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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!

Bourbon in The Back Room Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie

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    • 4.8 • 184 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!

    Republican Leadership, Building Coalitions, and Government that Works - with Speaker of the House Murrell Smith

    Republican Leadership, Building Coalitions, and Government that Works - with Speaker of the House Murrell Smith

    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 across party lines, protecting government from economic collapse, why not to cut funding to government programs, and so much more! 

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most 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. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Conservation, Finding Billions of Dollars, and the Future of Infrastructure in SC - With Republican Senator Stephen Goldfinch

    Conservation, Finding Billions of Dollars, and the Future of Infrastructure in SC - With Republican Senator Stephen Goldfinch

    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 Goldfinch's family and background, the NEW judicial screening process, news about Stephen Goldfinch's statewide office future, and how he's paving a path to lead S.C.  into an environmentally friendly future, and so much more!

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most 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. 
    Support the showKeep up to Date with BITBR:

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    https://bourboninthebackroom.buzzsprout.com

    • 1 hr
    100 EPISODES - Forging a New Path and the Legislative Process - with Guest Senator Tameika Isaac Devine

    100 EPISODES - Forging a New Path and the Legislative Process - with Guest Senator Tameika Isaac Devine

    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 dig into a fascinating interview with newly elected Senator Tameika Isaac Devine. They talk about her priorities, affordable housing, education, and infrastructure, and what it's like being a new Senator. 
    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most 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. 
    Support the showKeep up to Date with BITBR:

    Twitter.com/BITBRpodcast
    Facebook.com/BITBRpodcast
    https://bourboninthebackroom.buzzsprout.com

    • 56 min
    Structuring Judicial Reform, Liquor Liability, and Pints & Politics Podcast - with Representative Heath Sessions

    Structuring Judicial Reform, Liquor Liability, and Pints & Politics Podcast - with Representative Heath Sessions

    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 former Governor Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump.    

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


    Support the showKeep up to Date with BITBR:

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    https://bourboninthebackroom.buzzsprout.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    LIVE! Upcoming Bills and National Politics - At the South Carolina Association of REALTORS meeting - Guest Senator Luke Rankin

    LIVE! Upcoming Bills and National Politics - At the South Carolina Association of REALTORS meeting - Guest Senator Luke Rankin

    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 politics, and rich connection to Horry County. Hear the Senator's discuss the new "dark money" influence on political elections and the new trajectory of the State's communities. 

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most 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. 
    Support the showKeep up to Date with BITBR:

    Twitter.com/BITBRpodcast
    Facebook.com/BITBRpodcast
    https://bourboninthebackroom.buzzsprout.com

    • 46 min
    Election Reform, Judicial Reform, and Primary Season - With Representative Brandon Newton

    Election Reform, Judicial Reform, and Primary Season - With Representative Brandon Newton

    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 Governor Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump.    

    Get your latest Statehouse update and hear firsthand the rationale behind some of the legislature's most 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. 
    Support the showKeep up to Date with BITBR:

    Twitter.com/BITBRpodcast
    Facebook.com/BITBRpodcast
    https://bourboninthebackroom.buzzsprout.com

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

BK803 ,

Best SC Political Podcast

No more Gatekeeping: I immediately skip over other shows on my podcast list when a new episode of BITBR comes out. Vincent and Joel do an outstanding job of keeping SC citizens up to date in government and provide amazing insight from their vast wealth of knowledge and expertise. Through their experience and connections they bring a wide array of guests that always keeps the show interesting and informative. Cheers!

Tyler Corn ,

Simply the best

Not a better podcast for politics! I love the fun back-and-forth, the guests, and the show as a whole. Great to relax and listen to.

tc 96 ,

Best Road Trip Podcast Ever!

Thank you so much for remembering where you came from and recognizing the great statesmen like Senators Drummond. (Yay 96), Lourie, Geise, Setzler and Land. They were true gentlemen. I appreciate the fact that you both are respectful no matter the political party! Would love to hear an episode or series on the great statehouse sting! (Hope I didn’t miss it if you already have it:-) I was a page and remember just waiting on the newspaper to see who was indicted.

Thanks again for the great interviews and episodes! Cheers to many more!

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