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Tracy Maxwell Heard Joins Zach Scott Mayoral Campaign

Walker Evans Walker Evans Tracy Maxwell Heard Joins Zach Scott Mayoral Campaign

The Zach Scott Mayoral Campaign announced today that Tracy Maxwell Heard, former Democratic Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives, would be joining as both the Campaign Manager and Director of Communications. “I’m supporting Zach Scott for simple and obvious reasons — I believe he is the right man at the right time,” said Heard. ”I see him […]

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City of Columbus Ends Contract with Redflex

Walker Evans Walker Evans City of Columbus Ends Contract with Redflex

A representative at the Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman issued a release today notifying the public that the City of Columbus is officially terminating its contract with Redflex, the company that operated the red light traffic cameras in the city. The termination of the contract comes as a recommendation by City Attorney Rick Pfeffier. […]

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City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Karen Finley, former executive for the red light camera company Redflex, pleaded guilty to bribing a number of as-yet unnamed elected officials in Columbus city government. In his initial statement on the matter, City Council President and mayoral candidate Andrew Ginther, who’s come under scrutiny due to his […]

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Sale of Mayor Coleman’s House Comes Under FBI Scrutiny

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sale of Mayor Coleman’s House Comes Under FBI Scrutiny

Columbus city government is once again under the scrutiny of the Justice Department this week. News outlets reported Thursday afternoon that the FBI is now investigating the sale of Mayor Michael Coleman’s former home on Haddon Road. Early reports indicated that the Coleman himself was under investigation, but the Mayor’s office said Thursday that he […]

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Ginther: “I am not a target of this investigation”

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ginther: “I am not a target of this investigation”

Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther hosted a media conference today to address allegations that arose on Friday afternoon that he was among a number of public officials bribed by the red light camera company Redflex between 2005 and 2013. Initial statements were brief and to the point, with media questions returning reoccurring remarks from Ginther: […]

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Coleman Wants Police Body Cameras, but Says State Must Act

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Coleman Wants Police Body Cameras, but Says State Must Act

New Police Reforms Mayor Michael Coleman made two things clear Thursday afternoon. The first is that the use of body cameras tops the list of major reforms he wants to see enacted within the Columbus Division of Police. The second is that before Columbus cops start wearing cameras, the state of Ohio must step up […]

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Andrew Ginther Wins Mayoral Primary With ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Andrew Ginther Wins Mayoral Primary With ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers

Tuesday was a good day for Andrew Ginther and his supporters as the City Council president easily thumped his Republican and Democratic competition in the 2015 Columbus mayoral primary. Ginther not only came out on top, but took nearly 52 percent of the vote, leaving the remaining percentage divided among Zach Scott (18.15 percent), Terry […]

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