Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott

Politics
1:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville

A design of the Walmart Supercenter planned for 18th & Broadway
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Joined by Louisville Metro Council members, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that Walmart will build a supercenter at the old Philip Morris site.

The $25 million project is the largest investment in the city's West End in over a decade and is being heralded by supporters as a sign that its neighborhoods are "open for business."

Walmart plans to build a 155,000 square foot store that will be the size of nearly three football fields, which is expected to bring in over 300 jobs to the area.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats' Probe to Possibly Remove Member Involves District 1 Primary Race

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and Challenger Jessica Green

An internal probe on whether to remove a Louisville Metro Council Democrat from the majority caucus involves the District 1 primary race.

Earlier this month, Democratic Caucus Chair Vicki Aubrey Welch alleged that a legislative aide for one of the members had been working to defeat an incumbent, which Welch said was in violation of their rules.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1,
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Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott is seeking a legal opinion on whether city lawmakers can raise the minimum wage for all workers in Louisville Metro.

Scott is hoping to file an ordinance in the coming weeks that would mirror legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. It would increase the hourly pay for employees to $10.10 per hour over the next three years.

"We are unsure at this point if we have the legislative authority to do that," she says.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election

Challenger Jessica Green (l) is taking on incumbent Attica Scott in the Metro Council District 1 Democratic primary.

The debate over a potential Walmart in west Louisville is beginning to influence a city election.

In the Democratic primary election for the Metro Council Distirct 1 seat, attorney Jessica Green is challenging incumbent Attica Scott in a closely watched contest.

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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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Politics
7:59 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Walmart Deal' Coming to Philip Morris Site in West Louisville, Sources Say

The old Philip Morris site.
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A deal is in the works to bring a Walmart to west Louisville, sources close to the negotiations tell WFPL News.

Metro Government and the project’s developers, The Mardrian Group (TMG), have been trying for nearly a decade to bring a major retailer to a lot at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway that was formerly occupied by a Philip Morris plant.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott Talks Vacant Properties With Senator Rand Paul

Democratic Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott
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Saying neighborhood concerns come before partisan politics, Democratic Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott says she had a chance to discuss the problem of vacant and abandoned properties with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul recently.

Paul and Scott met at the Louisville Forum last week, where the senator was the featured speaker and addressed a number of issues.

Among the topics Paul talked about were voting rights for minorities where he said there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.

But Scott—who is vice chair of the council's vacant properties committee—says despite their  political differences Paul is committed to keeping the lines of communication open dilapidated housing.

"I am more concerned about finding solutions to some of our most pressing infrastructure and neighborhood needs than about partisan politics," she says. "Senator Paul and I have ideological differences on some issues, but we agree that we must be more aggressive in addressing abandoned and vacant properties which is a mutual area of concern."

A report shows swaths of empty homes are concentrated in parts of Scott's district, where up to 30 percent of properties are vacant. In a statement, Paul said he is interested in Scott's perspective on how to remove those abandoned properties in west Louisville.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott Uses District Twitter Account to Promote Congressional Candidate

District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott's Twitter page

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, promoted a congressional candidate using her official Twitter account, which is in violation of the city’s code of ethics.

In a July 12 message sent from Scott's district Twitter account, she encourages followers to donate to fellow Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington, who is seeking to run for Congress against Republican Andy Barr next year.

"You can donate to @JensenElis to represent Kentucky 6th District in Congress at elisabethforkentucky.com"

Scott did have a personal Twitter account prior to being elected to the council that she used for campaigning and to express other political views, but that handle has been inactive for several months.

The @CW_AtticaScott is her official handle that lists her district web address and includes the city seal.

In 2010, the council amended the city's code of ethics to make it a violation for Metro officers to use any "government funds, equipment supplies, vehicles, or facilities" to advocate for a person's political candidacy, including their own. It bars officials from using Metro Government resources for the purpose of engaging in activities that "advocate the candidacy of a person for political office."

Thse changes were in reaction to former Republican Councilman Doug Hawkins, who used his official city e-mail to send out campaign materials and was heavily criticized for it.

"You're elected to represent everybody in the district and for you to officially go out there campaigning and soliciting funds as an elected official you are telling everyone to vote for them," says Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, who has a personal Twitter account. "For me to use an official seal or stationary to put my name and tie it to a campaign, really that crosses a line I think."

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott’s 'Bringing Down the House' Push Questioned, Praised

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott’s push to demolish the worst vacant and abandoned properties in District 1 has ignited a debate between residents and neighborhood leaders on how to tackle the problem.

The "Bringing Down the House" initiative is part of Metro Government’s overall effort to raze houses officials argued cannot be rehabilitated.

In January, Scott appropriated $25,000 in discretionary funds to pay for just over half a dozen demolitions mostly in the Parkland neighborhood.

Just this week, Scott's office announced one of those targeted properties located a 3020 Hale Avenue was torn down by city crews. It is the second house to be razed on that block in recent months, and another on Virginia Avenue was demolished last year.

In the announcement, Scott said this is an intentional attempt to clean up a scourge of empty structures. But neighborhood activists such as Chickasaw Federation President Donovan Taylor say tearing down those properties is not the answer, adding more should be done to refurbish those homes.

"There's a blight that comes with vacancy in the form of overgrown grass, liter and blight. And demolishing the homes does not eliminate that primary primary. You’re killing the fabric of the neighborhood when you may have a block that once had 20 homes that now only have 10 homes," he says. "We have on house on Cecil and Greenwood that during the summer the grass becomes so high that you can barely see the home because it’s between two vacant lots."

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