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August 4, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: SC author of gay marriage decision has ‘backbone’ + how Haley, Sheheen earned cash on the side

As a cook and a judge, the S.C. author of the 4th Circuit gay marriage decision has “backbone” and “the right ingredients,” those who know him say. Relatedly, a gay-marriage win looks more and more 'inevitable' in top court.

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• As a cook and a judge, the S.C. author of the 4th Circuit gay marriage decision has “backbone” and “the right ingredients,” those who know him say. Relatedly, a gay-marriage win looks more and more 'inevitable' in top court.
• Sunday Buzz: The Buzz has learned how the major-party candidates in the governor’s race made a little money on the side last year.
• Gov. Nikki Haley, on Facebook Saturday, thanked her doctors and said she was “healing nicely” from Friday’s arm surgery. Haley’s going under the knife led to South Carolina having a Democratic governor for a day - sort of.

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• The Joint Bond Review Committee meets at 2 p.m. to consider wish-list items for for several state agencies (Gressette 105, Agenda). On that list: the University of South Carolina’s proposed new student health center, and a new helicopter for SLED to replace one used in the Vietnam War.
• The Agency Head Salary Commission meets at 10 a.m. to discuss a salary request for the Public Employee Benefits Authority (Gressette 406, Agenda). That agency's board recently voted Peggy Boykin as the agency's new director.

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