Bailey: The most important SC election issue that no one is talking about | Commentary


Education is the single most important thing government does in South Carolina. Given how badly we do it — pick any national ranking — you would expect education would be a central issue in our upcoming election. You would be wrong, of course.

Joe Cunningham, this year’s sacrificial Democrat, has bet the house on legalizing pot and sports betting and (in a last-minute addendum) eliminating the state’s income tax. Gov. Henry McMaster, who ran (and lost) his first election against Fritz Hollings when Cunningham was 4 years old, has a compact reelection pitch: I’m the Republican.

South Carolina’s natural assets of mild weather and good beaches, low taxes and corporate giveaways will only take us so far. It’s education — and to be clear, not…

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