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Panelists Discuss Food Deserts and Nutrition Access In Urban Communities

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Panelists Discuss Food Deserts and Nutrition Access In Urban Communities

Members of the Columbus Metropolitan Club gathered Wednesday to listen to a panel discussion about the pressing issue of food and food access in Ohio. The panelists talked about the danger of “food deserts,” areas where people, frequently poor and more likely African-American than white, find themselves cut off from sources of healthy food options. […]

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Rep. Stinziano Talks Homelessness, Transportation and Transformation in Campaign for City Council

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Rep. Stinziano Talks Homelessness, Transportation and Transformation in Campaign for City Council

Since 2011, Michael Stinziano has served the 18th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Now he is running for Columbus City Council, hoping to replace Council President Andrew Ginther, who will vacate his seat as he campaigns for mayor. In an interview with Columbus Underground, Stinziano said one reason he wants to transition from state to […]

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Mayor Coleman Celebrates and Reflects in Final State of the City Address

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Celebrates and Reflects in Final State of the City Address

Mayor Michael Coleman’s final State of the City address was more celebration than speech Thursday night. Attendees of the address at the Palace Theater were treated to performances by the Harmony Project, a video of the mayor’s most serious and lighthearted moments from the past 16 years and introductions by Angela Pace of WBNS-TV and […]

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Why Marriage Matters Gets New Leadership as Movement Nears a Tipping Point

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Why Marriage Matters Gets New Leadership as Movement Nears a Tipping Point

There is optimism across America among LGBT activists as the county inches closer to a final decision on marriage equality by the Supreme Court this summer. Last week, after SCOTUS declined to strike down a lower court ruling against Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his dissent that the Supreme Court’s […]

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City Council Candidates Discuss Issues in First Public Forum

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Council Candidates Discuss Issues in First Public Forum

The Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church hosted its second “Meet the Candidates” event last night (the first one featured the four mayoral candidates) and there were almost as many people fielding questions as there were in attendance. Ten City Council candidates were seated before the audience gathered by the Columbus Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens. Due to the […]

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City Reacts to Loss of 2016 DNC to Philadelphia

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Reacts to Loss of 2016 DNC to Philadelphia

Thursday morning was something of a bummer for the politically minded of Central Ohio, particularly local Democrats, as the Democratic National Committee announced that the 2016 Democratic National Convention would be held in Philadelphia rather than Columbus. The city’s quest for the DNC had placed it among the final three contenders along with Philadelphia and […]

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Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

Walker Evans Walker Evans Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

The sun has officially set on Columbus’ hopes to host the Democratic National Convention, as the party officially announced this morning that Philadelphia has been chosen as the host city. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special […]

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