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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Columbusites won’t be voting on district representation this May. Issue 4, the initiative to transform the city’s electoral process into a ward-based system, was rejected for placement on the ballot by Columbus City Council, a decision recently upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. Citizens’ ballot committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP), who backs the […]

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Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

 Jonathan Beard Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

To the Editor, I am disappointed, though not surprised, by the latest bit of political chicanery coming from Columbus City Hall, with respect to the Issue 3/Issue 4 mailing and comparison chart sent by Andrew Ginther and Shannon Hardin last week to the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee as the city sought, and received, […]

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asserts Electoral Process Violates Voting Rights Act

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asserts Electoral Process Violates Voting Rights Act

Over the last several months, Columbus City Council has been exchanging letters with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) regarding the city’s at-large voting system, appointment process, and policy priorities. Starting in November, the LDF accused Columbus’ at-large voting system and appointment process of violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but […]

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Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

Anne Evans Anne Evans Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

March for Our Lives movements are happening throughout the country today. Thousands of people participated in the March For Our Lives in Downtown Columbus. A rally began at West Bank Park at 10am, then participants marched to the Ohio Statehouse. Marches have been organized by students and survivors of gun violence. “As a child of […]

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City Announces Proposals to Bridge Gap Between Federal and State Gun Laws

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Announces Proposals to Bridge Gap Between Federal and State Gun Laws

The City of Columbus is taking local action to reduce gun violence, announcing today several ordinances that would bridge the gaps between federal and state gun laws. The proposed ordinances, announced on Wednesday, March 21 by Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin, and City Attorney Zach Klein, would specifically target perpetrators of domestic […]

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Local Organizations Say Increased Discipline and Police Presence in Schools Could Do More Harm

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Organizations Say Increased Discipline and Police Presence in Schools Could Do More Harm

Today, on the month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives, local organizations are gathering at the Ohio Statehouse for a press conference and vigil to raise awareness of currently pending state legislation. Students with the Voices of the Unheard, as well as the People’s Justice Project (PJP) and the […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Keep The Crew in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lawsuit Filed to Keep The Crew in Columbus

Yesterday, the State of Ohio and City of Columbus jointly filed a lawsuit against Precourt Sports Ventures (the owner of the Columbus Crew SC) and Major League Soccer (MLS) as a preventative measure to keep the team from relocating to Austin. “Today I have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County to try to #SaveTheCrew and keep the […]

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