Lawyer’s former blog at center of political stir in Kentucky

One day after a Kentucky newspaper reported about the former blog of a lawyer named to head a new government office, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher scrapped plans for the office.

Fletcher had named lawyer C. Dodd Harris IV to direct a new Office of Merit System Referrals, which would look for political bias in merit job recommendations.

On Sunday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Harris is a Republican partisan who regularly attacked Democrats on his now-disabled blog Ipse Dixit. Harris discontinued the blog earlier this year.

Yesterday, the governor scrapped plans for the office, the Herald-Leader reported. The administration said its decision was not in response to the story about the blog.