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Bourbon in The Back Room

Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie

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An inside look at politics with Senators Sheheen and Lourie. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the important, fun, and sometimes weird world of South Carolina Politics. Learn how the laws that impact your life every day get made and find a unique perspective on connections around the state!
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Vincent sits down with guest, Speaker of the House Murrell Smith to talk about leading South Carolina’s Republican Party and tell stories about Joel. They discuss property tax reform, Midlands’ Senate races, “Loftis-Gate,” and the reemergence of rural leaders in politics. Hear about South Carolina’s rapidly growing population, building bridges acro…
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There is ALOT happening in South Carolina government and politics! Where did the mystery 1.8 billion dollars come from? What's Constitutional Carry? How is S.C. faring in National Politics? What is the Yankee Tax? Vincent and Joel sit down with guest, Senator Stephen Goldfinch, to discuss the outdoors, South Carolina Wildlife, preservation, Senator…
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Vincent and Joel reminisce about some of their favorite episodes and talk about having guests ranging from Meet the Press's Chuck Todd to Mark Sanford and the famous "mother's day episode". The Senators review the impact of the Podcast on their own lives and on the State of South Carolina, hit the highlights of national and statewide politics, and …
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Vincent and Joel sit down with guest, recently elected, representative Heath Sessions, and discuss the state of the State, S.C.’s impact on national politics, childhood health, Certificates of Need, Representative Sessions’ family, background, work, and so much more! Hear Joel and Vincent breakdown the status of the Republican primary between forme…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with guest, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Luke Rankin, and discuss the new bills before the House and Senate, gun reform and concealed carry permits, liquor sales, Republican Primary in South Carolina, and Biden's new messaging for Trump. They go into Senator Rankin's background, relationship with politi…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with guest Representative Brandon Newton, elected in 2017 at age 22 as the youngest State Representative in the country. They discuss election reform, judicial reform, income tax cuts, infrastructure, increasing teacher pay, and so much more! Joel and Vincent breakdown the status of the Republican primary between former Go…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with guest Representative Spencer Wetmore, elected in special election in 2020, and rising star in the South Carolina Public Service. They talk about the upcoming legislative session, judicial reform, Medical Marijuana, the continued debate over social issues, expanding personal liberties, the retirement of the esteemed Se…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with FITS News founder Will Folks to talk through the hottest political topics, judicial reform, updates on the Murdaugh trial, the flipped dynamic on Abortion policy, the state of national politics, the Presidential Election, and so much more! Hear journalistic insight and a behind the scenes look at this years most contr…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with leader of the SC Freedom Caucus and Congressional Candidate, Adam Morgan. They discuss his background, composing Christian music, being elected with his brother, starting the Freedom Caucus, breaking rank, the unhealthy consequences of a supermajority state, and the representative’s stance on indoctrination in schools…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with esteemed Governer of South Carolina, David Beasley. They discuss his start in the House of Representatives as a fresh faced college student, his run ins and mentorship with Sol Blatt, the basis for switching parties, his run for Governor, and delve into the last 40 years of South Carolina Politics. They get a behind t…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with lawyer, political advocate, and lobbying extraordinaire, Dwight Drake. They discuss how to make government work, peoples' trust in government, his background in politics, how he got started, his military service, his career as a lobbyist, and so much more! This fascinating episode delves into South Carolina's the rich…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Senator Wes Climer to discuss whether the SC government does too much, the future of judicial reform, consequential changes to the Senate’s rules, Mitt Romney, who won the special election for District 19, and so much more! Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislatu…
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Vincent and Joel sit down live in front of some of South Carolina's best and brightest students at University of South Carolina's Honors College. They talk with Daniel Rickenmann, mayor of S.C.'s Capital City, and discuss everything from South Carolina's current national influence to our state's turmoil over judicial reform. Get your latest Stateho…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Deon Tedder, a newly elected Senator who won his most recent election by ELEVEN votes. They dig into the background, his path into advocacy and politics, his election, and the fight to properly fund HBCUs. Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most controve…
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Vincent and Joel sit down for a powerful interview with representative Brandon Guffey. They dig into his hardworking history, his business success, and his battle against the the Epidemic of Scams against Minors in the United States called Revenge Porn and “Sextortion”. Listen to the tragic story at the core of Brandon’s fight and hear what South C…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with the Chair of the SC Democratic Party and discuss her background in Politics and the future of South Carolina Democrats. Hear about the final abortion ruling in S.C., the first presidential debate, the new parental leave for public school teachers and more! Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the ratio…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with upstate Representative Jason Elliott and discuss rise into political prominence, how his personal life got dragged into politics, what the upstate political atmosphere is like, his most pressing issues - including D.O.T reform and infrastructure development- and so much more! Hear about how Tempers flare over judicial…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Cindi Scoppe, one of South Carolina’s highest caliber journalists, to discuss reporting in the palmetto state and how politics have shifted. They give a roadmap to some of the big political controversies of the last 30 years, dig into SC’s nuanced political landscape, and so much more! Get your latest Statehouse updat…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with upstate Representative Neal Collins and discuss the abolition of school districts, primary opponents, school tuition, zoos in California, the future of the Republican Party, and so much more! Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most controversial bills. J…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with newly elected Superintendent of Education for the State of South Carolina, Ellen Weaver. They discuss the constitutionally elected position of Superintendent, how S.C.'s education system is structured, the billions of dollars going to education, increasing funding, bus drivers, teachers, and so much more. Learn about …
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Senator and Attorney, Marlon Kimpson. They discuss the new abortion case in front of the Supreme Court of S.C., Senator Kimpson's pending retirement, career politicians vs. public servants, leadership, republican candidates for president - including the two from South Carolina, the republican super-majority in South C…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with one of SC’s most experienced legislators, Charleston’s own Rep. Leon Stavrinakis. They dive deep into SC’s new abortion law, the house ways and means committee, David Agnew, how Rep. Stavrinakis’ County Counsel redistricting led to his election to the House, how Charleston flipped blue, and changing demographics. Furt…
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Sine Die and the end of session create a fervor of activity at the State's Capital! Vincent and Guest Host, Senator Katrina Shealy, sit down and have a few drinks at Bourbon on Main Street across from the Capitol Building. As Senators and Representatives finish up session, they walk across the street, join in on the drinks, and answer some pressing…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Chuck Todd - Moderator for NBC's Meet the Press, NBC News Political Director, and Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins University - to talk history and politics in South Carolina. They get down in the details and discuss South Carolina's important role on a national scale, individually address each new South Carolina Pre…
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Joel and Special Guest Host Representative Beth Bernstein, take the show on the road and onto the STAGE with this special live episode at the The League of Women Voters Biennial Convention! Hear about increasingly hateful and isolationist nature of politics and the damage it’s doing to our government. In this riveting interview, your hosts talk to …
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Vincent and Joel sit down with freshman representative Heather Bauer to talk about what it’s like to be a new legislator. They discuss tenacious politics and bringing politics back to the personal level, how to run a grassroots campaign, highlighting abortion issues for swing voters, and when to run on a single issue. Get your latest Statehouse upd…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Bruce W. Bannister. They discuss the budget, how it really works behind the scenes, the Freedom Caucus's Extremism and its negative impacts, the practice of Family Law, leadership in the upstate, and what it was like to test whether DONALD TRUMP's HAIR WAS REAL.…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Sumter's own Senator J. Thomas McElveen III and discuss S.C.'s crazy death penalty abortion bill, hate crime legislation, the new State budget and how it works, big pay raises coming to state employees, tax relief, the Comptroller General's grievous mistake, Scout Motor's economic development in the midlands, the Upco…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Chairman of the Senate Education Commitee, Greg Hembree and discuss the need for criminal justice reform, the SC Charter School Experiment, The House Freedom Caucus SUING the House Ethics Committee, open carry of weapons, the state of the death penalty, and so much more! Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firs…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with House Minority Leader, Lawyer, and advocate for freedom - Representative J. Todd Rutherford. Hear from pro-gun Democrats and pro-cannabis Republicans - only on BITBR. On today's episode, they discuss 2nd amendment viewpoints, the contrast between national political positions and southern, the fight to legalize Marijua…
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Vincent and Joel take the show on the road and onto the STAGE with this special live episode in front of hundreds of premier South Carolina Realtors. They dig into controversial upcoming legislation and court rulings, talk to Representative Roger Kirby who is a long-time realtor, discuss the role of "independent expenditure" campaigns, and talk abo…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey and discuss what to expect in South Carolina Politics and government in 2023, economic development in South Carolina, what it takes to be Majority Leader, how to create unity and build bridges, the hottest new bills coming down the pipeline this year, and so much more! Get your late…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Speaker of the House, Murrell Smith. They discuss what to expect in South Carolina Politics and government in 2023, the powerful history and tradition of SC House Speakers, teacher pay increases, the SC Supreme Court’s Abortion and Privacy Ruling, potential Constitutional amendments, Medical Cannabis updates, Statewid…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with political extraordinaire Antjuan Seawright to take a look back on the wild politics of 2022. They discuss what to expect in South Carolina Politics and government in 2023, the real reasons behind S.C.’s recent successes and failures, celebrate two years of BITBR, and dig into some of the most fascinating stories to co…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with SC native and national political pollster Robert Cahaly to discuss the Midterm Elections, how their polls have such a high rate of successful prediction, how to ask the right questions, and democrat’s secret to successful grass roots mobilization. They talk through the nuances of political Polling, what it’s actually …
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Vincent and Joel sit down with FITS News founder and one of South Carolina's premier journalists Will Folks to talk through the recent Midterm Elections, Why the Governor's race was so one sided, gerrymandered- anti-competitive - districts, S.C.'s future in the legislature, why state democrats lost by such landslides, how the 2024 presidential race…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Governor Dick Riley to discuss his career in politics, how he became Governor of South Carolina, His appointment to United States Secretary of Education, his lifelong dedication to improving education, and how he helped shape South Carolina's political landscape for the better. They discuss the Governor's rejection of…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with University of South Carolina's President Emeritus, Dr. Harris Pastides to break down how he led the University out of crises in 2008 and into record growth in enrollment, new levels of academic success, a billion-dollar fundraising campaign, and a tradition of camaraderie and selfie taking. Hear about the amazing life…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with South Carolina 1st Congressional District Candidate, Pediatrician, and political newcomer Doctor Annie Andrews. They discuss her path into politics, her background and life practicing medicine, her passion for helping children, the trust she has built in her community, and her powerful dedication to healthcare, advoca…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Republican Senator Tom Davis and Democratic Senator Margie Bright Matthews for an in-depth discussion of the hazardous political waters of Abortion legislation, how both Republicans and Democrats are approaching the issue with more nuance, the impact it may have on important races, election staff quitting, how nationa…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with the legendary I.S. Leevy Johnson to break down what it was like growing up in segregated South Carolina, how he and his family helped revolutionize S.C.'s political, business, legal, and cultural landscape, why S.C. had a generation of skilled forward thinking leaders, what has caused the current vitriolic cultural at…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Senator Katrina Shealy (R) for a discussion on SC politics, the upcoming Special Session and what will happen there, the future of abortion in SC, how the four new animal members of the Senator's family are doing, Child I.D. kits in school, Why the NFL recognized Senator Shealy, What is happening with our Foster Syste…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with powerhouse political manager and the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party to discuss what he does behind the scenes, his incredible career managing high impact political races, recent controversies surrounding democratic candidates, how to win elections in South Carolina, and what it will take to turn SC Pu…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Esteemed political consultant Wes Donehue to discuss how ad hominem rhetoric has become increasingly popular and effective, how he saved Sea World's reputation, how to deal with cancel culture, and the benefits and detriments that such culture is having on our society. Wes shares a behind the scenes look at what polit…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Representative Seth Rose for a discussion on SC politics, What being an elected democrat in Columbia S.C. is like, how to engage with constituents, where the abortion debate is headed, and why serving at a local level was even more chaotic than being a Representative. Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Representative Micah Caskey for a discussion on SC politics, his competitive primary race, and why republican primaries in SC can be toxic and slanderous. They talk about his career, highlight the future of abortion in SC, discuss gun reform, and hit all the hottest issues facing SC citizens. Hear an insider tell us w…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with prestigious political journalist Caitlin Byrd and Long time Friend, Journalist, Consultant, and Political Extraordinaire Antjuan Seawright to get a nuanced and detailed look at the results from the 2022 primaries and the reasons behind them! They discuss the Mace/Arrington and Rice/Fry showdowns, the Democratic Gubern…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with prestigious political reporter Meg Kinnard to get a nuanced and detailed look at the contentious 2022 primaries right around the corner! They discuss the Mace/Arrington and Rice/Fry showdowns, the Democratic Gubernatorial race, and other hot topics from this elections cycle. Hear what the Senator's predict the outcome…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Congressman Tom Rice - Lawyer, CPA, and Public Servant - for a discussion on SC politics, his competitive upcoming re-election, what we need from our representatives, and why working together is so important. They talk about his career, How he is bringing jobs into his district, reducing unemployment, combating crime,…
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Vincent and Joel sit down with Speaker of the House Jay Lucas - esteemed legislator, lawyer, and Public Servant for a Riveting Post Sine Die Conversation. They discuss his long career, the unique circumstances surrounding his election to speaker of the house, how to build political bridges, how he knew when it was time to retire, what went down thi…
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