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Encyclopedia > Ernie Fletcher
Ernie Fletcher
Ernie Fletcher

Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 9, 2003
Lieutenant(s) Steve Pence
Preceded by Paul E. Patton
Succeeded by Steve Beshear

Born November 12, 1952 (1952-11-12) (age 54)
Flag of Kentucky Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Political party Republican
Spouse Glenna Foster
Profession Physician
Religion Baptist

Ernest Lee Fletcher (born November 12, 1952) has served as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since December 9, 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was defeated for re-election in 2007. [1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The office of Lieutentant Governor of Kentucky has existed under the last three of Kentuckys four constitutions, beginning in 1797. ... Stephen B. Pence (born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 22, 1953) is Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. ... Paul E. Patton Paul E. Patton (born May 26, 1937) served as Democratic governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. ... Steven L. Beshear (1944-), a Democrat, won election as a member of the Kentucky State Senate, Attorney General of Kentucky and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky before losing races for Governor of Kentucky and the United States Senate. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Kentucky. ... Mount Sterling is a city located in Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,876. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... For other uses, see Doctor. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...

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Biography

Governor Ernie Fletcher served as an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer, family doctor, lay minister, state legislator, and United States Congressman. He was born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky and is a longtime resident of Lexington, Kentucky. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering in 1974 and later graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Mount Sterling is a city located in Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,876. ... Nickname: Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: , Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette Government  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area  - City  285. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...


Governor Fletcher’s career began in the United States Air Force, where he served as an F-4E Aircraft Commander and NORAD Alert Force Commander.


Governor Fletcher worked as a family practice physician in Lexington for 12 years, including two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation.


Governor Fletcher’s legislative career began in 1995 as a State Representative for Kentucky’s 78th District, during which time he served on the Kentucky Commission on Poverty and the Task Force on Higher Education. Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ...


Governor Fletcher was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1998 from Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and was selected to chair the Policy Subcommittee on Health.


Governor Fletcher is married to his high school sweetheart, Glenna Foster. Their daughter Rachael and her husband, Daniel, have four children: Callie, Hannah, Joshua and Mason. Their son Ben and his wife Kara live in Munich, Germany.


Throughout the month of February 2006, Fletcher was hospitalized for gallstones and complications from the removal of his gallbladder, including pancreatitis. He was readmitted on March 9, 2006 for what his doctors called a "life-threatening blood-clot". The condition was serious enough that he transferred power to Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence before undergoing a procedure to dissolve the clot.[2] In medicine, gallstones are crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. ... The gallbladder (or cholecyst, sometimes gall bladder) is a pear-shaped organ that stores about 50 ml of bile (or gall) until the body needs it for digestion. ... Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... Stephen B. Pence (born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 22, 1953) is Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. ...


Candidacy and governorship

Fletcher defeated the Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler 55-45 percent in the 2003 general election. As Governor, he is a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Republican Governors Association. Rep. ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ... The National Governors Association (NGA) is an organization of the governors of the fifty U.S. states and five U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ... Southern Governors Association (SGA) was founded in 1934, and is the oldest and historically the largest of the USAs regional governors associations. ... The Republican Governors Association is an association for governors in the United States who belong to the United States Republican Party. ...


As Governor, Fletcher reorganized parts of state government, condensing the number of cabinets from fourteen to nine, and dissolved the former Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and instead created the new Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, which promotes and regulates Kentucky's signature industry. He has rolled back Medicaid requirements and unveiled a plan to "modernize" Medicaid and focus on improvements in care, benefit management and technology. Governor Fletcher unveiled "Get Healthy Kentucky!," an initiative to promote healthier lifestyles for Kentuckians. He has also supported the statewide community college system during his tenure. Medicaid is the US health insurance program for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. ... (KCTCS)Founded in 1997 by former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton to replace the University of Kentuckys Community College System, the system connects the states two-year colleges to make education readily available to Kentucky, and allows transfer of credits toward public universities for 4-year degrees. ...


On June 9, 2004, while en route to memorial services for former president Ronald Reagan, the governor's plane inadvertently caused a security scare. It caused the Capitol to be evacuated, because the transponder of the plane failed while in restricted airspace. The security scare happened just moments before the plane with Reagan's body touched down at Andrews Air Force Base. June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, Vice-President Richard Cheney and his wife, Lynne, and former president Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, New York Democratic senator, watch the casket of former president Ronald Reagan carried into the Washington National Cathedral Nancy Reagan was escorted by Army Major General... The United States Capitol is the capitol building that serves as the location for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. ... An Ontario Highway 407 toll transponder In telecommunication, the term transponder (short-for Transmitter-responder and sometimes abbreviated to XPDR, XPNDR or TPDR) has the following meanings: An automatic device that receives, amplifies, and retransmits a signal on a different frequency (see also broadcast translator). ... Emblem of the AFDW Andrews Air Force Base (ICAO code KADW) is a United States Air Force base near Washington, DC and the home base of the U.S. presidential aircraft, Air Force One. ...


Fletcher had low approval ratings for much of his first year in office. Most controversy focused on increasing costs of health insurance for state employees.


However, during his second year in office, Fletcher achieved the passage of a comprehensive tax reform package. The passage of tax reform was one of Fletcher's key campaign pledges. By March 2005, Fletcher's approval rating reached 52 percent, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal poll; a Survey USA poll around the same time found his approval rating below 40 percent and lower than that of every other governor in the nation at the time save for two. The Courier-Journal, nicknamed the C-J, is the main newspaper for the city of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. According to the 1999 Editor & Publisher International Yearbook, the paper is the 48th largest daily paper in the United States and the single largest in Kentucky. ...


After Fletcher issued pardons to members of his administration for violations of state merit system laws in mid-2005 (see next section), polls indicated his approval rating had decreased even more. Fewer than 20 percent of respondents said that they planned to vote to re-elect Fletcher in 2007, and 73 percent disapproved of the pardons Fletcher issued for members of his administration. A Courier-Journal poll released in mid-September found Fletcher's approval rating at 38 percent, tying the low rating previously reached by his predecessor Paul E. Patton.[3] Another poll released by SurveyUSA in February 2006 found his approval rating at 35%, with 57% disapproving. Paul E. Patton Paul E. Patton (born May 26, 1937) served as Democratic governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. ... SurveyUSA is a major polling firm in the United States. ...


On September 12, 2007 Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo sued Fletcher for appointing too many Republicans to the governing bodies of state universities. State law requires "proportional representation of the two leading political parties" based on voter registration. A majority of registered voters in Kentucky are Democrats, but Fletcher has appointed seven Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Kentucky and eight Republicans and two Democrats to the University of Louisville.[4] is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Gregory D. Greg Stumbo is the Democratic Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2003 – present). ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ...


2007 Election

Fletcher sought re-election in 2007. He faced former Congresswoman Anne Northup and multi-millionaire businessman Billy Harper in the Republican primary. The Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2007 will be held on November 6, 2007. ... The Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2007 will be held on November 6, 2007. ... Anne Meagher Northup (born January 22, 1948) is the outgoing representative for the Third Congressional District of Kentucky. ...


Fletcher did not run with Steve Pence, his current lieutenant governor. In May 2006, Pence announced that he would not run for re-election on the same slate with Fletcher. In February 2007, Pence formally endorsed Northup over Fletcher in the 2007 Republican primary for governor.[5]


On May 22, 2007, Fletcher defeated Northup and Harper, and prepared to face Democrat former Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear in the November general election.[6] Steven L. Beshear (1944-), a Democrat, won election as a member of the Kentucky State Senate, Attorney General of Kentucky and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky before losing races for Governor of Kentucky and the United States Senate. ...


In the campaign, Fletcher attempted to deflect voters' attention from his administration's numerous scandals and limited accomplishments by making the negative aspects of casino gambling an issue in the election. Steve Beshear supports putting an expansion of gambling before the voters, while Fletcher, who in his first run for governor (and, for that matter, during the early part of his term as governor) refused to state his position on the issue, but now vociferously opposes it. It should be noted, however, that several casino operators and supporters backed Fletcher in his 2003 bid for the governor's office. Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. ...


Fletcher trailed Beshear in polls after the primary, by large margins. The most recent SurveyUSA poll (released October 10, 2007), which was conducted for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and WHAS-TV in Louisville shows Beshear with a 56-40 percent lead, with 4% of those surveyed reported as "undecided." The poll has a margin of error of 4.2%. WCPO-TV, ABC9 is a broadcast television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, affiliated with the ABC network. ... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... WHAS-TV, WHAS 11, is the ABC affiliated station in Louisville, Kentucky. ... Louisville redirects here. ...


Fletcher made his concession speech at 9:00 pm on November 6th. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear had 431,566 votes or 60 percent, to Fletcher's 285,297 votes or 40 percent. 29


Merit system investigation

In May 2005, state Attorney General Greg Stumbo began an investigation of the Fletcher administration's practices within the state merit system in hiring, promoting, demoting and firing state employees based on political loyalties. The investigation was based on a 276-page complaint filed by Douglas W. Doerting, the assistant personnel director for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Stumbo's motivations have been questioned because of his potential interest in challenging Fletcher in the 2007 gubernatorial race. Fletcher and his defenders also claim that the investigation is politically motivated because previous administrations engaged in similar conduct. In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... Gregory D. Greg Stumbo is the Democratic Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2003 – present). ... The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (also mistakenly known as the Kentucky Department of Transportation) is Kentuckys state-funded department in-charge of building and maintaining U.S. highways and Kentucky state highways, as well as regulating other transportation related issues. ...


In June, a circuit court judge unsealed a so-called "hit list" of employees appointed during previous administrations whose politically appointed positions were examined. Positions that were evaluated are expected to change with new administrations.[7]


On June 14, 2005, a special grand jury that was impaneled by the Attorney General in Franklin County handed down indictments of three Transportation Cabinet officials: Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, Deputy Secretary Jim Adams and administrative services commissioner Dan Druen.[8] On July 7, 2005, more indictments were handed down including Fletcher's deputy chief of staff.[9] On July 11, 2005, the grand jury struck closer to the Governor's mansion as three more indictments were handed down: against state Republican Party chairman Darrell Brock Jr., who was also the former commissioner of the Governor's Office for Local Development; Basil Turbyfill, the Governor's personnel adviser, and deputy personnel secretary; and Bob Wilson, deputy personnel secretary. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... Bill Nighbert is a Republican government official in Kentucky. ... Jim Adams born (James Adams) is an American heavy metal guitarist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Darrell Brock Jr. ... There are several famous people with the name Bob Wilson: Bob Wilson (broadcaster) Bob Wilson (footballer), former Arsenal footballer, who later became a TV presenter for the BBC and ITV. Bob Wilson (scientist) Bob Wilson (US politician) Bob Wilson (Fatal Fury) Bob Wilson (ice hockey player) Bob Wilson (minor league...


On August 29, 2005, Fletcher announced he had granted blanket criminal pardons to nine administration officials, including deputy chief of staff Richard Murgatroyd, who were or might have been indicted by the grand jury in this case (he did not pardon himself). On August 30, Fletcher invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination before the grand jury and refused to testify. is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 14, 2005, Fletcher fired[10] nine employees, including four of the nine he pardoned two weeks earlier.[11] Fletcher called for the firing of state Republican Party chair Darrell Brock, Jr. due to Brock's role in the merit scandal. On September 17 GOP leaders voted to retain Brock as state party leader. is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On October 24, 2005, Fletcher filed a motion asking Franklin Circuit Court Judge William Graham to order the grand jury to stop issuing indictments for offenses that occurred prior to Fletcher’s August 29 blanket pardon and to bar it from writing a final report on its findings. On November 16, Judge Graham denied Fletcher’s motion. The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed Graham. On May 18, 2006 the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed the lower court decision in a 4-2 decision holding that the grand jury investigating state hiring practices by the Fletcher administration could not issue any more indictments for offenses covered by Fletcher's blanket pardon for offenses related to the hiring investigation. The court also rejected the attorney general's challenge to Fletcher's authority to issue such a blanket pardon. Fletcher's indictment and the indictments of two officials for offenses allegedly to have occurred after the pardons were not affected. The Court as constituted for that decision included a justice appointed by Fletcher as directed by the state constitution in instances in which more than one justice is recused. The court also ruled that the grand jury could issue a general report of its findings from the yearlong investigation; a later Court of Appeals decision held that any such grand jury report could not name pardoned individuals. is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kentucky Court of Appeals is the lower of Kentuckys two appellate courts, under the Kentucky Supreme Court. ... The Kentucky Supreme Court was created by a 1975 constitutional amendment. ... The Constitution of Kentucky is the document that governs the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States. ...


On July 15, 2006, Judge David E. Melcher dismissed the indictment against Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, ruling that part of the alleged offense was covered by Fletcher's blanket pardon. The judge left open the option for prosecutors to seek a new indictment against Nighbert focusing solely on conduct not covered by the pardon.[12] is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Indictment of Fletcher

On May 11, 2006, Fletcher was indicted by a grand jury for three misdemeanors; conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination. All were related to the merit system investigation. The grand jury has returned a total of 29 indictments in the case — 14 of which remain sealed by the court.[13] is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the common law legal system, an indictment (IPA: ) is a formal accusation of having committed a criminal offense. ... In the American common law legal system, a grand jury is a type of jury which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial. ... Misdemeanors are lesser criminal acts which are generally punished less severely than felonies; but more so than infractions. ...


The charge of conspiracy states Fletcher "ordered, directed and otherwise approved the development and implementation" of what became known as the governor's personnel initiative. In the second indictment for official misconduct, Fletcher is accused along with other "co-conspirators" of ordering or approving "the appointment, promotion, demotion, transfer or dismissal" of rank-and-file state workers who are supposed to be judged on their qualifications, not political affiliations. The third count charges Fletcher with violating the prohibition against political discrimination because he "willfully ordered, directed or approved" the firing of Michael Duncan, an investigator in the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Inspector General.[14] Fletcher's personal attorney, R. Kent Westberry of Louisville, responded to the indictment by filing a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to have Greg Stumbo, his investigators and the prosecutors removed from the case. The filing claims that Stumbo, a political rival considering running for governor next year, should be disqualified from the proceedings. Responding to filing Fletcher said, "I think there is substantial conflict of interest there." In August 2006 Stumbo, in conjunction with an appearance at the annual Fancy Farm picnic, stated that he was contemplating a campaign for governor in 2007, but by this time Stumbo himself had been removed from participation in the prosecution of Fletcher. Fletcher himself indicated that he has no plans to step down from office.[15] Gregory D. Greg Stumbo is the Democratic Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2003 – present). ...


Fletcher was arraigned on June 7, 2006 in Franklin District Court in Frankfort. Fletcher, who did not appear in court as he was on vacation in Florida, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Arraignment is a common law term for the formal reading of a criminal complaint, in the presence of the defendant, to inform him of the charges against him. ... Frankfort is the capital of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a state of the United States of America. ...


Executive immunity while in office

On August 11, 2006, Special Judge David E. Melcher ruled Fletcher is protected by executive immunity and cannot be prosecuted while in office. This ruling essentially stayed the case until Fletcher was no longer Governor.[16] is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Dismissal of criminal charges

On August 24, 2006, an agreement was reached between Fletcher and Attorney General Greg Stumbo. The agreement resulted in an agreed order dismissing the criminal charges against Fletcher. According to that agreed order, "The governor acknowledges that the evidence strongly indicates wrongdoing by his administration with regard to personnel actions within the merit system. Further, the governor hereby states that these actions were inappropriate and that he regrets their occurrence and accepts responsibility for them as head of the executive branch of state government." Fletcher also acknowledged that Stumbo’s investigation and prosecution were "necessary and proper exercises of his constitutional duty." The Office of the Attorney General, in turn, "recognizes and acknowledges that any action taken by the current administration with regard to the state’s classified system were without malice." The agreement encourages former or current state employees who think they were affected by improper hirings to seek redress through the state Personnel Board. The deal calls for four members of the board who were appointed by Fletcher to resign immediately. The order allows Stumbo to recommend three names for each vacancy and requires Fletcher to choose the new Personnel Board members from those names submitted by Stumbo. Shortly after the agreement was reached and entered, Fletcher claimed he was exonerated, and Stumbo maintained that claim to be untrue. Stumbo was quoted at the Kentucky State Fair as saying it was "highly, highly unlikely that the governor would ever stand trial," indicating that he believed Fletcher would have pardoned himself before leaving office, a charge Fletcher has denied. While Stumbo acknowledged that the abuses of the merit system may have "stretched back before the Fletcher administration," he said he hopes the ultimate effect of this investigation will be a new respect for the existing state employee regulations. Stumbo also stated that the agreement dismissing the charges would not influence a grand jury report of its investigation of hiring practices in the Fletcher administration.[17][18][19] is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kentucky State Fair is the state fair of Kentucky, located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville. ...


Grand jury report

On November 16, 2006, the grand jury investigating the Fletcher administration's practices within the state merit system released its report. According to the grand jury, "The report details a widespread and coordinated plan to violate merit hiring laws. This investigation was not about a few people here and there who made some mistakes as Governor Ernie Fletcher has claimed. The Governor's Personnel Initiative was formulated at the highest level of state government and approved by Governor Fletcher." The report continues by stating, "Entire cabinets and departments were tasked with carrying out various parts of this illegal plan. Senior administration officials were charged with the duty to give periodic reports regarding its status. Those who got in the way of the plan were fired or moved. The long range goal was to implement this plan in all of the Executive Cabinets, and the groundwork had been laid for that to happen." Fletcher responded to the report by stating, "Given that the prosecutors have dropped all charges, the document reads more like a savvy litany of political sound bites rather than a legal document of purported evidence." Fletcher added that the grand jury report's allegations are inconsistent with the August settlement between Fletcher and Stumbo that dismissed the three misdemeanor charges against the governor. In the settlement, Stumbo acknowledged that Fletcher's administration acted "without malice." The grand jury report concluded by acknowledging that the blanket pardon issued by Fletcher, coupled with Fletcher taking the Fifth, made it "difficult to get to the bottom of the facts of this case....As a result, [the grand jury was] in part forced to rely on documentary evidence to piece together the facts of the case."[20] Attorney General Greg Stumbo had previously stated that the public would probably never know the full details of Fletcher's involvement in meetings that prosecutors said were crucial in developing state hiring practices.[21]


Possible Justice Department referral

On November 28, 2006, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Attorney General Greg Stumbo was considering referring information uncovered during the grand jury's investigation of hiring practices to the U.S. Department of Justice.[22] The Lexington Herald-Leader is a newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company and based in the U.S. city of Lexington, Kentucky. ... The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. ...


Views on teaching intelligent design and scientific creationism

In 2005 members of the Kentucky Academy of Science voted unanimously to oppose any attempt by legislative bodies to mandate specific content of science courses, and specifically to attempts to equate scientific creationism or intelligent design as scientific theories equal, or superior to, evolution.[23] Creation Magazine is a publication supporting young-earth creationist beliefs. ... For other uses, see Intelligent design (disambiguation). ...


In response, in a February 13, 2006 letter to the Kentucky Academy of Science, Fletcher, an outspoken intelligent design advocate,[24][25] argues that evolution conflicts with the Declaration of Independence. is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

My educational background provided me with thorough understanding of science and the theory of evolution. Our nation, however, was founded on self-evident truths. Among these truths are inalienable rights 'endowed by their Creator.' From my perspective, it is not a matter of faith, or religion, or theory. It is similar to basic self-evident objective truths that are the basis of knowledge. For example, 2 + 2 = 4. It disappoints and astounds me that the so-called intellectual elite are so concerned about accepting self-evident truths that nearly 90 percent of the population understands.[26]

Executive orders

In April 2006, Fletcher signed an executive order removing language from the state's affirmative action plan specifically protecting state workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Fletcher handed down his executive order on Kentucky's ninth annual "Diversity Day," reversing an order signed by former Governor Paul Patton two years earlier that protected state employees from bias including their sexual orientations or gender identities.[27]


University of the Cumberlands pharmacy school

The Kentucky Fairness Alliance and the Kentucky Equality Association asked Governor Ernie Fletcher to veto $11 million that state lawmakers approved for a planned pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands.[28] The Kentucky state budget, passed by the 2006 Kentucky legislature, includes $10 million of state debt to construct a pharmacy building on the school's Whitley County campus. Additionally, one million dollars for scholarships for the pharmacy program are included. The $10 million building is to be funded out of a $100 million pool of money titled the "infrastructure for economic development fund for coal-producing counties." Money to repay the bond issuance would come from coal severance taxes. On April 21, 2006, Brett Hall, the governor's director of communications reported that "Fletcher's office has received 421 calls and e-mails urging him to veto, compared to 115 who want it kept in the state budget."[29] This institution is unrelated, other than by similarity of name, to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama or the former Cumberland College and Mountain View High School in Rose Hill, Virginia University of the Cumberlands is a private, liberal arts college located in Williamsburg... For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Economic policy Monetary policy Central bank   Money supply Fiscal policy Spending   Deficit   Debt Trade policy Tariff   Trade agreement Finance Financial market Financial market participants Corporate   Personal Public   Banking   Regulation        Ecotax, short for Ecological taxation, can refer to: A fiscal policy... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On April 24, 2006 Governor Fletcher made a special television address announcing his budget cuts, which did not include the University of the Cumberlands. In response, members of the Kentucky Equality Association protested outside the Governor’s Mansion on May 06, 2006 during the Governor’s Annual Derby Breakfast Celebration.


See also

The Kentucky gubernatorial election, 2007 will be held on November 6, 2007. ...

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  17. ^ Alessi, Ryan and Jack Brammer. "Deal drops charges against Fletcher", Lexington Herald-Leader, August 24, 2006. 
  18. ^ Tom Loftus and Deborah Yetter. "Fletcher charges dropped, but bickering continues", The Courier-Journal, August 25, 2006. 
  19. ^ John Whitlock. "Fletcher investigation ends", Grayson County News-Gazette. 
  20. ^ Jack Brammer And John Stamper. "Grand jury blasts Fletcher", Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 16, 2006. 
  21. ^ Elisabeth J. Beardsley. "Stumbo isn't sure he saw all evidence", The Courier-Journal, August 26, 2006. 
  22. ^ John Stamper. "Stumbo may send jury's findings to D.C.", Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 28, 2006. 
  23. ^ http://www.kyacademyofscience.org/news/intelligent-design-12-22-05.html
  24. ^ http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051225/NEWS0102/512250402/1059/NEWS01
  25. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/13594478.htm
  26. ^ http://www.pandasthumb.org/archives/2006/03/ky_governor_kno.html
  27. ^ Biesk, Joe. "Fletcher removes language protecting gays from bias", The Kentucky Post, 04-12-2006. 
  28. ^ Kentucky Fairness Alliance asks Fletcher to veto.
  29. ^ Callers urge Fletcher to veto Cumberlands pharmacy plan

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Preceded by
Scotty Baesler
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Ben Chandler
Preceded by
Paul E. Patton
Governor of Kentucky
2003 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peppy Martin
Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky
2003, 2007
Succeeded by
2011 nominee
Persondata
NAME Fletcher, Ernie
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Fletcher, Ernest Lee (full name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION Kentucky politician
DATE OF BIRTH November 12, 1952
PLACE OF BIRTH Mount Sterling, Kentucky
DATE OF DEATH living
PLACE OF DEATH

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Fletcher's one-term administration marked with political troubles (556 words)
Gov. Ernie Fletcher's resume as a doctor, minister, engineer and fighter pilot got him elected governor four years ago, but it wasn't enough Tuesday to stave off defeat after a tumultuous four years in office.
Fletcher maintained that the hiring investigation was a "political witch hunt" orchestrated by Democrats to lessen his chances for re-election.
Fletcher attracted unwanted national attention on his way to Washington for Ronald Reagan's funeral in 2004, when his plane entered restricted airspace and caused an evacuation of the U.S. Capitol.
Ernie Fletcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2491 words)
Fletcher is the third sitting Kentucky governor to be indicted and the second current United States governor to be under indictment after Ohio Governor Bob Taft was indicted and convicted for failure to report lobbying contributions.
In 1994, Fletcher was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 78th District.
Fletcher's personal attorney, R. Kent Westberry of Louisville, responded to the indictment by filing a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to have Greg Stumbo, his investigators and the prosecutors removed from the case.
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