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Long-Time Ohio Resident Faces Deportation to Country that Once Enslaved Him

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Long-Time Ohio Resident Faces Deportation to Country that Once Enslaved Him

Amadou Sow sits in a jail cell at the Morrow County Correctional Facility. He hasn’t committed a crime, not since he came to the United States in 1991, but it’s where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has kept him detained since his routine check-in back in August. His lawyers are fighting for an emergency stay. […]

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New Citizens’ Coalition Forms in Support of GCAC Ticket Tax

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Citizens’ Coalition Forms in Support of GCAC Ticket Tax

A new coalition has been formed to rally support for the 7 percent ticket fee proposed to Columbus City Council by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Protect Art 4 Columbus, led by residents, small business owners, and artists, launched on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 8 at an event for Momentum, a GCAC beneficiary. […]

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DeWine to Succeed Kasich as Next Ohio Governor, and Other Election Results

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega DeWine to Succeed Kasich as Next Ohio Governor, and Other Election Results

What many political strategists were predicting would be a “blue wave” looks more like a blue tide, particularly here in Ohio. The GOP has successfully defended the governor’s office. Mike DeWine beat Democrat Richard Cordray by 5 points, 51 to 46 percent. The same goes for Attorney General; Republican Dave Yost will succeed DeWine, winning […]

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Election Coverage for Ohio’s Midterms

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Election Coverage for Ohio’s Midterms

The Ohio midterm elections are now underway, and there are a number of offices up for grabs. Ohio polls closed at 7:30 p.m. CU will update this page throughout the night as more precincts report their numbers. Democrat Richard Cordray is going up against current Attorney General Mike DeWine to win the Governor’s Mansion, one […]

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Predicted Outcomes for Ohio’s Major Races

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Predicted Outcomes for Ohio’s Major Races

Despite the criticism lobbed at the Republican Party since President Donald Trump took office, the GOP is leading in a number of races here in Ohio, according to several polls. The 2018 midterm election has been discussed as one of the most crucial in history. In an increasingly polarized nation, more people than ever are […]

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Lots of Options Available for Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lots of Options Available for Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls

Several nonprofit organizations, along with most of the “shared mobility” companies that operate in Columbus, are working to ensure that transportation is not a barrier for citizens hoping to vote on November 6. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. To find your polling location, visit the Franklin County Board […]

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If You Have Time to Protest, You Have Time to Vote

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega If You Have Time to Protest, You Have Time to Vote

(Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2017, but has been updated slightly for 2018.) The political landscape is a hostile scene, full of land mines that hide beneath words like “immigration” and “police brutality.” Set that into a context where uncomfortable facts are fake, the press is the opposition party, and propaganda is […]

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