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Judge Rules that Ohio Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

Walker Evans Walker Evans Judge Rules that Ohio Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

A historic ruling was made today when federal Judge Timothy Black overturned a portion of Ohio’s marriage ban, stating that Ohio must recognize same sex marriage licenses of couples who have legal wed in other states. “This is a historic day for all Ohioans,” stated Why Marriage Matters Campaign Manager, Michael Premo. “This ruling is […]

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Energy Review Committee will Study Aggregation Possibilities

Walker Evans Walker Evans Energy Review Committee will Study Aggregation Possibilities

Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther announced the creation of a six-person advisory group that would provide the City of Columbus with guidance on energy aggregation. The committee is tasked with determining whether or not Columbus should create a local buying group for electricity and natural gas. The group will meet to study […]

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Columbus Out of Running for GOP 2016 Convention

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Out of Running for GOP 2016 Convention

The Republican National Committee announced today that if it’s coming to Ohio in 2016, it’s not coming to Columbus. Their list of finalist host cities include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Columbus civic and business leaders have been aggressively pursuing the convention, but wasn’t able to accommodate the specific needs of […]

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April Fools: City Hall Relocating to Franklinton

Walker Evans Walker Evans April Fools: City Hall Relocating to Franklinton

The momentum in Franklinton continues to grow in 2014, with new art studios, creative businesses, bars, restaurants and residential communities all working toward making a new home in the neighborhood. The Idea Foundry, Glass Axis, Land Grant Brewing and the Independents’ Day Festival have all recently announced relocations to Franklinton, and another high-profile neighbor is […]

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2014 Capital Budget Proposal Unveiled

Walker Evans Walker Evans 2014 Capital Budget Proposal Unveiled

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced his proposed $268 million 2014 Capital Improvements Budget today, which includes investments in parks, bikeways, street resurfacing, rec centers and other projects. “The lives and the neighborhoods of our residents are enhanced when we invest in our parks and in our recreation facilities,” said Coleman during today’s announcement at […]

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City Hall Meeting Addresses New Transportation Model to Hit Columbus

Wes Burden Wes Burden City Hall Meeting Addresses New Transportation Model to Hit Columbus

An agenda meeting held within a packed City Hall Chamber Tuesday night signified the separation between those who support and oppose peer-to-peer transportation within the city of Columbus. Held in accordance by City Council’s Development Committee, chaired by councilmember Michelle Mills, the meeting was designed to explain the proposed peer-to-peer transportation network services and how […]

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Food Truck Regulation at a Standstill

Wes Burden Wes Burden Food Truck Regulation at a Standstill

Columbus City Council last week proposed new legislation regulating specific provisions food trucks in the city would have to abide, specifically meeting parameters on truck sizes and whether trucks would be able to operate on specific grounds. Facing backlash from an array of people and organizations involved, City Council has ushered in a new tone […]

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