In Wednesday’s night only gubernatorial debate between Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic opponent Joe Cunningham, the two argued over same-sex marriage, abortion, gun laws, marijuana and more. McMaster stood firm on his position against same-sex marriage. Cunningham replied: “I don’t care who you are or who you love. I don’t think it’s government’s role to be getting in the middle of that.”

Cunningham and McMaster discussed the effects of the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision earlier this year, and what it means for abortions in the state and other precedent-setting rulings like same-sex marriage. Cunningham’s push for the legalization of marijuana and sports betting were also discussed. 

The two also shared similar opinions on raising teacher pay, the state’s early voting law and accepting the outcome of this year’s election. 

If re-elected, McMaster would become the longest-serving governor in South Carolina history. Meanwhile, a win for Cunningham would make him the first Democratic governor in two decades. 

In other headlines: 

Deputy superintendent dedicated to foster cultural change. Anita Huggins is the new deputy superintendent in charge of Charleston County schools, and in her new role, plans to focus on changing the workforce culture of how teachers are treated and paid.

​​UofSC back to USC. The University of South Carolina is officially reverting back to its old acronym of “USC,” the school announced Wednesday. The update will take full effect starting in January.

Charleston looks for ways to make crossings safer. A group of concerned residents and city officials are looking at ways to improve intersections across the Charleston peninsula to help make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street without fear of being hit.

City of Charleston to discuss pay increases for workers. The City of Charleston is considering raising wages for city employees to keep up with the increased cost of living. The proposed adjustment would increase the minimum wage to $16.35.

  • To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.