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UPDATE: Governor rebuffs Democrats' request for meeting

MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says a request from the leader of Senate Democrats to meet along the Illinois-Wisconsin border is ridiculous.

Walker said Monday that Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller has been standing in the way of progress on negotiations with other Democrats to end an impasse over a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

Walker says he doesn't know who is in charge of the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois to block a vote on the measure.

Miller says Walker can talk with any Democrat he wants if he doesn't want to deal with him.

Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach says it's Walker's administration that's been in the way of striking a deal with Democrats. Erpenbach says Democrats continue to make offers.

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MADISON (AP) -- The leader of the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois 18 days ago to delay passage of a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees is asking Gov. Scott Walker for a meeting.

Democratic Sen. Mark Miller asks Walker in a letter delivered on Monday for an in-person meeting "as soon as possible to resume negotiations" on how to resolve the impasse over the bill.

Miller also asks Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to attend the meeting.

Miller says Democrats are "ready and willing to find a reasonable compromise." He asks for the meeting with Walker and Fitzgerald, or their representatives, somewhere near the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Walker and Fitzgerald's office did not immediately respond to requests for reaction to the invitation.

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