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Wis. Democrats filibuster to halt anti-union bill

MADISON (AP) -- Demonstrators are gathering again in Madison, Wisconsin, for the ninth day of protests at the state Capitol.

A marathon session is under way in the Assembly, where Democrats opposed to anti-union legislation have introduced dozens of amendments and offered drawn-out speeches criticizing the bill. Debate started yesterday about noon and lasted overnight. Lawmakers came to the floor under heavy guard as protesters in the rotunda cheered and banged on bongo drums and buckets.

Democrats say they'll offer even more amendments. Republicans hold the majority in both Houses and have the votes to push through a bill that would strip most public workers of the right to collective bargaining. Public sector unions have say they would agree to the financial concessions, but won't give up their bargaining rights.

Action is stalled in the Senate, where Democrats have refused to show up to vote.

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