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Fitzgerald rejects appointees as lame-duck fight continues

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate’s top Republican is rejecting 67 of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ appointments, saying a court ruling prevents him from filling the positions.

Senate Republicans confirmed 82 of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s appointees during a December lame-duck session. A Dane County judge last week ruled the session was illegal, prompting Evers to rescind the appointments.

A state appeals court on Wednesday stayed the ruling. Republicans maintain that order means all 82 appointees remain in place. Evers disagrees but on Thursday he reappointed 67 of the 82 appointees with no explanation.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald sent Evers a letter on Friday saying he got the list of appointees but the list “must be in error” because the stay means the positions are already filled. He says any attempt to change that would violate the stay order.

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