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August 28, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: What draws a crowd to the State House? Football.

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Get ready for football! The University of South Carolina’s season opener against the Texas A&M Aggies started Wednesday night, when A&M fans flocked to the State House steps for a Midnight Yell practice. Gamecocks fans, of course, gave them some company.

Kickoff is at 6:01 p.m., but festivities will be well underway before hand. Check out what that means for police, cameras, curfews, and rides home, traffic and get your game-day guide here.

POTUS hopeful still in town. After attending a fundraiser for S.C. Republicans Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will spend another day politicking in Columbia before kickoff. Perry will headline the 2014 Fellowship of Christian Athletes kickoff event at 7:30 a.m. at River Bluff High School’s performing arts center in Lexington. At noon, he’ll attend a fundraiser for state Rep. Kirkman Finlay, R-Richland, at Doc’s Barbecue on Shop Road. And, later, Perry will head to a Cockaboose to watch the game.

MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ turns 51. To celebrate, Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver remarks at a Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates “I Have a Dream” Rally, on the State House north steps at 9:15 a.m.

Bernie Sanders in Columbia. The U.S. senator and self-described socialist from Vermont will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. But at 11:45 a.m., Sanders also will speak during a S.C. Progressive Network rally at the State House calling for the state to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

State budget forecasters meet. The state Board of Economic Advisors will hold its August meeting at 2 p.m., Dennis Building, Room 417.

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