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Dawn Tyler Lee Named New Franklin County Commissioner

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Dawn Tyler Lee Named New Franklin County Commissioner

Following the retirement of Commissioner Marilyn Brown earlier this month, the remaining Franklin County Commissioners have appointed a replacement to fill her position. Dawn Tyler Lee will serve as acting commissioner until the Franklin County Democratic Party’s Central Committee names a permanent replacement to fill out the rest of the term. With her swearing-in, Tyler […]

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With Drawing This Week, Ohio Legislation Seeks to Stop Vax-A-Million Program

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal With Drawing This Week, Ohio Legislation Seeks to Stop Vax-A-Million Program

By Tyler Buchanan Five Ohioans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are about to win $1 million through a new vaccine lottery program, but a Republican lawmaker wants to call the whole thing off. State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, is drafting legislation that would prevent the state from administering any vaccine lottery program.  Hundreds of thousands […]

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Ohio Election Changes Bill Sees Walk-Outs in Contentious First Hearing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Election Changes Bill Sees Walk-Outs in Contentious First Hearing

By Tyler Buchanan The Republican sponsors of a bill to change various pieces of Ohio election law had their first opportunity Thursday to make a case why these changes are necessary. State Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Green Twp., and Sharon Ray, R-Wadsworth, fielded questions from a handful of Democratic lawmakers, each sharing concerns that some of the […]

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Police Chief Town Hall Finds Candidates Ready to Serve, Lead Change

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Police Chief Town Hall Finds Candidates Ready to Serve, Lead Change

In a Wednesday evening town hall event, the finalists for Columbus’ Chief of Police made their case for the job, citing past successes in increasing diversity, reducing crime and spurring changes in their respective cities. The finalists are Detroit Police Deputy Chief Elaine Bryant, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs, Dallas Assistant Police Chief Avery […]

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New Public Safety Program to Offer Free Vehicle Light Repair

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman New Public Safety Program to Offer Free Vehicle Light Repair

A project piloted by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office and Franklin County Commissioners will help Columbus residents with repair services for broken taillights and the like. Project Taillight, a program in partnership with Columbus State Community College, aims to improve public safety and crime prevention by providing low-income residents with headlight, taillight, license plate light, […]

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Ohio Vaccine Lottery Will Be Opt-In to Allow for Verification

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Vaccine Lottery Will Be Opt-In to Allow for Verification

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio Department of Health recontoured its COVID-19 vaccine lottery program, requiring inoculated Ohioans to register for entry in the $1 million sweepstakes instead of being automatically entered by virtue of voter registration and vaccination. The change is likely to whittle down the number of entrants, thus increasing the odds of winning one […]

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Ohio to End Unemployment Supplement Due to Discouraged Workers, Experts Say Issue is More Complex

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio to End Unemployment Supplement Due to Discouraged Workers, Experts Say Issue is More Complex

By Marty Schladen Citing fears that a $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement was keeping Ohioans from returning to the workforce, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that he would end it.  However, the governor was unable to cite any data showing that businesses’ trouble finding workers was due to the supplement and not other dislocations caused by […]

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