Politics

Tyler Buchanan
May 24, 2022 - Politics

Russia bans 21 Ohio officials from visiting country

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Photo via Getty Images

Twenty-one Ohio officials have been permanently banned from traveling to Russia, per a list published by the country's Foreign Ministry.

State of play: The Russian travel ban applies to Ohio's entire delegation to Congress, including local Reps. Mike Carey (R-Columbus), Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) and Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville).

Tyler Buchanan
May 23, 2022 - News

Columbus police may be forced to wear name IDs

Police in riot gear patrol a Columbus protest in 2020.
Protesters confront police officers standing in the middle of the street in 2020 during the protest against the murder of George Floyd. Photo: Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A proposed change to city law would require Columbus police officers to publicly display their name tags and badge numbers while on duty.

Tyler Buchanan
May 18, 2022 - Politics

Ohio Dems pitch constitutional amendment on abortion rights

Protesters in front of the Ohio Statehouse.
Protesters at a "Ban Off Our Bodies" rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Photo: Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network

Ohio Democrats are seeking a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

Why it matters: The constitutional amendment would override Republican efforts to restrict abortion access and put the question before voters.

Franklin County voter turnout lags in primary

Data: Ohio Secretary of State, Franklin County Board of Elections; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Not even a high-profile U.S. Senate campaign and a contested governor's race could drive a large number of Ohioans to the polls.

Driving the news: Just over 20% of registered Ohio voters cast ballots in this week's primary election, which also featured congressional races and local initiatives.

Tyler Buchanan
May 4, 2022 - News

How overturning Roe v. Wade could impact Ohio

A protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building with a sign reading, "Bans Off Our Bodies."
Abortion activist gather at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on Monday evening in reaction to a leaked draft of a majority opinion overturning the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Abortion access in Ohio may be impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe v. Wade.

Driving the news: The court's conservative majority is poised to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, according to a leaked draft document first published by Politico.

Tyler Buchanan
May 4, 2022 - News

DeWine, Whaley will face off in Ohio governor's race

Nan Whaley and Cheryl Stephens, Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio, on the campaign trail.
Nan Whaley and Cheryl Stephens, the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio. Photo: Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine successfully fended off a GOP primary challenge and will face former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley this November in his quest for another term.

Tyler Buchanan
May 2, 2022 - News

Election Day for Ohio primary is almost here

Two voters head toward the Franklin County Board of Elections for early voting.
Voters enter the Franklin County Board of Elections to cast their ballots early for the May 3 primary election. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The primary election is almost upon us and Monday's the last day to cast an early ballot.

Details: The Franklin County Board of Elections, at 1700 Morse Road, has voting today from 8am-2pm.

  • If you have an absentee ballot at home, it must be postmarked today in order to count.
  • Another option is dropping off the ballot to the board of elections by 7:30pm tomorrow.
Sami Sparber
Apr 21, 2022 - News

Columbus' ambitious plan to be more green. Plus: 3 Earth Day events

Illustration of a neutral emoji turning green and smiling.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Columbus ranks No. 77 out of the country's 100 largest cities for sustainability, according to a recent study by WalletHub.

Why it matters: With a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, Columbus has plenty of work to do before securing a top spot on the greenest cities ranking.

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