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City Council Accepting Applications for Council Residential Districting Commission

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Council Accepting Applications for Council Residential Districting Commission

Columbus City Council has announced it has opened applications for the Council Residential Districting Commission. The members of this commission will draw the residential district maps of council. “Creation of the Council Residential Districting Commission represents the first step in accommodating our city’s future of more growth, more inclusion, and greater representation for the Columbus […]

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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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The Initiative That Won’t Die: Wards are Back

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Initiative That Won’t Die: Wards are Back

The fight for district representation on city council is far from over. Represent Columbus, who put the issue on last year’s ballot that would have increased the number of council members and established ward representation, is revived with a new initiative and a new name. Now dubbed Everyday People for Positive Change, the group is […]

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Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

The Charter Review Committee, charged last September with the task of assessing and developing a recommendation for the composition and operations of Columbus City Council, released its recommended legislation this week. If approved, a “District-At-Large” form of council would be implemented, vacancy appointments would see a longer, more public process, and every resident would have […]

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Columbus Called Out in NAACP Legal Defense Fund FAQ

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus Called Out in NAACP Legal Defense Fund FAQ

The Legal Defense Fund of the national arm of the NAACP has a mission of advancing racial justice. Its website is crowned with a quotation from the sitting President of the United States, “The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights firm in American History.” Yesterday, that civil rights firm […]

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Issue 1 Fails at the Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Issue 1 Fails at the Ballot

Columbus voters are keeping City Council the way it is. Whether it was the proposal or the idea, roughly 9 percent of the city’s 529,695 voters said Issue 1 – the ballot measure that aimed to put 10 representative seats and maintain three at-large on council – isn’t right for the city. Roughly 49 thousand […]

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City Council Ward Proposal Rejected by Columbus Voters

Walker Evans Walker Evans City Council Ward Proposal Rejected by Columbus Voters

With over 94 percent of precincts reporting, it appears that Issue 1 has failed by a wide margin at the polls. As of 9:45pm, over 33,000 votes have been tallied against the ward proposal — a total of 71.4 percent, compared to just 13,000 in favor — a total of 28.5 percent. “Columbus voters have spoken […]

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