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April 25, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: GOP, Dems trade barbs in guv's race, Graham agrees to ETV debate

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

The S.C. Republican and Democratic parties traded barbs Thursday, stirring the pot in dueling press conferences about the governor and her challengers. While the GOP threatened a lawsuit against Tom Ervin, an independent petition candidate who calls himself a Republican, the Dems raised questions about a pair of contributions on Haley's most recent campaign finance disclosures, prompting Haley's camp to explain.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican seeking his third term, has agreed to a debate hosted by ETV. The June 7 event will be the first time the incumbent and his challengers share a stage to discuss the issues. (ICYMI: The (Columbia) Free Times has a takeout on the U.S. Senate race published Wednesday .)

State government leaders are working to get S.C. State University money before the school runs out of cash next month, including a plan to have other college presidents advise the school about how to deal with its financial problems.

Politico reported that Det Bowers , the Columbia pastor among six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in a sermon once blamed women for causing most divorces.

Lawmakers discussed academic freedom Thursday on a panel hosted by the USC Student Government.

The prospect of gold in the hills of Lancaster County continues to create disagreements in this tiny community of closed textile buildings and two-laned streets. But those supporting plans for a big gold mine — and the nearly 800 jobs it promises — stole the show Thursday at a hearing to discuss how the mining operation will affect the environment.

Happening today: Gov. Nikki Haley's prescription drug abuse prevention council meets today to discuss "the establishment of baseline data for benchmarks." The panel meets at 10:45 a.m. in the Governor's Conference Room, Wade Hampton Building. At 11:30 a.m. Haley wil give the keynote address at the General Federation of Women's Club South Carolina State Convention luncheon, Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street. ... Democratic state House Rep. Bakari Sellers at 6 p.m. will speak to Young Democrats at Claflin University at an event called "Honoring a New Legacy: African Americans in Politics."

Tweet thing: Rep. Sellers, who is running for lieutenant governor, shared on Twitter several old pictures of his father, Cleveland Sellers, with prominent civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. The elder Sellers, now president of Voorhees College, was among 27 wounded in 1968 when highway patrolmen shot into a crowd protesting the segregation of a bowling hall near S.C. State College in Orangeburg. Three men also died in the shooting.

For more, check out Sellers' Twitter feed @Bakari_Sellers.

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