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Any flicker of hope that a new mayor might save the dysfunctional Columbia city council from itself was fully extinguished this week during budget review proceedings that turned into a dumpster fire fueled by the council’s same old bad habits - overreach, meddling and distrust of staff. And … Read More

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This week’s city council action to eliminate the ban on roll carts for curbside trash pickup in Columbia was a crucial success for new Mayor Barbara Buffaloe and has opened a route forward for the city that avoids a divisive election in August and buys city staff time to craft a plan accepta… Read More

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It’s noteworthy that the issue of racial equity in city government has not been a question or much of a discussion at the 13 candidate forums so far during this election campaign - yet it is continually the pervasive subtext at every city council meeting. Read More

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The candidates for election to the city council on April 5 have been asked for their solutions to homelessness, trash pickup, reducing violent crime, increasing affordable housing, improving public transit and obtaining 100-percent renewable energy. Read More

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With a little more than a month to go in the campaign for Columbia mayor, the candidates are developing identities that distinguish themselves from each other and clarifying their differences amid much superfluous noise and little discussion of the more consequential concerns. Read More