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Dems, GOP spar over statue removals of segregationists, Confederates

RICHMOND — A conservative Republican lawmaker, irked that Democrats might mess with Virginia's Confederate monuments, filed a bill that boiled down to a dare: If you want to take down statues, start with one of your own.

House Bill 1305 calls for ridding Richmond’s Capitol Square of a 10-foot statue of Harry Flood Byrd, the former Democratic governor, U.S. senator, kingmaker — and segregationist — who dominated Virginia politics for 40 years.

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