HCDP’s New Leaders Look to the Future

By Bob Gatty The Horry County Democratic Party (HCDP) is charging into the future with a new leadership team determined to attract new voters and candidates and elect them to office. “Hopefully, we will be able to accomplish many good things, but the main thing is that we have to be inclusive. We’ll take any […]

Standing Against Asian Hate

By Bob Gatty It was a beautiful spring evening March 24 when some 50 students, educators, and others gathered on the lawn at Coastal Carolina University to express solidarity with their Asian brothers and sisters who have been so tragically targeted since the Covid 19 pandemic struck America just about one year ago. Prompted by [...]

Protect Gun Rights, Bash Gays: GOP Priorities

By Bob Gatty Republicans are showing no inclination to change their priorities. Gun rights and gay bashing are still right there at the top of their lists. That was evident last week when obsession with gun rights and intolerance for members of the LGBTQ community appeared to be enough for 172 Republicans to vote against […]

It’s Time to Challenge Rep. Tom Rice On His Voting Record

By. V. Susan Hutchinson Representative Tom Rice (SC-7) is inviting constituents to come out for Coffee with Congressman Tom Rice on Tuesday, March 23 from 3pm to 4pm at Chapin Library in Myrtle Beach. Tom Rice is giving Horry County residents a chance to challenge him on his voting record these past few months, although […]

Legislative Update February 2021

By David Higham Horry County Government HORRY COUNTY COUNCIL EXPANDS BUDGET:  The Council voted 11-1 on February 2 to approve a planned spending increase, raising the overall budget by $22 million to a total of $481 million.  A third reading of the ordinance will be required before the changes become official.  With this expanded budget […]

GOP Transgender Ignorance on Full Display

By V. Susan Hutchinson This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Surprisingly three GOP representatives voted to pass the legislation; however, the rest continued to show their disdain for the rights of the LGBTQ community, especially those who are transgender. Some […]

HCDP Marches in March to Ensure Protection of Voter Rights

By Barbara Sloan On May 8, 1966, a rainy Mothers Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke to a mostly African-American audience in the small town of Kingstree, SC in Williamsburg County. The Williamsburg County Voters League sponsored the gathering of about 5,000 people where King spoke about the importance of voting. “Let us march […]

From Slave Ships to the Awakening of Demons

By Bob Gatty Eight generations ago, a young woman was forced aboard a slave ship bound for America. Her name was Hanna Hemingway, and today her great grandson, seven times removed, Cedric Blain-Spain, is a prominent leader in the Horry County community and Democratic politics. In an interview commemorating Black History Month, Blain-Spain shared some […]

President Biden Follows Through on His Commitment to Healthcare For All

By John Bitzegaio and V. Susan Hutchinson On January 28, 2021, President Joe Biden took two actions related to healthcare. By signing the Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act as well as issuing a Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad, Biden is already following through with his commitment […]