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  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is drawing on her native South Carolina's struggles with racist violence during her time as governor, arguing Thursday that the Republican Party is best positioned to lead the country alongside a continued diversification of its ranks. Haley was feted at The Citadel, where a Republican group made her the first woman to receive its highest honor. It was the former South Carolina governor's first speech in her home state since departing the Trump administration. Haley received the Nathan Hale Patriot Award, an honor that comes along with a replica Revolutionary War musket. Previous recipients include Donald Trump in 2015.
  • The South Carolina House has overwhelmingly approved its new districts that appear to maintain Republican dominance in the chamber and protect many, but not all, incumbents. The 96-14 vote likely locks in the maps, because the Senate traditionally doesn't alter the House maps, and the House does the same for the other chamber. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster also is almost certain to sign off on the plan. Legal challenges to the maps are practically guaranteed, but they aren't significantly different from the districts drawn after the 2010 U.S census. The Senate returns to special session Monday to consider its maps.
  • Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is being feted at The Citadel, where a Republican group is making her the first woman to receive its highest honor. It's the former South Carolina governor's first speech in her home state since departing the Trump administration. On Thursday night, Haley will receive the Nathan Hale Patriot Award, an honor that comes along with a replica Revolutionary War musket. Previous recipients include Donald Trump in 2015, former White House adviser Steve Bannon in 2018 and then-Vice President Mike Pence last year. As Haley ponders her next political steps, the setting is a well-worn stop for politicians seeking exposure in the first-in-the-South presidential primary state.
  • The South Carolina House started its redistricting special session with an assurance that they will likely handle nothing but new maps for state House and Senate and U.S. House districts. House members approved a resolution Wednesday requiring them to take up redistricting as their first priority and stay on the bill until it gets all the way through the legislative process. With only three days planned for the special session, that wouldn't give enough time to pass anything else. The most conservative members of the Republican dominated House want the chamber to take up bills banning mandates for vaccines or masks and other COVID-19 items.
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In their book, Justice Deferred - Race and the Supreme Court (2021, Belknap Press), historian Orville Vernon Burton and civil rights lawyer Armand Derfner shine a powerful light on the Court’s race record—a legacy at times uplifting, but more often distressing and sometimes disgraceful. Justice Deferred is the first book that comprehensively charts the Court’s race jurisprudence.

The Supreme Court is usually seen as protector of our liberties: it ended segregation, was a guarantor of fair trials, and safeguarded free speech and the vote. But this narrative derives mostly from a short period, from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Before then, the Court spent a century largely ignoring or suppressing basic rights, while the fifty years since 1970 have witnessed a mostly accelerating retreat from racial justice.

On this week's edition of Walter Edgar's Journal, Burton and Derfner tell many of the sometimes-surprising stories behind the Supreme Court’s rulings.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
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    This edition of the South Carolina Lede for December 4, 2021 features: analysis of the current redistricting maps before state lawmakers; an update on the status of legal challenges against federal vaccine mandates; a break down the Twitter fight this week between Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA); and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 30, 2021, features the latest on the Omicron variant of COVID-19, a look at the candidates running to fill the late Hugh Leatherman's state senate seat, analysis of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, and more.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
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    Several years ago our next guest opened his own real estate appraisal company. Then the challenges resulting from the pandemic brought him to create a mobile app for appraisers and homeowners. Prior to the pandemic he was also co-owner of a restaurant and that experience led him to launch a new restaurant concept. He holds a Master of Science of Real Estate and Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. Mike Switzer interviews Paul Ryll, owner of Oscar Mike Appraisal Group and Parsley & Mint restaurant in Greenville, SC.
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    If you’ve lived in South Carolina for any length of time, the odds are you’ve tried boiled peanuts. That is our official state snack, after all. Our next guest’s company is attempting to capitalize on that fact and the snack’s popularity but also by emphasizing the health benefit. Mike Switzer interviews Lauren Marcinkoski, CEO of Luray Peanut Company, in Bluffton, SC.
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South Carolina Public Radio News Updates
This year, Walter Edgar's Journal celebrates 21 years on the air by offering encore episodes from our vault. On November 10, Dr. Bernard Powers joined in a virtual celebration of the Journal at 21, a conversation driven by questions from our listeners.
Watch the Zoom event Celebrating the Journal at 21
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