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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 • 157 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!

    The Real Abortion Debate - With Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D) and Senator Tom Davis (R)

    The Real Abortion Debate - With Senator Margie Bright Matthews (D) and Senator Tom Davis (R)

    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 national political climate impacts S.C . extremes, the real reason there are less political Debates, a discussion of the Judicial ruling on the S.C. Death Penalty, and so much more. 

    Hear two insiders tell us what's actually happening behind the scenes at our state 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
    I.S. LEEVY JOHNSON - How to Fix Voting, The Branding of Divisiveness, and South Carolina's Progressive Generation

    I.S. LEEVY JOHNSON - How to Fix Voting, The Branding of Divisiveness, and South Carolina's Progressive Generation

     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 atmosphere, and how we can fix the United State's voting systems. 
    Hear an insiders take on our troubled history and what it takes to triumph in systems of extreme adversity. 

    Hear what divides us and learn how we can begin to bring people together again. 

    • 56 min
    The Upcoming Special Session, Reforming Foster Care, and UofSC's Board Controversy - With Senator Katrina Shealy (R)

    The Upcoming Special Session, Reforming Foster Care, and UofSC's Board Controversy - With Senator Katrina Shealy (R)

     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 System, and so much more. The Senators discuss Lindsey Graham's recent controversies, the latest news, and give real perspective on today's most pressing issues. 
    Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening behind the scenes at our state 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.  

    • 42 min
    How Democrats Can Win, What it Will Take to Turn SC Purple, and Behind the Scenes of Political Campaigns - With the Chair of the SC Democratic Party - Trav Robertson

    How Democrats Can Win, What it Will Take to Turn SC Purple, and Behind the Scenes of Political Campaigns - With the Chair of the SC Democratic Party - Trav Robertson

    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 Purple - all while enjoying BITBR's most expensive bourbon to date!
    Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening behind the scenes at our state 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
    The Truth about "Cancel Culture", An Inside Look at Political Rhetoric, and Wes's New Best Selling Book - With Political Consultant Wesley Donehue

    The Truth about "Cancel Culture", An Inside Look at Political Rhetoric, and Wes's New Best Selling Book - With Political Consultant Wesley Donehue

     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 politicians are thinking with their messaging and tells us his predictions on SC's hot button issues like abortion, medical marijuana, gay marriage, and so much more.  
    Hear an insider tell us what actually is happening behind the scenes at our state 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 

    • 47 min
    Local Government Compared to State, An S.C. Democrat on Abortion Bills, and The Lebanese Caucus - With Representative Seth Rose

    Local Government Compared to State, An S.C. Democrat on Abortion Bills, and The Lebanese Caucus - With Representative Seth Rose

     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 behind the scenes at our state 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 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

LowcountryProf ,

Deep dive into SC politics

The hosts do a great job exploring the history and current state of SC politics. I love the diversity of guests and the high level of political discussion.

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

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