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Hank Sanders

Fight over Edmund Pettus Bridge simmers

Alabama: It's complicated. How else to explain a state where the white Republican governor takes down the Confederacy's many flags and declares it time to raise taxes while a black Democratic congresswoman argues against changing the name of a bridge named after a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan grand dragon. When the latest battle over Confederate States of America imagery burst on the scene, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley acted quickly, pulling down Confederate flags at the state Capitol. That action came on the heels of the state's debate over the name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, hallowed ground for the civil rights movement but problematically named. The black...