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Feb 17, 2011 6:27 PM by Greg Boyce

Protests continue in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's Republican governor says he's confident Democrats who skipped town to avoid voting on a bill removing union rights will return within a day or two, calling the boycott a "stunt."

Democrats who left the state on Thursday before the Senate session started say they want Gov. Scott Walker to meet with them to discuss concessions after three straight days of protests that brought tens of thousands of people to the Capitol building.

Walker says Democrats can offer amendments to change the bill and talk with him, but he won't concede on his plan to remove collective bargaining rights for most state and local government workers.

Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he's disappointed with the comments. Erpenbach says senators had been in Illinois but they were on the move.

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