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Wisconsin Gazette - - Flashback: The Year’s Top Stories - JOHN OCEGUERA, TODD HAYNES, MARTY KNOLLENBERG, EMILY WAT­SON MIKE RAWLINGS RICK KRISEMAN, MARCO RU­BIO

“I am more fear­ful of large gath­er­ings of white men that come into schools, the­aters and shoot peo­ple up, but we don’t iso­late young white men on this is­sue.” — Dal­las Mayor telling MSNBC that he’s more afraid of armed white men than of Syr­ian refugees.

“Our coun­try is fac­ing a tragic gun vi­o­lence epi­demic and we can­not ig­nore it. Still, the NRA op­poses any leg­is­la­tion that would help keep guns out of the hands of ter­ror­ists, crim­i­nals and the men­tally ill, and spends mil­lions to stop any ac­tion in Congress that could help pre­vent fur­ther vi­o­lence. I can­not con­tinue to be a mem­ber while the NRA re­fuses to back clos­ing these loop­holes.”

— for­mer Ne­vada As­sem­bly Speaker and now a can­di­date for Congress, in a let­ter to the NRA can­cel­ing his mem­ber­ship. The Demo­crat wrote that he grew up in a fam­ily of hunters and was an NRA life mem­ber.

“We all have com­po­nents in our his­to­ries, in our imag­i­na­tions, in our fan­tasies that take us places that we may not live out in our lives and the choices that we make in our re­la­tion­ships. I think that’s true for ac­tors. Ac­tors find rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ences in their life and in their past to tap into.”

— the gay di­rec­tor of the ac­claimed les­bian-themed movie Carol, telling the Huff­in­g­ton Post how het­ero­sex­ual ac­tors por­tray les­bians and gays on screen. The film won the 2015 New York Crit­ics Award for best pic­ture and Haynes was named best di­rec­tor.

“You men­tion why these school dis­tricts fail and you men­tion eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged and non-white pop­u­la­tions are con­trib­u­tors to that. And we can’t fix that. We can’t make an African-Amer­i­can white. That’s just, it is what it is.”

— State Sen. R, speak­ing dur­ing a hear­ing on Michi­gan’s ed­u­ca­tion chal­lenges. Knollenberg was blasted for his sug­ges­tion of in­her­ent racial in­fe­ri­or­ity.

“I was en­cour­aged not to use the word ‘fem­i­nism.’ Peo­ple felt that it was alien­at­ing and separat­ing and the whole idea of the speech was to in­clude as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

— telling Net-A-Porter that United Na­tions of­fi­cials dis­cour­aged her from us­ing the word “fem­i­nism” in a speech for UN Women’s HeForShe project.

“I am hereby bar­ring Donald Trump from en­ter­ing St. Peters­burg un­til we fully un­der­stand the dan­ger­ous threat posed by all Trumps.”

— A tweet from mayor of St. Peters­burg, Florida, fol­low­ing the up­roar cre­ated by Donald Trump when he sug­gested bar­ring all Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the United States.

“The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple on the no-fly list are of­ten times peo­ple that just ba­si­cally have the same name as some­body else, who doesn’t be­long on the no-fly list. For­mer Sen. Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are jour­nal­ists on the no-fly list.”

— Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date ex­plain­ing to Jake Tap­per of CNN’s State of the Union why he op­posed a Demo­cratic mea­sure to ban gun sales to sus­pected ter­ror­ists on the so-called “no-fly” list.

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