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Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

By Jake Zuckerman A Champaign County bartender who runs a self-identified militia, joined by three others in her unit, drove to Washington D.C. last week to join what descended into a seditious mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol. Jessica Watkins, 38, a bartender, said she doesn’t consider herself as having committed a crime — she said […]

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No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

By Jake Zuckerman A pugilistic day of political demonstrations that included two brawls between far-right demonstrators insisting the presidential election was stolen and Black Lives Matter activists ended with no arrests Wednesday. At least two rounds of fisticuffed rumbles with an array of participants broke out at different points through the afternoon along with some more […]

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House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill, Expanding Right to Shoot to Kill in Self-Defense

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill, Expanding Right to Shoot to Kill in Self-Defense

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio House passed legislation late Thursday evening that removes a legal requirement that people try to retreat from a confrontation before shooting to kill in perceived self-defense. The legislation, commonly referred to as “stand your ground,” passed in a 52-31 vote around 11:30 p.m. If passed into law, it rescinds what’s known […]

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COVID-19 Becomes 4th Leading Cause of Death of Ohioans for 2020

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal COVID-19 Becomes 4th Leading Cause of Death of Ohioans for 2020

By Jake Zuckerman COVID-19 is the 4th leading killer of Ohioans this year when compared to 2019 mortality data. It could quickly become the third, depending on what happens in the three final weeks remaining in 2020. As of Sunday, 7,492 Ohioans have died from COVID-19, the first having died March 1, according to data from the […]

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Ohioans to go into Thanksgiving Holiday With Record COVID Numbers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohioans to go into Thanksgiving Holiday With Record COVID Numbers

By Jake Zuckerman If COVID-19 could devise a holiday to its liking, it’d be Thanksgiving. American families travel for a prolonged meal; congregate with extended family, neighbors and friends; and can’t wear masks when they eat and drink. In Ohio, the cold weather likely precludes any notion of eating outside, where the virus is less likely […]

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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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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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