Kentucky Senate President David Williams

8:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

KY General Assembly Post-Williams, and Judd for U.S. Senate?

Could Ashley Judd take on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is 2014?
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The 2012 general election is history, and it will soon be time to gavel the Kentucky General Assembly to order.  Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston appeared on Byline Friday to talk about the new legislature, including a Kentucky Senate with no David Williams.      

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9:18 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Kentucky Ag Commissioner: Change in State Senate Leadership Can Help Fight 'Gridlock'

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One of the key Republicans in state government believes change in legislative leadership is a good thing.  Jamie Comer moved from the legislature to head the state’s agriculture department as commissioner.  Change in leadership is coming to the state senate.  Long time President David Williams resigned to take on judicial responsibilities in his home region.  Come

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4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure

Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.

The GOP cannot name a new president until lawmakers convene again in January, but current Stine will assume the duties and serve as temporary co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.

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2:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

GOP Spokesman: Campaign Attacks Focused on Williams Now Irrelevant

Since the campaign for control of the Kentucky House started, Democrats and supportive outside groups have used outgoing Senate President David Williams as an attack on GOP candidates.

For weeks, the outside group Kentucky Family Values has sent out political mail attempting to link GOP incumbents and challengers as "votes for Williams" in Frankfort. 

But now that Williams is set to become a judge, Republicans say the attacks aren't relevant.

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4:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Handful of GOP House Candidates Ask David Williams To Not Use Pension Loophole

A group of GOP House candidates are encouraging one Republican leader to take a bold stance on a pension issue.

Republicans Chris Hightower, Jason Crockett, Lynn Bechler, Bryan Lutz and Matt Lockett are all in competitive races for the state House this election cycle.

The candidates want Senate President David Williams to retire, rather than resign, if he is selected and accepts a judgeship in his home county.

3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step. 

Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.

Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.

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3:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Williams Interested in Judicial Appointment

Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, would consider a judicial appointment if Governor Steve Beshear offered the position, a spokesperson confirmed.

Rumors have been swirling in Frankfort that Beshear is planning to offer his bitter rival Williams, who is a trial lawyer, the open circuit court seat in his southern Kentucky district. The seat was left vacant due to the death of Judge Eddie Lovelace last month.

"If there is an appointment offer, Sen. Williams will consider it," says Senate GOP spokeswoman Lourdes Báez-Schrader.

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12:37 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

If Beshear Appoints Williams to Judgeship, Stivers Will Likely Lead Senate

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Kentucky Senate Republicans have established a succession plan in the case their current leader, David Williams, is appointed into an open judgeship in his district. 

Williams is considered a leading candidate for the open circuit court judgeship that covers his home county.

Governor Steve Beshear, Williams’s main enemy in Frankfort, has the final say over who is appointed to finish the two year term. And Beshear hasn’t ruled out appointing Williams if his name shows up on the nomination list. 

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3:27 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

David and Robyn Williams Announce Divorce Plans

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Kentucky Senate President David Williams and his wife are divorcing after nine years of marriage.

The announcement came today in a release from Williams' spokeswoman in Frankfort.

In a statement, Robyn Williams says the "rough-and-tumble pressures" of politics put "unique and incessant pressure" on their relationship. David Williams was the Republican nominee for governor last year but lost to Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.

Robyn Williams has been mentioned as a possible candidate for state attorney general in 2015.

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