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Brian Hicks is The Post and Courier's metro columnist and the author or co-author of six books. A native of Tennessee, he has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years, including turns as a statehouse correspondent in three states. His journalism has won more than two-dozen awards, including the S.C. Press Association's Journalist of the Year in 1998. His column began appearing on the newspaper's website in 2007 and the print edition in 2008. Hicks' column has won a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists as well as Best Column and Best Humor Column honors from the S.C. Press Association. His books include "Toward the Setting Sun," "Ghost Ship" and "Raising the Hunley," co-authored with staff writer Schuyler Kropf. His latest, "City of Ruin: Charleston at War 1860-1865," was published in 2012.

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Tim Scott takes a chance on speaking his mind

The circus is coming to town next week, and Tim Scott is already practicing his breath-taking, death-defying, high-wire act.


MUSC Board not doing the hospital’s reputation any favors

Back in August, the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees passed a resolution expressing regret for the...


Reimagining West Ashley by working around the edges

You won’t find many pictures of West Ashley on those postcards in the Market — maybe Charles Towne Landing or the...


This is why we license tour guides

About a month ago, Tony Youmans heard Charleston’s history mangled beyond all recognition.


The road to political doom isn’t paved with asphalt

Let’s say you have this semi-demanding part-time job.


Rep. Chip Limehouse wasn’t waving battle flag, but it hit him in the face

Well, at least Chip Limehouse can say he knows what it feels like to be on a battlefield.


Something was missing from the governor’s State of the State speech

It was, in some ways, quite a touching moment.


Don’t blame Charleston — it’s not our loophole

Congratulations for surviving the past week — we’ve had more carpetbaggers here in the last seven days than...


Hard work, lobbying pay off on harbor dredging

Four years ago, plans to deepen Charleston’s harbor were stuck firmly in the pluff mud, along with the state’s...


The people bashing Haley just don’t get it — they are the minority

Republican Party leaders probably watched Thursday night’s presidential debate with one thought ringing in their minds...

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