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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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Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor Announces Committee to Evaluate City Council

Come September, a mayor-appointed seven member committee will evaluate current city council structure and determine how it should be modernized. Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Councilmember Shannon Hardin announced the Charter Review Committee’s creation on Wednesday afternoon. Ginther and Hardin, both opponents of Issue 1 — a ballot measure intended to add ward representation to […]

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City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

One Columbus is a group standing on the other side of the ward issue that has been put before the city. In opposition to creating district positions for council members, the group hopes to spread the ‘no’ vote for the August 2nd special election. Issue 1, headed and promoted by Represent Columbus, would change the […]

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Charter Schools are Failing in Columbus and Throughout Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Charter Schools are Failing in Columbus and Throughout Ohio

Ohio Charter schools are getting failing grades, according to a report that was released late last month. The report comes from knowyourcharter.com, a website which allows Ohioans to keep track of how the state’s charter schools are performing. Ohio received $71 million of the $157 million in federal funds awarded to eight states in September, […]

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Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Columbus residents will vote on August 2nd whether or not Columbus City Council needs to add six more members. Represent Columbus, a grass-roots group, leads this most recent attempt to change the Council Member election process from seven citywide positions. The goal is 13 members, with 10 coming from specific neighborhoods and three elected at-large. […]

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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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Grassroots Organization Brings $15 Wage Fight to City Hall

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots Organization Brings $15 Wage Fight to City Hall

Members of a grassroots socialist campaign gathered at Columbus City Hall Monday to engage city council in a conversation about raising the minimum wage. It was a timely meeting, with governors from California and New York having signed bills phasing in a $15 minimum wage by 2022. It’s been an idea tossed around a lot […]

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