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UPDATE: Retiring senators call for more compromise

UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 8:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Four lawmakers with a combined 94 years of experience retiring from the state Senate say there needs to be more compromise in politics.

In their final speeches Tuesday on the Senate's last planned session day Tuesday, the three Democrats and one Republican talked of the need for lawmakers to be less partisan.

The retiring senators are Democrats Bob Jauch, of Poplar, Tim Cullen, of Janesville, and John Lehman, of Racine. One Republican, Dale Schultz, of Richland Center, is also not running again.

Jauch says he hopes the Senate returns to its roots as a "place where moderation is the mainstream."

Jauch and Schultz both have spent 32 years in the Legislature. Cullen has served 16 years and Lehman has served 14. Lehman is running for lieutenant governor.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 9:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is wrapping up its business for the year with a packed session day that also could be the last for four retiring senators.

Barring a special session, Tuesday will be the last meeting day for the Senate. The Assembly completed its work last month.

Four senators are not running for re-election. They are Democrats Bob Jauch, of Poplar, Tim Cullen, of Janesville, and John Lehman, of Racine. One Republican, Dale Schultz, of Richland Center, is also not running again.

Lehman is running for lieutenant governor.

All four are scheduled to give parting remarks before the Senate adjourns for the year.

There is a chance that all four may be back, however, if Gov. Scott Walker calls a special session to pass a voter ID bill.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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