New Local Podcast Spotlights Rising Political Stars

San Jose Inside Let the record show that Ryan Coonerty was the first to declare that Elizabeth Brown will be elected president of the United States in 2036. He’s kidding … sort of. Don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of Brown. She’s one of seven members of the city council of Columbus, Ohio, and she’s not quite nipping at Kamala…

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En Vogue and fireworks help welcome 2019 in Columbia

Cola Daily 2019 arrived in style in downtown Columbia as tens of thousands of people gathered on Main Street and Gervais Street for Famously Hot New Year. Mayor Steve Benjamin and Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine were among those on hand to greet the event’s headliners En Vogue, one of the five highest-selling female American music groups in history. En Vogue…

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Restoring Finlay Park

Columbia Star Columbia City Council passed a motion at its December 18 meeting that is bringing new excitement to the future of Finlay Park. The motion authorizes city manager Teresa Wilson to collaborate with Whitewater Holdings, LLC to create a comprehensive conceptual design for the Finlay Park Development Opportunity. The motion made it clear this collaboration does not mean a…

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State House menorah lighting honors memories of Pittsburgh synagogue victims

The Charlotte Observer The fatal shootings of 11 Jewish men and women at a Pittsburgh synagogue in a hate-fueled attack in October brought back painful memories for Anita Zucker’s mother, a Holocaust survivor. “It just made everything so vivid and so real,” the Charleston businesswoman and philanthropist, whose mother will turn 95 on Wednesday, said Tuesday night. The memories of…

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U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin Leads Delegation to Attend Inauguration of Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Cision PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President, Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will attend the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  The bipartisan delegation includes mayors from across the United States, who were invited by President-elect Obrador,…

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Munici-pals: National mayors group hopes to combat bigotry with compassion

Montgomery Advertiser Thirteen mayors of varying genders, races and backgrounds walked into the Renaissance Hotel conference room Wednesday carrying stories of hate-based division and violence they’ve witnessed as citizens and municipal leaders. For hours, the group swapped lessons gleaned from leading cities through adversity. Faced with what they called a divisive political climate and rising public bigotry, the summit’s goal was to begin…

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Columbia Mayor joins Obamas, Drake, others on list of 100 inspiring African-Americans

The State Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s national star continues to rise, as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently was named one of the 100 most inspiring African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Benjamin is in the company of national power players including Barack and Michelle Obama, athletes Steph Curry and Venus Williams, politicians Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, musicians…

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Columbia’s Mayor Benjamin gains national recognition

WLTX19 Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 2018 Power 100 list of influential and inspiring African Americans. The national magazine has compiled the list of the top 100 movers and shakers within the Black community for 70 years, with categories that include Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Power Players, Community Crusaders, MVPs, Disruptors, and Arts & Entertainment. Read more>>>

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