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Friday, 22 January 2016 12:03

To our readers: Redesign months in the making

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Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

Mike Zoril

Although Rep. Paul Ryan achieved his goal of getting government moving again, he raised the ire of conservatives within his party over the more than $1 trillion tax and spending measures passed Dec. 18, 2015.

Now, just a week later, Ryan may be facing a primary challenge from the right.

Mike Zoril of Beloit, a working class town of the western edge of the 1st Congressional District, announced on his Facebook page on Christmas eve that he may mount a primary challenge to the Speaker.

Zoril said that he receives enough support, he's "in it to win it."

Zoril, a longtime local activist, is chairman of Beloit's Equal Opportunities commission.

Zoril who attempted a run for Beloit City Council last spring but failed to gain a spot on the ballot because he didn't have enough valid nomination signatures, changed the name of his Facebook page Dec. 24 to "About Primary Challenge Paul Ryan - Republican Mike Zoril for Wisconsin Congress."

He describes himself in the about section as Christian and very conservative.

Ryan, who lives 20 minutes north of Beloit in Janesville, was named speaker of the House in October, and since then spent his time finalizing a deal that would fund the government and avoid a shutdown similar to 2013.

Ever since the House and Senate passed a tax package and $1.1 trillion spending plan, Ryan has been defending the plan to conservatives within the Republican party.

The deal made permanent a series of tax cuts as well as removing a decades old ban on exporting domestic oil.

However it included $700 billion in unpaid tax cuts, although Ryan maintains it simply keeps in place already approved tax measures.

Conservatives however seem most upset that the deal included neither a defunding measure for Planned Parenthood nor a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan says the House will pass a measure including both when it returns in January, and send it to the presidents desk.

President Obama likely will veto the measure, but in an interview with CSI Media last week, Ryan indicated he thought there was a chance for a veto override.

 Ryan also will face at least one Democrat in the fall 2016 election.

Tom Breu of Janesville quit his job in October at the Wisconsin Banking Commission as a consumer credit examiner to devote himself full time to his campaign.

Oh what a difference two years and a new speaker of the House make.

It was a October of 2013 when the government began a disastrous two-week shutdown after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democrat-controlled Senate were unable to come to a temporary spending agreement.

In this season of good wishes, a special variety of kindness has broken out in some of the communities we cover with our CSI Media newspapers.

I first noticed it earlier this month in a Facebook post from the Rockton Police Department. One of our papers, the Stateline News, covers the village located just over the border in Illinois.

The post showed a photo of a Starbucks gift card with the now familiar hashtag #bluelivesmatter, which began on Twitter in support of those who serve in law enforcement.

The Beloit Police Department has undertaken several rounds of hiring for patrol officers this year, but officials hope changes in the process will lead to greater diversity in the force.

Interim police chief David Zibolski said he has revamped the recruitment and assessment team in an effort to add diversity to the department.

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