56 episodes

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!

Bourbon in The Back Room Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie

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    • 4.8 • 155 Ratings

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!

    2022 Post Primary Breakdown - Winners, Losers, and a Look Toward General Elections - With Antjuan Seawright and Caitlin Byrd

    2022 Post Primary Breakdown - Winners, Losers, and a Look Toward General Elections - With Antjuan Seawright and Caitlin Byrd

     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 Gubernatorial race, and other hot topics from this elections cycle. Hear how the Senators' predictions panned out, what the general elections will look like, and some juicy drama from a few of the elections!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C. 

    • 57 min
    2022 Primary Elections Deep Dive! Predictions, Preparation, and Press - With Guest Politics Reporter Meg Kinnard

    2022 Primary Elections Deep Dive! Predictions, Preparation, and Press - With Guest Politics Reporter Meg Kinnard

     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 outcomes will be and who the major players are around the state!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C. 

    • 53 min
    Prioritizing Constituents, Voting for What's Right, and Running for Re-Election - With Congressman Tom Rice

    Prioritizing Constituents, Voting for What's Right, and Running for Re-Election - With Congressman Tom Rice

     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, why he voted to impeach President Donald Trump, and so much more!
    Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening behind the scenes at our nation's capital!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C.    

    • 49 min
    Building Political Bridges, How State Government is Changing, and When to Retire - With Speaker of the House Jay Lucas

    Building Political Bridges, How State Government is Changing, and When to Retire - With Speaker of the House Jay Lucas

     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 this year in the state house, and so much more!
    Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening behind the scenes at our state's capital!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C.   

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sine Die, The Budget Debate, and Legislators Come Down for a Drink - Live from Bourbon! - 50th Episode Celebration!

    Sine Die, The Budget Debate, and Legislators Come Down for a Drink - Live from Bourbon! - 50th Episode Celebration!

    Sine Die and the end of session create a fervor of activity at the State's Capital! Vincent and Joel 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 questions for South Carolina's most informational insider political podcast - Bourbon in the Back Room!

    Sen. Tom Davis,  Sen. Brian Adams,  Sen. Michael Johnson, Rep. James Smith, Rep. Russell Ott, Rep. Spencer Wetmore, Rep. Beth Bernstein,   Sen. Luke Rankin, Daniel Roberts, James Manning, and more!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the General Assembly's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C.    

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Marijuana Canceled!? - End of Session, The Budget, and Hate Crimes - with Senator Marlon Kimpson

    Marijuana Canceled!? - End of Session, The Budget, and Hate Crimes - with Senator Marlon Kimpson

    Joel and special Guest Host - reporter and Senior Editor Maayan Schechter - sit down with Senator Marlon Kimpson to talk about his family history in politics,  current legislation, how the Marijuana bill died, the end of session, Sine Die day, and so much more. Hear a reporter who is in the State House every day and a leading Senator discuss the inside stories that are changing our state to it's core. 

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's controversial bills. 

    Join Senators Sheheen and Lourie in this week's episode where they take a deeper look at upcoming legislation and lawmakers' actions in S.C.   

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Ginagina Smith ,

Kershaw County

(I’m not from Kershaw) HOW CAN THAT BE that there is 0 representation??? How can that be legal? No taxation without representation 😉

debrady ,

Interview on Medicaid expansion?

Subscriber, listener since E1, and devote’ who shares your podcast with Lexington County friends who lean left of current politics - yes, we do exist! Your podcast is a great combination of personality, information, insight and a bit of irreverence that makes it very engaging. I wonder if there is a State House champion for medicaid expansion as Tom Davis is the champion for medical marijuana. You would know, and I would love to hear that person interviewed. Actually, I would love that person to say there’s no way that Governor McMasters can say the state can’t afford it considering South Carolina’s present financial status. But that’s between you and me (and whoever reads this review). So I’ll keep listening and sharing and do wish you continued excellence and podcast longevity.
Debbie Brady

SC Abroad ,

Entertaining and educational SC political commentary

This podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in South Carolina politics and politicians (local and national). It’s refreshing, informative and simply pleasant to listen to Vincent and Joel. Come for the analysis, stay for the banter. And keep those background explanations coming (sorry Joel, I have to side with Vincent on this one).

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