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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ernie Fletcher Is Out

Kentucky's Republican governor, Ernie Fletcher, a strong advocate of teaching creationism and "intelligent design" in public schools, was convincingly defeated in the state's fall elections by Democratic challenger Steve Beshear. Fletcher had been extremely vocal in Kentucky's ongoing debate over teaching ID in public schools, speaking for it in both his State of the Commonwealth address and in election debates. Though it is unclear to what extent Fletcher's loss was influenced by his opinions on the subject, it is clear that the candidates took opposite positions on the topic. —Stephen Mapes.