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NAACP LDF Critiques City’s At-Large Electoral Process for Having Racially Discriminatory Results

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega NAACP LDF Critiques City’s At-Large Electoral Process for Having Racially Discriminatory Results

At the urging of local ballot issue committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) issued a letter to the City of Columbus asserting that its at-large method of electing city council members has weakened the voting strength of Columbus’ black community and violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights […]

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Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

After a year of back-and-forth with local government, the People’s Justice Project (PFP) celebrated a small victory when Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the termination of the Community Safety Initiative and the reallocation of public safety funding in the 2018 Operating Budget for the City of Columbus. The initiative, which involved placing plainclothes officers in high […]

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Unofficial Elections Results Revealed for Local Races, State Issues

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Unofficial Elections Results Revealed for Local Races, State Issues

The unofficial election results are in from the Franklin County Board of Elections, revealing the winners of races for Columbus City Council, School Board, Municipal Court Judge, and City Auditor and Attorney, as well as decisions on Issue 1 for victims rights, Issue 2 for prescription drug prices, and the tax levy for the Franklin […]

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Pay Equity Plan Designed to Help Close Wage Gap in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Pay Equity Plan Designed to Help Close Wage Gap in Columbus

Last Thursday, the Columbus Women’s Commission announced a new plan to help close the wage gap across genders and races in Columbus. The new plan, known in full as “The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity” already has 60 organizations signed to the voluntary pledge. “We all know that investing in women strengthens the economic backbone of […]

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Ohio’s Prescription Drug Issue: What You Need to Know

Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue Ohio’s Prescription Drug Issue: What You Need to Know

In November, Ohio voters will go to the polls to vote on Issue 2. Issue 2 is a deceptive and vaguely-worded ballot issue that would impose unworkable contracting requirements for state prescription drug purchases based on prices paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s important to understand how Issue 2 would affect medical […]

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Tax Reform Could Mean Trouble for Local Historic Renovation Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Tax Reform Could Mean Trouble for Local Historic Renovation Projects

Although it is hard to predict what exactly will come out of the current push by House and Senate Republicans to overhaul the federal tax code, local developers and historic preservationists are raising the alarm about one proposed change that could have a big impact on future redevelopment projects. The first draft of the legislation […]

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National Political Organizer Shaun King Endorses Yes We Can Candidates for City Council and School Board

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Political Organizer Shaun King Endorses Yes We Can Candidates for City Council and School Board

Yes We Can: Columbus Working Families, the group endorsing City Council candidates Jasmine Ayres and Will Petrik as well as School Board candidates Erin Upchurch, Abby Vaile and Amy Harkins, was recently backed by political writer, thought leader and speaker Shaun King. It started with a video released on YouTube, featuring King in front of […]

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