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Statehouse Bill Could Bring Wine to Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Statehouse Bill Could Bring Wine to Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Wine is on the agenda at the Ohio Statehouse as Sen. Gayle Manning and her son, Rep. Nathan Manning, both North Ridgeville Republicans, proposed identical bills this week allowing wine manufacturers to sell their product at Ohio farmers’ markets. The legislation would allow the Division of Liquor Control to issue a one-year, $100 permit to […]

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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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Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

“Swing Easy” is Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say Former Florida Governor and expected presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in Columbus last Tuesday, where he told what might be the first big lie of […]

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Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Welcome to the first installment of Swing Easy, Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. As electioneering heats up in the Buckeye State, we’ll bring you all the details and oddities of an Ohio campaign, starting with a ninja candidate, a forgotten senator […]

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Idea Forge: Ohio Small Businesses Agree It’s Time to Enact Workplace Non-Discrimination Law

Michaela Hahn Burriss Michaela Hahn Burriss Idea Forge: Ohio Small Businesses Agree It’s Time to Enact Workplace Non-Discrimination Law

On Thursday, April 9, Small Business Majority, Forge Columbus and Equality Ohio are partnering with Bexley Councilmember Deneese Owen to host a listening session about workplace non-discrimination ordinances and the importance of implementing a policy at the state level. Workplace equality and inclusiveness have been hot topics lately, and while cities like Columbus and Cincinnati […]

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Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

As expected, Ohio Democrats are charging full speed at Senator Rob Portman, armed with Portman’s signature on a letter to the leaders of Iran, advising them against agreeing to the nuclear deal being negotiated by the Obama administration. The letter, written by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republican senators including Portman, has […]

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Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Ohio Senator Rob Portman was among 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran advising against the nuclear agreement proposed by the Obama Administration. Tom Cotton, junior senator from Arkansas who has held office for little more than two months, composed the letter, which is being called an unprecedented legislative […]

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