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House unanimously approves back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers
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The House on Saturday unanimously approved legislation to provide retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers after the government shutdown ends. The vote was 407-0.

The White House said Friday that it “strongly supports” the legislation and urged its “swift” passage, even while warning that the single bill alone “will not address the serious consequences of the funding lapse.”

The Senate is still deciding how to proceed with the legislation, a Democratic leadership aide said, adding that it is unlikely the Senate will act on it today.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that it is "cruel" to promise pay in the future but not allow federal workers to go back to work while the shutdown continues.

"It's really cruel to tell workers they'll receive back pay once the government opens and then refuse to open the government," he said. "Let's open the government."

Reid said the message being sent to federal workers is: "Stay home. Watch TV. Play chess. Whatever you want to do, because we won't let you work."

Approximately 800,000 government employees are furloughed during the shutdown.

Workers deemed essential and who are currently on the job will be paid for their work during the shutdown, although their paychecks could be delayed. But furloughed employees need congressional approval to receive back pay.

After past shutdowns, Congress passed similar measures, but federal employee unions had warned early in this impasse that there was no guarantee that Congress would act..

During the budget stalemate, the GOP-led House has passed a series of bills to fund some of the most popular programs impacted by the funding lapse - like national parks and care for veterans. But the Senate has declined to take up those piecemeal measures, saying that the government should instead be fully reopened.

"I'm glad to see at the very least that the Senate has plans to take up this bill," Rep. Hal Rogers R-Ky., said of the Senate's likely action on the back pay legislation. "Stop the presses! The Senate's going to take up a bill!"

The back pay measure was introduced by Democrat Jim Moran of Northern Virginia, which has one of the country’s highest populations of federal workers.

"The issue is fairness," Moran said on the House floor. "It's just wrong for hundreds of thousands of federal employees not to know whether they're going to be able to make their mortgage payment, not to know whether they're going to be able to provide for their families."

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner lauded the passage of the measure and called for a resolution to the shutdown that includes measures to modify the Obama-backed health care reform legislation.

“It’s encouraging to see both parties come together to provide fairness for the 800,000 federal workers hurt by this shutdown," he said. "Now we should do something about the 800,000 jobs being destroyed by the president’s health care law."

Democrats continued to say they want GOP leaders to allow a vote on a government funding bill without add-ons that would make major changes to Obamacare.

Saying that ensuring retroactive pay was "the right thing to do," Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said the fact that furloughed workers remain unable to go to work "highlights the sheer folly" of the ongoing government shutdown.

The House's move comes as the shutdown stretches into its fifth day. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Barack Obama again called on House leaders to put the "clean" funding bill up for a vote.

"We know that there are enough members in the House of Representatives -- Democrats and Republicans -- who are prepared to vote to reopen the government today," he said. "The only thing that is keeping that from happening is Speaker Boehner has made a decision that he is going to hold out to see if he can get additional concessions from us."


NBC's Kasie Hunt grills Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on whether or not he supports giving back pay to furloughed government workers during this government shutdown.

If the Senate does take up the bill, a fast-track process could allow the bill to be passed as early as Saturday, although that move would require every senator to agree.

In an interview with NBC News, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas -- whose lengthy argument against Obamacare last month galvanized the GOP opposition to the short-term budget bill that led to the ongoing shutdown -- would not say whether or not he will object to the agreement.

“I support the House working cooperatively to resolve this, to fund the government, and at the same time, to prevent the enormous harms Obamacare is inflicting on millions of Americans,” he said.

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The mother of former Georgia Tech standout and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was among 46 nonviolent drug offenders to get their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama on Monday.

Katina Smith was sent to prison for narcotics trafficking in 2000, a crime for which she was supposed to serve 24 years. However, in the largest number of commutations made by a president since the 1960s, Obama reduced that sentence Monday, ordering Smith to be released Nov. 10 — two years earlier than expected.

Smith, 42, was convicted in the Middle District of Georgia on one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. She is currently housed at the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Fla., according to prison records.

Thomas’ mother was offered and refused a reduced sentence for testifying against her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, who was arrested alongside her in 1999 for crack cocaine distribution. Minnie Thomas was reportedly sentenced to life in prison since she was a third-time offender and will remain in prison, where she and Smith have been since Demaryius was 11 years old.

Obama reportedly wrote a personal letter to each of the prisoners whose sentences he commuted, the majority of whom were sentenced to more than 2o years in prison, with 14 sentenced to life. The White House released a video Monday in which the president said their sentences “didn’t fit the crime.”

“These men and women were not hardened criminals,” Obama said.

Thomas, a Montrose native who attended Georgia Tech, was selected by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He posted a Facebook photo of his mother Monday with the caption: “God is good.. Great news today, My Best lady come home November 10.. Godbless..”

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reuters Jul-13-2015 139 0
President Barack Obama reduced the prison sentences of 46 inmates on Monday, bringing the commutations he has granted to a total of 89, a number still far shy of the thousands his administration originally estimated it would make.

Obama has said reforming the complex U.S. criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes is one of the top priorities for his remaining time in office.

"Their punishments didn't fit the crimes," Obama said of those whose sentences he commuted in a video statement on Monday.

Obama said he hoped to work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on criminal justice reforms. But so far legislative fixes have stalled in Congress.

With only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States accounts for about 25 percent of the world's prison population, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Justice Department launched a program in April 2014 to systematically identify prisoners serving time for crimes they were sentenced for under laws that have since been changed to carry less severe punishments. Traditionally, presidents have granted pardons or commutations on a one-off basis.

Justice Department officials estimated the review would affect thousands, especially crack cocaine offenders sentenced when the drug still carried a sentence equivalent to someone caught with 100 times the same amount of powder cocaine.

But lawyers tasked with reviewing applications for reduced sentences say the complexity of the cases, and high number of applications, caught them off guard and created a backlog.

"The response was overwhelming," said Cynthia Roseberry, director of Clemency Project 2014, which works with volunteer lawyers to process applications for the Justice Department to consider.

Roseberry's team received 18,000 applications in the first two weeks of the clemency initiative. They have now received 30,000 and determined 13,000 failed to qualify.

Roseberry said lawyers were now racing against the clock to review as many applications as possible before Obama leaves office in early 2017.

Applicants qualify only if they have no record of violence, no significant ties to a gang or drug cartel, have been in prison at least 10 years and have demonstrated good behavior while incarcerated.

Only very recently has the review process started running effectively, said George O'Connell, a California-based former U.S. Attorney now providing pro bono legal assistance to prisoners.

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AP Jul-09-2015 155 0
More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner will be removed Friday in a state where such a reversal seemed unthinkable a month ago.

The flag will be pulled down from the Capitol's front lawn and the flagpole it flies on during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, said Chaney Adams, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Then, the banner will be taken to the Confederate Relic Room for display.

Haley will sign the bill — which passed the state House early Thursday after 13 hours of debate — at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Statehouse lobby. The measure requires that the flag come down within 24 hours of her signature.

After the House passed the bill, there were hugs, tears and high fives in the chamber. Members snapped selfies and pumped their fists. But some expressed sadness that part of their heritage is being threatened.

Hours after the vote, Republican Rep. Jonathon Hill said he feared the move could be part of a regional or nationwide campaign targeting Confederate and Civil War-era history.

"Hopefully it ends here, and we move forward, and we can put all of this behind us," said Hill, one of 27 House members who opposed removing the flag on a key vote. He said he won't attend Friday's ceremony because of obligations in his district.

The push to bring it down altogether was revived after nine black churchgoers, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, were gunned down during Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17.

Police said the white gunman's motivation was racial hatred. Then, photos surfaced of the suspect, Dylann Roof, posing with Confederate flags and other Civil War symbols, and burning an American flag. Roof has yet to enter a plea to nine counts of murder, but Republicans who long courted Confederate flag supporters quickly abandoned them after the killings.

"I am 44 years old. I never thought I'd see this moment. I stand with people who never thought they would see this as well," said House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, who called the victims martyrs. "It's emotional for us not just because it came down, but why it came down."

Republican Rep. Rick Quinn, who offered an amendment that would have delayed the flag's removal, was satisfied after lawmakers promised to find money for a special display in the state's Confederate Relic Room for the flag being removed, as well as the one taken down from the dome in 2000.

Back-to-back votes enabling the flag's removal came around 1 a.m. Thursday after more than 13 hours of passionate and contentious debate.

As House members deliberated, there were tears of anger and shared memories of Civil War ancestors. Black Democrats, frustrated at being asked to show grace to Civil War soldiers as the debate wore on, warned that the state was embarrassing itself.

Changing the Senate bill could have meant taking weeks or even months to remove the flag, perhaps blunting momentum that has grown since the church massacre.

Rep. Jenny Horne, noting that Confederate President Jefferson Davis was her ancestor, scolded fellow Republicans for stalling the debate with dozens of amendments.

She cried as she remembered Pinckney's funeral and his widow, who was hiding with one of their daughters in a church office as the gunman fired dozens of shots.

"For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it!" she screamed into a microphone.

She said later that didn't intend to speak, but got frustrated with her party members.

Opponents of removing the flag talked about grandparents who passed down family treasures and lamented that the flag had been "hijacked" or "abducted" by racists.

Rep. Mike Pitts, who remembered playing with a Confederate ancestor's cavalry sword while growing up, said that for him, the flag is a reminder of how dirt-poor Southern farmers fought Yankees not because they hated blacks or supported slavery, but because their land was being invaded.

Those soldiers should be respected just as soldiers who fought in the Middle East or Afghanistan, he said, recalling his own military service. Pitts then turned to a lawmaker he called a dear friend, recalling how his black colleague nearly died in Vietnam.

But black lawmakers had their own family stories to tell. Joe Neal talked about tracing his family back to four brothers. They were brought to America in chains and bought by a slave owner named Neal, who changed their last names and pulled them apart from their families.

"The whole world is asking, is South Carolina really going to change, or will it hold to an ugly tradition of prejudice and discrimination and hide behind heritage as an excuse for it," Neal said.

Other Democrats suggested that any delay would enable Ku Klux Klan members to dance around the flag during a rally they planned for July 18.

Instead, Democrats invoked a phrase Gov. Haley often says, calling it "a great day in South Carolina."
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The governor issued her own statement: "It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and on," she said.

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Emily Badger Jul-08-2015 161 0
When the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, it barred the outright racial discrimination that was then routine. It also required the government to go one step further — to actively dismantle segregation and foster integration in its place — a mandate that for decades has been largely forgotten, neglected and unenforced.

Now, on Wednesday, the Obama administration will announce long-awaited rules designed to repair the law’s unfulfilled promise and promote the kind of racially integrated neighborhoods that have long eluded deeply segregated cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The new rules, a top demand of civil-rights groups, will require cities and towns all over the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and to publicly report, every three to five years, the results. Communities will also have to set goals, which will be tracked over time, for how they will further reduce segregation.

“This is the most serious effort that HUD has ever undertaken to do that,” says Julian Castro, the secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development, who will announce the new rules in Chicago on Wednesday. “I believe that it’s historic.”

Officials insist that they want to work with and not punish communities where segregation exists. But the new reports will make it harder to conceal when communities consistently flout the law. And in the most flagrant cases, HUD holds out the possibility of withholding a portion of the billions of dollars of federal funding it hands out each year

The prospect of the new rules, which will also cover housing patterns that exclude other groups like the disabled, has already spurred intense debate. Civil rights groups pushed for even tougher rules but say HUD’s plans represent an important advancement on what’s been one of the most fraught frontiers of racial progress.

“Housing discrimination is the unfinished business of civil rights,” says Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. “It goes right to the heart of our divide from one another. It goes right to the heart of whether you believe that African American people’s lives matter, that you respect them, that you believe they can be your neighbors, that you want them to play with your children.”

But conservatives have sounded alarm. Republicans in the House of Representatives, worried by what they see as government intrusion into local planning, have already tried to defund implementation of the rule. Conservative commentators say it represents an experiment in “social engineering” in which the federal government will force white suburbs to change their racial makeup.

“Let local communities do what’s best in their communities, and I would predict we’d end up with a freer and fairer society in 20 years than we have today,” says Rick Manning, the president of Americans for Limited Government. “Far freer and fairer than anything that would be dictated from Washington.”

The centerpiece of the new rule is a vast trove of geographic data covering every community in the country — its racial makeup, its poverty rate, its concentration of housing vouchers and public housing, as well as the quality of its schools and its public transit. Nearly all of this data, already gathered by the government, comes from publicly available sources like the Census. But HUD hopes the database will enable communities to more clearly track where poverty and segregation overlap, where housing voucher recipients live relative to good schools, which neighborhoods contain no affordable housing at all.

The premise of the rule is that all of this mapped data will make hidden barriers visible — and that once communities see them, they will be much harder to ignore.

The administration’s announcement comes less than two weeks after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the power of the Fair Housing Act to ban housing policies that harm minorities. After a years-long delay, it is also arriving during a rare civil-rights moment, as the nation returns to familiar questions from the 1960s about the underlying causes of racial unrest in American cities.

“There is no question in my mind that part of the issue with Baltimore or Ferguson is about the relationship between the community and the police, but it’s much deeper than that,” Castro says. “It’s also fundamentally about people having opportunity in their lives. And where you live, in many ways, dictates the level of opportunity that you have.”

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SABRINA CASERTA Jul-01-2015 158 0
Corrupt ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for attempting to bribe his way onto New York City's Republican mayoral ballot in 2013.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas imposed the sentence in White Plains Federal Court on the once-powerful Queens pol, who was stone-faced throughout the proceeding.

Karas also sentenced former Queens GOP leader Vincent Tabone to 3 1/2 years for his role in the convoluted $200,000 scheme to buy Smith’s way into City Hall.

“Bribes and kickbacks should never play a role in the selection of candidates for public office,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

“By attempting to buy and sell a spot on New York City’s mayoral ballot, Malcolm Smith and Vincent Tabone corrupted one of the most fundamental tenets of the democratic process, that candidates cannot bribe their way onto a ballot.”

Prosecutors said Smith, the former Democratic majority leader in the state Senate, tried to buy the Republican nomination by having a rich developer — who was actually an undercover FBI agent — pay for the the backing of the Bronx and Queens Republican machines. Smith also agreed to steer $500,000 in state money towards a real estate development in Spring Valley, N.Y., for the undercover agent and a cooperating witness.

Smith, who represented parts of Queens, did not speak in court.

He had sought a sentence of only a year and a day, arguing that he pursued the bribery scheme not for financial gain but out of a desire to help the people of New York City.

“He wasn't buying a seat; he was just looking for the opportunity to run,” his attorney Gerald Shargel said.

But Karas wasn’t buying that argument, though he did note Smith’s “good deeds” factored in the sentence.

“Just because Mr. Smith wasn't lining his pockets, doesn't mean he wasn't engaging in good, old-fashioned bribery,” Karas said. “The person who benefited the most in this scheme is the one who wanted to be the mayor, even if he wanted to be a good mayor.”

Prosecutors said Tabone accepted $20,000 during a boozy dinner at Sparks Steak House in Midtown on Smith’s behalf from the undercover FBI agent. He also attempted to persuade a witness in the case to not testify against him.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions. Politics can be a noble and worthy endeavor, but my conduct was not. It was dead wrong. If you do what I did, you'll be where I am,” Tabone said.

Former City Councilman Dan Halloran, who attempted to negotiate the bribes for Smith’s spot on the ballot, has already been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Shargel said Smith would appeal the sentence. He must surrender on Sept. 21 and asked to be locked up at Otisville Correctional Facility.

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Jun-25-2015 209 0
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the reach of the Obama health care law, rescuing the program from a potentially fatal legal challenge for the second time since Obamacare's inception.

By a 6-3 vote, the justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter," the court wrote in its majority opinion .

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the dissenters, said people should start calling the law "SCOTUScare."

"This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare."

More than six million lower-income Americans who get their health insurance through the federal marketplace or exchange — HealthCare.Gov — depend on the subsidies, reducing their premiums an average of 72 percent, saving an average of $270 a month.

Opponents of the law claimed that the actual wording of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress made subsidies available only to insurance customers who bought their policies through "an exchange established by the state" where the policyholders live.
If the challengers had prevailed, customers who bought their insurance on the federal exchange — by far the majority of those insured by Obamacare — would have lost the subsidies. Only 16 states now have their own health exchanges up and running.

The health insurance industry had warned that if the challenge succeeded, the Affordable Care Act would have entered a "death spiral" — with costs rising for a shrinking number of participants, eventually causing the system to collapse.

Among the law's provisions are requirements that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions and that nearly all Americans obtain health insurance. Congress knew that those components of the health care system would not work, the Obama administration had argued, if the subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of people were available only on state exchanges

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Chuck Todd Jun-23-2015 156 0
It's 48 -- the percentage of Americans approving of President Obama's job. Why is that number important? Because the poll shows -- once again -- how Hillary Clinton and Obama are inextricably tied together. And so an Obama approval in the high 40s is good news for Hillary's general-election prospects (see her current leads in the poll against Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker), and an Obama approval in the low 40s is bad news (like we saw in 2014).

To see how Obama and Hillary are tied to each other, just consider the favorable/unfavorable ratings for each.
•Overall: Obama 45%-41%, Clinton 44%-40%
•Men: Obama 42%-44%, Clinton 35%-48%
•Women: Obama 47%-39%, Clinton 52%-34%
•African Americans: Obama 86%-2%, Clinton 81%-3%
•Latinos: Obama 53%-28%, Clinton 51%-22%
•18-34: Obama 53%-26%, Clinton 46%-27%
•Whites: Obama 37%-50%, Clinton 37%-48%
•Democrats: Obama 81%-11%, Clinton 75%-10%
•Independents: Obama 36%-40%, Clinton 34%-40%.

President Obama performs slightly better among men; Hillary performs better with women. Obama does slightly better with those ages 18-34; Clinton performs slightly better with whites. But outside those MINOR differences, their numbers are essentially the same. And that dynamic is so important to understand when it comes to a general election a year and a half from now. Oh, and don't forget this: George W. Bush's approval rating at this same point in time heading into the 2008 contest was 29%.

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Yamiche Alcindor Jun-22-2015 177 0
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called Monday for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, after Wednesday's killing of nine black church members by a white gunman who allegedly expressed racist sentiments.

"It's time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds," Haley said to applause at a news conference, while flanked by the state's congressional delegation and other leaders.

Haley said her state is grieving, but also coming together with legislation such as requiring body-cameras on police officers, after the shooting of Walter Scott. Haley said she stood as a minority elected as governor, with parents from India, and with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the first black senator elected from the South since Reconstruction.

"On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history," Haley said. "We don't need reminders."

Haley said to applause that if lawmakers don't debate removing the flag this summer, she would call them back for a special session. "That will take place in the coming weeks after the regular session and the veto session have been completed," Haley said. "There will be a time for discussion and debate. The time for action is coming soon."

Her announcement came as local and national civil rights activists have demanded the flag's removal. President Obama has said the flag should be removed and placed in a museum. Obama will travel to Charleston on Friday to deliver the eulogy for one of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called for removing the flag.

"Now is the time to do what is right, and I support the call by Governor Haley and South Carolina leaders to remove the Confederate battle flag from state house grounds," he said. "This flag has become too divisive and too hurtful for too many of our fellow Americans."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the flag "continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many" and that "the time for a state to fly it has long since passed."
Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley Jr., a Democrat, also called for the flag to be taken down.

"The flag got appropriated by hate groups," Riley said. "We can't put it in a public place where it can give any oxygen to hate-filled people."

The Confederate flag became a focus of attention after the Charleston killings Wednesday because it harkens to the Civil War, when slavery ended. Supporters of the flag contend it is historically significant as a memorial to Confederate soldiers who died while fighting for the South, while critics say it promotes racism.

Leland Summers, South Carolina division commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, issued a statement Friday dismissing any connection between the shooting and the flag.

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AP Jun-18-2015 402 0
South Carolina state senator was among those killed in Wednesday's mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a state legislative leader said early Thursday.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford told the Associated Press that Clementa Pinckney, 41, who also served as the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, was one of nine people killed when a gunman opened fire during a prayer meeting.

"He never had anything bad to say about anybody, even when I thought he should," Rutherford, D-Columbia, said of Pinckney. "He was always out doing work either for his parishioners or his constituents. He touched everybody."

Police said they had not identified any of the victims and were investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime. The gunman, described as a white man in his early 20s, was still at large early Thursday.

The Post and Courier newspaper reported that Pinckney had attended a legislative session earlier in the day at the state capital in Columbia. However, The State newspaper reported that Pinckney had returned to Charleston to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before going to the church.

According to his biography on the church's website, Pinckney was first appointed a pastor at age 18. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at age 23, making him the youngest African-American to be elected to the legislature. Pinckney was elected to the state Senate four years later. He was married and a father of two children.

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