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Full Text of the 2017 State of the City Address

Walker Evans Walker Evans Full Text of the 2017 State of the City Address

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther State of the City 2017 February 23, 2017 I often tell people that I have the best job in the best city in America. That has never been more apparent than tonight. Thanks to all of you for being here. And, thanks to the Columbus Division of Police for presenting the […]

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City Council Holds Hearing on Conversion Therapy

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Holds Hearing on Conversion Therapy

Columbus City Council is considering a citywide ban on conversion therapy for minors, making Columbus the third city in Ohio to take local action against the practice. Council held a public hearing last night to hear public and professional testimony against conversion, or “reparative,” therapy, a practice used by mental health professionals intended to change […]

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Grassroots: Showing Up for Racial Justice Calls Whites into Movement for Black Lives

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Showing Up for Racial Justice Calls Whites into Movement for Black Lives

Getting involved in the fight for racial justice can be intimidating for the average white progressive. Where do you fit? How do you let your voice be heard without drowning out the black and brown voices of the movement? How do you contribute without coming off as a “white savior?” Showing Up for Racial Justice […]

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther Signs Executive Order on Immigration

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther Signs Executive Order on Immigration

Following through on a promise made earlier this week, local officials gathered on Friday to witness the signing of an executive order by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther that supports and reaffirms the city’s pro-immigration and pro-refugee resettlement policies. “This reinforces and expands what we have been doing for decades,” stated Ginther. “It is also consistent […]

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Mayor and City Council President Renew Support for Refugee Settlement in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Mayor and City Council President Renew Support for Refugee Settlement in Columbus

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined Columbus City Council President Zach Klein in announcing this afternoon that the City of Columbus would continue forward in its effort to accept refugees and immigrants, defying the executive order issued by President Trump last Friday. “Our immigrant population is part of the fabric of what makes Columbus so vibrant,” stated […]

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GOP Announces Endorsements for City Auditor and City Attorney

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega GOP Announces Endorsements for City Auditor and City Attorney

The Franklin County GOP announced their endorsements for City Attorney and City Auditor, picking private practice lawyer Don Kline to run against current City Council President Zach Klein and local businessman Bob Mealy to run unchallenged (so far) in the races, respectively. A unanimous vote last Tuesday night endorsed Kline, pitting him against Klein in […]

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Grassroots: Yes We Can Wants Political Involvement to Become Mainstream

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Yes We Can Wants Political Involvement to Become Mainstream

Note: In this new profile series, CU will take a look at the goals and functions of Columbus’ grassroots organizations to spur community awareness and involvement in them. This is the first installment, so stay tuned for future profiles. For the concerned Columbusite, knowing how to get involved in neighborhood issues can be a task […]

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