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Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets Goals for 2020

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets Goals for 2020

By Susan Tebben Just weeks after the birth of her twin daughters in 2004, state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain.  At the time, she was breastfeeding her girls, and was still recovering from the trauma of their emergency C-section. She sat in the waiting room for hours in […]

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Driving While Texting Could Soon Become a Primary Offense in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Driving While Texting Could Soon Become a Primary Offense in Ohio

By David C. DeWitt A Democratic Ohio House member introduced legislation last Tuesday that would make using cell phones while driving a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull over drivers they observe using them. Currently, this is a secondary offense, meaning the driver would have to be pulled over for a separate […]

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Grassroots Group Breaks into Central Committee Races

 Taijuan Moorman Grassroots Group Breaks into Central Committee Races

If you don’t know what a Central Committee is or does, you’re not alone. It’s an important part of the party system; you vote on a ward representative during the primary election, but what happens after? The Franklin County Republican Party explains the purpose of its Central Committee on its website: “Committee members are elected […]

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Ohio Gas Tax Increase Will Fund Road Repairs in 2020

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Gas Tax Increase Will Fund Road Repairs in 2020

County engineers glad for gas tax hike, but rising material costs still a concern for some.

By Tyler Buchanan Tim Schumm is already looking forward to spring.  County engineers like him also serve as amateur meteorologists. Forget baseball. Spring means it’s paving season, and the Henry County official knows the recent influx of gas tax revenue will help to get an extra 11 miles of road paved this spring. His office couldn’t […]

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Automatic Voter Registration Could be Coming Soon to Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Automatic Voter Registration Could be Coming Soon to Ohio

by Susan Tebben A new proposal to require voters to be automatically registered to vote could be filed in the Ohio House by the end of the week, according to its sponsor. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, is pushing forward with a move that has been supported by Secretary of State Frank LaRose in the […]

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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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Over Two Dozen Central Ohio Community Initiatives Receive Governor’s Grant

 Taijuan Moorman Over Two Dozen Central Ohio Community Initiatives Receive Governor’s Grant

In late December, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order that will direct Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funding to various community organizations and initiatives across the state, including 27 Franklin County initiatives. Reviewed by the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Governor’s Grant Awards fund initiatives that support services […]

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