Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – June 22, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Here are today's headlines handcrafted for you with care.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on many cases before their term ends. The FEC alleges a St. George businessman illegally funneled campaign donations to Sen. Mike Lee and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Romney calls on South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 50
  • Days to the 2015 election – 134
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 211
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 218
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 219
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 373
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 506

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court has just two decision days left in this term. There are 11 rulings left on their docket. Many in Washington are anticipating what will happen when the court weighs in on Obamacare [The Hill]. Others expect the high court to make same-sex marriage legal across the entire country [New York Times].
  2. The Federal Election Commission claims businessman Jeremy Johnson illegally funneled campaign donations to Sens. Mike Lee and Harry Reid as well as former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Associated PressTribune, Deseret News].
  3. Mitt Romney calls on South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from their state Capitol [Politico].
  4. The Utah School Board votes to not support Gov. Gary Herbert's call for a federal law requiring a governor's signature on any plans for spending federal education dollars [Tribune].
  5. The Utah Republican Party is grappling with a six-figure debt [Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake City and County announce a plan to merge their prosecutors offices in a bid to raise efficiency and save cash [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Opponents of moving the Utah State Prison say there's more than enough room to rebuild the facility on the existing site [Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers consider changes to make it easier for road crews to work on construction projects at night [Tribune].
  9. A jury convicts Marco Diaz, the former chair of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly of misdemeanor child abuse [Tribune].
  10. A new poll shows most Utahns are heeding the call for water conservation and plan to reduce their water usage this year [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
  • 1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.
  • 1940 – France fell to Germany in World War II.
  • 1941 – Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
  • 1970 – President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
  • 1977 – Former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell entered a federal prison for Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.