NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION MEETING: CO Gov. talks WI recall election, collective bargaining laws, mass shootings

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper says there are lessons for Colorado lawmakers facing recalls to draw from the unsuccessful recall effort against Republican Gov. Scott Walker last year.

Hickenlooper joined Walker and other governors at a news conference Friday before the start of the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee.

Two Democratic Colorado state senators are facing recall elections over support for new gun legislation Hickenlooper backed that expanded background checks and limited the size of ammunition magazines.

Hickenlooper says the lawmakers should not back away from the issues, make their points strongly and get the word out. He says those are all lessons to be taken from Walker's successful defeat of the 2012 recall.

Walker is the first governor to ever defeat a recall.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper refuses to criticize Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's decision two years ago to effectively end collective bargaining for public sector unions.

Hickenlooper was asked about Walker's union policies following a news conference Friday at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee. Walker forced union members to pay more for health care and pensions, while also taking away nearly all bargaining rights, as part of a budget-balancing move in 2011.

Hickenlooper says he is not going to criticize Walker's approach, but adds that there is more than one way to balance a state budget.

Both Hickenlooper and Walker say they reached out to one another when their states were dealing with mass shootings and that's an example of how governors can be bipartisan.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper say they both took strength from reaching out to one another when dealing with mass shootings in their states.

Walker and Hickenlooper were asked at a news conference Friday about their different responses to the shootings. They are both attending the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee.

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at a Sikh Temple near Milwaukee that left six worshippers dead. A shooter in Colorado killed 12 people inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Walker, a Republican, emphasized the need for more mental health services following the Wisconsin shooting. But Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says he believes universal background checks are needed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has taken motorcycle riding lessons and will join him on a Harley-Davidson ride on Friday night.

The ride was organized as part of the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee. Walker is an avid Harley rider and owner of a 2003 Road King.

Walker says that Fallin and about 100 combat veterans will join him and others on the ride that will end at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The motorcycle maker is based in Milwaukee and is celebrating its 110th anniversary.

Walker and other governors toured Miller Park on Thursday night and also have several business sessions focusing on health care, economic development and homeland security.