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Business Fairness Act Passes Ohio House to Prevent Future COVID-19 Shutdowns

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Business Fairness Act Passes Ohio House to Prevent Future COVID-19 Shutdowns

By Tyler Buchanan ‘All businesses are essential,’ lawmaker says A bill seeking to prevent any future COVID-19 business shutdowns as part of a pandemic response took a major step Wednesday toward reaching Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. House Bill 621, nicknamed the Business Fairness Act, passed the Ohio House of Representatives with bipartisan support and now awaits […]

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Experts Critical of Ohio’s “Ineffective” COVID Curfew

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Experts Critical of Ohio’s “Ineffective” COVID Curfew

By Jake Zuckerman Starting Thursday, Ohioans will be breaking the law if they’re out past 10 p.m. unless they’re shopping for groceries, going to work, or meet other exemptions. The porous curfew, which Gov. Mike DeWine described Tuesday as an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, came after he walked back a plan that he […]

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Bill in Ohio House Would Impose Harsh New Penalties on Protesters

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Bill in Ohio House Would Impose Harsh New Penalties on Protesters

By Marty Schladen In the wake of this summer’s massive civil-rights protests, two Republicans in the Ohio House have filed a bill that imposes harsh new penalties on certain protest-related activities. The bill even goes so far as to allow people to kill protesters if they feel threatened by them. The sponsors of the legislation say […]

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Political Tug-of-War Over COVID-19 Response Continues

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Political Tug-of-War Over COVID-19 Response Continues

By Tyler Buchanan & Jake Zuckerman Ohio has reached another crossroads in the battle against COVID-19.  Gov. Mike DeWine is once again caught in the middle as the state repeatedly sets new records for virus cases and hospitalizations. After months of a decentralized approach and emphasis on personal responsibility, DeWine now says Ohio faces “a monumental crisis.” […]

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Schools See Rising Cases Across State

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Schools See Rising Cases Across State

By Susan Tebben The state has ballooned with COVID-19 cases, and schools have reported their own increases in student cases, some hitting triple digits. Delaware County’s Olentangy Local Schools has seen the most total cases as of the most recent state schools report, released on Thursday, with 125 reported COVID-19 cases since reporting began. Franklin County […]

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Militia Groups Appear at Statehouse Rallies for Trump, Biden

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Militia Groups Appear at Statehouse Rallies for Trump, Biden

By Jake Zuckerman Two loosely defined cohorts showed up at the Statehouse on Saturday after news outlets projected Joe Biden won the presidential election: Biden fans came to gloat and Donald Trump fans came to allege voter fraud. There were heated arguments, hymns sung over a PA, and horns blaring. A car performed a burnout before […]

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2020 Election Signals Victory for a Gerrymandered Ohio Congressional Map

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal 2020 Election Signals Victory for a Gerrymandered Ohio Congressional Map

By Tyler Buchanan Democrat Shannon Freshour’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, began with a viral announcement and she stayed in the spotlight for the year to follow.  Republican Christina Hagan, running against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, got an endorsement tweet from Donald Trump. The president even shared Hagan’s campaign donation page to his […]

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