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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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Interview: Newest City Councilman Shannon Hardin

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Interview: Newest City Councilman Shannon Hardin

Last week, Columbus City Council appointed Shannon Granville Hardin to fill the seat left by outgoing council member A. Troy Miller. Before his appointment to Council, Hardin served as a member of Mayor Michael Coleman’s administration for a number of years and was selected as a council member from a pool of 27 candidates. Councilman […]

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At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

The table in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall on Second Avenue had nameplates for both Ed FitzGerald and John Kasich Wednesday night. The left side seats were reserved for FitzGerald’s supporters, the right side designated for Kasich’s. The Governor’s spot at the dais remained unoccupied through the evening and Democrats spilled over into his […]

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In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Early voting was set to begin in Ohio a week ago, before a decision by the United States Supreme Court pushed the start date for early voting to today. On Sept 29, SCOTUS sided with the state and Republican-led legislature, which sought to limit Ohio’s early voting days, by staying decisions from the lower courts […]

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Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia all joined the ranks yesterday as states where gay marriage is now legal, marking for the first time where over 50 percent of the US population now lives in states where marriage equality has been actualized. “But here in Ohio, we continue to wait — and tens of thousands […]

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