When the boards of Kentucky’s public universities became too laden with Republican Party members in 2007, former Attorney General Greg Stumbo found a “clear violation” of the law and took the extraordinary step of filing suit against the person who made the appointments — former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Fletcher lost his re-election bid that year, and the man who defeated him, current Gov. Steve Beshear, settled the case. Beshear agreed to follow laws requiring the state’s collegiate boards to reflect the ratio of registered Democrats and Republicans in Kentucky.
Eight years later, under Beshear, the boards of Kentucky’s three biggest colleges are even more politically out of whack.