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Democrats’ shameful vote against Tim Scott’s police reform bill

Thursday | June 25, 2020

by Marc A. Thiessen

We saw how seriously congressional Democrats were taking police reform when Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democratic leader, dismissed legislation introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as a “token, half-hearted approach.” For Durbin to question the seriousness and sincerity of Scott — a black man who has personally experienced police discrimination — was disgraceful. Scott said of Durbin’s comment, “to call this a token process hurts my soul.” 

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Tim Scott denounces Democrats and Pelosi for blocking police reform bill

Wednesday | June 24, 2020

by Susan Ferrechio

Sen. Tim Scott called out Democrats for blocking a Republican-authored police reform measure, arguing party lawmakers refused to debate the measure simply because it was written by the GOP in a presidential election year.

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Tim Scott: 'Tearing down history for the sake of anarchy is not how we make progress'

Tuesday | June 23, 2020

by Joshua Nelson

The desire to purge “all of history because it was ugly or negative really does not serve the American people well,” according to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

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Tim Scott: Police 'need more resources, not less resources' to compel reform

Sunday | June 21, 2020

by Justine Coleman

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Sunday that police “need more resources, not less resources” to compel reform within their departments after the death of George Floyd sparked calls for change across the country.

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‘Living His Mother’s American Dream’

Friday | June 19, 2020

by Tunku Varadarajan

Sen. Tim Scott discusses his police-reform bill, Dick Durbin’s put-down, and how Republicans can appeal to black voters.

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Tim Scott explains JUSTICE Act's police reforms, including end to chokeholds

Friday | June 19, 2020

by Tony Fortier-Bensen

U.S. Senator Tim Scott has been on the front lines of the JUSTICE Act, Congress's leading bill to reshape policing in America.

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GOP Sen. Tim Scott: I've choked on fear when stopped by police. We need the JUSTICE Act.

Thursday | June 18, 2020

by Tim Scott

We must offer more than words and social media posts. The JUSTICE Act will help us balance the scales of justice. It will help us breathe again.

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Charleston and North Charleston police chiefs say reform bill is a good step

Thursday | June 18, 2020

by Harve Jacobs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Lowcountry police chiefs say a proposed bill to reform police departments Is a good step. The bill, proposed by Sen. Tim Scott, is designed to make police departments more accountable. The legislation was sparked by the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville by police officers who are now facing murder charges. Both Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds and North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess reviewed … Continue Reading


SC Sen. Tim Scott unveils police reform bill, asks Democrats to cooperate

Wednesday | June 17, 2020

by Jamie Lovegrove

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott unveiled his much-anticipated law enforcement reform bill Wednesday in response to nationwide protests against police brutality and encouraged his Democratic colleagues to sign on, even as he acknowledged that his legislation may not go as far as they would prefer.

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Tim Scott: We must meet racism with love and peace

Tuesday | June 16, 2020

by Tim Scott

I remember Wednesday, June 17, 2015, like it was yesterday. I had just finished having dinner with my good friend, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, in Washington, D.C., and was sitting on my bed when the phone rang.

It was the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office with news of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church.

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Tim Scott, Once Quiet on Matters of Race, Embraces Key Role on Police Reform

Tuesday | June 16, 2020

by Catie Edmondson and Nicholas Fandos

The sole black Republican senator cited his personal experiences with racism as a vital perspective to his party’s approach to a law enforcement overhaul.

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Tim Scott: ‘A Lot of Overlap’ Between Parties on Chokeholds, De-Escalation

Saturday | June 13, 2020

by Ian Hanchett

On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said that he thinks there is “a lot of overlap” between the Republican police reform package that is being worked on and the package released by House Democrats. Scott said reducing chokeholds and de-escalation training are issues of common ground, but also stated that there are different approaches to use of force boards and no-knock warrants and there is a difference between the parties on qualified immunity.

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Tim Scott has for years highlighted racial tension with police. Now he's leading the GOP's effort to fix it.

Friday | June 12, 2020

by Lauren Fox

(CNN) In the wake of the death of George Floyd, Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, said he offered an idea to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Scott wanted to come by and talk about some proposals he had for reforming police.

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Scott's Challenge: Uniting Senate GOP Behind Police Overhaul

Thursday | June 11, 2020

by Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The GOP is looking for an answer on how to respond to national outrage over the police killing of George Floyd. And they are looking to Sen. Tim Scott to provide it.

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Tim Scott wades into the reckoning over race and police: 'I'm one person'

Thursday | June 11, 2020

by BURGESS EVERETT

The Senate's only black Republican opens up about leading his party's push for reform.

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Tim Scott Leads on Police Reform

Wednesday | June 10, 2020

by Karl Rove

The senator who once said ‘it’s too easy to be angry’ is focused on constructive action.

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Shay Hawkins: George Floyd's unheard voice – honor him by taking these steps for justice

Tuesday | June 2, 2020

by Shay Hawkins

To start, Congress can pass the Walter Scott Act, a bill Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., previously introduced to honor a black South Carolina man shot in the back during a daytime traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light.

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SC Democrats want GOP Sen. Tim Scott to speak out about police violence. He has.

Friday | May 29, 2020

by Caitlin Byrd and Schuyler Kropf

Scott has done it before. He gave a series of impassioned speeches on the Senate floor in 2016, including one where he talked about being stopped by police officers seven times in one year because of the color of his skin. He also acted as an arbitrator on race relations under the Trump administration when he rebuked the president’s equivocating comments after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Fauci praises South Carolina’s coronavirus response as one he would ‘almost want to clone’

Tuesday | May 12, 2020

by Caitlin Byrd

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert who has become a key figure in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, praised South Carolina for its handling of the virus as it prepares to further relax its restrictions next week.

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Boeing delivers protective equipment for MUSC workers

Tuesday | May 12, 2020

by Patrick Hoff

Three Boeing Dreamlifters, which are 747-400 jumbo jets converted to large cargo freighters, were used to transport the medical supplies. The supplies were held in the lower section of the planes while 787 component parts were flown in the main deck cargo hold.

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