Walker should relegate white supremacist voices, not elevate them

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For Republicans wishing to be leaders, it’s their responsibility to try preventing the most extreme and sometimes dangerous voices in their party from gaining prominence. Unfortunately, Gov. Walker’s decision to speak at an upcoming event in Florida elevates voices that ought to be relegated to the extreme fringe. > Wisconsin Gazette

What are the hate groups known in Wisconsin?

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks “hate” groups nationwide, has identified nine such groups operating in Wisconsin. It defines these groups as having “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Here is the 2017 list. > Cap Times

Across Wisconsin, recent rises in hate, bias incidents spark concern

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Experts say the hate and bias-related incidents in Wisconsin this year are part of a nationwide trend, with many white supremacists sharing the belief that increasing diversity in the U.S is a threat to their race. But the roots of their fear stretch years before the election of Donald Trump. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Packers’ call for national anthem unity Thursday night is riling fans

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A request by the Green Bay Packers for fans to join them in locking arms during the national anthem Thursday at Lambeau Field has done little to calm the debate. “We’ve had a steady stream of feedback beginning Monday morning. We’ve heard on both sides of the matter,” said the Packers’ director of public affairs. > Green Bay Press-Gazette

Ryan opposes protests during anthem

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U.S. House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan told journalists on Tuesday that athletes who protest during the national anthem have the right to do so, but that he believes such demonstrations should not take place during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” > Reuters

Pocan takes a knee on the U.S. House floor

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan showed his support for NFL players on the floor of the House quite literally this week. After President Trump said NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem should be fired, the league and its players stridently responded in unity against him Sunday. Rep. Pocan followed suit Tuesday. > WXOW La Crosse

Madison police investigating racist graffiti at prominent city park

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Madison police are investigating graffiti that was found Wednesday on a historical marker in James Madison Park overnight. Painted in red spray paint were swastikas and the words “Trump rules” and “Antifa sucks”, police said. > Channel 3000