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As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

“In presidential elections, Ohio is special precisely because it’s not special.” That is the way author Kyle Kondik described the buckeye state at the Columbus Metropolitan Club Luncheon on Wednesday. Kondik spoke about how and why the way Ohio votes is representative of the nation, according to his book, “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the […]

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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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The Honeymoon’s Over? First Same-Sex Divorces Arrive in Columbus

Delaney Swift Delaney Swift The Honeymoon’s Over? First Same-Sex Divorces Arrive in Columbus

One year after SCOTUS ruling for same-sex marriage, Columbus divorce lawyers are starting to see the first same-sex divorce cases. This year, June 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. Now, for some of those couples, the honeymoon might […]

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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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Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

By the end of summer, people suffering from chronic and painful ailments will have access to marijuana for palliative treatment. Ohio is now the 26th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law last week, rendering a competing ballot measure somewhat irrelevant. Ohioans will be able to bring […]

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Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

There may be a lot more broken car windows come fall. Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill allowing good samaritans to break and enter a hot, locked vehicle if there is a child or animal inside. Senate bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Jim Hughes (Columbus) and Frank LaRose (Copley Township), requires any rescuer to […]

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