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Madison Matters: Recalls create powerless Senate?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats have their sights set on retaking the majority in the state Senate in recall elections this year, but there's a catch. Even if they succeed, they'll have no ability to push their agenda and could find themselves out of power by this time next year.

Democrats say they've collected more than enough signatures to force four GOP senators into elections. They need to defeat one to seize the majority.

The elections likely won't happen until late spring. The legislative session ends in mid-March. After that, lawmakers are generally prohibited from introducing new bills until the new session begins in January 2013.

Republicans would have a chance to take back the majority in November's regularly scheduled elections. They could slide back into power next January with no damage done.

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