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It is past time for gubernatorial appointments to get confirmation hearings



Finally, some progress in doing the people’s business in Madison. Throughout the entirety of Governor Tony Evers’ first term, Republican legislative leaders refused to hold confirmation hearings for the governor’s appointments to lead state agencies or serve on state boards and commissions. Until then, holding confirmation hearings was a matter of routine, not a political weapon to punish the other party. But republicans played hardball, even leading to a lawsuit to try to get rid of a member of the DNR policy board who refused to step down even though his term had expired. The refusal also led to the dismissal of Evers’ selection for Wisconsin Ag Secretary, Brad Pfaff, who was fired even before confirmation hearings were held. Now there are signs the rift may be ending. Senate leader Devin LaMahieu has indicted he will start the process of getting Evers’ political appointees confirmed. The candidates will be referred to the proper committees, which could then lead to a Senate vote to confirm the candidates. It is about time. These are qualified candidates with expertise in their fields who deserve a chance to serve. The Senate should move swiftly to get these people on the boards and commissions to which they were appointed.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Lucenut

    January 24, 2023 at 6:50 am

    We elected republicans to the legislature to PREVENT these radical progressive appointees from getting in control. Hold the line GOP!

  2. Nick

    January 24, 2023 at 8:30 am

    The Wisconsin Republican Party is a disgrace.
    Hold hearings, take votes and find common ground with Evers and get people appointed

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