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Q&A with Council’s Newest Member, Rob Dorans

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Q&A with Council’s Newest Member, Rob Dorans

Rob Dorans was sworn in as Columbus City Council’s newest member last week, replacing former president pro tem Michael Stinziano. Stinzianio won his race against former county auditor Clarence Mingo in the 2018 general election, and officially took office on Monday, March 11. Stinziano’s successor comes from a labor law background, dedicating seven years to […]

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City Council Appoints Rob Dorans to Replace Stinziano

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Appoints Rob Dorans to Replace Stinziano

On Monday, Feb. 25, City Council appointed Rob Dorans as its newest member. Dorans, who is currently serving as commissioner for the Recreation and Parks Department, fills the vacancy left by former President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano, who was elected as County Auditor in the 2018 general election. “We are very pleased to have Rob […]

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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 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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DeWine to Succeed Kasich as Next Ohio Governor, and Other Election Results

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega DeWine to Succeed Kasich as Next Ohio Governor, and Other Election Results

What many political strategists were predicting would be a “blue wave” looks more like a blue tide, particularly here in Ohio. The GOP has successfully defended the governor’s office. Mike DeWine beat Democrat Richard Cordray by 5 points, 51 to 46 percent. The same goes for Attorney General; Republican Dave Yost will succeed DeWine, winning […]

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