JOE IN THE NEWS

JOE CUNNINGHAM KICKS OFF COLLEGE TOUR AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

ABC News 4  |  September 8, 2021

Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is kicking off his college tour at his alma mater, the College of Charleston.

 

Cunningham will travel across the state to universities and colleges to reach younger voters. 

 

"I think they (young people) are going to be a force in this next election. Often times they feel ignored, they feel like they don't matter. In reality, often times they have some of the best ideas and best solutions," said Cunningham {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR MCMASTER'S STUNNING HYPOCRISY ON THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

September 2, 2021

Today, former Congressman and current Democratic candidate for governor Joe Cunningham released the following statement on Governor McMaster's stunning hypocrisy on the American Rescue Plan. 

"I fully support widening I-26 from North Charleston to North Carolina and have consistently called for Governor McMaster to prioritize the project," said Cunningham {...}

 

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES STATEMENT ON SOUTH CAROLINA NOW LEADING THE NATION IN COVID CASES

September 1, 2021

Today, Joe Cunningham released the following statement regarding South Carolina's status as the national leader in per capita cases of COVID-19:

 

"The disappointing reality is that Governor McMaster sees COVID-19 as more of a political threat to himself than a public health threat to the people he represents. {...}

SC DEMOCRAT JOE CUNNINGHAM TELLS MCMASTER TO 'STEP ASIDE' IN FIRST TV AD IN GOVERNOR'S RACE

The Post and Courier  |  August 21, 2021

Charleston Democrat Joe Cunningham will drop the first ad of South Carolina’s gubernatorial race cycle by taking aim at GOP incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic {...}

 

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES NEW TV AD CALLING ON MCMASTER TO "STEP UP OR STEP ASIDE" ON COVID

August 20, 2021

Former U.S. Representative and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham released an ad on Saturday criticizing Governor Henry McMaster's politicization of COVID and his opposition to masks in schools. The ad is part of a five-figure statewide cable TV and digital buy {...}

CUNNINGHAM DEMANDS SC LAWMAKERS GO BACK TO COLUMBIA AND UNDO SCHOOL MASK MANDATE BAN

The State  |  August 12, 2021

Democrat Joe Cunningham, the former one-term Charleston congressman who is running to unseat South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, is calling on state lawmakers to hold a special legislative session to repeal the ban on mask mandates in schools {...}

 

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR MCMASTER'S PRESS CONFERENCE

August 9, 2021

Today, former Congressman Joe Cunningham and current Democratic candidate for governor released the following statement on the press conference delivered by Gov. Henry McMaster this morning {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM MEETS WITH GEORGETOWN RESIDENTS TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS IN THE WEST END

The Georgetown Times  |  August 4, 2021

As 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham visited Georgetown on Aug. 4, he said it was apparent that the city's issues did not occur overnight. 

 

What is apparent to the 39-year-old, though, is what he would do to fix them if elected in November: push for economic development and expand Medicaid on Day One in office {...}

 

CUNNINGHAM SAYS PLAN WOULD BOOST SOUTH CAROLINA COVID SHOTS

The Associated Press  |  July 26, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham is rolling out a plan to boost South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccinations, a number the former congressman said is low due to a lack of leadership under Republican Gov. Henry McMaster...

Vaccination rates in South Carolina have been among the lowest in the country, with just over 44% of eligible residents having been fully dosed, according to data updated Saturday by state health officials. 

New COVID-19 cases have been on the rise, with the average number doubling in the past two weeks to about 410 cases a day amid no signs of slowing down, according to state health officials {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM PROPOSES 3 IDEAS FOR GOV. MCMASTER TO INCREASE VACCINATIONS IN SC

July 26, 2021

As COVID cases continue to rise, former Congressman Joe Cunningham proposed three ideas for Governor McMaster to increase vaccinations in South Carolina.

 

"We are on the verge of another major wave of COVID cases in South Carolina and Governor McMaster seems content with doing very little to stop it," said Cunningham {...}
 

CANDIDATE FOR GOV. CALLS FOR EXPANDING MEDICAID; CUNNINGHAM: RMC LEADING THE WAY IN RURAL HEALTH CARE

The Times and Democrat  |  July 22, 2021

Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham visited the Regional Medical Center on Thursday to discuss Medicaid expansion and rural health care. The stop was a part of the former congressman’s 46-county tour.

The Democrat said he supports expanding Medicaid, saying it would be a morally correct decision {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES PLAN TO
END PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA
IN SOUTH CAROLINA

July 12, 2021

At a press conference in Charleston on Monday, Joe Cunningham released his plan to safely end the prohibition on marijuana in South Carolina. While efforts to legalize marijuana for medical use have been underway for years, Cunningham’s plan calls for legalization for recreational and medical use, as well as expungement of records for marijuana-related offenses. South Carolina is currently one of only 14 states with a blanket ban on marijuana. {...}

CUNNINGHAM WOULD LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
IF ELECTED SC GOVERNOR

The Associated Press  |  July 12, 2021

Joe Cunningham — the former one-term Democratic congressman now running to unseat South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster — is pushing for medicinal and recreational legalization of marijuana, changes he says would offer health care options and spin off millions in tax revenue for state coffers.​ {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD IN FIRST QUARTER OF THE SC GOVERNOR'S RACE

July 6, 2021

Former U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham, a Democratic candidate for Governor, announced on Tuesday that he has broken the fundraising record for a South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial challenger in their initial fundraising quarter.

 

Cunningham raised $634,000 since entering the race on April 26th and 84% of those donations came from South Carolina donors {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES VOTING RIGHTS PLAN FOR SOUTH CAROLINA

June 25, 2021

Today, former U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham, a Democratic candidate for governor, announced his plan to protect and expand voting rights in South Carolina.

 

Cunningham’s plan includes:​ {...}

COMMENTARY: SOUTH CAROLINA MUST FIND THE COURAGE TO TACKLE GUN VIOLENCE

The Post and Courier  |  June 17, 2021

Six years ago this week our community changed forever when a white supremacist walked into a Bible study at a historic AME church in downtown Charleston and slaughtered nine people. As a community, we wept, mourned and asked ourselves how this could happen here. Then we swore we’d never let something like this happen again. {...}

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JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN

June 15, 2021

Former Congressman and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Cunningham released his plan to combat gun violence in South Carolina at a press conference this morning in downtown Charleston. Cunningham was joined by community leaders as he laid out his vision for reform while also criticizing the lack of legislative action to prevent gun violence. {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES SWEEPING ANTI-CORRUPTION PLAN

May 20, 2021

Former U.S. Representative and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham released a sweeping ethics reform package on Thursday, aimed at cleaning up Columbia from the corruption - both seen and unseen - that has been prevalent for decades. {...}

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JOE CUNNINGHAM'S STATEMENT ON THE SHOCKING FOOTAGE OF JAMAL SUTHERLAND'S DEATH

May 14, 2021

"I am deeply disturbed and saddened after watching the Jamal Sutherland footage. This is no way to treat a human being – especially someone facing serious mental health issues. And once again, we are faced with the inescapable reality of yet another preventable death of an unarmed black man in America. {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM CALLS ON UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO ACCEPT GENERAL CASLEN'S RESIGNATION, PROPOSES HIGHER ED REFORM

May 11, 2021

Former U.S. Representative and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Cunningham released the following statement in response to the news that UofSC President General Bob Caslen’s resignation was rejected by the Board of Trustees:

 

"Over the past several days, I have watched in disappointment and amazement at the actions, and inactions, of the leadership of our state’s flagship university, the University of South Carolina. {...}

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JOE CUNNINGHAM CALLS TO END CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY, MAKE ELECTION DAY A STATE HOLIDAY

May 10, 2021

Former Congressman Joe Cunningham, a Democratic candidate for Governor, called for an end to the state holiday known as Confederate Memorial Day and replace it with Election Day. 

 

The state of South Carolina has officially observed Confederate Memorial Day since 2000, when the legislature added it to the state calendar, along with Martin Luther King, Jr Day. {...}

JOE CUNNINGHAM PROPOSES $1200

RETURN-TO-WORK BONUSES

May 10, 2021

Former U.S. Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham announced a proposal on Monday to give $1200 bonus incentives to unemployed workers who rejoin the labor force and maintain employment for at least one month. Funding would come from the recently passed American Rescue Plan to address the growing staffing shortage throughout the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. {...}

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COOK POLITICAL REPORT SHIFTS SC-GOV FOUR DAYS AFTER CUNNINGHAM ENTERS RACE

Cook Political Report |  April 30, 2021

Full article from the Cook Political Report

After narrowly losing his re-election bid by just 5,415 votes last fall, this week former Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham announced he is running for South Carolina governor in 2022. It won’t be an easy feat in the least — the last time the Palmetto State elected a Democratic governor was 1998, and the last time a Democrat won statewide was 2006. {...}

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HE'S IN: DEMOCRAT JOE CUNNINGHAM, FORMER CONGRESSMAN, TO ANNOUNCE RUN FOR SC GOVERNOR

The State |  April 25, 2021

Democrat Joe Cunningham, a former congressman from Charleston whose short but meteoric political rise made him an oft-cited example of how Democrats can win in deep-red states, will run for governor of South Carolina in 2022. 

 

Cunningham's candidacy will be announced Monday, a source with Cunningham's campaign confirmed to The State newspaper on Sunday evening.  {...}

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JOE CUNNINGHAM CONFIRMS PLANS TO RUN FOR SC GOVERNOR; ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR APRIL 26

The Post & Courier  |  April 25, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham confirmed to The Post and Courier that he will announce his 2022 campaign for governor of South Carolina on April 26.

 

The move puts an end to months of speculation about whether the ambitious one-term congressman would enter the political arena again. Now, he's challenging Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in a bid to become the first Democrat in the South Carolina governor's mansion since 1998.  {...}

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CUNNINGHAM: TO REOPEN SC SCHOOLS,

WE MUST VACCINATE TEACHERS

The Post & Courier  |  February 12, 2021

In a pattern that's become all too familiar in South Carolina, teachers are once again taking a backseat, thanks to Gov. Henry McMaster. He made teachers his latest political punching bag when he announced that educators will have to wait even longer to receive COVID-19 vaccines. 

What makes this more truly untenable is that McMaster also is demanding that teachers return to full-time, in-person instruction without allowing them access to a vaccine beforehand. As a father, I understand how important it is to {...}

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SC ABORTION BAN IS POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING AT ITS WORST

The State  |  February 4, 2021

South Carolina is poised to lead the nation - but not for a reason worth celebrating. If S.1 makes it through the legislature and into law, South Carolina's abortion laws will be among the nation's most restrictive and draconian. It is a distinction that will hurt our state's women, taxpayers, and our reputation. 

 

The so-called "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" would ban abortion once a heartbeat is detected - which can happen as easy as six weeks into a pregnancy {...}

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OUTGOING REP. CUNNINGHAM OPENS BEER ON HOUSE FLOOR IN GOODBYE TOAST TO BIPARTISANSHIP

The Hill  |  December 17, 2020

Outgoing South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) cracked open a beer in the name of bipartisanship during his farewell speech to Congress on Thursday.

 

"For the betterment of this country, we have to come together, we have to sit down and listen to one another, and maybe even have a beer," Cunningham said before grabbing a beer out of an inside pocket of his jacket and snapping it open. 

 

"I raise this glass to my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans," he said as he held up what The Post and Courier identified as a can of DC Brau pale ale called Joint Resolution {...}

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REP. CUNNINGHAM'S GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT AWAITS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SIGNATURE

ABC News 4  |  July 22, 2020

Rep. Joe Cunningham was one of the co-sponsors of the Great American Outdoor Act, which will help fund conservation efforts throughout South Carolina and the nation. 

Recently, it passed through the Senate and Wednesday evening, it passed through the House 310-107.

"This is probably the most critical piece of environmental conservation legislation we've passed in decades," Cunningham said {...}

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HOUSE PASSES SC REP. JOE CUNNINGHAM'S BILL TO BAN OFFSHORE DRILLING, SEISMIC TESTING

The Post & Courier  |  September 11, 2019

A bill banning offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts passed the House of Representatives Wednesday - but mainly along party lines - as only a handful of Republicans signed on.

 

 While the measure faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Senate, it was seen as a legislative success for its author, first-term Democratic US Rep. Joe Cunningham. {...}

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JOE CUNNINGHAM RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Quorum Analytics  |  August 27, 2019

Congressman Joe Cunningham is one of the most bipartisan Democrats in Congress and the most bipartisan Democratic freshman in Congress, according to a new report from Quorum Analytics reviewing the first seven months of the 116th Congress {...}