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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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As Juvenile Facilities Report More Cases, Advocates Express Unique Concerns for Youth

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman As Juvenile Facilities Report More Cases, Advocates Express Unique Concerns for Youth

Last week, it was reported by multiple local media outlets that at least 14 youth and 27 staff members — half of the current staff — at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility last reported on Wednesday, May 6, 25 youth and 30 staff members have tested positive. The […]

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2020 Primary Election Results

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman 2020 Primary Election Results

Despite the early confusion surrounding Ohio’s primary, and the move to hold an all-mail election due to concerns over COVID-19 — the disease caused by the new coronavirus — over 19% of Franklin County’s registered voters cast a ballot in this year’s primary election. Now, the results of the primary election originally scheduled for March […]

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