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SC House Votes To Remove Confederate Flag 94-20

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South Carolina Capital Confederate Flag dome monument

Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, the South Carolina House passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds by a vote of 94-20, according to reports from The State.

The vote came after several hours of House members debating — and rejecting — a series of amendments that had been introduced to thwart the bill’s passage, or to soften the symbolic meaning of the flag’s removal by replacing it with other, less well-known symbols of Southern pride.

The state Senate already passed the bill 37-3 on Monday, and it now goes to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk; Haley has stated she will sign it.

Haley called for the flag’s removal at a press conference shortly after the massacre at the “Mother Emanuel” church in Charleston.

The Confederate flag has flown on the South Carolina State House grounds since 1962.

Related: Meet Mike Pitts — The SC State Rep. Who Fought To Fly The Confederate Flag

Photo: Jimmy Emerson DVM via Flickr 

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

    South Carolina did the right thing and should be very proud of their elected officials. The time has come to leave the dead bury the dead and move into the 21th century. Remember history but live in the now. Good for them.

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  2. FT66 July 9, 2015

    Kudos to folks in S. Carolina. You are really good thinkers. Symbolic actions always mean a lot. Ask folks of Catholic beliefs when they do a symbol of a cross whenever they want to do something. It is all about: beliefs, courage, pride and a sign who they are.

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  3. paulyz July 9, 2015

    What I like about this is that this was decided by the State of S.C., not the Federal Government. There has been loads of discussions about this but why doesn’t the National Memo or Obama give as much discussions about all the crime caused by Illegal aliens that are allowed to roam free. Where is the outrage over all the innocent lives lost of American Citizens by Illegals, which their protection is a basic responsibility of the Federal Government. Why is not Obama calling for an end to unlawful Santuary cities. Why does he keep releasing Illegals, especially criminal Illegals? Let’s hear some discussions on those issues, not political, but solving this very serious problem.

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    1. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

      There are a few things that you don’t hear about illegal immigrants. Other then being here illegally they don’t tend to be very lawless, in fact they a arrested less then people here legally for crimes. Being here illegal under our system of laws is the same level of crime as speeding, not a felony. This crime spree that the media seems to want you to believe is not real, it’s a myth that is being used to keep you from seeing what is really happening. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Our roads are falling apart and out schools are failing. Our companies are taking money out to make the owners richer while the factories are falling apart and they will send the business overseas before they build a new one. We give them tax break to do this. Wake up and see what is really going on or you can just worry about fake news and hide under your bed.

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      1. David July 9, 2015

        YES!!!! Let’s let them all vote also! Remind them, “Vote early, and vote often.”

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        1. Carolyn1520 July 9, 2015

          Mouth dump David.
          Voter fraud is the right’s myth to further voter suppression.
          Everyone knows it except for the very challenged.
          My sympathies David.

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          1. David July 9, 2015

            Hmmm…need an ID to drive a car; an ID to buy beer; an ID to buy cigarettes; but, who need one to vote?

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          2. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

            It’s the same right as owning a gun except you have to register to vote.

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          3. David July 9, 2015

            Thanks to the libturds, there is a national background check on you when you purchase a gun (2nd Amendment notwithstanding). No background on Jose, though!

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          4. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

            You don’t need ID to own a gun just to buy it. You must register to vote once and then you should be able to vote, It’s your right. If you had to show your ID every time you went shooting you might get a little testy. I have work in polling places and have seen what a good job those poll workers do. In person voter
            fraud is a myth that is used to keep people from voting. I some time wonder if the people here ever vote, because they sure don’t seem to remember how it’s done.

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          5. David July 9, 2015

            Well, if you don’t buy a gun, the only ways you can “own” one are either by gift or inheritance. Stealing one doesn’t pass ownership. I don’t have any statistics, but I would guess that the vast majority of guns were bought by their owners and not acquired by gift or devise.

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          6. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

            Out of the twenty odd gums in my family I don’t think ID was needed more the four or five time if that many. Most were horse traded for or built. Some have been in the family for over a hundred years. The only time I ever show ID is to transfer
            title on cars and that’s only so the can make a copy for their fills.
            I have been voting at the same place for over forty years. Everybody their knows me. What is really nice is they seem to know everyone, most times they great you by name. If someone new comes in they take the time to find out who they are, and welcome them in to the community.

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          7. David July 9, 2015

            That is the way it ought to be! However, in some of the bigger cities, they don’t have that luxury.

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          8. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

            I can only speak for the Pittsburgh area but my two brothers polling places are about the same. All of us live with in 20 miles of the center if the city. Pittsburgh is the world largest small town. Our districts are about 1000 voters or less and people tend to stay put. Both my brothers can walk to their polling places. We don’t need voter ID we need communities.

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          9. JPHALL July 9, 2015

            It is that way in LA. I saw the same poll workers year after year until this one. Still, questions were asked about my neighbors.

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          10. FireBaron July 10, 2015

            David, you really are a tool.

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          11. FireBaron July 10, 2015

            So, you don’t have a problem with Felons or people being treated for Psychosis or Schizophrenia going out and buying a gun?

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          12. Carolyn1520 July 9, 2015

            If a system isn’t broken as evidenced by the few to non-existent number of voter fraud cases, then it’s nothing more than a tool to suppress votes.
            A license to drive a car indicates skills were met to do so.
            There’s an age requirement under the law to buy beer and cigarettes.

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          13. David July 9, 2015

            Yes, and there is a citizenship requirement to vote!

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          14. Carolyn1520 July 9, 2015

            That’s established when one first registers to vote. It’s why voter fraud is not an issue.

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          15. charleo1 July 9, 2015

            Hmmm. We have a Constitutionally guaranteed Right, that some Right Winger politicians say we need to have their official approved special, “ID” to exercise. Hmmm…Indeed! What other of your Rights are you going to be willing to jump thru the man’s
            bureaucratic hoops to keep?

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      2. paulyz July 9, 2015

        Thanks to Trump many Americans can finally see the truth of all the crime caused by Illegals. Nice try on your pro-Illegal spin, but try telling your BS to all the loved ones of the thousands of people murdered, raped, molested or assaulted by many Illegals. Too bad that girl in S.F. was kept in the dark about them, because of Liberal morons like you. I have been very informed about this issue for decades.

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        1. bobnstuff July 9, 2015

          If what Mr. Trump says is true about the violent nature of these illegal immigrants then the cities with the highest number of them should be also the most violent. Well guess what, It isn’t the case. Of the ten cities with the highest illegal population only one is in the top ten most violent city list. It’s Oakland Ca. is the only high illegal and violent city in the US.
          I guess Mr. Trump didn’t check his facts very well.

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          1. FireBaron July 10, 2015

            paulyz is a tool and a race baiter

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  4. 13observer July 9, 2015

    Trump for President Today!!

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  5. dovawk July 10, 2015

    This vote pointed out the racist and should really tell you who not to vote for in the next election!

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