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Barrett calls on Democrats to unify

Democratic governor candidate Tom Barrett is calling on the Democratic Party to help candidates unify following the May 8 primary.Barrett on Monday sent a letter to Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate asking him to convene a committee consisting of representatives from each of the four candidates to develop a plan to support whoever wins the primary.Barrett is calling on all the candidates to back the eventual nominee who advances to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.Barrett said former Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton will be representing his campaign.Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout are also running.They and the Democratic Party spokesman had no immediate reaction to the request.

Falk sends Walker request to explain himself

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk has sent Republican Gov. Scott Walker a letter asking him to explain why he signed a bill making it more difficult for discriminated workers to sue.

Walker reinstated bonuses despite shortfall

Gov. Scott Walker has quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preaches cost-cutting and pushed through a bill eliminating most public employees' collective bargaining rights.