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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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BELOIT -- Community members are hoping the recent reprimand to Beloit schools Superintendent Steve McNeal can be the catalyst to foster discussion over long simmering concerns among African-American parents.

By late afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, when the presses began running Sunday's papers, our story on Wisconsin's voter ID law was correct and up-to-date.

By 8 p.m., our story already was outdated, even though papers won't get to most of our readers for two more days.

Note: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Note: Politics this week is a roundup of election news for local candidates. It will run Sundays until the Nov. 4 election. Send your tips and scoops to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is it OK to be a registered voter simultaneously in two states?

Apparently so, but it certainly is frowned upon. It turns out that Kathy Myalls, who has a home in Fontana and is running as a Republican for the 17th District seat in the Illinois Assembly, has voted in separate elections in both Wisconsin and Illinois, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, later followed up by Steven Elbow of the Capital Times.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Candidates for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District are planning two debates in October, one at Carthage College and the other at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville.

Democrat Rob Zerban of Kenosha faces incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville.

The debates were announced Thursday on Zerban's Facebook page and in a news release from Rep. Ryan.

Monday, Oct. 13: The debate will take place at Carthage College, in the Campbell Student Union Theater, and will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Roberg, chair of the college’s political science department.

Monday, Oct. 20: The debate will be at UW-Rock County, in the Wells Cultural Center Theatre, and will be moderated by Tim Bremel, radio talk-show host on WCLO.

Both debates will last one hour and start at 6:30 p.m.

In both debates, the moderator will be asking the questions of their own choice, and the candidates will have opening and closing statements. The debates will be open to the media and public.

“I appreciate Congressman Ryan’s willingness to meet head-to-head to discuss the important issues facing our nation,” said Zerban. “Although we have radically different visions of how to best solve the challenges of our day, we share a responsibility to engage the people of southern Wisconsin in a conversation about how we should move the country forward.”

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Video: Healthy communities candidate forum

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Candidates give their introductory comments on alcohol, tobacco and heroin use in our communities. Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change as part of the Rock County Prevention Network, hosted a healthy communities forum Oct. 1, 2014. Candidates Dan Kilkenny, Janis Ringhand, Brian Fitzgerald, Amy Loudenbeck, Andy Jorgensen, Kolste and Mark Spreitzer attended. More on the forum is at WalworthCountyToday.com

It's a little more than two months until the 2014 general election, and Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban are ramping up their campaigns.

The winner of the Nov. 4 general election will be Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District congressman for the following two years.

STATELINE NEWS -- The Talcott Free Library in Rockton will kick off its 125th anniversary celebration with an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

A visit to the historic library is a great way to take a look into the past and see how the library has changed with the times.

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