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Interview: Newest City Councilman Shannon Hardin

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Interview: Newest City Councilman Shannon Hardin

Last week, Columbus City Council appointed Shannon Granville Hardin to fill the seat left by outgoing council member A. Troy Miller. Before his appointment to Council, Hardin served as a member of Mayor Michael Coleman’s administration for a number of years and was selected as a council member from a pool of 27 candidates. Councilman […]

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At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

The table in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall on Second Avenue had nameplates for both Ed FitzGerald and John Kasich Wednesday night. The left side seats were reserved for FitzGerald’s supporters, the right side designated for Kasich’s. The Governor’s spot at the dais remained unoccupied through the evening and Democrats spilled over into his […]

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In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Early voting was set to begin in Ohio a week ago, before a decision by the United States Supreme Court pushed the start date for early voting to today. On Sept 29, SCOTUS sided with the state and Republican-led legislature, which sought to limit Ohio’s early voting days, by staying decisions from the lower courts […]

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Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia all joined the ranks yesterday as states where gay marriage is now legal, marking for the first time where over 50 percent of the US population now lives in states where marriage equality has been actualized. “But here in Ohio, we continue to wait — and tens of thousands […]

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Shannon Hardin Selected to Join Columbus City Council

Walker Evans Walker Evans Shannon Hardin Selected to Join Columbus City Council

The sitting members of Columbus City Council announced tonight that they have hand selected Shannon Hardin to join their ranks in a replacement seat recently vacated by the resignation of A. Troy Miller. The announcement came following a two-round process where 27 applicants were whittled down to 12 finalists who were interviewed last week in […]

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List of City Council Candidates Narrowed to 12

Walker Evans Walker Evans List of City Council Candidates Narrowed to 12

Several weeks ago, Columbus residents were prompted to apply to fill the vacant seat that was left with the departure of President Pro Tem A. Troy Miller last Friday. Of the 822,553 residents, Council received 27 official applications, which were narrowed down to a list of 12 finalists last week, following a series of interviews. Public interviews […]

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Meet the Satirists Trying to Save the Gubernatorial Debate

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Meet the Satirists Trying to Save the Gubernatorial Debate

In the bizarre world of Ohio politics, a band of satirists and jokesters may be the state’s only hope for a gubernatorial debate in 2014. According to the PAC Central Ohioans Countering Kasich (COCK), three out of the four candidates for Ohio governor have tentatively agreed to participate in a debate sometime this fall. The […]

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