Issue 1

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Issue 1, the proposed redistricting plan, continues to rack up support ahead of its appearance on the May ballot. Although backers are optimistic it will pass, they’re not putting all of their eggs in this election’s basket.

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The Ohio Republican Party voted on Tuesday night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn.

Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron, right) laughs with Secretary of State Jon Husted after the Ballot Board vote. Sykes was part of the group that negotiated the deal between lawmakers and citizen groups.
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A plan to change the way the state’s map of Congressional districts will be drawn after the 2020 census will be on the May ballot as Issue 1.

Esther Honig

Columbus voters may see a familiar issue on the May ballot: a proposal to convert Columbus City Council from at-large representation to a district representation. 

Columbus City Council

Columbus government elections are facing fresh criticism, with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or LDF, arguing that City Council elections have had a "racially discriminatory effect."

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If Issue 2 had passed on Tuesday night, it would have been only the fourth time in Ohio history that a law brought to the ballot by an individual or a group was approved by voters. There’s a new effort to make changes in that process.

Cathy Harper Lee (center), executive director of the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, speaks to supporters of Marsy's Law after the measure was approved by Ohio voters.
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Issue 1, the constitutional amendment that gives crime victims legal standing during criminal proceedings, was overwhelming approved by Ohio voters at the ballot box on Tuesday.

The measure known as Marsy's Law was passed was 83 percent to 17 percent by voters on Tuesday.

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Polls around Ohio are open for Election Day, as voters decide two statewide questions and hundreds of local issues. The election could also bring some big changes in Columbus government and school leadership.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 6, 2017

As Election Day nears we zero in on Issue 1 and 2 to get the details voters need. Also hear more about the gubernatorial race and local candidates for the school board and city council. 

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

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Next week’s statewide ballot is topped off by a question about crime and the rights of victims. Issue 1 is well behind the big money involved in the drug price question that is Issue 2. But Marsy’s Law, which would put certain victims’ rights in the state Constitution, still has supporters and opponents with varying concerns about what it would do.

Issue 1: Marsy's Law

Oct 25, 2017
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Ohio Issue 1, known as Marsy's Law, would amend the state constitution to secure certain rights for crime victims and their families. With Election Day coming up on Tuesday, November 7th, we discuss the potential impacts of the ballot initiative and what adopting the measure would mean for Ohioans.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 25, 2017
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Health care remains in the forefront of political discourse at the state and national level. Republican leaders in the Ohio Legislature consider breaking with Governor Kasich by putting a freeze on Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, some legal experts question the scope and possible outcomes of Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment expanding protections given to crime-victims and their families.

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

Columbus City Council

At Monday's meeting, Columbus City Council voted to table long awaited plans for redistricting the city government. A committee appointed by Mayor Andrew Ginther spent several months preparing a recommendation, but in the end, it did not appear to win the support of constituents.

Columbus City Council

Jun 21, 2017
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If Columbus City Council wants to ask residents to vote to expand the council, they must decide by the end of July. This will ensure it makes the ballot in November. The proposal would divide the city into districts and expand the council from seven to nine members, with each member representing a different district and elected at-large by all voters citywide.  

Today, we'll talk about the pros and cons of a possible city council expansion and structure change.

Esther Honig

Last week a new proposal to amend Columbus' charter was submitted to city hall. It's a new version of an old idea - changing the structure of City Council.

Columbus has a council far smaller than most cities its size, just seven seats for 800,000 people. And many voters have signaled that they want some sort of change.