Nikki Haley

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law's use of taxpayer funds.

Nikki Haley
South Carolina Government

So South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is headed to New York, to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. Her appointment by president-elect Donald Trump was a bit of a surprise, given that she hasn't been a big Trump supporter.

Nikki Haley
South Carolina Government

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to make an announcement Wednesday night of who she backs in the South Carolina GOP Primary.

Haley’s endorsement comes just days before South Carolina Republicans vote in their primary. And her pick, according to The State newspaper – Senator Marco Rubio.

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has joined a number of Republican lawmakers opposing a proposal to move some or all detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the state.

Tom Bullock

The South Carolina legislature voted Tuesday to allow debate this summer on moving a Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. Lawmakers are in Columbia to work on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, but Governor Nikki Haley, the state’s U.S. Senators, and a number of other government and business leaders have called for lawmakers to remove the flag. The push to take down the flag comes in the wake of last week's shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. 

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered at the state capitol to ask lawmakers to take down the flag. WFAE's Tom Bullock talks with WFAE's Mark Rumsey about the day:

The call to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol grounds has gained a powerful supporter.  Governor Nikki Haley said it’s time to take down a symbol that divides the state. 

Haley said the shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston last week made people look at the Confederate flag differently. Flanked by politicians from both parties, she called on state lawmakers to remove it. 

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is demanding that legislators cut personal income taxes to make South Carolina more competitive with neighboring states. But some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle disagree with her analysis.

South Carolinians already pay less in income taxes than their counterparts in North Carolina and Georgia, as well as most other states that collect the tax. The state tax code puts South Carolina's top rate at 7 percent, but the state’s effective tax rate - what people actually pay - averages just under 3 percent. 

A children's rights group says South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban harms children with gay parents.  The Lawyers' Committee for Children's Rights says in court papers filed last week that children of gay couples thrive like any kids in two-parent homes but are discriminated against by South Carolina's law.    The nonprofit advocacy group filed its papers Wednesday in one of the lawsuits challenging South Carolina's ban on gay marriage.


S.C. Gov. Haley, senators face election challenges

Mar 30, 2014

The filing deadline for state and federal candidates running in this year's elections in South Carolina is at noon today. It's already clear that incumbents will face primary challengers.  Governor Nikki Haley is again being opposed by state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in a repeat of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Six Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian have filed to oppose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, while a Republican and two Democrats have entered the race against U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who has never run in a statewide election.

  U.S. Senators are poised to pass a measure this week that would mean new taxes for South Carolina online shoppers who frequent Amazon. The state granted Amazon an exemption to collecting sales tax until 2016, but that deal would end if Congress passes the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act.