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CelebrateOne, Partners Awarded $4.5M Grant

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman CelebrateOne, Partners Awarded $4.5M Grant

Public-private infant mortality initiative CelebrateOne and various partners have been awarded a $4.5 million grant. The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio’s Managed Care Plans (MCPs) announced that the grant would be awarded to 13 local partners led by CelebrateOne to address the disparity in birth outcomes experienced by African American women in Franklin […]

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City Proposes Area Commission Code Changes

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Proposes Area Commission Code Changes

Columbus’ Department of Neighborhoods has proposed changes to city code, which will affect the work of Area Commissions. Today, Monday, Dec. 2, City Councilmember and Neighborhoods Committee Chair Rob Dorans will host a public hearing on the proposed changes in Council Chambers. Council will gather feedback on the changes, which represent an effort to modernize […]

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Councilmember Brown Wins National Idea Challenge Competition

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Councilmember Brown Wins National Idea Challenge Competition

City Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown has been announced as one of the winners of the 2019 New Ideas Challenge by national policymaker network NewDEAL. The competition was among state and local leaders, and Brown’s idea was one of five winners. Brown’s submission won in the “Expanding Access to Education” category and will address […]

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Watch 2020 Debates on the Big Screen for Free!

Walker Evans Walker Evans Watch 2020 Debates on the Big Screen for Free!

Columbus Underground is excited to announce that in partnership with the Gateway Film Center, locals can participate in the political process through the screening of the 2020 Presidential debates. Each free-to-attend event will include not only the screening, but also panel discussions, expert analyses and active conversations. “Bombarded with information in our 24-hour news cycle, […]

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The Country’s First Bhutanese Official Marks a Changing Suburb

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman The Country’s First Bhutanese Official Marks a Changing Suburb

Having the right to vote is something that can be taken for granted in our country. In Franklin County’s Nov. 5 election, just under 23% of registered voters actually cast a ballot. It’s not something taken for granted by Bhuwan Pyakurel. In this past election, he reportedly became the first Bhutanese-American elected to office in […]

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2019 Election Results

Walker Evans Walker Evans 2019 Election Results

Your votes have been cast and results have been tallied and here are the results of the November 5th, 2019 general election in Columbus. Incumbent Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther, who ran unopposed, easily won re-election with 94% of the vote, leaving the other seven percent to cast their ballots for write-in candidates. Four Columbus City […]

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Candidates for City Council Debate Biggest Local Issues

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Candidates for City Council Debate Biggest Local Issues

Tax abatements, income inequality, affordable housing, jobs, and education – Columbus City Council candidates hit all the hot button issues during their debate at the Columbus Metropolitan Club on Wednesday, October 23.  Incumbent councilmembers Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, and Emmanuel Remy are all up for re-election this November, an opportunity for the progressive […]

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