Democrats Say Fletcher Stacking College Boards With Republicans

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Governor Fletcher has appointed primarily Republicans to the boards of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. The move has caused some Democrats to grumble.

Since he took office nearly four years ago, Fletcher has appointed 17 Republicans and five Democrats to positions on the two boards. At Kentucky, Republicans hold nine at-large seats while Democrats hold seven. Nine Republicans and eight Democrats make up Louisville's board.

That gives the GOP a majority of the 33 seats. Kentucky law requires that at-large gubernatorial appointments at the two universities to reflect the political makeup of the state.

Using the state registration percentages, Democrats say they should have a 10-6 majority among gubernatorial appointments on the Kentucky board and a 10-7 majority at Louisville.

Fletcher's spokeswoman, Jodi Whitaker, said the administration has complied with the law because it interprets it to require only that Republicans and Democrats be represented in roughly equal numbers.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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