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BREAKING: Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) indicted
WHAS 11 ^ | May 11, 2006 | Mark Hebert

Posted on 05/11/2006 1:43:19 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat

Edited on 05/11/2006 1:58:13 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Governor Fletcher indicted

04:43 PM EDT on Thursday, May 11, 2006
By K. ALISON BROTZGE / WHAS11.com

Governor Ernie Fletcher has been indicted by the Merit Hiring Grand Jury on charges of conspicacy to commit politcal discrimination. This is culmination of months of investigation by the Attorney General, Greg Stumbo and a blanket pardon from Governor Fletcher. It should be noted that the pardon does not include the governor.

Will we continue to bring you more information as it becomes available.

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From The Associated Press:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Ernie Fletcher was indicted on misdemeanor charges Thursday by a special grand jury investigating state hiring practices.

Fletcher was charged with criminal conspiracy, official misconduct, and violating the prohibition against political discrimination.

The grand jury also handed down 14 sealed indictments.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Online at: http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/WHAS11_TOP_govfletcherindicted_.3055a872.html


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: erniefletcher; fakehatecrimes; fletcher; govwatch; innocent; kentucky; kentuckystumbo; martyr; stumbo; witchhunt
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1 posted on 05/11/2006 1:43:21 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher indicted for conspiracy to commit "political discrimination."

Sounds a bit like "not being a Democrat, with intent."

2 posted on 05/11/2006 1:44:12 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
conspiracy to commit "political discrimination."

Huh?

3 posted on 05/11/2006 1:44:27 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
...conspiracy to commit "political discrimination"

WTH IZZAT?.......

4 posted on 05/11/2006 1:44:39 PM PDT by Red Badger (In warfare there are no constant conditions. --- The Art of War by SunTzu)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher indicted for conspiracy to commit "political discrimination."

Please indict me for political discrimination as well, as I will not venture to DU.

5 posted on 05/11/2006 1:45:13 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: dead

Governing while Republican........


6 posted on 05/11/2006 1:45:16 PM PDT by Red Badger (In warfare there are no constant conditions. --- The Art of War by SunTzu)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Story with more details now posted at whas11.com (I posted this viewing a TV breaking news report at first)

Governor Fletcher indicted

04:37 PM EDT on Thursday, May 11, 2006
By K. ALISON BROTZGE / WHAS11.com



Governor Ernie Fletcher has been indicted by the Merit Hiring Grand Jury on charges of conspicacy to commit politcal discrimination. This is culmination of months of investigation by the Attorney General, Greg Stumbo and a blanket pardon from Governor Fletcher. It should be noted that the pardon does not include the governor. Will we continue to bring you more information as it becomes available.


7 posted on 05/11/2006 1:45:44 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
Governor Ernie Fletcher has been indicted by the Merit Hiring Grand Jury on charges of conspicacy to commit politcal discrimination. This is culmination of months of investigation by the Attorney General, Greg Stumbo and a blanket pardon from Governor Fletcher. It should be noted that the pardon does not include the governor. Will we continue to bring you more information as it becomes available.

Does.Not.Compute.

8 posted on 05/11/2006 1:45:52 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: dead

That's pretty much what it is.


9 posted on 05/11/2006 1:46:23 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: dead

Ha. Well done.


10 posted on 05/11/2006 1:46:29 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Republican Wildcat

'Political discrimination'? What the hell is that????


11 posted on 05/11/2006 1:47:26 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Republican Wildcat
Governor Ernie Fletcher has been indicted by the Merit Hiring Grand Jury on charges of conspicacy to commit politcal discrimination. This is culmination of months of investigation by the Attorney General, Greg Stumbo and a blanket pardon from Governor Fletcher. It should be noted that the pardon does not include the governor. Will we continue to bring you more information as it becomes available.

This info has only confused the issue.

This is not the Silliness thread, right?

12 posted on 05/11/2006 1:47:32 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Bookmarked.....must follow up on this nail-biter.
13 posted on 05/11/2006 1:48:01 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, IT INCLUDES TERRORIST SLEEPER CELLS!!)
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To: theDentist
It is starting to look like an attempted coup by Dems using the court system. Does not matter if anything sticks, just repeat it long enough and people will start to believe it. Also fits into the Dems campaign slogan of "Ending the Culture of Corruption".

I hate the judicial system, but the GOP better start playing the same game as the Demoncraps or they will be out of a job by November.
14 posted on 05/11/2006 1:48:29 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: Republican Wildcat

Ok. Since this isn't a Scrappleface link, I must assume some grand jury in Kentucky has lost their collective brain(s)?

Governing while conservative?


15 posted on 05/11/2006 1:49:27 PM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: Rummyfan
'Political discrimination'? What the hell is that????

Refusal to vote DIM?

HILLARY to SCHUMER: "Politial discrimination...I LIKE IT!"

16 posted on 05/11/2006 1:50:06 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

No...it isn't the silliness thread, although that is probably the most poorly written article I've seen in some time, I'll agree.


17 posted on 05/11/2006 1:50:24 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Conspiracy to commit political discrimination sounds like he was planning not to hire someone because they were a Democrat.


18 posted on 05/11/2006 1:50:26 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Doesn't make sense to me - don't Presidents discriminate when they pick a bunch of cronies for their cabinets and judicial appointments? More esplanin to come I hope.
19 posted on 05/11/2006 1:50:37 PM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: Republican Wildcat

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this political discrimination charge is politically motivated. ;o) No wait. I better wait for Nancy Grace to tell me what to think about this...


20 posted on 05/11/2006 1:51:29 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Where'd all the good people go?)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Greg Stumbo

Where the heck do they get these names and can we have some fun with that name or what?

21 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:02 PM PDT by b4its2late (If it's treason, there's no doubt a democrat is standing behind it.)
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To: MPJackal

Many in the GOP will be out of a job in November, they forgot how to fight back; and they forgot their base.

Anybody else remember the "Contract With America"? Whatever happened to that?

Looks like at least the House will turn over to the Dems, which means impeachment hearings for Bush.

And the band played on.


22 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:07 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Republican Wildcat
You mean political patronage is now a crime in Kentucky? I guess if you push out Rats there, its a high crime.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

23 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Republican Wildcat
That's pretty much what it is.

Better start building a lot more jails, there's lots of Repubs. :-)

24 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Conspiracy to commit political discrimination sounds like he was planning not to hire someone because they were a Democrat.

That is what it sounds like to me. Hopefully Kentucky Freepers will keep us posted on what is really going on.

25 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:28 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (I sometimes only vote for Republicans because they are not Democrats....by Dr. Thomas Sowell)
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To: frogjerk

Couldn't be the silliness thread. Nobody has been banned, and no threads have been pulled.


26 posted on 05/11/2006 1:52:36 PM PDT by blau993
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To: PghBaldy
KY Laws- Search of "Political Discrimination"
18A.140Prohibition against discrimination and political activities. Abstract: 18A.140 Prohibition against discrimination and political activities. (1) No person shall be appointed or promoted to, or demoted or dismissed from, any position in the classified service, or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to employment in the classified services because of http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/018a00/140.pdf
151B.090Prohibited activities.
Abstract: 151B.090 Prohibited activities. (1) No certified or equivalent employee shall be appointed or promoted to, or demoted or dismissed from, any position or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to employment because of political or religious opinions or affiliations, ethnic origin, s http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/151b00/090.pdf

27 posted on 05/11/2006 1:54:22 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Republican Wildcat
From The Associated Press:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Ernie Fletcher was indicted on misdemeanor charges Thursday by a special grand jury investigating state hiring practices.

Fletcher was charged with criminal conspiracy, official misconduct, and violating the prohibition against political discrimination.

The grand jury also handed down 14 sealed indictments.

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The stench of partisan politics is overwhelming here. We shall see.

28 posted on 05/11/2006 1:54:41 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Republican Wildcat

Well, that's not really more details if you ask me. This sounds like one of those ham sandwich indictments. Bizarre!


29 posted on 05/11/2006 1:54:48 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Republican Wildcat

From Kentucky.com

Grand jury indicts Gov. Ernie Fletcher
By Ryan Alessi
HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

Gov. Ernie FletcherThe special grand jury that’s been investigating state government hiring practices indicted Gov. Ernie Fletcher on three misdemeanors for conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.

The jury also indicted former Transportation Cabinet official Sam Beverage for perjury, which is a felony.

And the jury also submitted to Franklin Circuit Judge William Graham 14 more indictments that are under seal.

Those indictments cover crimes that may have occurred before Aug. 29, 2005, when Fletcher pardoned all administration officials except himself.


30 posted on 05/11/2006 1:55:05 PM PDT by Thanatos (http://www.LeftWingHate.com "What the Left is all about")
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To: b4its2late
Greg Stumbo
Where the heck do they get these names…

My favorite this week was the prosecuter in the case of some guys who were gay-bashing in the Caribbean. His name is “Taco Stein.”

31 posted on 05/11/2006 1:55:37 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

I'm guilty, too. I buy from conservative talk radio hosts' sponsors like pro-flowers


32 posted on 05/11/2006 1:57:22 PM PDT by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20)
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To: PghBaldy

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/search.htm


33 posted on 05/11/2006 1:58:06 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Thanatos

It's at times like this that I'm reminded of a phrase of which I'm fond:

There's only one war and there's only one enemy.


34 posted on 05/11/2006 1:58:33 PM PDT by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: dead

Fletcher is the first Republican govenor Ky has had for a very long time. There has always been something going on in Frankfort for as long as I can remember. The govenors are all crooks, however, most of them don't get indicted until after they leave office. Stumbo is starting early on Fletcher. I must say as well, never liked Stumbo. Politics in Ky is ugly. It's almost like being a king, my daddy used to say.


35 posted on 05/11/2006 1:59:52 PM PDT by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: dead
Transportation Cabinet official Sam Beverage

and they keep coming...lol
36 posted on 05/11/2006 1:59:53 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Where'd all the good people go?)
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To: dead
LOL! Can't make this stuff up......
37 posted on 05/11/2006 2:00:43 PM PDT by b4its2late (If it's treason, there's no doubt a democrat is standing behind it.)
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To: PghBaldy

Isn't Kentucky considered (nominally) a swing-state? I know theoretically it should be considered a Red, but IO remember commentators saying it was a swing recently. I know some high-tech northern liberals down there.


38 posted on 05/11/2006 2:00:45 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: b4its2late

Have at it. It has something to do with being from Kentucky. I was born and raised there (don't live there now), and my grand-parents names were Mossie and Elmer. It only gets better from there. They are lovely people, thought. Salt of the earth.


39 posted on 05/11/2006 2:01:15 PM PDT by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: Liberty Valance

Who's the head of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Jim Tollbooth?

}:-)4


40 posted on 05/11/2006 2:02:19 PM PDT by Moose4 (Please don't call me "white trash." I prefer "Caucasian recyclable.")
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To: Millicent_Hornswaggle
The Democrats are seeking payback for losing Kentucky. Knocking off Fletcher is their way to set themselves up to getting back into the Governor's mansion in Frankfurt.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

41 posted on 05/11/2006 2:02:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: PghBaldy

Kentucky generally votes democrat for govenor and republican for president.


42 posted on 05/11/2006 2:02:58 PM PDT by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: goldstategop

I agree with you totally.


43 posted on 05/11/2006 2:03:24 PM PDT by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: everyone

Expect to see more of this kind of thing.

"Governing while Republican" -- that says it!


44 posted on 05/11/2006 2:03:41 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: Republican Wildcat

So, is there any actual wrongdoing on the part of the Gov.?


45 posted on 05/11/2006 2:03:48 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Liberty Valance
Sam Beverage

It's what you exclaim after a nice long swig of a cold brew - "That's sam beverage!!!!"

46 posted on 05/11/2006 2:03:50 PM PDT by b4its2late (If it's treason, there's no doubt a democrat is standing behind it.)
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To: Moose4
Who's the head of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Jim Tollbooth?

-snicker-

47 posted on 05/11/2006 2:04:02 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: Millicent_Hornswaggle

OK, thanks.


48 posted on 05/11/2006 2:06:17 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Millicent_Hornswaggle
They are lovely people, thought. Salt of the earth.

I believe you and I do like Kentucky and I am sure that the majority of her citizens are much better than those in certain parts of New York (excluding where I am that is).

49 posted on 05/11/2006 2:06:19 PM PDT by b4its2late (If it's treason, there's no doubt a democrat is standing behind it.)
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To: patriot_wes

Once upon a time, before the Federal courts went beserk, state and local governments had the power to award patronage and fire members of the opposing party after an election. Now we have unaccountable abusive government by judicial fiat, which puts "fairness" to government employees uber alles.


50 posted on 05/11/2006 2:07:02 PM PDT by Iconoclast2 (Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .)
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