Thursday, July 9, 2015

South Carolina: Confederate Flag Coming Down

South Carolina House votes to remove Confederate flag from statehouse grounds
By Ben Brumfield and Meridith Edwards
July 9, 2015

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN)The Confederate battle flag, a polarizing fixture On South Carolina's statehouse grounds for half a century, will flap in the wind no longer.

Early Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 94-20 to remove it, giving final approval to a bill that passed the Senate earlier in the week.

The vote count was more than the two-thirds needed -- but it came after a handful of lawmakers mounted a tenacious last stand, proposing amendment after amendment that led the debate to drag on more than 12 hours.

The bill now goes to Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said she will sign it into law.
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