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Rep. Mike Gallagher speaks during a President Donald J. Trump's Make America Great Again Rally on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.(Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.)

MADISON - Wisconsin Republicans have tried their best to steer clear of the aftermath of President Donald Trump's use of a racist trope that led thousands of his supporters at a rally Wednesday night to chant "send her back" about a black Muslim congresswoman.

One exception is U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, who represents — of all places — the heart of Trump country. 

"This is not a good look for the United States of America," Gallagher, of Green Bay, said in a video posted on his official Twitter account after characterizing as "abhorrent" the chant calling for the deportation of Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. 

"We don't want to spend the next year engaging in this endless tribal warfare and Twitter nonsense because we're not going to get anything done, the problems are just going to continue to get worse and politics are going to become an exercise in the absolute absurd," he said.

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The organizers of EAA AirVenture — the huge aviation convention and daily airshow that transforms the skies and terra firma of Oshkosh for one week each July — have much to be thankful for.

Like the patience and fortitude of the city of Oshkosh for hosting the massive gathering for the last 50 years.

Pilots perform at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The weeklong aviation convention and fly-in starts Monday.(Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-W, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Which is why all Oshkosh residents, for the first time, can go to AirVenture for free on Monday in celebration of the golden anniversary.

"We're offering free admission for Oshkosh residents for those who haven't run out of town or rented their homes," said EAA CEO Jack Pelton. "We're very thankful of the city’s support to let us grow this the way we have."

The weeklong convention opens Monday.

Also in commemoration of the convention's 50th anniversary in Oshkosh, volunteers who have come to the event for 50 consecutive years will be honored.

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Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez spoke Friday during a news conference at Clock Shadow Creamery.(Photo: Colin Boyle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez visited Milwaukee Thursday to meet with major donors, check-in on convention preparations and lay the groundwork for his party to reclaim the state in 2020.

Perez also weighed in on top issues, including President Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally in which spectators chanted "send her back," a reference to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, a Somali-born U.S. citizen.   

"As I watched that, I watched it with great anger but not surprise," Perez said during a news conference at Clock Shadow Creamery.

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The DNC's finance committee is here for a meeting, a year ahead of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

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The Milwaukee streetcar, known as The Hop, travels along North Broadway in Milwaukee on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Photo by Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Photo: Mike De Sisti)

MADISON - The leader of the state Senate called Thursday for overriding a veto by Gov. Tony Evers that reduced a one-time dose of transportation funding by $15 million. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican from Juneau, called for the attempt to override the veto just after the Democratic governor's administration outlined how it planned to spend $75 million in transportation funds. 

Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson left open the possibility that some of the money could go toward Milwaukee's streetcar — a project Fitzgerald and other Republicans oppose. 

It's not clear that any of the money would wind up going to the streetcar, known as The Hop. Milwaukee officials would need to apply for the funds and a panel being set up by the Department of Transportation would need to approve it.

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A Wisconsin prison official, Deputy Warden Sam Schneiter, compared Muslim children to garbage, praised the Confederate flag and laughed off accusations of racism in a string of recent Facebook posts. (Photo: Screenshot)

MADISON - A top official in Wisconsin’s minimum-security prison system in recent weeks posted a string of Facebook memes that compared Muslim children to garbage, equated flying the LGBTQ rainbow flag with hoisting the Confederate flag and laughed off accusations of racism.    

In one, Deputy Warden Richard "Sam" Schneiter posted a photo of two full black garbage bags next to a Muslim woman and child in black burqas that covered their faces and bodies. “I saw her standing there and told her she had three beautiful children,” text pasted onto the photo says.

Another post contrasted the rainbow flag with the Confederate flag and included the words, “If they have the right to fly theirs, we Deserve the Right to Fly Ours.