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Council Votes to Place Charter Amendment on May Primary Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Votes to Place Charter Amendment on May Primary Ballot

During their meeting on Monday night, Columbus City Council voted to place a charter amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Recommended by the Charter Review Committee council assembled in late 2016, the proposal would expand the size of council from seven to nine members, each from a designated district and elected at-large. The move […]

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Local Group Files Suit Against City and County Officials for Rejection of Ballot Initiative

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Group Files Suit Against City and County Officials for Rejection of Ballot Initiative

Citizens’ ballot committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP) filed a complaint today in the Ohio Supreme Court with  the Franklin County Board of Elections and each individual member of Columbus City Council. The case alleges that city council has violated parts of the Ohio Constitution and the Columbus City Charter by voting to keep […]

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Kasich Unveils Six Proposals for Gun Control

Walker Evans Walker Evans Kasich Unveils Six Proposals for Gun Control

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced six policies yesterday that he would like to see enacted to help protect Ohioans from gun violence. The move comes in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which has motivated Kasich to update his stance on gun control. The six priorities and initiatives are as follows, directly […]

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Stonewall Columbus Director Announces Retirement

Walker Evans Walker Evans Stonewall Columbus Director Announces Retirement

After 11 years in the position, Karla Rothan announced yesterday afternoon that she would be retiring from service as the Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. The announcement comes on the heels of the February 12 guilty sentencing of members of the Black Pride 4 — Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton and Deandre Miles — […]

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Ballot Initiative Would Prohibit Sale of Carryout Alcohol in Parts of Olde Towne East, King Lincoln

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ballot Initiative Would Prohibit Sale of Carryout Alcohol in Parts of Olde Towne East, King Lincoln

After a beer and wine carryout and gas station in the King Lincoln District was declared a public nuisance, residents of the building’s precinct, a group called NOBO Friends, banded together to create a neighborhood ballot initiative prohibiting the sale of alcohol to be consumed off-site. That initiative will appear on the ballot in May […]

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Columbus Leaders Call for Statewide Assault Weapon Ban

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Leaders Call for Statewide Assault Weapon Ban

Multiple Columbus leaders united behind Ohio Governor John Kaisch’s recent call for gun reform in an open letter issued this evening. The letter, signed by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, asks for a statewide ban on assault weapons, background checks on all gun sales, the restriction of […]

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Reformation or Revolution? Community Weighs In on the Local Movement for Black Lives

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Reformation or Revolution? Community Weighs In on the Local Movement for Black Lives

Voices in the community are discussing black liberation, and behind them is a spectrum of ideations and philosophies as diverse as they come. Black, brown, white and mixed, privileged and poor, the skeptics and the faithful — they’re all thinking about it and talking about it. And how could you not? The presumption of a […]

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