The state Department of Social Services announced that it will work with a consulting firm to help improve internal and external communications, paid for by a Seattle-based group. [P&C] looks at Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen’s newest TV ad about the 2012 cyber attack that netted millions of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers, alleging that Gov. Nikki Haley “hid it from us for over two weeks.” The group says the ad leaves out a “critical piece of information,” that the governor’s office reportedly delayed notification of the public at the advice of SLED. [FactCheck, P&C]

Charleston Democrats announced today that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, currently advising for the Ready for Hillary super PAC, will speak at the annual Blue Jamboree in North Charleston later this month. [MSNBC]

Capping off appearances in the state by Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Rand Paul last week, state Republicans announced today that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will speak at a GOP lunch in Columbia on September 15. [The State]

Real AP headline: “South Carolina political campaign goes to the dogs”

In “one of the moste serious wilflife cases in state history,” three men who worked at a Jasper County plantation pleaded guilty last week to trapping and killing dozens of hawks and owls in an effort to keep them from preying on thousands of quail that are stocked on the property for commercial hunting. [P&C]

Data compiled by Crowdpac, visualized here by the NYT, shows Brad Hutto, Democratic candidate for Senate against Lindsey Graham, as one of the most conservative Democrats running for Senate in the nation. [NYT]

The Advocate, an LGBT-interest magazine, ranks College of Charleston as one of seven “brave campuses for LGBT students in the South.” []

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