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Video: Democratic Debate Discussion

Walker Evans Walker Evans Video: Democratic Debate Discussion

Central Ohio was home to the fourth Democratic Primary Debate, hosted at Otterbein University in Westerville on Tuesday, October 15th. Columbus Underground was on hand at the event to take part in the process. Associate Editor Susan Post and Reporter Taijuan Moorman discuss the issues, the candidates and what happens next as the debates continue. […]

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City Announces $15 Hourly Wage for Full-Time Employees

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Announces $15 Hourly Wage for Full-Time Employees

Amidst the local and national debate surrounding $15 an hour minimum wage, today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, Mayor Andrew Ginther and President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown announced all full-time, permanent city employees will make a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The City of Columbus has 8,498 permanent, full-time employees. “Closing the wage gap has been […]

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How the Ohio Environmental Council Formed a Union

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman How the Ohio Environmental Council Formed a Union

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 nonunion workers had median weekly earnings that were 82% of earnings compared to workers who were union members. However, the percentage of U.S. workers belonging to unions in 2018 was only 10.5%, and the percentage has seen a steady decrease year after year. Forming a […]

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October Democratic Debate to be Hosted at Otterbein, Watch Party at the Gateway Film Center

Walker Evans Walker Evans October Democratic Debate to be Hosted at Otterbein, Watch Party at the Gateway Film Center

Update: The October 15th Democratic Presidential debate will be hosted in Central Ohio, on the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville starting at 8pm. The debate will be co-hosted by CNN and The New York Times. Locals are invited to tune in LIVE at The Gateway Film Center for a free screening co-hosted by Columbus […]

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Data Shows Decrease in Ohio Abortions

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Data Shows Decrease in Ohio Abortions

The Ohio Department of Health’s Induced Abortions in Ohio Report for 2018 shows a decrease in the number of abortions completed from 2017, down 2% for that year. In a press release, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said the data is reflective of abortion accessibility across Ohio — despite measures to ban abortion […]

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City Awarded Grant to Create Financial Empowerment for Women

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Awarded Grant to Create Financial Empowerment for Women

The City of Columbus is one of seven municipalities to be awarded a $20,000 CityStart grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to create financial empowerment strategies for women and families. Each city will receive $20,000 for planning and an intensive six to nine-month “technical assistance engagement partnership” with the fund. The application was […]

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Edith Espinal Denied for Stay of Removal

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Edith Espinal Denied for Stay of Removal

Editors note: This article and its headline has been updated to include ICE’s decision to deny Espinal’s application for Stay of Removal on Thursday, Aug. 29. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied Edith Espinal’s application for a Stay of Removal. The application would have halted Espinal’s deportation order, allowing her to go home while she […]

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