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It's commonly referred to as the Right-to-Work legislation, but it could just as easily be called a Union Dues Opt-Out bill. Such is the way two opposing sides attempt to use language to sway public opinion.

The Wisconsin Legislature began work last week on the bill that would prevent private-sector unions from entering into contracts that require employees to join a union as a condition of employment.

I’ve always worked for family businesses.

To me, the successes and challenges that we explore in this week’s Family Business Special Edition are  familiar and certainly not unique.

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JANESVILLE -- The plants aren’t in bloom this time of year, but Marsha Mood finds plenty of colorful photo opportunities at Rotary Botanical Gardens each December.

The Beloit Police Department has ended its voluntary weapons inspection program before it got off the ground.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER --Janesville City Council Vice President Sam Liebert announced today (Dec. 5, 2014) that he will run for re-election.

Liebert, the longest-serving member of the current council, wrote on Facebook, "Neighbors and friends: After long discussions with family, friends and neighbors, I've concluded that my duty is to continue serving on the City Council.

"With so many major issues still facing our city, I believe my experience on the council and my ability to work across different levels of the community ensures that I can remain an effective voice for every Janesville citizen."

Council president DuWayne Severson decided months ago that he would not run for another term.

The seats of first-term council members Doug Marklein and Brian Fitzgerald also are up for election.

Marklein announced on Facebook Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, that he plans to run for reelection as well.

"Well, It's time to throw the hat back into the ring! So spread the word. You can sign the papers starting Monday Dec 1," he wrote.

The deadline to have nomination papers in is 5 p.m. Jan. 6.

(This story has been updated with Marklein's announcement that he will run again.)

Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

Beloit police offer home weapons inspections

Do you suspect there's a gun in your house? The Beloit Police Department would like to help you find out.

The department is offering an unusual program where they will come to your home and, "legally inspect your house for weapons you may not even know are there," according to a news release.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

This just in blog: Seeing it through

I remember asking Bob Webster Sr. at the first Support Our Troops rally 10 years ago how long he thought the weekly meetings would run.

"Until everyone is home," he told me. He didn’t envision it would take a decade.

Americans love an office pool. In our newsroom, we’ve been debating which way the winds of Congress will blow after the Republican drubbing of Democrats in the midterm elections of two weeks ago.

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Voters interested in learning about the differences between 1st Congressional District candidates would benefit from reviewing the video of Monday’s debate.

We were sad to hear of the passing Oct. 8, 2014 of former staff writer Donna Wright. She was 47.

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