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GOP Lawmaker Fiore Defends Confederate Flag As History

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Republican Nevada Assemblywoman is defending the Confederate flag as a piece of American history.

Conservative Las Vegas lawmaker Michele Fiore sent a campaign email Wednesday discussing ongoing debate about the Confederate flag's place at the South Carolina statehouse.

Fiore said she doesn't view the flag as a racist symbol but as a part of U.S. history that should remain at the statehouse. She said citizens need to remember both good and bad parts of the nation's past because they shaped the country.

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Fiore also vowed to install a horn on her truck that sounds like the one in General Lee, a car in the TV show "Dukes of Hazzard" that features a Confederate flag decal. Reruns of the show were pulled in the wake of the flag controversy.