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Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek A Fifth Term

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek A Fifth Term

Michael B. Coleman was tearful today as he announced that the next 13 months will be his last as mayor of Columbus. The longest-serving and first African-American mayor in Columbus history decided last week on his 60th birthday that he will not seek a fifth term when his current term expires in 2015. “This is among […]

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Columbus Among Three Finalists for Democratic Convention

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Among Three Finalists for Democratic Convention

The city of Columbus has long been trying to secure a national party convention for the 2016 Presidential Election and now it finds itself one step closer. On Monday, the Democratic National Committee announced it has whittled the list of potential host cities down to three; Philadelphia, New York and Columbus. Mayor Michael Coleman’s administration […]

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Columbus Faithful Pray and Walk for LGBT Equality

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Faithful Pray and Walk for LGBT Equality

“Hear our prayer” More than a hundred people braved the cold weather Sunday night to participate in a reflective and at times solemn interfaith prayer walk for LGBT equality. Behind them were two ominous developments in the recent history of the Ohio LGBT movement; the 6th Circuit Court decision, which upheld the state’s refusal to recognize […]

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LGBT Equality Moves Forward in the Wake of 6th Circuit Decision

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea LGBT Equality Moves Forward in the Wake of 6th Circuit Decision

At a time when state bans on same-sex marriages are dropping like flies, last week’s decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Ohio’s law denying recognition of same-sex marriages conducted outside the state was certainly a blow to the marriage equality movement. Still, Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, is […]

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Tax Breaks for Artists Could be a Reality in Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Tax Breaks for Artists Could be a Reality in Ohio

A state lawmaker wants Ohio’s artists to keep a little more of their money. State Rep. Michael Stinziano, who represents Ohio’s 18th district, plans to propose an income tax deduction on any profits artists make by selling their creations within designated “arts and entertainment districts.” “Artisans love their passions, love what they do, but I […]

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Election Day Results: November 2014

Walker Evans Walker Evans Election Day Results: November 2014

To no surprise, John Kasich was re-elected as Ohio’s Governor by a healthy margin today, beating opponents Ed FitzGerald and Anita Rios. Incumbents Mike DeWine, Josh Mandel, Dave Yost and Jon Husted also retained their seats as Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor and Secretary of State, respectively. “It’s only halftime, Ohio, and the best is yet […]

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City of Columbus Begins Research on Plastic Bag Restrictions

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City of Columbus Begins Research on Plastic Bag Restrictions

Following recent bans and restrictions on single-use plastic bags in several states and municipalities across the country, the office of Mayor Michael Coleman is resolved to formulate a similar policy for Columbus. How exactly to protect the city from being polluted by plastic grocery bags is a task which has fallen in part on David […]

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