Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott

4:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville
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Mayor Greg Fischer is supportive of a gradual increase to the minimum wage, but the Louisville Democrat said today that it hasn't been a major issue locally.

"Obviously there hasn't been any significant increase in decades in that, but frankly it has not been a big topic of conversation in our city," said Fischer. "I would be supportive, however, if it was."

Fischer, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the comments during an interview with NPR's Here & Now.

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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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4:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members Seek to Bar ‘Hate Speech’ by City Hall Speakers

Councilwoman Attica Scott
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The language used by a controversial City Hall gadfly has a handful of Louisville Metro Council members seeking to change the rules for public comment at meetings.

For years, Connie Marshall, a former candidate for mayor, has used the lectern at public meetings to riff about different conspiracies against her, often in explicit terms.

Those speeches have made some council members uncomfortable.

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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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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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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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2:50 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

'Parkland Rising' Artist Says Jessica Green's Attack Mailer Against Attica Scott is Misleading

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Louisville Metro Council District 1 candidate Jessica Green is slamming incumbent Attica Scott over a public art project in the Parkland neighborhood that was backed by several community groups.

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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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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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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks

The proposed Walmart on 18th & Broadway
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Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?

That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.

Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.

The two grappled with what the $25 million project will mean for the area.

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