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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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Columbus Has Issues: A Guide to the 2014 Ballot Issues

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Has Issues: A Guide to the 2014 Ballot Issues

If you are following the 2014 election season closely, you’re probably familiar with the candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and other major statewide offices. Even the most educated Central Ohio voter, however, may be unfamiliar with the three issues to appear on ballots in Franklin, Fairfield and Delaware counties. Issues 6, 7 […]

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Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Proposes Harsh Punishments for Negligent Landlords

The office of Mayor Michael Coleman has announced an aggressive new plan to fight urban decay in Columbus. According to a press release issued by the Mayor’s office Monday, the proposal would allow the city to penalize owners of unsafe properties to the tune of $1,000 a day until the properties are brought to acceptable […]

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