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From Grove City to Grandview: What poll results will mean for you

614now Staff



The wins of two Muslim women and an openly gay candidate made 2018 another record-breaking year in the United States midterm elections.

But how did things pan out around here?

Thanks to the hardworking reporters who tirelessly monitored the poll numbers throughout the night, we’re able to bring you the unofficial results of both local and statewide ballot issues.


Bexley voters say yes to streets levy

  • A 3.5-mill replacement levy will replace an existing 2.5-mill permanent levy that voters passed in 2002. According to the city’s estimates, the replacement levy will generate approximately $780,000 in new funding per year, and will cost property owners an estimated additional $50 per $100,000 of property valuation. –The Week News


Powell voters shoot down proposed income-tax increase

  • Would have been the city’s first income-tax increase in 27 years –The Week News
  • Would have raised the city’s income tax from 0.75 percent to 1.15 percent while increasing the tax credit from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent for residents who live in Powell but work in and pay income taxes to another municipality –The Week News

Delaware County library, DD levies pass with ease

  • New library to be built in the Powell area –The Week News
  • Will provide various funding and a new Powell library, and a permanent operating levy for the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities –The Week News
  •  1-mill levy renewal for the library is expected to raise about $5 million in 2018 –The Week News

Delaware County townships: Voters approve funds for new Genoa police station, OK other township issues

  • New building for Genoa Township Police Department at the northwest corner of Big Walnut Road and state Route 3 –This Week News
  •  0.4-mill, four-year replacement fire levy for the Harlem Township Fire Department –This Week News
  • 7.0-mill, three-year fire/EMS renewal levy for the Orange Township Fire Department –This Week News



Dublin City Schools voters overwhelmingly support bond-levy

  • Will build new schools and maintain and improve existing structures –This Week News


Gahanna’s tax issue fails in close vote

  • Would have raised the city’s income-tax rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent –This Week News
  • Set to generate $2.7 million in additional revenue the first year of collection, $6.4 million in the second year and $9 million when fully implemented in the third year –This Week News

Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff

Grandview Heights Schools will revamp, replace buildings after Issue 6′s close victory

  • The $55.25 million facilities plan will include:
    • construction of a new grade 4-8 building on the current site of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School
    • substantial improvements to Grandview Heights High School
    • construction of a connector between the high school and the new 4-8 building.
  • Improvements to Stevenson Elementary School and other school buildings will be limited to safety and security and ADA compliance –This Week News

Issues roundup: Voters in Grandview reject green-space initiative, overturn council’s marijuana decision

  • Would have revised the Green Space Overlay District along Goodale Boulevard –This Week News
  • Overturned the the 4-2 vote in April that banned medical-marijuana dispensaries in the city –This Week News

Grove City

Wise: Promises made, kept helps South-Western City Schools bond issue win

  • The district will move forward with plans to construct new middle school buildings at:
    • Brookpark
    • Finland
    • Norton
    • Pleasant View middle schools
  • Make renovations at Jackson Middle School and East Franklin Elementary School –This Week News


Approved charter amendment means Hilliard will switch from “strong mayor model” to city manager

  • City Council will set a direction for the city and the city manager would be tasked with the day-to-day operations of the city –This Week News
  • The change in governance to a city manager will not begin until Jan. 1, 2020 –This Week News
  • Mayor Don Schonhardt will complete his fourth term as mayor which expires Dec. 31, 2019 –This Week News


Pickerington Public Library’s permanent operations levy headed to passage

  • Voters agreed to renew the 0.75-mill levy and approved adding an additional 0.50 mills. –This Week News
  • The 1.25-mill levy is expected to generate $1.45 million annually to help fund operations, according to Tony Howard, library director. –This Week News

Fix wins Fairfield County commissioner race

  • Jeff Fix, 53, has been on Pickerington City Council for 13 years, is the vice president of business development for RDP Foodservice, and the chairman of the county’s Republican Party. –Columbus Dispatch
  • Fix will take the seat currently held by Republican Mike Kige. –Columbus Dispatch

Upper Arlington

Upper Arlington voters OK city charter changes


Blendon Township roundup: Police levy wins easily

  • Will provide and maintain police vehicles and other equipment and covering salaries for officers, communications needs, and operational costs –This Week News
  • The Point liquor store at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road, was approved –This Week News


Whitehall schools bond-levy, city charter amendments approved

  • Build an addition to Rosemore Middle School –This Week News
  • Replace natural grass with artificial turf at Whitehall-Yearling High School –This Week News



Worthington Schools’ bond and levy requests approved by large margins

  • Issue 9 will be used to upgrade technology in schools, purchase new buses and help rebuild Perry and Worthingway middle schools –This Week News
  • Issue 10 will be used to pay for operating costs –This Week News
    • estimated to generate $2.9 million in fiscal 2019, $7.9 million in fiscal 2020, $12 million in fiscal 2021, $16 million in fiscal 2022 and $18 million in the years following

Residents give Worthington permission to explore electricity aggregation

  • Will allow city leaders to consider whether to become a governmental aggregator and pool the community’s purchasing power to negotiate a bulk price and potentially lower electricity bills. –This Week News

Perry Township’s renewal levy for roads and streets approved

  • Will help pay for “general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges,” according to the board of elections. –This Week News


DeWine wins governor’s race, leading GOP repeat sweep Columbus Dispatch

Republicans sweep downticket statewide races Columbus Dispatch

  • Dave Yost won as attorney general
  • Robert Sprague as treasurer
  • Frank LaRose as secretary of state
  • Keith Faber as auditor

U.S. Senate: Democrat Sherrod Brown wins third term Columbus Dispatch

Voters reject statewide Issue 1

  • Would have reduced prison sentences for felony drug offenders and instead offer a quicker path to rehabilitation –Columbus Dispatch

Democrats Michael Donnelly, Melody Stewart win seats on Ohio Supreme Court Columbus Dispatch

Republican Troy Balderson wins U.S. House seat over Danny O’Connor Columbus Dispatch

Franklin County

Democrats win Franklin County commissioner, auditor races

  • Democratic Columbus City Councilman Michael Stinziano beat incumbent Republican Clarence Mingo to win the Franklin County auditor’s race –Columbus Dispatch
  • Democratic county Commissioner Marilyn Brown won a fourth term, defeating Republican challenger Michele Reynolds –Columbus Dispatch

Former social worker wins race for new Franklin County judgeship 

  • Monica Hawkins wins a seat as a magistrate in Franklin County Probate Court –Columbus Dispatch

Democrat defeats state Rep. Jim Hughes in Franklin County judicial race

  • Democrat Karen Phipps beats Republican Jim Hughes –Columbus Dispatch
  • Jaiza Page, a Democratic member of Columbus City Council, ahead of Republican Bill Creedon –Columbus Dispatch
  • Kim Brown, a Democrat completing her first term on the court, beats Republican Michael Cassone –Columbus Dispatch
  • Democrat Stephen L. McIntosh, won without opposition –Columbus Dispatch

Metro Parks levy up big in early voting; would add parks, trails

  • Will allow the district to buy more land and build parks while creating more trails and programs to attract visitors. –Columbus Dispatch
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Poll: Who won last night’s Democratic Debate in Westerville?

Regina Fox



Last night, Westerville's Otterbein University hosted the Democratic Debate. Twelve presidential hopefuls took the stage to win the votes of spectators in the auditorium and viewers who watched from their living rooms across the nation.

According to co-host CNN, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders championed the night. Co-host The New York Times mostly agrees, with the opinion writers saying Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were among the top performers last night, but Elizabeth Warren was the clear leader.

What do you think? Take our poll below to see who Columbus thinks won the Democratic Debate.

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DeWine urges background checks, mental health programs following Dayton shooting

614now Staff



Following the heartbreaking mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Gov. Mike DeWine stepped up to the statehouse podium to lay out at least 17 proposals for gun law reform.

Among the initiatives were the Red Flag Law, expanded background checks, and mental health programs.

Watch the full address below

According to NBC4i, DeWine spent a great deal of time proposing increased penalties for felons who possess a gun illegal, or use a gun in the commission of a crime, or for when a gun is used in the commission of a felony in general, or for when someone makes a straw man purchase for someone else, or for when an adult sells a gun to a minor, to name a few. 

He also urged lawmaker to get better help for people suffering from a mental illness. DeWine also believes people inside psychiatric hospitals who are waiting to be deemed competent to stand trial for a crime would benefit from going through that process elsewhere.

WOSU reports DeWine recommended that the legislature pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales. Additionally, he thinks courts should restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats, also referred to as the Red Flag Law.

Ohio’s GOP-led state legislature has given little consideration to gun-safety measures introduced by Democrats this session, according to WOSU.

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Op-Ed: We won battle with Heartbeat Bill block, war continues

Caitlin Horwatt



Ohio’s controversial “Heartbeat Bill” has been ​blocked by a federal court​, just days before it was slated to go into enforcement on July 11. The ruling is a temporary win for pro-reproductive rights activists and Planned Parenthood, ensuring that abortion clinics in the state of Ohio can stay open. But, the war over a woman’s right to her bodily autonomy is only ramping up.

The law would have banned abortions in the state of Ohio after six weeks, the earliest time in a pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat may be detected and well before many women know they are pregnant. There were to be no exceptions for rape or incest, although there would be exceptions when the life of the mother was in danger. The law would have classified violations as fifth-degree felonies, carrying up to one year in jail time and up to $2,500 in fines as a sentence.

The ​halt was ordered ​by Judge Michael Barrett of the Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court. Barrett pointed out that the bill placed an “undue burden” on a woman seeking to terminate a pre-viability pregnancy. The law was on its face unconstitutional, a blatant attempt to overturn the federal government’s long standing decision to give women the right to the decisions regarding their bodies. Conservatives have tried to limit bodily autonomy well before women had the right to abortions; however, they fail to attack problems like infant poverty and child hunger with the same veracity.

The bill was part of a larger strategy that’s occurred nationwide at the hands of Republican lawmakers. The right to an abortion will stand nationally as long as Supreme Court rulings, including ​Roe v. Wade,​ remain in effect. By hammering out heartbeat bills nationwide, conservatives increase their chances of getting a ruling appealed up to the Supreme Court and from there the conservative-leaning court overturning ​Roe​.

Abortions are not only justified in the case of rape or incest, which has been a clickbait-inducing theme around this controversy. Abortion is a part of reproductive healthcare, a procedure nearly one in four women​ have before the age of 45. If lawmakers are so concerned about decreasing abortion rates, presumably because of a concern for the lives of the fetuses, they should fund comprehensize sex education ​and support for impoverished children already in this country.

The right to an abortion goes further than an outright ban. Strict regulations are a backdoor way to limit abortions, claiming to regulate the abortion providers for safety purposes. The state of Missouri​ famously has just one embattled abortion clinic ​still open and providing procedures, with the fight to keep the clinic licensed and running regularly boiling down to the wire in the past several months.

It is easy to move on from this debate when a new shocking headline runs about the state of politics or the crisis at the border. Wins like this, though important, cannot be accepted as permanent. As long as conservative lawmakers are proposing bills and regulations that limit abortion care, there is a battle to be fought, because we won’t go back.

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