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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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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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Council Selects 15 Finalists for Vacancies Left by Stinziano and Page

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Selects 15 Finalists for Vacancies Left by Stinziano and Page

Columbus City Council has narrowed down a list of finalists to fill the two vacancies left by Michael Stinziano and Jaiza Page, who both won their elections this year. Fifty-six people applied, from which 15 finalists have been chosen. After a public hearing, Page’s successor will be chosen in January 2019. A date has not […]

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Council President Wants to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council President Wants to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

City Council President Shannon Hardin wants to address marijuana possession penalties within the city of Columbus. Though cities’ hands are often tied by the state when it comes to local criminal justice reform, Hardin is working on proposed legislation that could reclassify low level offenses. “If we’re going to do the things that will ring […]

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Open Letter to City Council: Build a Local Government That’s Of, For, and By All of Us

Will Petrik Will Petrik Open Letter to City Council: Build a Local Government That’s Of, For, and By All of Us

Dear Columbus City Council Members, I am writing to ask that you exert leadership to limit the influence of big money in Columbus. We have an opportunity to make sure local campaigns and our local government reflect a democracy that’s of, for, and by all of us. Mayor Ginther’s proposed campaign contribution limit ($12,707.79) ensures […]

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Mayor, City Council Announce Proposal for Campaign Finance Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor, City Council Announce Proposal for Campaign Finance Reform

A new proposal for campaign finance reform would establish contribution limits for municipal elections for the first time in the city’s history, but local organization Yes We Can Columbus (YWC) says it doesn’t go far enough. The proposal was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 28, by Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council, and aims to […]

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