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Eight Finalists Selected for Vacant City Council Seat

Walker Evans Walker Evans Eight Finalists Selected for Vacant City Council Seat

As reported last weekend, 19 applicants threw their names in the hat for the Columbus City Council vacancy left by outgoing member Hearcel Craig. Yesterday, the selection process was narrowed to a final list of eight candidates: Elizabeth Brown Stefanie Lynn Coe Brandyn McElroy Jaiza Page Cheryl Penn James Ragland Emmanuel Remy Ramona Reyes Several […]

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ACLU Investigates Religious Requirement in Kasich’s School Program

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea ACLU Investigates Religious Requirement in Kasich’s School Program

Governor John Kasich’s school mentorship program is now being investigated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The Governor’s “Community Connectors” program contains an unexpected religious requirement, mandating that in order to receive state funding, participants in the program must partner with a faith organization or house of worship. The Ohio Department of Education […]

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Ohio Democrats Choose David Pepper as new Party Leader

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Ohio Democrats Choose David Pepper as new Party Leader

The Ohio Democratic Party has a new leader. David Pepper was elected by ODP’s Executive Committee to be the new state chairman Tuesday night. In the aftermath of November’s disastrous midterm elections, Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern faced a significant amount of blame for the brutal election results as well the process by which Ed FitzGerald, […]

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19 Candidates Apply for Next City Council Vacancy

Walker Evans Walker Evans 19 Candidates Apply for Next City Council Vacancy

No, you’re not having deja vu. Columbus has a second City Council seat to fill in 2014 with the departure of Hearcel Craig, who won election in November to a seat at the Ohio House of Representatives (he will take that office on January 6th). Back in August, A. Troy Miller resigned from his council […]

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Open Container Entertainment Districts Could Soon Come to Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Open Container Entertainment Districts Could Soon Come to Ohio

Legislation that would allow for exceptions to open container laws is making its way through the Ohio Statehouse. Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, would permit cities to establish “entertainment districts” where people could consume alcoholic beverages in public spaces. The Ohio Senate passed the bill on Dec. 2. In a […]

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City Seeking Input on New Green Community Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Seeking Input on New Green Community Plan

On the first day of Christmas, Michael Coleman gave to you the five-year community sustainability plan. And just like when your mother used to insist you write your great aunt a card telling her how much you liked her Christmas present, the city hopes you will provide feedback on the sustainability plan before Dec. 17. […]

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Council President Ginther Enters the Race for Columbus Mayor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Council President Ginther Enters the Race for Columbus Mayor

Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther announced today that he is running to succeed Mayor Michael Coleman as Coleman completes his time in office. It’s long been expected that the 39-year-old Democrat intended to follow Coleman in office and Ginther’s opportunity to do so came when Coleman announced last month that he would not seek […]

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