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Tyler Buchanan

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.

History Thursday: Budget debate led lawmakers to mow Statehouse lawn

By: - July 8, 2021

By the fall of 1971, having tried just about everything else to get the state budget passed, Ohio lawmakers turned to their next great negotiating tool: Lawnmowers. The tardy budget meant state funding cuts. Lawmakers protested by cutting the grass on the Statehouse grounds themselves. Fifty years later, the Ohio General Assembly would pass a […]

DeWine on sending troops to southern border: ‘It’s in Ohio’s interest’

By: - July 7, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday it is in the state’s best interest to send more Ohio National Guard troops and other law enforcement officials to help protect the southern border with Mexico. The decision reflects Ohio’s broader effort to aid fellow states — or the federal government — when help is requested, the governor said. […]

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Voting begins today for congressional primaries in Ohio’s 11th, 15th districts

By: - July 7, 2021

Early voting begins today for the Aug. 3 special election in Ohio, which features two congressional primary elections and a handful of local ballot issues across the state. Most Ohioans do not have anything to vote for in this special election. But all eyes are on the 11th and 15th Ohio Congressional District primaries: 11th […]

Ohio ballots will list party affiliations for top judicial candidates

By: - July 2, 2021

A change to Ohio’s ballot rules could impact key Supreme Court races in 2022 and influence the leaning of the state’s highest court for years to come. Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law Thursday that will list candidates’ party affiliations on ballots for certain judicial races. This will include races for the Ohio […]

DeWine signs budget, blocks erasure of COVID-19 health violations

By: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the $74 billion, two-year state budget into law, keeping in place nearly all of its signature policy positions and spending priorities while once again nixing an effort by Republican lawmakers to counter his administration’s methods of handling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also vetoed an attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

Budget includes $250M for Ohio broadband internet expansion

By: - June 29, 2021

Few items in the new state budget will have as direct an impact on Ohioans’ lives as the money to be spent on improving access to broadband internet, what one lawmaker has long championed as the “great social equalizer of our time.” Lawmakers agreed to spend $250 million on broadband internet expansion projects to aid […]

Ohio college athletes will be able to profit off of names, likenesses

By: - June 29, 2021

When a legislative effort was fumbled, it was said that Gov. Mike DeWine picked up the ball and ran with it. As it turned out, the Ohio General Assembly did get the job done before the final bell sounded. Sports metaphors abounded inside the Statehouse on Monday as two branches of government worked to enact […]

Highway Patrol lieutenant appointed to Householder’s former seat

By: - June 25, 2021

A lieutenant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been selected to fill the vacant House 72nd District seat left open by the expulsion of Larry Householder. Kevin Miller, a Newark Republican, was picked among 20 applicants for the seat. The appointment was announced just two days after the deadline to apply and one day […]

Rep. Crawley selected to fill open Franklin County commissioner seat

By: - June 25, 2021

State Rep. Erica Crawley’s new position has her moving a half-mile down High Street. The Columbus lawmaker was selected by the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee to fill an open county commissioner seat. Crawley earned a narrow victory for the appointment over Elizabeth Brown, the president pro tempore of Columbus City Council. Crawley is […]

Ohio House approves transgender sports ban for women’s athletics

By: - June 25, 2021

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, with Republicans adding an unrelated provision to ban transgender girls from competing in women’s high school and college sports. The last-minute addition of a provision dealing with the transgender sports ban set off a chaotic debate on […]

Householder’s son among 20 interested in filling open House seat

By: - June 24, 2021

Might a Householder hold the former Householder House seat? That’s the hope of Derek Householder, a Perry County commissioner and the son of former Rep. Larry Householder who is among the 20 candidates to fill the vacant Ohio House of Representatives’ 72nd District seat. A screening committee will begin interviewing candidates Thursday to replace the […]

Results of Vax-A-Million: Ohio vaccination rate spiked, then fizzled

By: - June 24, 2021

When Ohio’s governor announced a first-in-the-nation vaccine sweepstakes, he acknowledged it might seem like a farfetched idea.  “Now I know that some of you now are shaking your head and saying, ‘That Mike DeWine, he’s crazy. This million dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” he said during a public address. Indeed, […]