Now, some fellow government officials suspect that Williams is orchestrating a shell game of his own related to his support of Lafayette Utilities System's fiber-to-the-home project.
"I think he was always looking for an excuse not to support that plan," says Council Chairman Randy Menard. "If he doesn't get his way, everyone suffers the consequences. I think he was never committed on the fiber plan. He always advocated Cox and BellSouth's position. He was always communicating with representatives of BellSouth."
At Tuesday's meeting, Williams stated he and other north side activists might reconsider supporting the LUS fiber plan.
"I was surprised when he made that comment," says LUS Director Terry Huval. "But I also think that it was a very emotional meeting, and I believe that Dr. Williams knows that this fiber initiative would be a benefit for Lafayette and help save his constituents money."
After last week's council meeting, Williams said he planned to meet with a group of north side leaders on Friday to plot a course of action in the aftermath of the Verot School Road funding decision ' including whether or not to support LUS' fiber initiative in an election. "There's going to be some major things happening in the next few weeks," Williams says. "This is not the end of this situation. We will take some action."
After losing a lawsuit over fiber bonding procedures, the Durel administration is set to present the council with a new bond resolution next month ' one that would set a July 16 public election on the LUS plan.
North Lafayette support will be crucial for a mid-summer, single-issue election. Housing Authority Director Walter Guillory, who heads a citizens' committee on the digital divide, says he doubts his fellow north side residents would vote against the LUS fiber initiative in retaliation over capital improvement funding.
"Sometimes one incident can trigger some negative things that have built up over a course of time," Guillory says. "But there's some intelligent people on the north side that will see the benefit of [the LUS plan]. It's two different issues. People are just too intelligent and not that mean-spirited."
One high-ranking government official who insisted on speaking anonymously was concerned about Williams' political acumen hurting the LUS fiber plan. "If I were LUS, I'd be very concerned," he said. "Historically, opposition turns out for this kind of an election. [Williams] is well organized and his thought process is good and you've got to admire him for that. He always gets the last word."
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”