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Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown Retires

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown Retires

Commissioner Marilyn Brown announced on Tuesday, May 11 that she will be retiring from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Brown served more than 14 years as a commissioner. She called her time on the board “the honor of a lifetime.” ABC6 and others have reported the reason behind Brown’s resignation is due to health issues […]

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Shooting of Casey Goodson Jr. Has Community Members Demanding Justice

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Shooting of Casey Goodson Jr. Has Community Members Demanding Justice

Editor’s note 12/7/20 5 p.m.: The article has been updated to include statements from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Columbus City Council. 12/9/20 3 p.m.: This update includes the latest on an independent investigation in the shooting of Casey Goodson by the DOJ and FBI. On Friday, Dec. 4, media reported on the scene of an […]

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2020 General Election Results

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman 2020 General Election Results

Ohioans turned out in record numbers for the 2020 General Election with nearly 6 million votes cast, despite a global pandemic and rampant disinformation surrounding the election. As of Wednesday morning, over 609,000 Franklin County residents cast a ballot — nearly 70% of registered voters. Over half of that total voted absentee. Now, the unofficial […]

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What Could Criminal Justice Reform Look Like Under a New County Prosecutor?

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman What Could Criminal Justice Reform Look Like Under a New County Prosecutor?

Gary Tyack, former judge for the Tenth District Court of Appeals, is running for Franklin County Prosecutor against incumbent Ron O’Brien, who has been at the job for over 23 years. The Tyack campaign says that while O’Brien has been at the helm, Republican corruption at the Ohio Statehouse has been ignored and racial disparities […]

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New Franklin County Central Committee Members Skeptical of Appointment Process

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman New Franklin County Central Committee Members Skeptical of Appointment Process

Earlier this year, a number of new faces to the Franklin County Democratic Party ran for the county’s Central Committee under the grassroots group RepYourBlock2020, in an effort to see a more fair, transparent and engaged body. Of the over 80 candidates who ran for various wards with the group, 26 were elected during the […]

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Watch Out, ‘Super-Predator’ Rhetoric is Alive and Well

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Watch Out, ‘Super-Predator’ Rhetoric is Alive and Well

The dog-whistle term made most famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s, in which the then-first lady gave a speech in support of her husband’s tough-on-crime legislation, simply can’t be shaken. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy,” said Clinton in 1996, in support of the controversial […]

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Franklin County Mother Was in the Dark on Child’s COVID-19 Case in Juvenile Detention Center

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Franklin County Mother Was in the Dark on Child’s COVID-19 Case in Juvenile Detention Center

One Franklin County mother first learned that her child had contracted COVID-19 in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center through the sporadic calls she received from him in the last month or so. The mother, who has asked Columbus Underground to not identify her for fear of having her child’s case impacted, says the detention […]

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