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Democrats remain out of state


MADISON (AP) -- One of the 14 Wisconsin state Senate Democrats who fled the state last week says they all are out of state and will not be swayed by police showing up at their doors.

The Republican-controlled Senate convened at 7 a.m. Thursday and ordered a call of the house, which allowed Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to dispatch the state patrol to the homes of missing senators.

Republicans are trying to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that would take away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Fitzgerald says the police can't arrest the missing senators, but he hopes the officers' presence will pressure at least one of them to return to vote.

Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach says all 14 are out of state and won't be returning Thursday.

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