Politics

Tyler Buchanan
Mar 22, 2023 - Politics

News and highlights from Mayor Ginther's State of the City

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke of his old stomping grounds at Whetstone High School and reflected on his two terms leading a rapidly changing metropolis in yesterday's State of the City address.

Why it matters: Ginther's speech, infused with biographical undertones, comes amid his first contested mayoral race since his inaugural run in 2015.

Ohio Senate Bill 83 targets college culture

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Statehouse Republicans are proposing widespread changes to Ohio's higher education system that they say will better protect free speech on campus by, among other things, banning mandatory diversity training.

Why it matters: The effort to ward off perceived political bias in higher education is one of several recent attempts by GOP lawmakers to more closely shape public education's operations and curriculum.

Tyler Buchanan
Mar 20, 2023 - News

Short North crime prompts mobile vending reforms

A food truck at a Franklinton Friday event in 2021. Photo: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Columbus City Council is expected to approve mobile vending reforms tonight as part of a broader effort to reduce crime and congestion in the Short North neighborhood, where food carts are especially popular.

  • A deadly fight next to a North High Street food cart last Labor Day helped spur months of discussions until the proposals were finalized.
Tyler Buchanan
Mar 13, 2023 - Business

Columbus weighs proposal to ban employers asking about pay history

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

Columbus employers may soon be prohibited from asking job applicants about their pay history.

Why it matters: Advocates for the change say outlawing this question is one remedy for suppressed wages and pay discrimination, issues disproportionately affecting women and people of color.

Tyler Buchanan
Mar 10, 2023 - Politics

Larry Householder found guilty in corruption trial

Photo illustration of Larry Householder with lines emanating from him.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: The Ohio Channel

Larry Householder and his legal team insisted his behind-the-scenes dealings as a lawmaker and Ohio House speaker were political in nature, not criminal.

  • A jury disagreed yesterday, convicting him and former Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges of racketeering for their involvement in what prosecutors described as a $60 million legislative bribery plot.

Timeline: The Larry Householder saga

Former Ohio Representative Larry Householder speaking on the House floor.

Former House Speaker Larry Householder arguing against his eventual expulsion from the Ohio Statehouse in June 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the Ohio Channel

Jury deliberation continues Thursday in the corruption trial of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

State of play: He's alleged to have been involved in a $60 million bribery scheme that resulted in a $1.3 billion nuclear bailout bill enacted in 2019. Here's a quick timeline of events:

Ohio may loosen its child labor laws

Illustration of the Ohio State Capitol with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Statehouse Democrats and Republicans usually don't agree on much, but they've found common ground in Ohio children as young as 14 working longer hours during the school year.

Why it matters: The proposal to loosen Ohio's youth employment standards is being considered amid a rise in child labor violations across the U.S.

Tyler Buchanan
Feb 23, 2023 - Politics

Ohio purges thousands from voter rolls

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose holds his hand up while giving a speech.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose during a 2022 speech. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Ohio removed thousands of citizens from the state voter rolls this week due to inactivity, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced.

Why it matters: Those impacted are urged to re-register if they want to cast a ballot this year.

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