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Statehouse Bill Could Bring Wine to Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Statehouse Bill Could Bring Wine to Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Wine is on the agenda at the Ohio Statehouse as Sen. Gayle Manning and her son, Rep. Nathan Manning, both North Ridgeville Republicans, proposed identical bills this week allowing wine manufacturers to sell their product at Ohio farmers’ markets. The legislation would allow the Division of Liquor Control to issue a one-year, $100 permit to […]

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Coleman Wants Police Body Cameras, but Says State Must Act

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Coleman Wants Police Body Cameras, but Says State Must Act

New Police Reforms Mayor Michael Coleman made two things clear Thursday afternoon. The first is that the use of body cameras tops the list of major reforms he wants to see enacted within the Columbus Division of Police. The second is that before Columbus cops start wearing cameras, the state of Ohio must step up […]

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Ohio Legislators Come to the Defense of the Wright Brothers

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Ohio Legislators Come to the Defense of the Wright Brothers

A new battle has opened up in the civil war over which state was really first in flight. The main belligerents are known to most of us; Ohio claims Orville and Wilbur Wright as beloved native sons who built and flew the first airplane, while North Carolina claims the testing ground where the Wright Flyer […]

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Swing Easy: Weed Leads in Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Weed Leads in Ohio

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here in Columbus. We had a mayoral primary election that might not be over, plus City Council and Board of Education primaries. Needless to say, we didn’t have a lot of time for 2016. So let’s jump back into it, shall we? Ohio is Mandatory The University of […]

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Andrew Ginther Wins Mayoral Primary With ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Andrew Ginther Wins Mayoral Primary With ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers

Tuesday was a good day for Andrew Ginther and his supporters as the City Council president easily thumped his Republican and Democratic competition in the 2015 Columbus mayoral primary. Ginther not only came out on top, but took nearly 52 percent of the vote, leaving the remaining percentage divided among Zach Scott (18.15 percent), Terry […]

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Resource Accessibility a Top Issue for City Council Candidate Ibrahima Sow

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Resource Accessibility a Top Issue for City Council Candidate Ibrahima Sow

Ibrahima Sow came to the United States from Senegal in 1998 with his mother and two brothers. He has lived in Columbus ever since, attending Independence High School and graduating from Ohio State University. Sow is now running for Columbus City Council, endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party, with the goal of helping people […]

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School Board Candidates Talk About the District’s Biggest Challenges

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea School Board Candidates Talk About the District’s Biggest Challenges

With the Tuesday’s primary election on the horizon, Columbus is choosing candidates for Mayor and for City Council, and in many respects the campaign for Columbus Board of Education has fallen by the wayside. In an effort to educate voters on the school board candidates appearing, Columbus Underground contacted each candidate and requested answers to […]

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