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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 11, 2017

Two more candidates enter the fray for the Democratic nomination in Ohio's gubernatorial race: former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, and recently resigned Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill. Also, Al Franken departs the U.S. Senate and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine investigates legal action to keep Crew SC in Ohio.

We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.

Adora Namigadde

It seemed like a long shot for Columbus Crew SC fans when a state lawmaker floated the idea of invoking a 21-year-old law to keep the soccer club from moving to Austin, Texas.

But Ohio's top law enforcement official says he agrees, and will use the law as a tool to try to keep the Major League Soccer team in its original home.

MAPFRE Stadium / Facebook

An Ohio lawmaker is invoking former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is his efforts to keep the Columbus Crew SC from leaving the city.

Columbus Crew's Artur (right) and Toronto FC's Tosaint Ricketts chase a loose ball during the an MLS Eastern Conference championship soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The Columbus Crew SC's playoff run that came amid a backdrop of a potential move to Austin, Texas, is over.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says many of the details in a now-retracted stadium proposal from the CEO of the Columbus Foundation were presented to the owner of the Columbus Crew in a meeting last week.

Columbus Foundation

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours after releasing his proposal to keep the Columbus Crew SC from moving to Austin, Texas, the CEO of the Columbus Foundation has issued an apology of sorts.

MAPFRE Stadium / Facebook

The Columbus Crew return to the pitch inside MAPFRE Stadium on Tuesday evening as they start the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto FC.

Columbus Foundation

The CEO of the Columbus Foundation has unveiled an ambitious plan for a new downtown stadium to help keep the Crew SC from moving out of Columbus.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Going into a meeting with Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer officials, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said city officials were "resolved to do our part" to keep the soccer club from moving to Austin, Texas.

They left that meeting not nearly as optimistic.

Columbus Crew

Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer confirmed that he and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther will head to New York to meet Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt on November 15.

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