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10:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Results For Louisville Races

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Here are the full results of the 2014 primary for offices in Louisville. All the data is provided by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office.

To see our full coverage of stories from Tuesday's primary, go here. 

You can see the full document here.

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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jessica Green Beats Attica Scott in Louisville Council District 1 Race: 'My Mother Has Spoken.'

The Louisville Metro Council's first district will have a new representative.

Jessica Green has defeated incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary, and is the de facto winner of the general election, as she faces no Republican opponent.

Green won 55 percent to Scott's 45 percent, or 311 votes.

Green is the daughter of the late District 1 Councilwoman Judy Green, who was removed from office in 2011 for ethics violations.

“Many people tried to make this race about my mother," Jessica Green says. "My mother has spoken and she has gotten the last word.”

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Local News
7:19 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: How Louisville Metro Council Races Are Shaping Up

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The first results from the 2014 primary election are in and we have a pretty clear picture of what most Louisville Metro Council races will be in November.

Districts 1 and 9 are expected to be quite competitive Tuesday night. We'll have updates on those races as the evening progresses. And we'll update this story with results from other competitive Metro Council races in this story.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Louisville Primary Races to Watch on Tuesday

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Kentucky voters settle who'll be the Democratic and Republican nominees in the November general election during the primary on Tuesday.  Many primary races in Louisville won't be especially competitive, but a handful are worth watching.

Here are the races to watch in Louisville.

Matt Bevin vs. Mitch McConnell: Believe it or not, when Louisville investor Matt Bevin first jumped in the Senate Republican primary race last summer there was talk of a possible upset.

Then the Mitch McConnell wrecking machine of relentless attacks hit Bevin—hard.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Attica Scott, Council Democrats Blast Jessica Green Over 'Off to Arizona' Mailer

A new Green campaign mailer targeting Scott

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott is denouncing a new mailer by challenger Jessica Green that claims the incumbent is supporting "illegal immigrants" over District 1 citizens.

The new campaign ad was released to voters this week and criticizes Scott for opposing the West End Walmart development deal.

It accuses Scott of opposing the estimated 300 jobs the project is expected to bring.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chart: Money Gap Creates Two Tiers of Candidates in Louisville Council's District 9 Race

Metro Council District 9 candidate JP Davis holds a commanding fundraising lead in the Democratic primary
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How much does money matter in a Louisville Metro Council race?

In the crowded Democratic primary for the District 9 seat, three candidates have a huge fundraising edge in the 13-person primary election over their opponents.

University of Louisville fundraiser J.P. Davis and attorney Bill Hollander, who are vying for the seat, have reportedly raised approximately $50,000 each, according to the campaign finance reports filed 32 days ahead of Election Day.

Former assistant county attorney Chris Hartley has raised just over $37,000 in this contest.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Council Democrats Support Louisville Minimum Wage Hike

A majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats are in support of raising the pay of local workers as other cities begin to take the lead on the issue.

Raising the hourly wage has been a heated debate across Kentucky's political landscape, including the U.S. Senate race between likely Democratic nominee Alison Ludergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Chart: Most Campaign Cash for Attica Scott and Jessica Green Comes from Outside District 1

Councilwoman Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green

In the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat, both incumbent Attica Scott and challenger Jessica Green have showcased their ties to the community.

A WFPL analysis of the two candidate's finance reports this past quarter, however, shows the vast majority of their funding comes from outside the district covering west and southwest Louisville.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Louisville Council Republicans Want to Toss Ban on Plastic Bags for Yard Waste

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The members of the Louisville Metro Council Republican caucus plan to fight back against a proposed ban on using plastic bags to store yard waste.

In a unanimous vote, the Metro Solid Waste Board voted this week to require yard waste for pickup to be placed in bins or compostable containers

Supporters argue it is a needed measure to help the environment, but the nine-member GOP caucus called it an illegitimate decision made by an unelected board.

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Politics
11:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles

A supporter of the minimum wage hike at Louisville City Hall
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As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.

Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.

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