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.