The Agenda: Arrests after Columbia KKK rally; Bloomberg-backed group pushing for gun loophole fix; Haley affected by Emanuel shooting

Photo of DPS officer escorting protester goes viral

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan waved Confederate flags and swastikas outside the Statehouse on Saturday in protest of the flag's removal from the grounds. They were met with opposition from counterprotesters from the New Black Panther party. In all, five people were reportedly arrested on different assault and disorderly conduct charges in a few different scuffles that happened as the protests broke up. Source: The State, P&C

The photo tweet above is from Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey was widely circulated this weekend, showing Department of Public Safety's Leroy Smith, who is black, escorting an overheated KKK protester in from the hot Columbia sun.

The Post and Courier has a profile of Gov. Nikki Haley's transformation from a "publicly guarded, often rehearsed, on-message partisan to a very human, deeply grieving governor" after the Mother Emanuel shootings.

Will Republicans feel political retribution from their decision to remove the Confederate flag? At least one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Chris Corley from Aiken County, is taking issue with the way the governor, House Speaker Jay Lucas, and the leader of the state Republican Party marshaled their troops to quickly remove the rebel flag. Source: P&C

The Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety reportedly plans to run ads in support of a bill proposed by Congressman Jim Clyburn that fills the loophole that allowed suspected Mother Emanuel shooter Dylann Roof to buy a gun before the Charleston rampage. Mayor Joe Riley has, in the past, been a supporter of Bloomberg's efforts to crack down on illegal guns. Source: Politico

It's early, but the Statehouse Report's Andy Brack looks at early contenders for the next gubernatorial election. Source: Statehouse Report

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Donald Trump, after his disparaging comments about John McCain over the weekend: "I'm calling for people of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina to tell him he's fired.""

A high-tech interactive aerospace simulator that's on display in the Smithsonian later this summer will stop in Charleston as part of a new traveling exhibit that will stop in Charleston as part of its international tour. Source: Above and Beyond, AP

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