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Doyle, Lawton both gone: Who's the governor?

MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle and Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton are both out of the state this week, begging the question: Who's in charge?

Doyle departed for a trade mission on Wednesday but didn't bother telling Lawton he was leaving and she's in Washington, D.C., until Monday at a conference.

The constitution says when the governor's out of state the lieutenant governor serves as acting governor. The secretary of state is next in the line of succession.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette says he didn't know both Doyle and Lawton were gone until he heard it reported Friday morning on Wisconsin Public Radio. La Follette says he'll be around all weekend and his home number is in the phone book if anyone needs him.

Doyle spokesman Adam Collins says Doyle is running the state.

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