Posts Tagged ‘David Williams’

David Williams is Back in New Role

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

To many people in Kentucky, David L. Williams has been an enigma — at times, tough and seemingly unfair if you happened to disagree with his position, or, ingratiating and benevolent to supporters who have been with him every step of the way during his long career in the state capitol.

That career — as state representative, senator, minority and majority floor leader, and president of the state senate for the past 13 years — is over.

Now, he is Circuit Judge David Williams of Clinton, Cumberland, and Monroe counties. He was appointed to the position by Governor Beshear several weeks ago. He’s returned to his hometown of Burkesville, a small town near the Kentucky/Tennessee line.

This week on “One to One” we talked about his time in Frankfort and what it feels like to move back to Cumberland County as a circuit judge.

After the taping on the “‘One to One” set in Studio A at KET, I asked Judge Williams if he would mind sticking around for a few more minutes to chat. We discussed legislation he was proud of, his lapel pin, how fortunate he is to be returning to Burkesville, and a new career as a circuit judge. Our conversation appears below:

Civics Lesson in Frankfort

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Members of the General Assembly, invited guests, and curious spectators were treated to a civics lesson today at the State Capitol.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul appeared before a Senate committee and later before the full Kentucky State Senate to ask the legislature to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 134, sponsored by Senate President and Burkesville native David Williams. Paul, a Bowling Green resident serving his first term in Washington, urged the members to support the resolution asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment.

After Paul and Williams presented the resolution to the committee, members of the State and Local Government Committee peppered the two with questions regarding what a constitutional convention might mean for amending other sections of the U.S. Constitution. After Paul’s address to the full Senate and a presentation of the resolution by President Williams, lawmakers debated the issue for almost an hour.

Paul said, “It is absolutely necessary, in order to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, that we amend the Constitution to reflect the urgency of our financial crisis.” Some Senate Democrats disagreed and argued that a balanced federal budget would prevent the government from approving needed spending in the Commonwealth. For every dollar Kentucky sends to Washington, the federal government returns $1.50 in revenue.

The resolution has passed the Senate and will be sent to the House.

Medicaid Funding on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, February 14th, 2011

There are two competing pathways to shoring up and balancing the state’s Medicaid budget. Governor Steve Beshear wants to take money from the 2012 Medicaid budget and shift it to this year; Senate President David Williams thinks that’s the wrong idea and has another plan he will offer to the Republican majority in the state Senate.

Medicaid provides health care for more than 800,000 poor and disabled Kentuckians.

It’s a complicated issue which we will do our best to clarify and explain tonight.

Scheduled guests are:

  • – Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville
  • – State Sen. Bob Leeper, I-Paducah, chair of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee
  • – State Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee
  • – State Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources and co-chair of the Medicaid Oversight

Join us at 8/7 CT by email or phone for our Kentucky Tonight program on Medicaid.

I hope you’ll join us tonight on KET at 8/7 pm CT. As always, you can send questions in advance or during the program by phone (800-494-7605) and email (kytonight@ket.org). The program is closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired; the number for TDD calls is 800-395-5388.


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