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14 AWOL Dems To Speak At Capitol Weekend Rally

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All 14 Democratic state senators who fled the state to stall action on a controversial bill are slated to appear together at a Madison rally this weekend to thank demonstrators.

The senators will hold a noontime news conference Saturday at Monona Terrace and then march several blocks to the Capitol for a 3 p.m. rally.

Sen. Chris Larson says his message for demonstrators will be that this is only the beginning. He says it’s time to step up recall efforts against Republican Senators and rally opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill.

Larson and his colleagues fled the state three weeks ago to slow a bill that strips collective-bargaining rights from most public workers. Legislators passed that aspect of the bill this week and Walker has signed it into law.

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