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Judge won't block budget cuts to secretary of state's office

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has declined to issue a temporary injunction halting state budget cuts affecting the office of Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

Circuit Judge Rhonda Lanford ruled Friday that La Follette hasn't shown his lawsuit against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's administration is likely to succeed.

La Follette says the cuts are an unconstitutional infringement on his office and are so severe that he can't do his job without causing delays in services. He says he'll have to talk to his lawyer about their next step.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the judge held out a glimmer of hope for La Follette. She's not definitively stating that there's no infringement on his constitutional duties, just that the evidence presented so far doesn't support such a finding.

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