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Janesville hopes Ryan can bridge partisan divide
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JANESVILLE (AP) - Ask the people of Janesville, Wisconsin - Republicans and Democrats - what they think of Speaker-to-be Paul Ryan, and be ready for superlatives: Good neighbor, smart, friendly, a devoted father and an all-around nice guy. Ask whether they think he can unify Washington, or even improve the economy of a Democratic union town still hurting from the closure of a General Motors plant in 2009, and Ryan's constituents have their doubts. "I hope he stops all the bickering and fighting and gets them to cooperate," said John Brazil, 50, a self-described conservative Democrat and former dispatcher for a power company.