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Issue 1 Proponents, Opponents Up Their Game in Days Before Special Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Issue 1 Proponents, Opponents Up Their Game in Days Before Special Election

With less than a week before the August 2 special election, where voters will decide if they want a hybrid council, made up of 10 district and three at-large seats, pressure is climbing for groups Represent Columbus and One Columbus to get out the “Yes” and “No” votes, respectively. Forums, debates and podcasts have been […]

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Ohio Dems Promote Voting Rights Act Restoration Before General Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Dems Promote Voting Rights Act Restoration Before General Election

As election season moves closer and closer to the pivotal day in November, individuals at the local, state and national level are revamping the fight to completely restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In Ohio the pressure is on Sen. Rob Portman to vote “Yes” on one of two bills: the Voting Rights Advancement […]

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Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to serve as new DNC chair

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to serve as new DNC chair

After a scandal following the release of thousands of emails, Debbie Wasserman resigned as the chair of the Democratic National Convention and is being replaced by Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge. Fudge endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in February. She’s served the 11th Congressional District since 2008. “I thank Hillary Clinton & team for recommending me […]

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The Confluence Cast: Should Columbus City Council Have Wards?

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Should Columbus City Council Have Wards?

Welcome to The Confluence Cast, a new weekly Columbus-centric podcast hosted by Tim Fulton and published by Columbus Underground. The new podcast will cover a rotating lineup of topics that includes local entertainment, interesting individuals, civic issues and a wide variety of other focus areas. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes for future updates. For […]

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As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

“In presidential elections, Ohio is special precisely because it’s not special.” That is the way author Kyle Kondik described the buckeye state at the Columbus Metropolitan Club Luncheon on Wednesday. Kondik spoke about how and why the way Ohio votes is representative of the nation, according to his book, “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the […]

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Poll: Columbus Underground Readers In Favor of City Council Wards

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Poll: Columbus Underground Readers In Favor of City Council Wards

Last week, to gauge the city’s acceptance of Issue 1 — the ballot measure introduced by grassroots group Represent Columbus to add ward representation to City Council — Columbus Underground posted a poll asking how and why people were planning to vote during the Aug 2 special election. Out of the people who took the […]

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Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Come September, a mayor-appointed seven member committee will evaluate current city council structure and determine how it should be modernized. Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Councilmember Shannon Hardin announced the Charter Review Committee’s creation on Wednesday afternoon. Ginther and Hardin, both opponents of Issue 1 — a ballot measure intended to add ward representation to […]

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