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DeWine to Face Cordray in General Election, and Other Primary Results

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega DeWine to Face Cordray in General Election, and Other Primary Results

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Obama-era consumer watchdog Richard Cordray will go head to head this November to fill Governor John Kasich’s seat. Each won their respective primaries, with DeWine winning 60 percent of the vote over Lt. Governor Mary Taylor’s 40 percent, and Cordray earning 63 percent of the vote in a landslide […]

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The Only Gubernatorial Candidate Talking About Criminal Justice Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Only Gubernatorial Candidate Talking About Criminal Justice Reform

Against a party favorite, Kucinich and Samples create a campaign based on relatability and criminal justice reform.

In the race to be Ohio’s next governor, progressive candidate Dennis Kucinich and his running mate Tara Samples are running a familiar campaign. Their pro-laborer platform, one centered on a $15 minimum wage and healthcare for all, calls back passionate, Brooklyn-tinted speeches heard during Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president. They face party favorites, too, in […]

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Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Right now, there are about 48 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary across the country. Several are in Ohio. One, Edith Espinal, is here in Columbus. Since October 10, 2017 — her deportation date — Espinal has been under virtual house arrest at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville. As a place of worship, CMC is considered […]

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Black Women Are Four Times More Likely to Die During Childbirth Than White Women

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Black Women Are Four Times More Likely to Die During Childbirth Than White Women

Jennifer Walton knew how she wanted it to go when she was pregnant with her first daughter Sabella Nile (who would probably forever have to clarify, “Isabella, without the ‘I’”). She wanted to deliver her baby, and she didn’t like the idea of undergoing surgery through a cesarean section. From the outset, it seemed that […]

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Dogs May Soon be Legal on Restaurant Patios in Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Dogs May Soon be Legal on Restaurant Patios in Ohio

While you may already occasionally see dogs present on restaurant patios — and some businesses even advertise their patios as “dog friendly” — the practice is technically illegal in the State of Ohio. That could change if House Bill 263 continues to see approval through the Ohio Statehouse. The bill, introduced by State Representative Laura Lanese […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Columbusites won’t be voting on district representation this May. Issue 4, the initiative to transform the city’s electoral process into a ward-based system, was rejected for placement on the ballot by Columbus City Council, a decision recently upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. Citizens’ ballot committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP), who backs the […]

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Registration Deadline is Today to Vote in May Primary Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Registration Deadline is Today to Vote in May Primary Election

Those who are looking to vote in the primary election on May 8, 2018 have until the end of Monday, April 9 to register to vote. Those registering must be a U.S. citizen, an Ohio citizen for at least 30 days before the election, and at least 18 years old on or before May 8. […]

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