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Legislature's mining committees endorse GOP bill; Dems plan public hearing on mining bill; Strategist says Walker, Ryan are rising national stars; more briefs

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Mining committees in both the state Assembly and Senate endorsed a Republican bill Wednesday that makes it easier for Gogebic Taconite to open a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

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The Senate's Mining Committee voted 3-2 in favor of the package with both Democrats voting no. None of the Democrats in the Assembly panel supported the bill. It was sent on by a 10-6 vote.

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