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Senator Sherrod Brown Calls for Homeowner Relief in Franklinton

Walker Evans Walker Evans Senator Sherrod Brown Calls for Homeowner Relief in Franklinton

On Friday, US Senator Sherrod Brown stopped by Franklinton with a message of support for local residents. Brown said that he wants to see funding directed to the neighborhood from the recent $16 billion settlement between Bank of American and the US Department of Justice to resolve homeowner issues. “Ohio’s communities bore the brunt of […]

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Marriage Equality Group Talks Successes, Tactics at Town Hall

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Marriage Equality Group Talks Successes, Tactics at Town Hall

Since January, Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, has traveled the state holding town hall meetings on the subject of marriage equality. On Tuesday, he led the second-to-last such town hall at the Why Marriage Matters headquarters in Downtown Columbus. Premo has conducted these community meetings in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, […]

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A Portman 2016 Campaign Could Signal National Progress for Gay Rights

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea A Portman 2016 Campaign Could Signal National Progress for Gay Rights

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio might be considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to recent reports by The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer. Portman was close to becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, and last week made a trip to New Hampshire, home to the first primary of […]

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Distiller’s Guild fights for a level playing field in Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Distiller’s Guild fights for a level playing field in Ohio

While craft wineries and breweries have been flourishing in Ohio, craft distillers have had a tougher road. Strict regulations on liquor manufacturing in the state have, until recently, kept most distillers from expanding or making a profit. Even now that Ohio has eased up on some of those restrictions, members of the Ohio Distiller’s Guild […]

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Columbus City Councilmember A. Troy Miller Resigns

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus City Councilmember A. Troy Miller Resigns

Last November, Columbus voters elected to give Councilmember A. Troy Miller another four years in office. Yesterday he decided that he only needed nine months. Miller confirmed via press release that he would be stepping down from office at the end of September. “I’m proud and thankful to have been able to serve the residents […]

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An Open Letter to the National Media that is Clueless About Columbus

 Dan Longerbone An Open Letter to the National Media that is Clueless About Columbus

Dear National Media, Recently it has come to your attention that Columbus, Georgia was in the running for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. No wait, not that Columbus, the one in South Carolina. Oh, that’s Columbia? Must be that one in Ohio then. Yes, Columbus, Ohio. You know, the state capital. OK, Columbia is a […]

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Local Democrats Foresee a Columbus Convention in 2016

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Local Democrats Foresee a Columbus Convention in 2016

Local Democrats and city officials are optimistic about Columbus’s chances of hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Eleven members of the DNC site selection team spent Wednesday and Thursday touring Columbus in an ongoing effort to choose the right city. Tyneisha Harden, communications and special projects manager for Mayor Michael Coleman, was pleased with how […]

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