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South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott will become the first ever African-American senator from the state. Governor Nikki Haley appointed him Monday to replace Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning to run a conservative think tank.

The South Carolina State House was packed with reporters and visitors waiting to watch history.

"It is with great pleasure that I am appointing our next U.S. senator to be Congressman Tim Scott," Governor Nikki Haley said as the crowd applauded and a few even yelled.

At the moment, all 18 South Carolina state agencies have their own chief information officers responsible for keeping the data doors locked against bad guys. But these CIOs are far from confident.

One told the inspector general "what scares me is what I don't know." Another said South Carolina's statewide information security ranks two out of five "on a good day."

None of this is a surprise to Charlotte attorney and security consultant Chris Swecker.

North Carolina leaders are still deciding whether they'll expand Medicaid to cover almost 680,000 more uninsured adults. The expansion became an optional part of President Obama's health care law because of a Supreme Court ruling.

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to give every American access to health insurance. For low-income people, the Medicaid expansion is a huge part of that.

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says nearly 6 million residents had their social security and bank account numbers stolen by hackers in a September attack. At a press conference today, Haley released new details from Mandiant, the information security firm hired to investigate the attack.

Election Change On SC Ballot

Nov 9, 2012

Unbeknownst to many South Carolina voters, they're being asked to change the state's constitution next week, and the outcome will affect future elections. 

In South Carolina, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. About half of states do it that way – including North Carolina.  Next week, South Carolina voters will have a chance to change that and put their top two executives on the same ticket.  

But the constitutional amendment on South Carolina's ballot Tuesday has garnered little attention.

Election Change On SC Ballot

Nov 2, 2012

Unbeknownst to many South Carolina voters, they're being asked to change the state's constitution next week, and the outcome will affect future elections. 

In South Carolina, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. About half of states do it that way – including North Carolina.  Next week, South Carolina voters will have a chance to change that and put their top two executives on the same ticket.  

But the constitutional amendment on South Carolina's ballot Tuesday has garnered little attention.

Scope Of SC Cyber-Attack Widens

Nov 1, 2012

The cyber-attack that experts already believe is the largest on a state tax agency - ever - just got bigger. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Wednesday the tax returns of more than 650,000 businesses may also have been exposed – on top of the 3.6 million individual returns previously announced.

“I am probably more frustrated than you know to have to do these daily press conferences, but what I will tell you is as we go through this process, every time we find out something new we are gonna continue to tell you,” said a grim-faced Haley.

SC Hacking Costs Capped At $12M

Oct 30, 2012

More than a quarter of a million South Carolina residents have signed up for free credit protection since the state announced a major hacking incident that exposed 3.6 million Social Security numbers and more than 300,000 credit and debit card numbers at the Department of Revenue. 

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Tuesday the credit monitoring company Experian has agreed to cap expenses to the state at $12 million. Haley says any taxpayer who enrolls in the free coverage will have their credit reports scrutinized daily for an entire year.   

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wasted no time parlaying her prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention into a fundraising pitch. Facebook and Twitter messages from the governor urged supporters to give now and "ensure America's Comeback Team is elected in November!"  But there's a problem with that pitch.

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Governor Nikki Haley has proven a polarizing figure during her first 10 months in office. Some of her loudest critics are members of her own Republican Party. She's been the subject of numerous media reports that challenge her claims of success in creating jobs and spending tax dollars wisely. Now, Haley has embarked on a seven-city tour to tout her accomplishments and grade lawmakers. 

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