David Williams http://wkms.org en Gregory Wins Special Election for Senate Seat http://wkms.org/post/gregory-wins-special-election-senate-seat <p></p><p>Republican Kentucky State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory will replace former State Sen. David Williams after winning a special election for his southern Kentucky seat. Gregory defeated Democrat Bill Conn by more than a 4 - 1 margin. Gregory was elected last year to represent the 52nd House District and won a second term last month. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:11:02 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25872 at http://wkms.org Gregory Wins Special Election for Senate Seat Kentucky Lawmakers Optimistic Gambling Bill Will Pass http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-optimistic-gambling-bill-will-pass <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">After years of defeat, Kentucky lawmakers believe an expanded gambling bill could become law next year. At the Kentucky Chamber’s annual policy day, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and new Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer discussed the prospects of such a bill in the upcoming session.&nbsp;Both leaders suggested the opposing chamber take up the bill first when they get to Frankfort next month.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Thayer was the sponsor of a Senate gambling bill in this year's session. The measure ultimately failed. But Thayer says the Senate can pass a new bill if the governor pushes hard enough. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:43:56 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 25528 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Optimistic Gambling Bill Will Pass GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President http://wkms.org/post/gop-nominates-stivers-senate-president <p></p><p>The State Senate Republican Caucus has officially nominated Senator Robert Stivers for Senate president. Stivers’ new role won’t be official until it’s voted on by the full chamber in early January. But the GOP holds a 24-14 advantage, meaning Stivers is all but certain to succeed former Senate President David Williams. Williams left the Senate to take a position as a circuit judge.<br><br>Independent Senator Bob Leeper also ran for the presidency in the GOP caucus. And even though he challenged Stivers, the soon-to-be president says he won’t strip Leeper of his budget committee chairmanship. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:58:39 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24991 at http://wkms.org GOP Nominates Stivers as Senate President KY Senate Republicans to Choose Leaders http://wkms.org/post/ky-senate-republicans-choose-leaders <p></p><p>Kentucky’s Republican state senators will choose that chamber’s next president today in Frankfort. GOP Floor Leader Robert Stivers and independent Senator Bob Leeper are candidates for the position. The chamber’s former president David Williams resigned to accept a judicial appointment in southern Kentucky. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:20:19 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 24943 at http://wkms.org KY Senate Republicans to Choose Leaders Gregory Announces Run for Williams' Former Seat http://wkms.org/post/gregory-announces-run-williams-former-seat <p></p><p>Kentucky State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory announced today that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the vacant seat left by former state Sen. David Williams. He resigned from his southern Kentucky seat last week to accept an appointment as circuit judge. Gregory is a Monticello lawyer and is serving her first term a state representative. She was reelected Tuesday without opposition. Gov. Steve Beshear has not scheduled a special election to replace Williams yet.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:10:14 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 24229 at http://wkms.org Gregory Announces Run for Williams' Former Seat Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure http://wkms.org/post/katie-stine-selected-legislative-co-chair-eve-david-williams-departure <p><font size="2">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.&nbsp; Williams will resign Friday to take a circuit court judgeship, which leads to a vacancy in the Legislative Research Commission.<font size="2"> </font>No decision was made on a permanent leader for state Senate.</font> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:43:15 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23991 at http://wkms.org Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure GOP Spokesman: Campaign Attacks Focused on Williams Now Irrelevant http://wkms.org/post/gop-spokesman-campaign-attacks-focused-williams-now-irrelevant <p><font size="2">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.<font size="2"> </font>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.<font size="2">&nbsp;</font></font></p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:27:11 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23842 at http://wkms.org GOP Spokesman: Campaign Attacks Focused on Williams Now Irrelevant Stivers has Support for Senate Presidency http://wkms.org/post/stivers-has-support-senate-presidency <p>Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers is getting plenty of vocal support to succeed David Williams as Senate president. This comes days after Williams said he was resigning to take a circuit judge position.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:56:35 +0000 The Associated Press 23822 at http://wkms.org Stivers has Support for Senate Presidency Outgoing Kentucky State Senate President David Williams: 'We Ran an Honest Senate' http://wkms.org/post/outgoing-kentucky-state-senate-president-david-williams-we-ran-honest-senate <p><font size="2">The first ever Republican state Senate president will end his 12-year reign by taking a circuit court judgeship back home.<font size="2"> </font>David Williams will resign his leadership position and Senate seat next week to start a judgeship that he was appointed to by his chief rival, Gov. Steve Beshear.</font></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:26:17 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23784 at http://wkms.org Outgoing Kentucky State Senate President David Williams: 'We Ran an Honest Senate' Williams Appointed as Judge http://wkms.org/post/williams-appointed-judge <p><strong>Update: </strong>David Williams said he'll run for election to the 40th&nbsp;Circuit Court judgeship in 2014.</p><p><strong>Update: </strong>David Williams' appointment to the 40th Circuit judgeship will be effective Nov. 2.</p><p><font size="2">Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed his rival David Williams, the state Senate president, to the 40th Circuit Judgeship.<font size="2"> </font>Williams, of Burkesville, was nominated on Thursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission, alongside Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt. </font> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:12:15 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 23777 at http://wkms.org Williams Appointed as Judge