This week we visit a city council meeting in Worthington to watch the sparks fly as second amendment drama is on the agenda. In one corner we have three overly meta teens, a handful of thirtysomething suburbanite moms, and a guy who swears he knows how guns work. In the other, we have boomers in "AMERICA NEEDS GUNS" shirts, newsletter soldiers, and 1,500 different statistics. In other news, the gubernatorial primaries are over, and we run through the policy background (or lackthereof) of each frontrunner. Cardinal health is also attempting to bleed heat from accusations in congress of purposely flooding West Virginia with opioids.
CORRECTION: I referenced a letter written by a Worthington city council member named Scott Myers. In doing so I incorrectly referred to him as the mayor. I am an idiot, please ignore me.
It's bicycle safety month in the US, so strap on your helmets kids. A new shared bike startup comes to Columbus, with an interesting business model: You can leave your bikes anywhere when you are done with them, no dock needed! I'm sure this can't have any unintended consequences. In local news, Worthington heard quite an interesting letter proposal regarding gun control that one councilman would send to send to his state representitives, Columbus is looking to detect gunfire automatically, and the state of Ohio finds the letters AF very offensive for some reason.
Tax season may be over, but the state and city are still looking for money where ever it can be found. ECOT's money? Ohio's money now. Extra revenue from John Glenn? Extra revenue for the city you mean. Luckily, with great budgets, come great libraries, free buses to downtown, and presumably less taxes needed next year.
In larger news, the moderates are polling well, given that their competition seems very intent on throwing their own primary away.
For those of you following the housing market, it seems the trend of people from New York coming to Columbus and gushing about the same four New Yorker owned businesses has no end in sight, so a house is basically an investment if you think about it.
As OSU football fans mourn the loss of Earle Bruce, fans of a different type of sports are cheering the announcments from a different Ohio university. Tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money will go to people good at certain video games. In addition we talk about problems keeping your neighborhood nice in Hilltop, the Cleveland greyhound that got lost on it's way to NYC and ended up in western Ohio, and much more.
Eric's sworn enemy, the homeless masses, have had enough with his yuppie kind, and stabbed one. In addition, the Crew move to Austin is on its way to being a giant legal drama, the kind that becomes a low budget cash grab film ten years after the fact. The city also may be getting a shake shack, and legalizing dogs in resturants and bars, although that seems like it'll happen over Eric's stabbed and bitten body.
This week we get a glimpse at this year's marajuana legislation, which seeks to treat the drug like alcohol in almost every regard, including liscening and home development. In city related news, Columbu's own ROOT insurance just recieved one of the largest stage 3 funding amounts ever, the city is dead set on buying the crew, OSU revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree, and much more.
The title isn't a joke for once, wendy's literally put out a rap album. Listen to one of their original songs one minute into the podcast. Also, traffic cams may soon be a thing of the past in Ohio, as regulations may serve to make them a nonviable revenue model. In sports news, more is out about the city's case with precourt, and Columbus is on it's way to being a major hockey hub in the midwest, whatever in the world that means. More firearms protests and legal proposals from the city; we go through each one and respond.
What constitutes life? What constitutes a living wage? What constitutes terrorism? What constitutes a 'first world way' to do away with your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women? Join us this week as we talk state abortion laws, proposed OSU and state minimum wage changes, and a Russian global terror plot.
Good lord, it seems like Eric can't go one week without a new story of weird encounters with the homeless. Oh well, I'm sure it's just random coincedence. Lots of happenings in local politics this week, as Kasich gives the State of the State, the Dem Governor primary debates estblish two clear frontrunners, and we talk about the implications on Trumps tariffs for jobs and income equality.
Lots of buildings being thrown up in the first week of March, as local businesses make public their budgets and plans for the year. We've also changed up the format a bit now, in order to more closely align our topics with Columbus news, and less often with regional/Ohio news. This week's feature is all about Xi Jinping, who half of the show's hosts are convinced is a dictator in all but name. Also, some local ice cream lady vents her feelings on twitter, some Dispatch journalist vents their feelings on Reddit, and more Ohioans than ever are packing heat.