FIRST ON BUZZ: Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is out with a new TV ad today, hitting his rival Republican Gov. Nikki Haley on how she handled notifying the public after a 2012 hacking incident that resulted in the theft of millions of S.C. taxpayers’ personal and financial information.
The ad comes a day after Sheheen, a state senator from Camden, charged that Haley is misleading the public in touting her welfare-to-work success numbers because they include people who are paid low wages for so few hours that they still may need state assistance.
• A panel of political scientists and pollsters will discuss the S.C. governor’s race at the University of South Carolina. The panel will feature Scott Buchanan, The Citadel; Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University; Todd Shaw, University of South Carolina; Alissa Warters, Francis Marion University; and David Woodard, Clemson University. The symposium runs from 7 - 9 p.m. in the campus room of Capstone House.
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• The Aiken County Democratic Party’s annual hot dog social will feature several Democrats running on November’s ticket, including Sheheen, who is running against Haley in a rematch for governor, state Sen. Brad Hutto, who is running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and state Rep. Bakari Sellers, who will face former Attorney General Henry McMaster in the race for lieutenant governor. The event runs from 6 - 8 p.m. The event will take place at the county party’s headquarters: 831 Hayne Avenue.
• Today at 2 p.m., in Columbia, Haley will attend the Small Business Regulatory Review Committee meeting at the S.C. Department of Commerce, Capital City Building, 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600.
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