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Lawmakers argued in the resolution that since the song’s adoption, there has been a “significant cultural, historical, economic and societal evolution” that warrants changes to ensure “Oregonians of all backgrounds deserve an inclusive way to celebrate our great state in song.” 

The resolution also said that the lyrics must be read within the context of the “de jure exclusion” of Black and Chinese people “in the early decades of Oregon’s statehood,” and that Oregon “has been, and continues to be, home to native peoples from time immemorial.”

Oregon musician Amy Donna Shapiro modified lyrics.

The “Land of the Empire Builders, Land of the Golden West; Conquered and held by free men, Fairest and the Best,” has been changed to “Land of Majestic Mountains, Land of the Great Northwest; Forests and rolling rivers, Grandest and the best.”

The line “Blest by the blood of martyrs,” was also changed to “Blessed by the love of freedom.”

Shapiro said in an interview with The New York Times on she did not like the lyrics and was hesitant to teach the song to students.

“I didn’t like the song and I didn’t like the words,” she said.

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Rep. Greene congratulates Texas for becoming a Constitutional Carry state, calls for Georgia to do the same

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Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted:

Congratulations to the people of Texas for becoming a Constitutional Carry state!

Americans should not be forced to ask government for permission to exercise Second Amendment rights.

We need to get this done in Georgia!

Rep. Greene congratulates Texas for becoming a Constitutional Carry state, calls for Georgia to do the same

Per Texas Tribune:

Texans can carry handguns without a license or training starting Sept. 1, after Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed the permitless carry bill into law.

House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The signing was reported by the Texas Legislature’s official website, which tracks the progress of legislation. Abbott’s office has announced a ceremonial signing of the bill and other gun-related legislation at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Terry McAuliffe secures victory in Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, easily defeating Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax and three other candidates.

Current Gov. Ralph Northam was ineligible to compete because the state’s constitution bars governors from serving consecutive terms.

McAuliffe, who previously held the Virginia governorship from January 2014 until January 2018, will compete against Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin during the general election contest.

BREAKING: Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination for governor in Virginia primary election. #APracecall at 7:44 p.m. EDT. #Election2021 #VAprimary— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 8, 2021

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BREAKING: Florida Bans “Critical Race Theory” in Public Schools

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The Florida Board of Education announced a ban on “Critical Race Theory” in Public Schools earlier today.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said “Florida’s education system exists to create opportunity for our children. Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools.”

Florida has blasted the far-left philosophy, saying “The woke class wants to teach kids to hate each other, rather than teaching them how to read, but we will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools.”

“As the Governor of Florida, I love this state, and I love my country,” he added. “I find it unthinkable that there are other people in positions of leadership in the federal government who believe that we should teach kids to hate our country. We will not stand for it here in Florida. I’m proud that we are taking action today to ensure our state continues to have the greatest educational system in the nation.”

Appearing on Fox News last week DeSantis says he will ban “any departure from accurate history,” and will not support any Republican candidate for school board who supports critical race theory or mandatory masking of children.

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