Today is South Carolina’s primary runoff election. GOP voters can select a lieutenant governor candidate and a superintendent of education candidate; and in Lexington County, they can choose a County Council member. The Democrats have one lone statewide race on the ballot: superintendent of education. You can vote in the runoff of the same primary you voted in two weeks ago; and if you didn’t vote at all two weeks ago, you can vote in either party’s runoff. More primary runoff FAQs are available here.
A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s ban on political robocalls is unconstitutional.
All eyes will be on the state Supreme Court today at 2:30 p.m. as lawyers for the House speaker face off against the state attorney general. Stream it live here.
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a detailed report on the increasing militarization of police departments nationwide, finding that military tactics, vehicles and weapons are used disproportionately against people of color committing small-scale crimes. “We found that police overwhelmingly use SWAT raids not for extreme emergencies like hostage situations but to carry out such basic police work as serving warrants or searching for a small amount of drugs,” said Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel with the ACLU’s Center for Justice, in a press release. What’s that got to do with South Carolina? The Richland County Sheriff’s Department was an early adopter of decommissioned military equipment, with the county buying a tank dubbed The Peacemaker way back in 2008. The City of Columbia, too, has an armored military transport; in a memo justifying its purchase, the department wrote the carrier is needed to “protect our officers and the public during high risk counter drug and counter terrorism operations within the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina,” The Nerve reported in February.
The Miss South Carolina pageant starts today in Columbia, with contestants facing “an interview, talent, evening wear, on-stage question and physical fitness competition.” (Free Times invites you to imagine, for a moment, men taking part in a similar contest.) The final round takes place Saturday.