Gov. Pete Ricketts, the incumbent Republican, announced last week that he would participate in three joint appearances with his opponent. But State Sen. Bob Krist, his Democratic challenger, fired back Thursday with a call for five debates between the two candidates, with statewide media coverage.

If an eminent domain battle wasn’t enough drama, Douglas County’s effort to acquire a site for a $120 million justice center also became entangled in a three-year-old divorce case, in which the putative ex-wife contends her recently remarried ex-husband is still married to her.