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MORNING BUZZ: Barney Frank comes to Columbia, Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley speak in Greenville

04/07/2014 6:30 AM

03/14/2015 7:49 AM

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will headline $50-per-person fundraising reception for the SC Equality PAC -- which backs candidates who support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues -- at 6 tonight in the M Space in Columbia.

The Massachusetts Democrat also will hold a lecture at 4 p.m. Monday that's open to the public at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business. Frank speaks Tuesday to former Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler's Politics and Mass Media class at USC.

Also happening today:

• U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, will deliver the keynote address to the Greenville First Monday Republican Club at noon.
• Det Bowers, who is challenging Graham, will meet with business and political leaders in Spartanburg at 11:30 a.m.
• Gov. Nikki Haley will speak at the German American Chamber of Commerce Southern SME Forum in Greenville at 2 p.m.

South Carolina candidates for governor and attorney general in 2010 -- including rivals Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen and attorney general Alan Wilson -- received $336,345 in campaign contributions above state legal limits, an analysis of election finance filings by The State newspaper has found.

The University of South Carolina Upstate could have its budget cut again for another gay-themed program on the Spartanburg campus.

Not all of the six candidates competing in June’s GOP primary against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, regularly participate in the party’s statewide and presidential preference primaries, an analysis by The State found.

Harvey Peeler's principled mission to put an end to declaring official state symbols, animals, "whatevers" hit a snag last week when Peeler's effort was suddenly at odds with the political prowess of a third-grader. Plus the latest on the race for Sen. Lindsey Graham's seat in The Sunday Buzz.

The state’s crumbling roads and bridges likely won’t be getting any new money from the Legislature this year, according to a key lawmaker, The Greenville News reports.

Sen. Vincent Sheheen told supporters in Greenville that the governor's Social Services director is "cooking the numbers to show, or try to show, that they're actually doing things they're not" when it comes to helping children in the state's child protective services system, The Greenville News reports.

The state, at the current pace, won't produce enough people with the necessary skills to fill the number of jobs requiring those skills over the next decade or so. That's the assessment by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and separately by University of South Carolina economists, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports.

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