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Read Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Full State of the City Address

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Read Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Full State of the City Address

Editor’s note: On Thursday, Jan. 31, Mayor Andrew Ginther delivered the annual State of the City Address. Read the full text here: I am constantly amazed at the diversity of the residents of this great city. Almost 250,000 residents are African-American, 103,000 are foreign born, 53,000 are Latinos, 41,000 are veterans and 38,000 identify as […]

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Civics Update: New City Council Member, Residents Host Town Hall on Shutdown, and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Civics Update: New City Council Member, Residents Host Town Hall on Shutdown, and more

Council Selects Replacement for Jaiza Page Columbus City Council has selected Shayla Favor, Assistant City Attorney, to fill the seat vacated by former member Jaiza Page. “We are very pleased to have Favor join our team and look forward to the unique perspective she has to offer,” said Council President Shannon Hardin in a press […]

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Planned Parenthood Leaders Weigh in on the State of the Reproductive Rights Movement

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Planned Parenthood Leaders Weigh in on the State of the Reproductive Rights Movement

Iris Harvey and Leana Wen are navigating some tricky political waters. On the state level, Harvey leads as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio against anti-abortion attacks from the state’s succession of conservative legislators and governors. And on the national level, Wen, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, oversees a […]

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Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

On Thursday, the Ohio legislature tried and failed to override Governor John Kasich’s veto of HB 258, or the “Heartbeat Bill.” Kasich vetoed the bill, a ban on abortions after six weeks, on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Ohio House voted 60-28 to override the veto on Thursday morning. It then went directly to the Senate, […]

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Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Remember in Halloween, when Jamie Lee Curtis uses a shotgun on Michael Myers, stabs him, and lights him on fire, only for him to rise to his feet and resume killing? I don’t know, for some reason that came to mind when I heard that Ohio legislators had, again, passed the Heartbeat Bill. You’ve heard […]

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After Public Opposition to $12,707.79 Limit, Council Delays Vote on Campaign Finance Reform

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker After Public Opposition to $12,707.79 Limit, Council Delays Vote on Campaign Finance Reform

Columbus City Council has agreed to delay the vote on Mayor Andrew Ginther’s proposed $12,707.79 campaign contribution limit. The decision came after last week’s public hearing, where voters voiced opposition to the limit and to the rushed nature of the proposal. No one spoke in favor of the limit. “If you pass this proposal, Columbus […]

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Council Approves Ticket Taxes for Arts Funding, Capital Improvements to Publicly Funded Buildings

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Approves Ticket Taxes for Arts Funding, Capital Improvements to Publicly Funded Buildings

Columbus City Council unanimously voted to implement two 5 percent taxes to support arts funding and improvements for Nationwide Arena and other cultural institutions. The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) submitted a ticket tax proposal on Sept. 17; after several months of public input, council has created the Stability Fund and the Creativity Fund. Council […]

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