State Sen. Brooks says he ‘owns mistake’ but won’t resign

State Rep. Rob Brooks of Saukville said this week he takes responsibility for offensive comments he made to three female colleagues in July, and while he has stepped down as assistant majority leader, he says will not resign from office as Gov. Scott Walker has called on him to do. > Ozaukee Press

Brooks steps down from Assembly leadership, doesn’t heed Walker’s call to resign

Saukville Republican Rep. Rob Brooks stepped down from his leadership post but rejected a call from Gov. Scott Walker to resign from his Assembly seat after it was reported the legislator had made racist and sexist comments to his colleagues. > Cap Times

Mitchell takes aim at Evers, targets racism in his campaign ad

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Politically, Mahlon Mitchell argues, the leading Democrat, Tony Evers, is a “retread,” the kind of candidate who has unsuccessfully run against Scott Walker in the past. > BuzzFeed News

Oconomowoc schools ban discussion of ‘white privilege’

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After a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance at Oconomowoc High School drew the ire of parents and school board members, the district has put a ban on classroom discussion about “white privilege.” Within the following month, the board forced the principal to resign and has turned up the pressure on the superintendent. > Patch

Kenosha sheriff tired of being ‘politically correct’, calls shoplifters ‘garbage people’

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After five black suspects were arrested in a retail theft that lead to a chase and crash, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth called the perpetrators “people not worth saving”, and suggested “building warehouses to house these people for the rest of their lives”, additionally suggesting it would “stop them from going out and getting 10 other women pregnant.”

Fox News defends Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment as just the way normal people — like those in Wisconsin bars — talk

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“The Five” co-host Jesse Watters shrugged off Trump’s slur with: “If you’re at a bar, and you’re from Wisconsin, and you’re thinking, ‘They’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people’ … This is how some people talk.” > HuffPost

Wisconsin U.S. legislators react to Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said President Trump should apologize for his comment, Speaker Paul Ryan called the remark “unhelpful”, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy said he couldn’t defend the President’s words (watch him on YouTube), and Wisconsin Dems Baldwin, Pocan, Moore and Kind publicly condemned the comment.