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Democrat says union bill talks are stalled

MADISON (AP) -- A Wisconsin Democratic senator who fled the state to block a Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill says negotiations on the measure have stalled.

Sen. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, tells The Associated Press that talks with Republicans broke down on Thursday. He says it's difficult for either side to compromise. If the Democrats back down, their base won't forgive them, and Walker can give up anything because he'd be seen as weak. Plus Assembly Republicans have already passed the bill with no changes, making things tougher for Walker.

Cullen says the lines of communications between the parties remain open, however.

Walker's spokesman didn't immediately return a message Saturday morning.

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