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GOP candidates for governor MARK NEUMANN and SCOTT WALKER will participate in a 60-minute, commercial-free town hall meeting Aug. 25 that will be broadcast statewide. The event is presented by a media collaboration that includes and WISN-TV; WISN’s MIKE GOUSHA will host the town hall. See details here.

Neumann and Walker are also scheduled to debate Friday at an event hosted by WTMJ-AM’s JEFF WAGNER and Aug. 14 in Oconomowoc in a debate sponsored by the Grandsons of Liberty, a Tea Party group.

U.S. Chief District Judge CHARLES CLEVERT Wednesday swore in JAMES SANTELLI as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. U.S. Attorney General ERIC HOLDER and Gov. JIM DOYLE spoke at the ceremony at Milwaukee’s federal courthouse.

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Gov. JIM DOYLE received the first-ever Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Award at a fundraiser in Milwaukee last week. Planned Parenthood Action Fund President CECILE RICHARDS and Milwaukee Mayor TOM BARRETT attended the event. See more here.

State Sen. and Dem lt. gov. candidate SPENCER COGGS of Milwaukee was among the state lawmakers to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures conference in Louisville, Ky., last week.

Former DNR Deputy Secretary PAT HENDERSON is starting a new job setting up an in-house government affairs shop for Sussex-based Quad Graphics.

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State Superintendent TONY EVERS announced this week that Assistant State Superintendent RICHARD GROBSCHMIDT, a former South Milwaukee state lawmaker, will retire in September. See the announcement here.

Mequon’s Next Chapter bookstore is holding a book signing for MSNBC commentator JONATHAN ALTER’s book on the first year of Obama’s presidency, “The Promise,” Aug. 19 at Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium. See details here.

John Birch Society President JOHN F. McMANUS will discuss illegal immigration Thursday in Oconomowoc. See details here.

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