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Council President Wants to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council President Wants to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

City Council President Shannon Hardin wants to address marijuana possession penalties within the city of Columbus. Though cities’ hands are often tied by the state when it comes to local criminal justice reform, Hardin is working on proposed legislation that could reclassify low level offenses. “If we’re going to do the things that will ring […]

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Mayor, City Council Announce Proposal for Campaign Finance Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor, City Council Announce Proposal for Campaign Finance Reform

A new proposal for campaign finance reform would establish contribution limits for municipal elections for the first time in the city’s history, but local organization Yes We Can Columbus (YWC) says it doesn’t go far enough. The proposal was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 28, by Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council, and aims to […]

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Council Announces Lower Ticket Tax, Separate Fund for Nationwide Arena

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Announces Lower Ticket Tax, Separate Fund for Nationwide Arena

After months of public input, the Greater Columbus Art Council’s (GCAC) proposed ticket fee has been considered and revised by Columbus City Council. Through the Columbus Art Alliance, council has established two funding streams: the Creativity Fund and the Stabilization Fund, designated for GCAC grants and capital improvements at Nationwide Arena, respectively. “This proposal is […]

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Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 3

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 3

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 55 years ago this week. Retired Cleveland Judge Burt Griffin was part of the team that investigated what happened. Part 1 of this story can be found here, and Part 2 can be found here.  “It was superficial,” said Burt Griffin of the Warren Commission’s final report, presented to […]

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Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 2

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 2

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 55 years ago this week. Retired Cleveland Judge Burt Griffin was part of the team that investigated what happened. Part 1 of this story can be found here, Part 3 can be found here.  “We were all aware that if we had the wrong guy, if there was a […]

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Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 1

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Judge Griffin and the Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy | Part 1

The thing they tell you, if they were alive when it happened, is they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing that day. “I can remember vividly.” That’s Burt Griffin. Some Clevelanders might remember Griffin. He was a judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for 30 years. Cleveland Scene once […]

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Ohio Legislators Consider Bill that Could Limit Right to Protest

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Legislators Consider Bill that Could Limit Right to Protest

Last week, the Ohio Senate held a committee hearing on a bill that opponents say could limit the right to protest. Senate Bill 250, called “Protect critical infrastructure facilities from mischief,” would make it a more serious and expensive crime to trespass or cause property damage to oil and gas pipelines and other industry infrastructure. […]

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