Lawmakers Resort To Name-Calling In Budget Battle

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Legislative leaders in the Kentucky House
and Senate are getting personal just days before they're expected to begin negotiations over a state budget.
Senate President David Williams says House Appropriations and
Revenue Chairman Harry Moberly may be skirting state ethics laws
because of his position as a vice president at Eastern Kentucky University. Williams says Moberly may have too much influence over the purse strings that help to fund the school.
Moberly says Williams is an "egomaniacal dictator" who is acting "like a petulant kid who doesn't get his way." Moberly says he advocates on behalf of all public education, not just them university that employs him.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Mar 24, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    I also agree with Connie, neither of the two political parties is in touch with the people and their needs. All they worry about is the next batch of PAC money they will get for their "foundation" which actually funnels it to their pocket, or donations which due to a loophole in the law, they get to keep up to so much of it if they don't spend it in their election or re-election. We need to have 4 or 5 parties, just like our forefathers, which all have equal treatment. The Dems and Pubbies have fixed the political system to guarantee that a 3rd party could not have any weight in an election. As Thomas Jefferson said, there should be a revolution against our government every 20 years to keep any one person or party from having too much power over it's citizens. He also said that special interests would destroy the political process, which I think it already has.
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Mar 24, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    I agree with Steve, it's time we get rid of all incumbents in office! They are way too comfortable with their way of life & so out of touch with those they are suppose to be representing that it just isn't funny anymore! I will not vote for anyone now in office nor anyone who holds an office & desires a second term. They DON'T DESERVE SECOND TERMS! Troy I also agree with you, people are screaming CHANGE, but I personally don't like the "change" I've seen so far! If the democratic party cannot give us a descent candidate to vote for, then I guess I'll just have to vote for another party. The 2 democratic candidates running for president, neither is worthy of my vote! I don't like McCain either, so I guess I'll just have to vote for Nadar in protest! I think this country needs another party or two because both of our current parties are OUT OF TOUCH with the rest of America & want the people want!
  • by Brad Location: Lexington on Mar 24, 2008 at 01:12 AM
    Typical politicians!,acting like babies! Quit whining and name calling and do the work that we pay you to do or YOU'RE FIRED!
  • by Jerry Location: Lexington on Mar 23, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    One can only hope that someday the voters of Kentucky rid this state of David Williams. There will be no hope of any kind of future for this state until that happens.
  • by Gil Location: Richmond on Mar 23, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I have met Harry Moberly and what I know about him is that he is a man of fine character.
  • by troy Location: bluegrass county of the mountains on Mar 23, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    Change! That is what the Democrats promised when they took over Congress in 2006. Sure enough they were right and that is what we got. Were they the cause or the effect of getting elected? Here are some of the outcomes of them being in control. Up: Gasoline up from $2.19 to $3.35 or 53% Unemployment up from 4.5% to 5% or 11.1% National dept per ca pita was $27,677 then and now $31,551 or 14% higher. Congressional pay increase. Down: Consumer confidence at multiple year lows. Equity value of mutual funds down $2.3 trillion. Home equity values down $1.2 trillion Congress's approval rating at all time low. America voted for change and that is all that is left in our pocketbooks. Now they are selling the same ole snake-oil of "Change" in the Presidential election. $792,000,000 of the dollars that are left in America's pocket have been put into campaign donations so far. Makes you wonder what these donors are expecting this time around!Vote Rep.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Mar 23, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    This is why I have said time and time again, it's time to have a complete turnover in our legislature. I urge all voters to vote AGAINST all the incumbents this year because they are too comfortable with their ivory towers and need to go back to being common citizens since they obviously don't understand how things are going in this state (horribly) and are too busy calling each other names to worry about the business of doing what we elected them to do...make the lives of all Kentuckians better. To hades with them all, vote them all out.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Mar 22, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    Careful Williams the libs will send the sue patrol out to cuff you.
  • by Larry Location: KY on Mar 22, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    Williams is the biggest fool in Ky. Government.
  • by Funny Location: Ky on Mar 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    It is about time name calling happens somewhere except on these comment pages!!!!I hope they all eat each other alive.
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