Monday, March 7, 2011

Wisconsin Democrats Ask Walker for Meeting

Updated 2:20 p.m. est

As far as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is concerned there is to be no playing nice.

Walker and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald rejected an appeal to negotiate that came earlier today from the leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, calling the letter penned by state Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller "absolutely ridiculous."

"Sen. Miller is misleading the public, just like he misled us," Walker said at a news conference in Madison. "The problem is Sen. Miller."

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Wisconsin state Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller is asking for a face-to-face meeting with Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to see if there is a way got negotiate a settlement over the issue of stripping workers of collective bargaining rights.

Miller wrote the GOP leaders today requesting talks "to reach a bipartisan solution to our differences," Reuters reports.

But do not think Miller's goodwill gesture is a signal that it is time for a group hug in Cheeseville, as Greg Sargent reports. The state Democrats want an ethics investigation into Walker's conversation with a prank caller that raised questions about the governor's political agenda and intent.

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