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State Rep. Wendell Gilliard ran into a big ol’ gator in Georgetown County near the Sandy Island boat landing. [Count on 2, Live 5]

It looks like Upstate Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, will head up a special committee called by Speaker John Boehner to investigate the 9/12 Benghazi attacks as Republicans look for crucial wins in this year’s midterm elections. [Politico]

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, former DNC chair and governor of Virginia, became the first national Dem to make the trek to South Carolina this weekend, announcing that he would join the Ready for Hillary super PAC in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, explaining that he was one of the early backers of President Obama in 2007 and trusted his instincts once again, becoming an early Hillary backer. [NYT, CNN, Politico]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spent [about $1 million] in the first quarter of the fundraising year, about as much as his handful of Republican primary challengers have raised altogether, avoiding any substantial primary challenge so far with a month left before the June contest. [The State, AP]

With a year under his belt in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is facing his first-ever statewide race after being initially appointed to the seat when Jim DeMint left the Senate in 2012. [AP]

Some College of Charleston donors are reportedly saying they’ll withhold contributions over the decision to hire Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell to take over the College’s president’s office. [P&C]

The first private company to venture a mile-and-a-half underwater off the S.C. coast into the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America reports back that millions of dollars in gold and treasure remains among the 1857 wreckage. [NYT]

After a Friday hearing, a circuit court judge says he’ll think over the request from Speaker Bobby Harrell to have Attorney General Alan Wilson [removed from a state grand jury] investigating him. Meanwhile, The Nerve reports that according to their analysis, the Speaker reimbursed himself $70,000 in unidentified staff expenses. [The State]