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8:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council

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A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.

The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.

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12:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats Reprimand Johnson Aide For Disparaging Council Member

Legislative aide Bryan Mathews (background) and Councilman Dan Johnson.
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The Louisville Metro Council Democratic Caucus has reprimanded an aide to Caucus Vice Chair Dan Johnson for making disparaging comments about a council member, according to documents obtained by WFPL.

The memorandum, issued June 24, said Johnson must provide a corrective plan for legislative aide Bryan Mathews to follow.

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10:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Passes Budget That Includes Heavy Police Emphasis

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The Metro Council on Thursday evening passed a $551 million operating budget, including Mayor Greg Fischer's push to augment Louisville's police force with a focus downtown.

City lawmakers made some important changes to the mayor's initial spending plan while continuing to bicker over a 2 percent LG&E fee on natural gas.

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8:08 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide

Bryan Mathews (background) and Councilman Dan Johnson during Thursday's Democratic caucus meeting.
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The controversy surrounding the alleged use of a racial slur by the new legislative aide to Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson boiled over into a Democratic caucus meeting Thursday evening.

Some African-American council Democrats expressed concern over Johnson aide Bryan Mathews' presence in City Hall, and one council member accused Johnson of suggesting he'd pursue an ethics complaint against a colleague in reaction to criticism of the hiring.

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6:42 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget

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After a month of hearings, the Louisville Metro Council is set to vote on Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal this evening.

Of all the items in Fischer's $553-million spending plan, one of the most notable was a proposed 3 percent fee on natural gas, a revenue-producer that would among other things pay for more police downtown.

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2:57 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21
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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, is refusing, for now, to share the contents of a legal opinion on whether Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews can also serve as Johnson’s legislative aide.

This comes as many constituents in Johnson's district are demanding more answers from the councilman on the hire, and raising concerns about Mathews' firing by a former employer for allegedly using racial slurs.

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4:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Council Democrat Criticizes Dan Johnson’s Hiring of Bryan Mathews

Dan Johnson
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A Louisville Metro Councilman is criticizing his Democratic colleague  Dan Johnson’s hiring of a legislative aide who was fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial slurs.

The controversy may inject race back into the discussion for the Council Democratic majority, which grappled with issue in the beginning of the year during leadership elections.

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6:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson's Top Aide Fired From Last Job After Alleged Racial Slur

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Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews, a newly hired Louisville Metro Council aide, was fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial epithets about African-Americans.

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9:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews
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Democratic Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews is taking on a new public service role—Louisville Metro Council aide.

Mathews, who has served as judge-executive since 2011 and he is seeking re-election this year, started a new job last Monday as a legislative assistant for Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21.

Mathews' dual roles — a county official also working as a Metro officer — raises a host of questions.

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5:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. 

Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.

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