Council Members Defend, React to Parker’s Surprise Victory

Louisville Metro Council members are having mixed reactions to Tea Party candidate Marilyn Parker defeating Republican incumbent Jon Ackerson in the District 18 primary race. Earlier this year, a majority of GOP council members backed Parker over Ackerson after claiming the one-term city lawmaker too often sided with Democrats in key debates. On the council, […]

Scott Questions Fischer’s Camping Ban Ordinance

Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott, D-1, is concerned about an ordinance being proposed by Mayor Greg Fischer that would ban overnight camping in response to the Occupy Louisville protest. Last month, the city ousted protestors from Founder’s Square in downtown without incident. But because the space is not considered an official Metro Park, there is […]

Ackerson Rips Council GOP for ‘Litmus Tests’

Calling them “juvenile” and “petty”, Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson, R-18, is lashing out at his Republican colleagues for endorsing a Tea Party challenger in the upcoming GOP primary. Six of the eight remaining Republican councilmen publicly support Marilyn Parker over Ackerson and have alleged he sided with Democrats on several issues after receiving preferential […]

Council GOP Divided Over Parker Endorsement

Louisville Metro Council members’ endorsement of candidate Marilyn Parker over incumbent Jon Ackerson, R-18, in this year’s primary has created a rift in the caucus, but GOP staffers are downplaying the division. Six of the eight remaining Republican members have publicly supported Parker, a former congressional candidate and Tea Party activist who has flirted with […]

Council Members Question Whether Donor Pulls Strings in Fischer Administration

The caucus leaders of the Louisville Metro Council have asked Mayor Greg Fischer to clarify the role of high-profile contributor Tommy Elliott in making mayoral appointments. And some city lawmakers could also request Elliott testify before the government accountability committee next year. Elliott donated $2,000 to Fischer’s election campaign last year and also served as […]

City Lawmakers React to U of L Study Criticizing Merger

The Louisville Metro Council is reacting to a University of Louisville report on merger that found key promises of city and county government consolidation failed. The study says merger did not result in job growth and cost efficient government services as proponents assured the consolidation would bring. It also draws attention to a number of […]

Woolridge Proposes Special Elections to Fill Council Vacancies

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, D-3, has introduced a resolution that would allow direct elections to fill council vacancies. Under current state law, the council selects replacements by a majority vote if a city lawmaker dies, resigns or is removed from office. The appointee must then run in the next election in order to finish […]

Rubbertown Company Fined for Pollution Violations, Secretary of State Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Ken Fleming Calls for Term Limits, $37 Million Retirement Pay for Gannett CEO Criticized: Afternoon Review

An aluminum company in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood has agreed to a settlement with Metro Government in response to several alleged record-keeping and pollution violations. The proposed agreement fines Eckart America $668,250, and sets up a plan to help the company come into compliance with its permit. Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced she was […]

Fleming Proposes Resolution Seeking Term Limits, Nonpartisan Races

Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, has drafted a resolution asking the General Assembly to amend several parts of the merger law that created Metro Government. The non-binding measure calls for terms limits for the mayor and council members, as well as nonpartisan elections. The change would reduce the number of consecutive terms the mayor […]

Lawmakers Question Mayoral Fund

Leaders of the Louisville Metro Council are voicing concern about purchases made from a discretionary fund by Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Abramson during his tenure as mayor. Council members have suggested a number of possible actions regarding the mayoral fund, from tighter restrictions on the current administration, calling Abramson to testify before the Government […]