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Below are some links to various media reports that you might find of interest related to my work on matters facing Richland County government.


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"We can be smarter," Seth Rose advocates for Richland County to study ban on plastic bags (with VIDEO, July 30 , 2018)


Councilman Rose votes against hospitality tax allocations to group with a long history of questionnable expenses (July 25, 2018)

Rose makes motion on County Council to study banning plastic bags in Richland County (with VIDEO, July 24 , 2018)

Councilman Rose speaks out in favor of demolishing crumbling duplex on Walker Street (with VIDEO, July 23 , 2018)

County Council votes to approve tax break for student housing project on Shop Road, despite earlier votes and opposition led by Seth Rose against project (June 20, 2018)


Seth Rose questions Council's decision to award controverial foundation $150,000 for bills related to Pinewood Lake (with VIDEO, June 19, 2018)

Despite objections from Councilman Rose, Richland County Council votes to give $150,000 to Pinewood Lake Foundation (June 18, 2018)

Council, Seth Rose vote down proposal for more student housing near Williams-Brice (June 7, 2018)

Student housing building project in limbo after being voted down by Council, Seth Rose (June 6, 2018)

After curtailing Renaissance Project, Richland County to revisit controversial plan for government facilities (with VIDEO, June 5, 2018)

Solution for Charleston County's problems with mugshots web sites may come from policy enacted by Seth Rose, Richland County nearly five years ago (May 26, 2018)

Rose, Council votes to put controversial Renaissance Plan in Richland County on hold (May 24, 2018)

Seth Rose, County Council decide to put divisive Renaissance Plan on shelf (May 24, 2018)

Rose supports proposal to ban bump stocks in Richland County, ordinance gets approval from Council (March 28, 2018)

Rose, County deal with aftermath of Supreme Court ruling over embattled Penny Tax program (March 13, 2018)

Supreme Court halts Penny Tax spending, calls for reforms to program, many of which were proposed by Seth Rose (March 7, 2018)

Councilman Rose, Council working on making cat ordinance more humane (with VIDEO, March 7, 2018)

Councilman Rose announces his opposition to property tax break of AR15 gun manufacturer (March 5, 2018)

Even though County administration denies agreement exists, Rose confirm agreement with County, strip club exists "because I voted against it" (Jan. 26,2018)


Shutting down nuisance businesses in County more difficult than closing them in city, says Councilman Rose (December 26, 2017)

Seth Rose, others criticize plan for Richland County as incomplete, intentionally misleading when it comes to price tag (December 24, 2017)

In unveiling of Richland Renaissance, Rose questions costs for projects while county leaders fail to release budget or answer questions at roll-out press conference (Dec. 20, 2017)

Councilman Rose disappointed no budget details released, nor citizen questions answered, during Richland County's introduction of Renaissance Plan (Dec. 20, 2017)

Rose opposes Richland Renaissance plan for its costs, questions decisions to tear down building where more than $1 million in renovations was put into council chambers (with VIDEO, Dec. 20 , 2017)

Seth Rose questions costly plan for Richland County plan to move administration building to nearly-abandoned Columbia Place mall (with VIDEO, Dec. 19, 2017)

Councilman Rose criticizes plan for Richland County government offiice buildings as too expensive (with VIDEO, Dec. 19, 2017)

Seth Rose opposes Renaissance plan because budget details incomplete, would waste tax funds (with VIDEO, Dec. 19, 2017)

Rose, others question "runaway train" as Richland County prepares to publicly unveil Renaissance Plan already approved by County Council (Dec. 18, 2017)

Rose votes against expensive Renaissance Plan to build new courthouse, new county administration building, and other government facilities (December 13, 2017)

Seth Rose, County Council approve bonds for Penny Tax program (December 13, 2017)

Councilman Rose, community lose fight against the controversial request for a drive-thru window at proposed Zaxby's in Five Points (Dec. 12, 2017)

Despite pleas from community, Zoning Board approves drive-thru window for proposed Zaxby's location in Five Points (with VIDEO, Dec. 12, 2017)

Seth Rose expresses concern over Richland Renaissance plan, costs (December 11, 2017)

Councilman Rose surprised by EMS director's decline of offer to add more new positions to embattled department's staff (with VIDEO, November 16, 2017)

Seth Rose, nearby neighbors says it's past time to tear down burned down building once accused of operating as illegal strip club (with VIDEO, November 8, 2017)

Councilman Rose says funding issues with county's EMS departments needs to be addressed to save lives in Richland (with VIDEO, October 24, 2017)

Rose announces completion of master plan, addresses concerns at Olympia neighborhood meeting (October 20, 2017)

Rose takes leading role in getting more funding to EMS department, improve morale in EMS department (with VIDEO, October 18, 2017)

Seth Rose, County Council move forward on plan to address issues in EMS department (with VIDEO, October 17, 2017)

Rose to campaign for State House 72 seat in 2018 elections (with VIDEO, October 11, 2017)

Popular County Councilman, Seth Rose, announces his candidacy for State House District 72 (October 10, 2017)

Seth Rose announces campaign for State House (October 10, 2017)

Rose throws his hat into ring for State House 72 seat in 2018 (with VIDEO, October 10, 2017)

In 2018, Councilman Rose to attempt to become Representative Rose (October 10, 2017)

Sources: Seth Rose will probably run for State House in 2018 (October 5, 2017)
Rose casts one of two votes against holding Council Retreat in Myrtle Beach (with VIDEO, October 5, 2017)

Councilman Rose votes against council retreat being held in Myrtle Beach (with VIDEO, October 4, 2017)

Seth Rose calls for public investigation into EMS department problems (September 15, 2017)

Councilman Rose vows to restore morale among EMS employees, address department's needs (with VIDEO, August 15, 2017)

Rose votes against $1.2 million renovation to County Council chambers (with VIDEO, June 27, 2017)

Seth Rose casts one of only three votes against proposal to beautify Richland County's Council Chambers (June 27, 2017)

Councilman Rose opposes funding for group whose director was indicted for misuse of tax dollars (June 23, 2017)

His 3rd consecutive year on the list, Seth Rose moves up to #34 on the Free Times' 2017 power issue ranking (June 20, 2017)

Rose one of 4 votes against massive increase to constituent services account appoved by County Council (June 14, 2017)

Seth Rose, Council members fine tune details, reject $500K increase to election commission in new budget spending plan (with VIDEO June 8, 2017)

County Jail Committee, chaired by Councilman Rose, identifies issues with pay for prison guards, staffing levels and training / recruitment (June 7, 2017)

As project progresses, new library led by Rose working out final details, construction plans and funding (May 28, 2017)

Councilman Rose questions council providing hospitality tax funds to Pinewood Lake Foundation (May 25, 2017)

Seth Rose says delayed project to redevelop to Gonzales Garden will go long way toward improving neighborhood, downtown Columbia (April 12, 2017)

Rose urges Recreation Commission to adopt identified recommendations while council debates releasing funds to embattled agency (March 23, 2017)

Council, Rose delay releasing funds to Recreation Commission until audit on agency is complete (with VIDEO March 21, 2017)

Councilman Rose supports transparency, believes colleagues' attempt to punish members for leaked information is misguided (Feb 9, 2017)

Seth Rose pledges support for new County Courthouse, talks continue between City, County (Jan 11, 2017)

Columbia, Richland County begin discussions about replacing downtown courthouse on Main Street (Jan 4, 2017)

Rose supports legislation to give Richland County control over Recreation Commission (Dec 27, 2016)

Councilman wants to bury utility lines near football stadium (with VIDEO, Dec. 23, 2016)

Work continues on unique downtown walking trails near Owens Field (with VIDEO, Dec. 22, 2016)

Seth Rose expresses concern over plan to bring USC Medical School to BullStreet development (Dec 20, 2016)

Councilman Rose supports effort to bury utility lines underground near Williams Brice Stadium on Bluff Road (Dec 18, 2016)

County Councilman remembers neighborhood leader Durham Carter's contributions to neighborhood, Columbia, Richland County (with VIDEO, Dec. 17, 2016)

Seth Rose questions expenses submitted by group receiving funding through County Hospitality Tax (Nov 27, 2016)

Rose leads way for County Council to support funding for body cameras to be used by Sheriff's deputies (Nov 16, 2017)

Cramped courthouse driving Rose, county leaders to explore options for downtown judicial center (Nov 13, 2016)

Seth Rose, legislative, Congressional and municipal leaders gather to honor Jack Van Loan's contributions to 5 Points in Columbia (Nov 12, 2016)

With recreation director out, Councilman Rose still wants to see overhaul in Recreation Commission operations (Oct 19, 2016)

St. Andrews seeing a resurgence in new, smaller businesses opening, says County Councilman Seth Rose (Sept. 28, 2016)

More pressure for Recreation Commission as Council, Rose advance measure calling for resignations at embattled agency (with VIDEO, Sept. 14, 2016)

Seth Rose supports neighborhood protections for Historic Waverly community (with VIDEO Sept. 8, 2016)

Councilman Rose won't vote for any more funding until oversight of Recreation Commission comes under the control of Richland County government (with VIDEO  Sept. 5, 2016)

Seth Rose calls for restoring "checks and balances" over Recreation Commission, giving oversight to Richland County government (with VIDEO Aug. 31, 2016)

Rose welcomes changing state law to transfer oversight of Recreation Commission away from Legislative Delegation and toward county government (Aug. 31, 2016)

In calling for resignations, Councilman Rose advocates for changing state law that fails to provide proper oversight of Recreation Commission (Aug. 31, 2016)

Seth Rose, council members approve plan to make needed repairs to sewage treatement plant in Richland County (with VIDEO, Aug. 26, 2016)

Rose, County Council approve spending $15 million to fix problems with county's sewage treatment plant on Broad River (Aug. 25, 2016)

Courtroom named after beloved retired employee thanks to Seth Rose's leadership (Aug. 23, 2016)

Rose pushes through name change for courtroom to honor retiring employee of Richland county (with VIDEO, Aug. 23, 2016)

Seth Rose presents retiring employee with resolution, leads historic initiative to rename courtroom after her (Aug. 23, 2016)

Councilman Rose leads effort to rename courtroom after 85-year-old long-time employee of Judicial center (with VIDEO, Aug. 23, 2016)

Change, opportunities coming to Owens Field Park thanks to Councilman Rose, USC, city leaders, community (with VIDEO, Aug. 22, 2016)

Rose: "I couldn't be more proud" of new athletic field for special needs individuals (Aug. 21, 2016)

Councilman Rose, local leaders break ground on Miracle Field (Aug. 21, 2016)

Seth Rose, city leaders, USC, community, others break ground on new athletic fields to tear down barriers for those with special needs (Aug. 20, 2016)

Communitywide support greets announcement of new library coming to Edgewood neighborhood (July 29, 2016)

A project led by Councilman Rose will bring library branch to community without one since 1971 (July 12, 2016)

Seth Rose leds effort to bring library back to area that saw it leave more than 30 years ago (with VIDEO June 25, 2016)

The only member of County Council to make list, Seth Rose moves up 14 spots to #35 on the Free Times' 2016 power issue ranking (June 15, 2016)

Seth Rose, County Council, tighten grip on Recreation Commission's budget for new year (June 2, 2016)

Councilman Rose points out funding shortfall from legislature when it comes to body cameras (with VIDEO May 19, 2016)

Seth Rose casts the only vote to not initiate legal action against state's Revenue Department in ongoing Penny Tax debate (May 4, 2016)

Rose is only County Council representative to vote against launching legal war with state agency while other council members defend Penny Tax practices (with VIDEO May 3, 2016)

Rose: "This can and should be resolved without going into a courtroom (May 3, 2016)

Fiery colege party illustrates need to update county's landlord laws, Rose says (with VIDEO April 28, 2016)

Seth Rose calls for accountability as information is being gathered to determine costs to bring Penny Tax into compliance following DOR audit (April 28, 2016)

Councilman Rose says DOR's threat to withhold penny tax funds from County could have been avoided if colleagues had adopted reform measures (with VIDEO April 27, 2016)

Solution emerges to problem of released inmates being dropped off at downtown bus terminal; Jail committee chairman Seth Rose eager to see results of pilot program that solves issue while cutting costs (April 20, 2016)

Seth Rose leads council majority, denies Election Commission's request for additional $20,000 after officials say they noticed miscalculation for special council election (April 19, 2016)

Rose frustrated over council's lack of authority as calls to investigate Recreation Commission increase (with VIDEO April 19, 2016)

Once the lone vote against it, Seth Rose leads council majority to kill county water park that came with $18 million price tag (April 19, 2016)

County Councilman Rose expresses frustration with lack of county oversight when it comes to Elections office, budget request (April 6, 2016)

Seth Rose, along with other council members, votes against request to send more funding to Elections office (with VIDEO April 6 2016)

Rose, other council members vote against request to add funding to Elections Office budget (April 5, 2016)

Seth Rose supports effort to turn Richland County's animal shelter into a no-kill facility (March 23, 2016)

Seth Rose, other leaders recognize, thank Jim Jaco for years of neighborhood leadership (March 18, 2016)

Councilman Rose expresses concerns over request for an extra $1 million in additional funding for Elections Office (March 2, 2016)

Rose hopes DOR demand letter to reform Penny Tax program motivates his colleagues to aprove his proposals (March 2, 2016)

Councilman Rose expresses concern over colleague's second arrest, suggests he step down to deal with issues (Feb. 29, 2016 with VIDEO from WIS. CLICK HERE for VIDEO from WOLO. Click here for VIDEO from WACH)

Revenue's deadline for county to make changes to Penny program brings new spotlight to proposed reforms from Seth Rose (Feb. 26, 2016 with VIDEO)

Revenue Dept. gives County deadline to enact reforms to Penny Tax, many of which have already been proposed by Councilman Rose (Feb. 25, 2016)

Seth Rose's recommendations to reform citizens' advisory watchdog group over Transportation Penny adopted along with others, to advance for confirmation (Feb. 17, 2016)

Council's jail ad hoc committe scraps taxi cabs from plan to reform release policy for inmates who lack ride (Feb. 16, 2016)

Seth Rose, County Council take first steps toward waiving demolition disposal fees that would allow for Gonzales Gardens to be redeveloped (Feb. 10, 2016 with VIDEO)

Advisory committee discusses new reforms, Seth Rose's motion to give it oversight power (Feb. 3, 2016)

Councilman Rose heads committee discussion to change transportation approach for prisoners released from Richland County's jail (Feb. 2, 2016)

Committee, chaired by Seth Rose, explores options to eliminate dropping off released inmates in downtown Columbia (Feb. 2, 2016 with VIDEO)

Citizen's Committee considers new watchdog roles, motions offered up by County Councilman Rose (Jan. 25, 2016 with VIDEO)

Committee votes in favor of audit, considers proposals made by Seth Rose to restore trust in County Penny Tax program (Jan. 25, 2016 with VIDEO)

Transportation committee members clash over Seth Rose's proposals to restore trust in Penny Tax Program (Jan. 20, 2016)

Seth Rose fights for reform measures in first meeting of new year for County Council's transportation committee (Jan. 19, 2016 with VIDEO)

Facing roadblocks from committee members, Rose's motions to reform Penny Tax program advance forward (Jan. 19, 2016 with VIDEO)

Councilman Rose's proposal to strengthen, add oversight powers to citizens group that oversees county's Transportation Penny Tax advances forward (Jan. 19, 2016)

Seth Rose appointed to County's Trasportation Ad Hoc committee, to fight for reform measures at committee's first meeting (Jan. 18, 2016 with VIDEO)

South Kilbourne neighborhood finds an ally in Seth Rose; Councilman to tackle road repair issues(Jan. 14, 2016)

Seth Rose's reform motions brought forward, assigned to committee at council meeting (Jan. 12, 2016 with VIDEO)

Improvements to Penny Tax Program introduced at first council meeting of new year (Jan. 12, 2016 with VIDEO)

County Councilman proposes plan to mend Penny Tax Program (Jan. 5, 2016 with VIDEO)

Councilman Rose proposes 3 changes to county's Penny Tax program to improve transparency (Jan. 5, 2016)

Seth Rose proposes changes to Richland County Transportation Penny Tax in order to restore accountability, oversight and transparency (Jan. 4, 2016 with VIDEO)

Rose: 3 ways to restore trust in Richland's Transportation Penny Tax (Jan. 3, 2016)

Seth Rose is lone vote against proposed water park that takes up to $20 million and isn't projected to turn profit in first 12 years (Dec. 9, 2015 with VIDEO)

Rose welcomes Costco to Richland County after big box developers clear last hurdle to build its new location (Dec. 8, 2015)

Councilman Rose continues fight for transparency on County Council  (Nov. 23, 2015 with VIDEO)

Seth Rose votes against holding retreat for County Council in Charleston; says it should be held locally (Oct. 23, 2015)

Councilman Rose, majority of Council shoots down no-bid contract worth almost $1 million with private consulting group (Oct. 20, 2015)

Following up on tips from neighbors, Councilman Seth Rose and Richland County crack down on Pandora's Bar & Lounge (Aug. 21, 2015 with VIDEO)

Richland County closes down "sushi bar" operating as strip club following complaints to Councilman Rose (Aug. 20, 2015)

A new era of accountability on Richland County Council (July 31, 2015)

County Council unanimously passes system of roll-call voting (July 29, 2015 with VIDEO)

Richland County Council agrees to record votes by members (July 29, 2015 with VIDEO)

Seth Rose cracks into Free Times' Power 50 list, called "a voice for reason and transparency (June 17, 2015)

Councilman Seth Rose supports pay raise for firefighters as way to stop talent drain from Columbia-Richland department (June 16, 2015 with VIDEO)

After intense community reaction for Seth Rose's proposal to adopt on-the-record voting, County Council looks at improving its process (June 2, 2015)

County Council shoots down Seth Rose's request for On-the-Record Voting (May 27, 2015)


Seth Rose: Current method of voting by County Council isn't transparent, citizens deserve better (VIDEO LINK - May 20 2015)

County Council votes down Seth Rose's proposal for roll-call voting (May 20, 2015)

Editorial urges members of council to approve Seth Rose's motion for on-the-record voting of County Council (Feb. 6, 2015)

Tennis alumnus Seth Rose welcomes new challenges (Feb. 5, 2015)

Seth Rose spotlighted in newest episode of Rchland County's Council Corner (VIDEO LINK - Oct. 25, 2014)


Seth Rose's induction into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame (Sept. 4 2014 - VIDEO of induction begins at the 18:50 mark)


Seth Rose to be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame (Sept. 4, 2014 with VIDEO)


Councilman Rose working on updating county's inmate drop-off policy to make it safer for downtown, released prisoners (July 31, 2014)


Editorial praises decision by Rose, County Council to settle jail lawsuit, "indefensible act" (July 27, 2014)

Rose leads effort in Richland County to support CASA program in light of deficiencies at state's DSS (June 25, 2014)

Editorial agrees with Seth Rose, questions need to fill county position that had been left unfilled for 3 years (June 25, 2014)

Rose casts lone vote against water park, suburban sports complex on County Council (June 13, 2014)


Councilman votes against funding water park, sports arena that would be paid for with hospitality tax dollars (June 12, 2014)


Seth Rose says County Council "playing with fire," announces he will vote against hospitality projects (June 12, 2014 with VIDEO)


Seth Rose votes againsts hospitality projects totalling almost $60 million (June 2, 2014) Click Here for VIDEO LINK


Councilman Rose votes to keep distance buffer between bars and churches at strip malls in Richland County (March 3, 2014) Click Here for VIDEO LINK


GUEST COLUMN: Rose calls for county's election commission to be run by State Election Commission (March 2, 2014)

Seth Rose votes against ordinance to relax county's distance buffer between bars and churches (Feb. 26, 2014)

Rose's leadership on enforcing ordinance leading to closing of strip club (with VIDEO, Feb. 8, 2014)

After years of no action, Councilman's leadership brings solution, relocation of unpopular strip club on Bush River road (Feb. 7, 2014)

Rose quesitons spending $7000 on retreat for members for County Council (with VIDEO, Jan. 13, 2014)

Councilman Rose calls for an end to wasteful spending of Hospitality Tax (with VIDEO Dec. 17, 2013)

Seth Rose supports first responders, pledges to help upgrade Olympia fire station (Dec. 13, 2013)

Rose's 5 Points Strategy includes long term commitment to curbing at-risk youth violence (Dec. 12, 2013)

Subcommittee, chaired by Seth Rose, selects firm to audit Richland County jail operations (with VIDEO Nov. 5, 2013)

Councilman Rose makes motion to fund Sheriff's office to combat gang violence in 5 Points (with VIDEO, Oct. 29, 2013)

Progress being made on county review of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, says Councilman Rose (with VIDEO, Sept. 16, 2013)

Seth Rose chairs committee conducting "top to bottom" review of Richland County jail (Sept. 16, 2013)

Going against majority of council, Rose casts vote against using county funds to pay for personal attorney fees of former embattled elections director (July 3, 2013)

Rose fights back effort to increase elections office budget by 50 percent (May 30, 2013)

Seth Rose opposes move to discuss paying legal bills of elections office "in a back room" (May 20, 2013)

Councilman Rose says election legal bills should be paid from commission's budget, not forced upon County Council as additional expense to taxpayers (with VIDEO, May 9, 2013)

Rose says "certainly, not fair to taxpayers" for Richland County to pay election-related legal bills (with VIDEO, May 9, 2013)

Rose stands up for taxpayers, objects to County paying legal bills for 'election mess' (May 8, 2013)

County jail study committee recommends more security cameras, raising pay for guards (May 6, 2013)

Rose votes against adding council members to Transportation Penny Advisory Committee, believes should only be comprised of citizens (April 18, 2013)

Re-use of Compress Warehouse can move community forward (March 22, 2013)

Rose chairs council committee conducting comprehensive review of County jail (March 22, 2013)

Committee led by Rose looks for ways to improve detention center (March 21, 2013)

Seth Rose supports update to Richland County's Bailey Bill, Redevelopment of Historic Buildings (March 20, 2013)

County Councilman Rose, Columbia officials looking at ways to move asphalt plant out of neighborhood (March 11, 2013)

County's crackdown on sexually-oriented businesses in violation of ordinance welcomed by Councilman Rose (Jan. 31, 2013)

Councilman Rose leading effort to enforce county ordinance on strip clubs (Jan. 28, 2013)

Rose, County Council bracing for bills to clean up election mess (Jan. 6, 2013)

Church moving into vacant building off Broad River Road brings new attention, "shot to the arm" for long-ignored area, Rose says (Jan. 5, 2013)

Elections chief to step down from position after Rose, others call for removal (Jan. 4, 2013)

Seth Rose to sponsor motion to begin talks of moving asphalt plant (Dec. 23, 2012)

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