Louisville Metro Councilman David James

9:56 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Council Democrats Introduce Wage Bill for Louisville Metro

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An ordinance that would raise Louisville workers' minimum hourly wages to $10.10 over a three-year period will be filed with the Metro Council on Monday morning.

The ordinance is being co-sponsored by Council Democrats Attica Scott, Barbara Shanklin, David James and Cheri Bryant Hamilton.

Under the current proposal, employees would be given a staggered pay hike until 2017 starting with $8.10 next July. In the following years workers would see their wages go up to $9.15 and $10.10 respectively.

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3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
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Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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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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6:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Special Prosecutor Named in Louisville Councilman David James' Job-Conflict Case

Councilman David James, D-6, and Metro Police officers
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The Kentucky Attorney General's office has appointed a special prosecutor to determine whether Councilman David James' simultaneous job as a University of Louisville police officer is unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt Donnell is the prosecutor in Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson counties. She will make a ruling on the case, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway's office confirmed.

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10:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate

Karen Faulkner
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Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the policies of current Jefferson County attorney, Mike O’Connell. 

Faulkner criticized O’Connell during a debate on Friday hosted by the Louisville Bar Association.  The two are opponents in the May primary.

Faulkner said O’Connell has displayed unethical behavior, making him unfit to serve the people of Jefferson County.

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1:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office

Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6,
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Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine is returning a controversial case involving Louisville Metro Councilman David James' potential jobs conflict to the Kentucky attorney general's office.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jack Conway sent a letter to Wine saying "ouster authority for county offices" fell within the Louisville prosecutor's jurisdiction.

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9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Attorneys on Louisville Metro Council Have Taken Double Oaths

Councilman David James, D-6,
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Three Metro Council members have taken sworn oaths nearly identical to the one Democrat David James is being scrutinized about as a University of Louisville police officer.

James has sworn to the Kentucky Constitution as a council member and as a major with the campus police department, which both include saying he has not "fought a duel with deadly weapons" among similar pieces of language.

The Jefferson County attorney’s office is arguing that James is holding incompatible public offices, and must relinquish one of the two.

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10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James
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The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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3:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says

County Attorney candidate Karen Faulkner
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Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the timing of the Jefferson County Attorney’s legal opinion that Metro Councilman David James’ two jobs are incompatible.

Faulkner is a former public defender who is running for county attorney against incumbent Mike O’Connell in the May primary.

James is supporting Faulkner in the Democratic primary election, citing concerns with O’Connell’s positions on expunging records and the county attorney’s tense relationship with district judges.

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2:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation

University of Louisville President James Ramsey
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University of Louisville President James Ramsey is questioning the legal issues surrounding Metro Councilman David James’ alleged conflict of interest.

James is employed as a UofL police officer, a position that requires an oath of office.

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