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City Council Names New President, President Pro Tempore

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Names New President, President Pro Tempore

As former Columbus City Council president Zach Klein begins his role as City Attorney, council has selected its new president and president pro tempore. Councilmember Shannon Hardin was named Council President, and Councilmember Michael Stinziano is now President Pro Tempore. The announcement came at a council meeting on Tuesday, January 2. Hardin and former president […]

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NAACP LDF Letter Says Diversity on City Council is Superficial

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega NAACP LDF Letter Says Diversity on City Council is Superficial

Following one group’s continual push for district representation on Columbus City Council, council is again defending the at-large voting method by which its members are elected. This time, they’re answering to a letter sent by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), who last month asserted that Columbus’ electoral process violates the Voting Rights Act of […]

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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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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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Opinion: Establishment Politics Will Not Solve the Challenges Our City Faces

Will Petrik Will Petrik Opinion: Establishment Politics Will Not Solve the Challenges Our City Faces

I am an elected member of the Franklin County Democratic Party (FCDP) Central Committee. On Wednesday evening, I got an email on FCDP letterhead with an announcement from Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer. His message to the Democratic Party Executive Committee was that he will not be seeking re-election for City Attorney. He closed with […]

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Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer Won’t Seek Re-Election

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer Won’t Seek Re-Election

In an email addressed to Mike Sexton, Chair of Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee, Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer formally announced last night that he will not be seeking relection for that office. “It is time for me to end my public career and begin preparing to be a private citizen,” he stated in the email. […]

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