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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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Columbus Rallies for the Democratic Convention

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Rallies for the Democratic Convention

Ohio has long been a special state in presidential elections, but it could wind up hosting the nominating conventions of both major parties in 2016. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Coleman and former Governor Ted Strickland will host a “Rally for Columbus 2016” and are inviting the public to show support for Columbus’s bid for the […]

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Coalition Submits Petition for Campaign Finance Reform

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Coalition Submits Petition for Campaign Finance Reform

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government submitted a petition Tuesday afternoon calling for campaign finance reform in mayoral and city council elections. According to a press release sent out by the Coalition, 16,205 people signed the proposal, which is designed to create fairer and more competitive local elections through the creation of a Fair Campaigns […]

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Diversification the Focus of Gee’s Last JobsOhio Meeting

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Diversification the Focus of Gee’s Last JobsOhio Meeting

At Tuesday’s JobsOhio Board Meeting, Governor John Kasich came to say hello and Gordon Gee came to say goodbye. This was Gee’s last meeting with JobsOhio, the nonprofit organization with the mission of encouraging investment and development throughout the state. Gee, who is currently serving as the president of West Virginia University, had been with […]

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Columbus Advances to Next Round in DNC 2016 Hosting Consideration

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Advances to Next Round in DNC 2016 Hosting Consideration

Columbus leaders have set their sights on hosting either the Democratic or Republication National Convention in 2016. While the city was knocked out of the running for the RNC in April, word just arrived today that Columbus would be advancing to the next round of consideration for the DNC event. “There are few events that […]

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Columbus Plans to Add Equal Rights Amendment to City Charter

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Plans to Add Equal Rights Amendment to City Charter

The annual Columbus Pride Festival officially kicked off today, and local leaders are taking the opportunity to show support for the advancements of LGBT rights in Columbus. Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther announced their support for an Equal Rights Amendment that would boost non-discriminatory laws and add civil rights protections to […]

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