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Equally strong opinions in towns outside Madison

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — The bill curtailing state workers’ union rights that’s drawn mass protests in Madison is drawing quieter, but equally strong opinions in Wisconsin’s smaller towns.

Consider Watertown, with a population of about 23,000, approximately 40 miles from the state Capitol. Voters in Watertown supported Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, but strongly backed Republican Scott Walker in last year’s governor’s race.

Walker’s supporters in Watertown say they elected him for a reason and urge him not to back down to protesters.

At Berres Brothers coffee shop, 51-year-old Dorlene Schroeder, a private elementary school teacher, said she’s happy with Walker, but upset at Senate Democrats who fled the state Thursday to delay a vote on the bill. She said they need to come back to the Capitol and do their jobs.

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