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Tea Party activists explore recalling senators


MADISON (AP) -- Tea Party activists angry with Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to avoid voting on Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill are exploring the possibility of recalling at least two of the absent lawmakers.

Northwoods Patriots leader Kim Simac, of Eagle River, says the Tea Party group will meet Sunday to discuss recalling Sen. Jim Holperin after they return from Madison where they planned to rally at the Capitol Saturday.

Simac, a small business owner, says "it's embarrassing for the state of Wisconsin' that half of the Senate has "gone AWOL." Tea Party member Dan Hunt says a similar effort is under way in Kenosha where an exploratory committee will consider recalling Sen. Robert Wirch.

The Capital Times says a recall effort would require the exploratory committees to collect 15,000 to 20,000 petition signatures.

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