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3:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant

Jim King
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Louisville Metro Council President Jim King says a series of ethics complaints alleging he personally profited from his public office should be dismissed.

King’s attorney, in a 24-page formal response obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, says the complaints are untimely and without merit.

The attorney, Jon Fleischaker, claims the complaints lodged by political activist Janice Rucker could be considered harassment and that the matter should be referred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

FBI Looking Into Louisville Metro Government, Questioning Council Members

Louisville City Hall
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for potential misconduct in Louisville Metro government, questioning several lawmakers and quizzing others about council activities.

Four Metro council members—all contacted independently—and a council aide confirmed with WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that they had spoken with agents as part of a federal inquiry into Metro government.

FBI agents also attended a Metro Ethics Commission meeting this week and interviewed a local political activist who has filed ethics complaints against two councilmen.

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Local News
9:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members to Introduce Ban on E-Cigs, Hookahs By Minors

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In response to Mayor Greg Fischer's plan aimed at improving health in the city, Louisville Metro Council members are set to introduce an ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs.

Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Mary Woolridge and Marilyn Parker are sponsoring a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and the hookah mix—called shisha—to minors.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Metro Council Candidates Disappointed in Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement of Primary Opponent

Louisville Metro Council District 9 candidate Bill Hollander and Mayor Greg Fischer

Democrats vying for the Louisville Metro Council District 9 seat are disappointed Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing one of their rivals in their primary election.

As WFPL’s Jacob Ryan reported, the mayor announced Saturday he is backing attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 candidates.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Endorses Bill Hollander for Metro Council District 9

Louisville Metro Council candidate Bill Hollander (l) and Mayor Greg Fischer (r)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing Democrat Bill Hollander in the District 9 Metro Council race.

Hollander is running against a dozen other candidates in a crowded primary field for the seat, which includes the Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill and St. Matthews neighborhoods.

This is the first candidate Fischer has officially endorsed for Metro Council since becoming mayor.

"I think this is a great opportunity for Louisville to have him on the council," Fischer says.

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Politics
10:31 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Democrats Consider Removing Member, But Won't Say Who or Why

Councilman David James, D-6, and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13,
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The already divided Democratic majority in the Louisville Metro Council is investigating whether to kick a member out of the caucus, but the councilwoman leading the push won't say who the member is.

Caucus Chairwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, alleged Thursday that a staffer working for one of the Democrats has been working on an election to defeat a sitting member.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Late Louisville Councilwoman Judy Green’s Daughter Running for Mother’s Seat

Louisville attorney Jessica Green

The daughter of the late Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is running for the seat once occupied by her mother.

Attorney Jessica Green is a 32-year-old former prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office who is running against incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary.

Green's mother represented District 1, which covers parts of west and southwest Louisville, for five years.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have a Republican challenger in the 2014 election. And the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council district being vacated by Tina Ward-Pugh will have 13 candidates. Four Council members will have no challenger at all, barring independents entering the races.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race

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Candidates in Kentucky have a week left to file to run for office, and two former school board members have jumped in the race for the Louisville Metro Council .

Former JCPS school board chair Steve Imhoff is so far up against eight other Democrats in the primaries for retiring Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat in District 9, which includes parts  St. Matthews and Crescent Hill.

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