Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – July 7, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Hillary Clinton grants her first sit-down interview. South Carolina moves toward removing the Confederate battle flag. Biskupski is raising more cash than Becker, but still has a long way to go to catch up.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 35
  • Days to the 2015 election – 119
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 196
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 203
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 204
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 358
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 491

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton will give her first nationally televised interview as a presidential candidate today on CNN [Politico].
  2. The South Carolina Senate takes a big step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds [Washington Post].
  3. Challenger Jackie Biskupski is raising more money than incumbent Ralph Becker in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race, but Becker still has more than three times as much cash on hand [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. A new survey shows 41% of Utahns think Congress is getting more done under Republican control than in the past [Utah Policy].
  5. A conference at BYU highlights the future of religious liberty legislation following the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage [Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  6. 14 of 16 cities in Salt Lake County are moving to vote-by-mail for their municipal elections [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The Dalai Lama will speak at the University of Utah in October [KSL, ABC 4].
  8. The Wasatch Front Regional Council releases their draft transportation plan for the end of the decade [Deseret News].
  9. A Dixie State University faculty member says the school should change its name because of its relationship with the Confederate South [ABC 4].
  10. A new study shows Colorado's schools are serving students much better than their counterparts in Utah [Utah Policy, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 – U.S. Navy Commodore J.D. Sloat proclaimed the annexation of California by the United States.
  • 1898 – President William McKinley signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
  • 1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam on the Colorado River.
  • 1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor was chosen by President Ronald Reagan to become the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 2005 – Terrorists struck the London transit system, setting off explosions in three subway cars and a double-decker bus in coordinated rush-hour attacks. Fifty-two people were killed, and more than 700 injured.