Alabama Gov. Bentley removes Confederate flags from Capitol grounds

Confederate flags at the state Capitol of Alabama have been removed by order of Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. The flags were removed at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday with no fanfare and quickly.

When asked if he ordered the flags taken down, the governor said, “Yes I did.”

He added (via AL.com):

“Yes, partially this is about that [Charleston]. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”

Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com

Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com

On Monday, South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week.

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