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    ilwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett promises in a new TV ad that he’ll reduce health care costs for the state’s prison system if elected, while the Republican Governors Association is going after him with another spot trying to link him to Gov. Jim Doyle.
    The RGA ad says Doyle has called Barrett "a great champion" and said he has a strong record in Milwaukee.
    The narrator says "it’s easy to see why Doyle thinks so," adding Barrett has raised Milwaukee taxes every year and increased spending by $300 million while the city has "seen dozens of businesses closed and thousands of jobs lost.
    "Sound familiar?" the narrator says. "Tom Barrett. More taxes, less jobs. Like Jim Doyle, only worse."
    Meanwhile, Barrett laments in his spot that inmates receive better health care than "many hard-working Wisconsinites." He then vows to cut prisoner health care costs by $10 million as governor.  
    "Going to jail shouldn’t mean you get Cadillac health care coverage," Barrett says in the ad. "It’s time to put Madison and state government on a diet."
    Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann has invited four conservative talk show hosts in the Milwaukee market to turn out for several town hall meetings next week.
    Neumann recorded a version of the ad addressed to each Mark Belling, Charlie Sykes, Jay Weber and Vicki McKenna.
    In the spot, Neumann promises that “I’ll eat my hat” if anyone can disprove his claim that Milwaukee County spending went up faster under Scott Walker than it did at the state level under Jim Doyle.
    "Based on the response I got from political insiders, you would think I tried to outlaw beer and brats, and their name calling has not stopped since," Neumann says of the reaction to his claim.
    Neumann invites listeners and critics to "an old-fashioned town hall meeting" to discuss how to stop career politicians from "bankrupting us" and promises brats for everyone.
    "Jay Weber, you’re invited, too," Neumann says in one version. "Have a brat. Let’s talk about how to take back our state."
    Neumann encourages listeners to check out his Web site for details on the town hall meetings Monday and Tuesday in southeastern Wisconsin.
    "It’ll be a great time, but don’t expect to see any hat eating," Neumann says.
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