Posts Tagged ‘Steve Beshear’

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:

Beshear and Abramson and the Tuesday Inauguration

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

When I arrived at the state capitol this week for a conversation with Governor Beshear, I found a flurry of activity in preparation for Tuesday’s inauguration of him and Jerry Abramson.

Our KET crew had commandeered the governor’s suite of offices with cable, audio, and video equipment and cameras. His staff, always helpful and courteous, was unusually merry and looking forward to the holidays ahead. It helped that the rooms were decorated with poinsettias, greenery, and a silver tray laden with sweets and bagels.

I found Governor Beshear excited by the day-long inaugural ceremonies that will take place next Tuesday. Although optimistic about the next four years and the challenges his administration will face, I also found him somber and reflective about the job ahead. He’s fully aware of the challenges he’s already facing.

In a clip from the interview, Gov. Beshear tells me what you can anticipate in his inaugural address Tuesday afternoon.

The full interview will be on KET Monday evening at 8/7 pm central.

Beshear dashed out of the office after the interview and headed down the hallway to another meeting with administration budget officials. They’ve been meeting daily on state finances. I also ran into Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, who has been at the capitol almost daily since the November election.

Great guests on One to One

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with Jonathan Miller for One to One; tune in this Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m./noon CT.

Miller, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet under Governor Steve Beshear, has left state government and will join the private sector. He’ll be practicing law and has a start-up blog called The Recovering Politician. Jonathan served two terms as State Treasurer and worked in Washington a few years before coming back to Kentucky to raise a family. He has recruited a number of other former politicians to write for his blog. You can find it at

This week I’ll be talking with two of America’s best known authors for a couple of upcoming One to One programs:

  • *Andre Dubus III who wrote The House of Sand and Fog, a national bestseller and movie. Townie is Dubus’s new memoir which is at number four on the New York Times nonfiction list.
  • *Rita Mae Brown who is wildly popular around the world — her mystery series are always best sellers.

    Both Brown and Dubus are in Kentucky for the Lexington Public Library’s Night of Literary Feasts. Patrons of the library will have an opportunity to have dinner with their favorite author. There are 11 authors, including Kentuckians Ed McClanahan, Jon Carloftis, and Neil Chethik. I’ll be attending and will give you an update in an upcoming blog post.

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