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Party convention hinders key California budget vote

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Thursday approved most of the bills making up Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget but the most important part of the plan — an extension of temporary tax increases — may not be tackled until next week. Read the full story.
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Poll: Wisconsin governor rising in Republican eyes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who signed sweeping curbs on public unions into law on March 11, may be emerging as a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, according to a poll issued on Thursday. Read the full story.
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