Nikki Haley is leading a fight that will have repercussions in the 2016 election. She is calling for the Confederate flag, currently flying on the State Capitol grounds, to be taken down.
The urgency of the action is being driven by the recent tragedy in the Charleston church, that took the lives of 9 people.
It’s a divisive issue – the lawmakers were only able to get the flag, which was put in place in 1962 (Hollings, Democratic governor), moved from the Capital dome to another spot on the grounds in 2000 (Hodges, Democratic governor). As a result of that action, lawmakers were forced to make a compromise that made any further movement require a 2/3 vote – a REALLY high bar to change.