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Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Besa Sharrah Campaigns for City Council With a ‘Triangle’ of Issues

Besa Sharrah is one of four endorsed Republicans in this year’s City Council campaign, and one of three women who will appear on the Council ballot on the May 5 primary election. Sharrah’s interest in politics is not new – she and her husband Robert, a candidate for the Columbus Board of Education, have been […]

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Kiwan Lawson Pushes Accountability in City Council Campaign

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Kiwan Lawson Pushes Accountability in City Council Campaign

It was while Columbus native Kiwan Lawson was attending Marion-Franklin High School that he started to notice things that would push him toward the study of social justice and economic inequality. Lawson said after coming from Glendening Elementary School in the Groveport-Madison school district, with its superior computers, teachers and lunches, Lawson could notice things […]

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City Council Candidate Will Petrik Asks ‘What’s Possible?’

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Council Candidate Will Petrik Asks ‘What’s Possible?’

Right around the time when a community organizer from Chicago’s South Side was elected president, Will Petrik decided that he too wanted to become a community organizer. He worked in Chicago with a national student campaign against homelessness and hunger, as well as organizing students on the campus of Evergreen State College in Washington. After […]

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Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

As expected, Ohio Democrats are charging full speed at Senator Rob Portman, armed with Portman’s signature on a letter to the leaders of Iran, advising them against agreeing to the nuclear deal being negotiated by the Obama administration. The letter, written by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republican senators including Portman, has […]

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Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Ohio Senator Rob Portman was among 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran advising against the nuclear agreement proposed by the Obama Administration. Tom Cotton, junior senator from Arkansas who has held office for little more than two months, composed the letter, which is being called an unprecedented legislative […]

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Partnership Between State and OSU Trains Export-Focused Interns

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Partnership Between State and OSU Trains Export-Focused Interns

Small and medium-sized companies in Ohio are looking to expand their business overseas but often don’t have the expertise to do so. Business students across the state are interested in foreign travel and culture, but rarely find the opportunity to utilize those interests in Ohio. A unique partnership between the state government and OSU is […]

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Columbus and Accra, Ghana to be Sister Cities

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus and Accra, Ghana to be Sister Cities

At his final State of the City address last month, Mayor Michael Coleman told attendees that as the first African-American mayor of Columbus, he could not leave office without opening a relationship with a sister city in Africa. The Mayor then announced that Accra, Ghana would become Columbus’ newest sister city, eliciting excited cheers from […]

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