eroded public trust by using her email to help her husband write a disciplinary order on a sheriff’s office employee and forward crime tips from the sheriff’s office Facebook page. Underwood’s husband, Alex, was convicted in federal court of stealing money from government programs and other abuses of his power and is awaiting sentencing.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Republican Ellen Weaver has received endorsements from a number of party leaders across South Carolina in her campaign for education superintendent. That includes a nod from South Carolina’s Conservative Future, a political action committee whose honorary chairman John Warren tells The Associated Press that Weaver, a school-choice advocate, is “by far the most qualified candidate in her knowledge, skillset, and conservative beliefs.” Warren launched his PAC after forcing Gov. Henry McMaster into a 2018 GOP runoff. Superintendent Molly Spearman’s decision not to seek a third term has created a wide-open race. Weaver is one of six Republican candidates. Three Democrats are also running.