GOP Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette debated Democratic rival Tally Parham Casey on Tuesday during a debate televised statewide. Among the topics: abortion, health care and education.

Evette, an Upstate businesswoman before taking her current job, said she wants four more years so she and Gov. Henry McMaster can continue good works.

“We’ve made South Carolina better for our children and our children’s children,” said Evette, the state’s first female lieutenant governor.

Casey, who is an attorney and served as the S.C. Air National Guard’s first female fighter pilot, pushed the message that she and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham are sharing:  “Joe Cunningham and I want you to have more freedoms, not less,” she said.

CITY PAPER OPINION:  Cunningham endorsed to be next governor

“What we like about former Congressman Joe Cunningham’s race to unseat a longtime Republican incumbent is how the Charleston resident focuses on South Carolina issues, not the mess that goes on in Washington.  While the incumbent fills the airwaves with garbage about Washington, it’s important to remember that South Carolina leaders, not those in Washington, are the ones who steer our state’s economy and educate our children. … Blaming Washington for everything is cheap theater that distracts voters from what’s what.”

In other headlines: 

New S.C. House committee meets to discuss state’s economic successThe bipartisan 12-member House panel met to discuss how to maintain the state’s economic success for the long-term future, as well as expanding access to cheap and reliable power.

McMaster signs electric vehicle executive order. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order Thursday that will focus on efforts to recruit electric vehicle-related businesses to South Carolina.

Pence to speak at Wofford College. Former Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at Wofford College in Spartanburg ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Mace, Cunningham discuss marijuana on campaign trail. Decriminalization of marijuana has become a bipartisan issue in South Carolina. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., this week said President Joe Biden’s pardoning of simple possession of marijuana is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Her recently proposed bill will help more people, she said. Meanwhile the guy who once held her job but now is running for governor, Democratic candidate Joe Cunningham, called the incumbent governor an obstructionist to getting medical and recreational marijuana legalized in South Carolina.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects killer Roof’s appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by mass murderer Dylann Roof who challenged his death sentence and conviction of racist slayings in 2015 of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

COVID update: 3,122 new cases, 4 deaths. South Carolina had 869 fewer cases of Covid-19 between Oct. 2-8 than the previous reporting period (Sept.25-Oct. 1), state officials reported Oct. 11. Four people died from the virus between Oct. 2-8.

Sunday brings 10 shooting deaths in three S.C. counties. Five people in Inman are dead after a Sunday night shooting, according to authorities. Five others died in apparently related cases in Horry and Richland counties on Sunday, according to published reports. A man is in custody in those cases.

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