Judge hands gov. second defeat in feud with rival pols

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 1:47 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has blocked efforts by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to replace the board of trustees at the University of Louisville, his second defeat in an ongoing feud with one of Kentucky's most powerful political families.

The ruling from Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday permanently blocks an executive order Bevin issued earlier this year replacing all of the university's board members. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued, arguing Bevin's order was illegal.

Beshear is the son of former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. He's sued Bevin three times this year. Last week, the state Supreme Court sided with Beshear when it ruled Bevin could not cut the budgets of state colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

Bevin will most likely appeal this latest ruling.