Year in Review: Our most popular stories of 2020

Many of the top-read stories from the Ohio Capital Journal in 2020 involved well-researched reports on COVID-19, the House Bill 6 scandal and the goings on at the Ohio Statehouse.

Occasionally, readers were drawn to coverage of the latest head-turning remark from an elected official.

Here were the most-read stories published by OCJ this year:

January

State data shows 25,600 homeless students in Ohio. That number has been increasing annually 

Two Republican Ohio House members look to eliminate prevailing wage

Ohio House committee considers easing ‘duty to retreat’ laws 

February

A court’s ruling made bestiality legal in 8 Ohio counties. One legislator wants to fix that 

Rep. George Lang

How an Ohio representative’s business could profit off the ‘stand your ground’ bill he co-sponsors 

Conversion therapy is a discredited practice. Ohio hired its advocate as an expert witness 

March

Ohio primary election voting officially extended through April 28 

6,000 coronavirus cases per day? 8,000? OSU researchers on forecasting pandemics

Health dept. Issues stay-at-home order; Ohioans to shelter in place through at least April 6 

April

GOP lawmaker says he won’t let Jewish health director turn Ohio into Nazi Germany

Belmont Correctional Institution. Source: ODRC

31 dead, thousands infected at Ohio prisons; counts climb at 5 facilities

 

Ohio Democratic legislator wants Trump prosecuted for ‘crimes against humanity’ 

 

May

GOP lawmaker plans bill to ‘reopen Ohio’, revoke powers used by DeWine, Acton

State rep. won’t wear mask because faces are the ‘likeness of God’

Police say suspect threatened to kill father of ranking house Dem unless she resigned

June

Ohio House passes bill to roll back absentee voting access

A demonstrator addresses a crowd on the west side of the Ohio Statehouse.

GOP Rep. on anti-racism resolution: I’m ‘darker’ than most Black lawmakers

Protesters report adverse effects from tear gas exposure, demand Columbus ban chemical agents entirely

July

DeWine mask order won’t apply to lawmakers, judges, staffs

Feds said to be investigating largest Medicaid provider in the U.S.

FirstEnergy money flowed to Ohio politicians who supported Householder-backed HB6

August

Coronavirus cases down 31% in first month since mask mandate

Among Ohio lawmakers, anti-vaccine views run deep 

School funding bill to get new look under new speaker

Children wearing protective face masks sit in a classroom. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

September

GOP lawmaker wants to see if DeWine can be criminally charged

Alleged Householder texts about nuclear bailout are MIA, House says

Community pharmacy group says CVS, other bigs are unfairly steering patients

October

Ohioan reports being recruited for plot targeting Gov. DeWine at his home

Here is where to drop off your Ohio absentee ballot

A plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor hatched in a ritzy Columbus suburb, prosecutors say

November

Pictured is Ohio’s congressional delegation as it has looked after the 2012, ’14, ’16, ’18 and ’20 elections.

Ohio congressional map to be redrawn after decade of gerrymandering

House bill would impose harsh new penalties on protesters and their organizations

Ohio House Republican unloads COVID-19 conspiracy theories to Senate committee

December

Before outbreak, infected House GOP lawmaker skirted COVID-19 guidelines

An Ohio county heard mixed messages on COVID-19. Now it’s a hotspot.

COVID-19 protesters gather outside Ohio GOP Senate leader’s home, seeking veto override

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.