MORNING BUZZ: Gov. Nikki Haley starts campaign ads

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on April 22, 2014 

Happening today: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen will make two stops in Spartanburg: visiting students at the University of South Carolina Upstate at 11 a.m. and speaking to the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club at 12:30 p.m., The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reported. ... Gov. Nikki Haley will speak to the West Metro Chamber of Commerce in West Columbia at 8 a.m. and Clinton Rotary Club in Clinton at 12:15 p.m. ... U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, will headline the Presidential Leadership Series at Bob Jones University at 7 p.m. ... Bob Livingston will join S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore to announce his campaign for a second term for Adjutant General at the party headquarters at 2 p.m.

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The early push to spread Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election message continues this week with her campaign’s first TV ads, coming on the heels of yet another TV spot paid for by the Republican Governors Association that attacks her Democratic challenger, Vincent Sheheen.

A new Republican Governors Association television ad attacks Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen's past work in defending criminal cases.

Tom Ervin, a Republican running as a petition candidate for governor, has introduced his first campaign television advertisement where he takes aim at Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for the massive 2012 data breach and questions surrounding the state's child welfare agency.

Looking down from a helicopter Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley gained a new perspective on a partially finished nuclear fuel plant that once was envisioned as a way to rid the nation of deadly, weapons-grade atomic material. But the view from high above didn’t change her mind about the need for the jobs-rich factory. Haley said the plant looked too near completion for the federal government to quit now.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business on Monday and appears set to get an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Although Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed a bill two years ago that would have allowed various kinds of criminals to have their criminal histories deleted from the public record, new efforts are underway again in the General Assembly this year to try again.

More than 100 USC Upstate students, faculty and administrators made sure their voices were heard during a rally in support of diversity and academic freedom at the university Monday.

"Fun Home" author Alison Bechdel said she was proud to be part of bringing to Charleston the off-Broadway show based on her book, despite threats from South Carolina lawmakers that they could continue to slash the College of Charleston's budget.

South Carolina is replacing its high school exit exam with tests considered more useful to students' future success, with scores that could go on work resumes or college admissions applications.

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