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, […]

Tea Party Candidate Defeats Incumbent Jon Ackerson In Metro Council Upset

Tea Party challenger Marilyn Parker defeated incumbent Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson in a tight Republican primary in the 18th Council District. The contest caught observers’ attention after most GOP council members endorsed Parker over Ackerson, claiming the incumbent sided with Democrats in key debates. Ackerson led most of the night Tuesday, but final counts showed […]

Ackerson Squares Off Against Tea Party Challenger in District 18

In the Louisville Metro Council District 18 race, Republican voters will choose between incumbent Jon Ackerson and Tea Party activist Marilyn Parker in Tuesday’s primary. The race has caught local attention after the majority of GOP council members endorsed Parker over Ackerson. Council Republicans have said Ackerson has sided with council Democrats too often on […]

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 Candidates Feature Notable Activists

Candidates for the Louisville Metro Council in next year’s election include a Tea Party activist, real estate agent and unemployed trucker driver. In Metro Government history, voters have unseated only three incumbents. In 2006, Judy Green beat Leonard Watkins in District 1 in the Democratic primary. Last year, Democrat David Yates beat Republican Doug Hawkins […]

JCPS Board Approves Higher Tax, Discusses Transportation Issues

The Jefferson County Board of Education Monday night approved its third consecutive property tax increase to help fund public schools. The money will go toward textbooks, employee raises and new construction. Earlier in the meeting, board members apologized for transportation problems on the first day of school.

Activists Hold Another 'Tea Party' In Louisville

Activists gathered in Louisville’s Central Park Saturday for a rally in favor of smaller government. The event coincided with a stop from the Tea Party Express bus tour. The national campaign grew out of the so-called tea parties held on April 15th to protest government spending. The rally featured conservative speakers and calls to change […]