Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson

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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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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6:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

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

Bryan Mathews
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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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3:09 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Louisville Councilman to Request State Audit of KFC Yum Center's Overseer

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A Louisville Metro Councilman plans to ask the state auditor to conduct a review of the Louisville Arena Authority, which oversees the KFC Yum Center.

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, says the authority—which is a state body—has been mismanaged, and the University of Louisville’s control over the authority’s board has caused it to underperform.

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3:36 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Remains Confident in KFC Yum Center; Acknowledges Taxpayer Concerns

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Even though it's plagued by financial woes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer remains steadfast that the KFC Yum Center is a good deal for the city.

Two credit rating agencies have recently lowered the facility's bonds despite lobbying efforts by the Arena Authority to upgrade the rating.

In the last budget, the city increased its contribution to pay off the arena debt from $6.5 million to $9.8 million a year.

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2:27 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Ethics Watchdog Group Requests Councilman Dan Johnson Step Down from Shanklin Removal Trial

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21

The chairman of an ethics watchdog group is questioning whether Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, should serve as a juror on fellow council member Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial.

The 20-member council court convened earlier this week to schedule a hearing after the Ethics Commission ruled Shanklin violated five provisions of the city’s code of ethics.

City lawmakers will sit as a jury to decide whether to oust Shanklin in a trial beginning July 23.

Last September, however, Shanklin’s attorney Aubrey Williams entered an affidavit alleging Johnson told him the commission was prejudiced against his client, and mishandled the proceedings.

"Johnson called ... and informed me that his wife’s sister’s husband was a friend of a certain Commission   member, who had told the friend that the commissioners were out to get Barbara Shanklin," Williams wrote. "That is to say that they had made up their minds to rule against her. He stated that he did not think they were going to be fair to her when the hearing got underway."

Common Cause of Kentucky Chairman Richard Beliles filed the initial ethics complaint against Shanklin. He  says Johnson’s prior interference in the case raises concerns if the south Louisville Democrat can adequately serve on the jury.

"It’s really important that the public has confidence in whatever jury. So from that standpoint, reading about and hearing about the questions about Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, it would seem to me that perhaps he should consider recusing himself from that jury," he says.

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11:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Councilman Dan Johnson Joins Roundtable Discussion on Louisville NBA Team

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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is joining a panel discussion in downtown Friday on bringing an NBA team to the city.

The roundtable will feature Jefferson County Judge Executive Bryan Matthews and attorney J. Bruce Miller, who has been an advocate for bringing professional basketball to the city.

Mayor Greg Fischer has also been a vocal proponent of bringing the NBA to Louisville, but he's faced criticism from University of Louisville officials. Supporters are optimistic, but a study by a pair of media executives outlined how the cost of the NBA outweighs the benefits.

From WHAS-11:

A new study from Cambridge Economic Research showed a relatively unfavorable impact that an NBA team could have on Louisville.
It concluded that Louisville could not sustain a pro franchise.

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6:08 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Johnson Accused of Trying to Buy Colonial Gardens as City Funds Economic Study

Councilman Dan Johnson

Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates, D-25, is raising ethics concerns about allegations that fellow Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, made an offer to buy the historic Colonial Gardens property in the midst of a city funded feasibility study.

The council spent $14,000 to study the economic viability of the Iroquois Park corridor—the southwest Louisville neighborhood that contains the property. Five council members, including Johnson and Yates, contributed to the grant from their Neighborhood Development Funds for the non-profit Southwest Dream Team to commission the feasibility study.

In a July 23 letter to Johnson and the county attorney, Yates says constituents have told him that Johnson, who is a real estate agent, is seeking to buy the property and profit from any redevelopment projects.

"My concern lies with the possible ethical implications of what may appear to be an attempt by you as an elected official to profit from the purchase of said property. Let me be clear, I do not have firsthand knowledge, other than your statement, of any wrong doing; nor am I making any allegations that you acted with malice."

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