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Council Accepting Applications for Charter Review Committee Membership

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Accepting Applications for Charter Review Committee Membership

Mayor Andy Ginther and City Council are now accepting applications for seven positions on the Charter Review Committee announced in July. The committee was conceived as an alternative to the ballot proposal defeated earlier this month that would have changed council structure from an entirely at-large body to one with additional ward representation. Issue 1, […]

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Issue 1 Fails at the Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Issue 1 Fails at the Ballot

Columbus voters are keeping City Council the way it is. Whether it was the proposal or the idea, roughly 9 percent of the city’s 529,695 voters said Issue 1 – the ballot measure that aimed to put 10 representative seats and maintain three at-large on council – isn’t right for the city. Roughly 49 thousand […]

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City Council Ward Proposal Rejected by Columbus Voters

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Council Ward Proposal Rejected by Columbus Voters

With over 94 percent of precincts reporting, it appears that Issue 1 has failed by a wide margin at the polls. As of 9:45pm, over 33,000 votes have been tallied against the ward proposal — a total of 71.4 percent, compared to just 13,000 in favor — a total of 28.5 percent. “Columbus voters have spoken […]

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Opinion: Building Authentic Relationships is More Important than City Council Structure

John Rush John Rush Opinion: Building Authentic Relationships is More Important than City Council Structure

On August 2nd, Columbus voters will have an opportunity to voice their vote regarding Issue 1. Over the last several months there has been no shortage of opinions, both for and against, Issue 1. I have dear friends who represent both sides and who, in some cases, have pushed their own friendships to the limits […]

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Issue 1 Proponents, Opponents Up Their Game in Days Before Special Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Issue 1 Proponents, Opponents Up Their Game in Days Before Special Election

With less than a week before the August 2 special election, where voters will decide if they want a hybrid council, made up of 10 district and three at-large seats, pressure is climbing for groups Represent Columbus and One Columbus to get out the “Yes” and “No” votes, respectively. Forums, debates and podcasts have been […]

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The Confluence Cast: Should Columbus City Council Have Wards?

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Should Columbus City Council Have Wards?

Welcome to The Confluence Cast, a new weekly Columbus-centric podcast hosted by Tim Fulton and published by Columbus Underground. The new podcast will cover a rotating lineup of topics that includes local entertainment, interesting individuals, civic issues and a wide variety of other focus areas. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes for future updates. For […]

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Poll: Columbus Underground Readers In Favor of City Council Wards

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Poll: Columbus Underground Readers In Favor of City Council Wards

Last week, to gauge the city’s acceptance of Issue 1 — the ballot measure introduced by grassroots group Represent Columbus to add ward representation to City Council — Columbus Underground posted a poll asking how and why people were planning to vote during the Aug 2 special election. Out of the people who took the […]

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