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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 23, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

South Carolina leaders call for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the statehouse grounds. President Obama says racism has not ended in America. Mia Love is returning campaign donations from a white supremacist leader.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 49
  • Days to the 2015 election - 133
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 210
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 217
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 218
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 372
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 505

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other leaders call for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the statehouse [Vanity Fair].
  2. President Barack Obama says racism is still a "part of our DNA" as he invokes a shocking racial slur during an interview [New York Times].
  3. Rep. Mia Love says she's returning campaign donations from the leader of a white supremacist group linked to the man who shot and killed nine churchgoers in South Carolina [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. A majority of Utahns say climate change is happening, but they're still divided on whether it's a crisis [Utah Policy].
  5. Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the city still owes him money after his ouster, and he's considering legal action [KSL].
  6. A plan is in the works to turn the old Granite High School into a housing development [ABC 4].
  7. Does Rep. Jason Chaffetz's internet sales tax bill have a chance of passing? [KUER]
  8. A new national survey finds more Americans would vote for an LDS presidential candidate than one who was an evangelical Christian [Utah Policy].
  9. Kennecott Utah Copper unveils plans to handle waste coming out of their mine in a more environmentally sensitive fashion [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Entry fees are going up at more than 130 national parks [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1865 - The last Confederate holdouts formally surrendered in the Oklahoma Territory.
  • 1894 - The International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris.
  • 1947 - The U.S. Congress enacted the Taft-Hartley labor act over the veto of President Truman.
  • 1972 - President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Becoming More Convinced Climate Change is Real, Still Split on Cause
Nearly 80 percent of Utahns believe the Earth’s climate is changing, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Love to Return Donations from Group Linked to Charleston Shooter
Rep. Mia Love will return $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, a white supremacist whose writings reportedly inspired Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof....

More Americans Would Vote for a Mormon Presidential Candidate than an Evangelical Christian
A new survey finds more Americans say they would vote for a Mormon presidential candidate than an evangelical Christian....

Policy News

Winning the Political Game: How Do You Stay Informed?
It’s vitally important for people holding positions in public policy to stay informed and be up-to-date on current events. ...

Hatch: The Stakes Are Too High to Act as if Iran is a Trustworthy Partner
A scathing report released by the U.N. Security Council detailing Iran’s refusal to comply with existing UN resolutions and international agreements, has raised doubts among lawmakers regarding Iran’s willingness to act as an honest negotiating partner. ...

Hatch Pays Tribute to Victims, Community of Charleston
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, took to the Senate Floor to offer his condolences to the victims, families, and community victimized by the shooting last week in Charleston, South Carolina, and condemned the killings as “heinous.”...

Press Release: County Officials Should Halt The Sales Tax Hike
Today, Americans for Prosperity Utah reacted with disappointment in response to news that counties are considering allowing a quarter-cent sales tax hike to proceed to the November ballot. ...

Obama Administration Releases Report on the Health and Economic Benefits of Global Action on Climate Change
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a report quantifying the vast economic, health, and environmental benefits that reducing global carbon pollution will have on the United States, reinforcing the need to act with a sense of urgency. ...

Hatch Announces Markup of Bipartisan Miscellaneous Healthcare Bills
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today announced a committee markup of bipartisan miscellaneous healthcare bills.  ...

Utah STEM Action Center holds a STEM Best Practices Conference
The Utah STEM Action Center was created over two years ago, and this week they will hold a STEM Best Practices Conference on June 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point’s Garden Center. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Crime doesn't pay and it costs too much

Utah liquor board considers new rules for Oktoberfest and other special events

UTA shows how transit fuels economic benefits, say transporation, government leaders

BLM environmental review questions expansion of Kane County strip mine

Mia Love returns donation from man linked to Charleston shooter

Utah mine plans to beautify, make waste piles safer

Southern Utah county declares state of emergency, blames Grand Staircase for low school enrollment

Deseret News

Op-ed: Hatch, fellow senators should pass clean Internet tax ban

Derek B. Miller: The value of diplomacy easily evident in modern Europe

Mia Love returning contribution from alleged white supremacist

Kennecott copper mine getting a $100 million facelift

Garfield County issues unique state of emergency

Gov. Herbert summoned to jury duty in Provo

Romney's opposition to Confederate flag helping 'galvanize new debate'


Mia Love among Republicans returning donations from white supremacist (Daily Herald)

The price to perform a primary election (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton: Too cool for Brooklyn? (Politico)

Ayatollah's decree complicates Iran nuclear talks (Politico)

Obama uses N-word while arguing US is not 'cured' of racism (The Hill)

Punished GOP lawmaker stirs new talk of Boehner rebellion (The Hill)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says Confederate flag has 'no place' on statehouse ground (FOX News)

What President Obama Said During His Garage Podcast (Newsweek)

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland Says He Has 'Very Advanced' Cancer (New York Times)

North Carolina teen arrested after plotting attacks in support of Islamic State (Christian Science Monitor)

Chris Christie's Newark schools chief steps down following years of turmoil (Washington Post)

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Give Away Donations from Supremacist Group Linked to Charleston Murder Suspect (Newsweek)

Senior U.S., Chinese Officials Meet in Washington, Shadowed by Strains (Wall Street Journal)


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