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Wisconsin Republicans debating over Trump leads this week’s top stories

October 24, 2016 GMT

Pundits, politicians and media have said a lot this election season about the divisions presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused within the Republican Party. This week’s most-read story on captimes.com highlighted these topics in light of the 2005 tape showing Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women without their consent.

The story explained that in separate interviews, two conservatives appearing on the Sunday morning talk show “UpFront with Mike Gousha” — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. and U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble — explained their differing views on Trump and his impact on the Republican party after the election.

While Clarke called Trump’s video comments “inappropriate,” he said it was “shameful” for GOP politicians to pull their support in the wake of the video. Asked whether he thought the tape hurt Trump’s chances, Clarke declared the opposite.

“It’s rallied his base, including women who support Trump. (They) came out swinging, came out with pitchforks and torches to support their candidate,” Clarke said. “Some of the stuff he said was inappropriate. But it was 11 years ago. Why are they using that now? You mentioned Bill Clinton who did not just talk lewd and make off-color comments, but acted it out in the Oval Office in real time.”

Ribble disavowed Trump over a year ago and does not yet know who he will vote for in the upcoming election, the article stated. After the election, Ribble believes the Republican party will have to evaluate the “anti-trade, anti-immigrant movement” that is “holding up Donald Trump’s candidacy.”

Another top story provided an overview of the controversy surrounding a development plan on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. Critics of the plan are raising concerns about traffic and potential harm to nearby music venues, the article said.

After an August CapTimes cover story investigating conditions at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Gov. Scott Walker ordered a review of the facility. A story detailing the resulting citations was also one of the week’s most read articles.

These are the top 10 stories on captimes.com from Sunday, Oct. 16, to Saturday, Oct. 22:

1. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says Trump supporters are rallying ‘with pitchforks and torches’

2. Critics target Frank Productions music venue, parking ramp at 800 East Washington Project

3. State inspectors issue citations to Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, including 38 instances of medical errors

4. Longtime MG&E chief Gary Wolter stepping down

5. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Badgers’ heartbreaking loss to Ohio State l

6. Plain Talk: Look behind white board at real Ron Johnson

7. Plain Talk: Walmart experiment could revolutionize business

8. Restaurant review: In a glamorous new space, RED makes more than sushi

9. Annual city food cart rankings knock El Grito food cart from Capitol loop location

10. Morning briefing: Trump accuses ‘Saturday Night Live’ of doing a ‘hit job’ on him