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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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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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Playbook Elections Ohio

  Playbook Elections Ohio

Join POLITICO Playbook Co-Authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman for a special Playbook Elections event in the battleground state of Ohio to discuss the 2018 midterm cycle and issues shaping the races. This event, part of the POLITICO-AARP Deciders series, will feature exclusive interviews with candidates and party leaders to address the issues that matter […]

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Columbus to Invest $400 Million in Neighborhood Programs

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus to Invest $400 Million in Neighborhood Programs

On Monday, Columbus City Council passed ordinances to authorize a new bond sale totaling just under $400 million, which would be invested into infrastructure, public safety, public housing and other neighborhood-centric programs throughout the city. “Our 2018 capital investments enhance the quality of life for all our residents by upgrading critical infrastructure needs and neighborhood […]

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New Ticket Fee Would Fund Arts Organizations, Capital Improvements for Nationwide Arena

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Ticket Fee Would Fund Arts Organizations, Capital Improvements for Nationwide Arena

In September, the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and partners are expected to propose a plan to Columbus City Council to levy a seven percent fee on virtually all event tickets in the city. Dubbed the “user fee,” the additional charge would be applied on admission to events at any for-profit or nonprofit organization in […]

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Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

It’s a beautiful day for a protest. That’s good news for those taking part in the nationwide action planned for Saturday, June 30, dubbed the Families Belong Together march. The local version took place at the Statehouse on Saturday morning, with a crowd of hundreds pouring into Capitol Square in the 90 degree heat. They […]

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Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

On Wednesday, June 20 Columbus City Council will hold a public hearing to present an overview of proposed legislation to address panhandling in Columbus. It’s been a year since the Columbus Police Department stopped enforcing restrictions on panhandling. Since then, local residents have observed a steady uptick in panhandling activities and related aggressive behavior; in […]

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