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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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North Market “Sip n Stroll” Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega North Market “Sip n Stroll” Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

Business opportunities are expanding for the vendors of North Market after legislation passed permitting market-goers to “sip n stroll” with their purchased alcohol. House bill 37, first considered in September of 2014, was approved by the Ohio General Assembly Wednesday. Co-sponsors of the bill, Columbus City Councilmember and former representative, Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Rep. […]

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Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Friday was a day of political engagement as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce put on their 11th annual Government Day. Local and state party leaders, political strategists and local business owners discussed many of the main challenges Columbus is presently facing — from lack of faith in the school system to shortcomings in public transportation […]

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House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Patients with severe, debilitating illnesses might have legal access to marijuana as early as this summer. House bill 523, introduced late last month, passed the House this week with a bipartisan vote of 71-26. The marijuana debate has gone on for years, and Ohioans have seen several ballot initiatives start up to legalize the drug […]

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Kasich Talks Jobs, Drug Abuse in State of the State Address

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Talks Jobs, Drug Abuse in State of the State Address

Gov. John Kasich covered Ohio’s successes and future initiatives at the State of the State address Wednesday evening. The event was held at the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta. Economic growth, education and drug abuse were Kasich’s main talking points before handing out the night’s courage awards. Much of his speech reiterated a lot of […]

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Grassroots Organization Brings $15 Wage Fight to City Hall

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots Organization Brings $15 Wage Fight to City Hall

Members of a grassroots socialist campaign gathered at Columbus City Hall Monday to engage city council in a conversation about raising the minimum wage. It was a timely meeting, with governors from California and New York having signed bills phasing in a $15 minimum wage by 2022. It’s been an idea tossed around a lot […]

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April Fools: Cleveland Announces Plan to Export GOP Convention to Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans April Fools: Cleveland Announces Plan to Export GOP Convention to Columbus

With only three and a half months to go before the Republican National Convention takes place in mid-July, the City of Cleveland has begun to get cold feet about the whole ordeal. Originally viewed as a big win when Cleveland was selected as the host city in mid-2014, the city has soured on the idea […]

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