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.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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