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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.

Ohio Senate president now supportive of broadband internet spending

By: - June 23, 2021

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he has come around on the issue of broadband internet spending, telling reporters Wednesday he is optimistic that lawmakers can come to an agreement on investing in this public need. Leaders from the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives are currently negotiating a two-year state budget that […]

Should Ohio candidates be able to use campaign funds on child care costs?

By: - June 23, 2021

If Ohio wants a more diverse set of political candidates, state Sen. Tina Maharath believes the campaign rules should be more favorable to busy parents. Maharath, a Columbus Democrat, proposes the way to do that is to allow candidates to use donations to pay for child care costs while they are on the campaign trail. […]

Disability Rights Ohio concerned about budget item seeking oversight

By: - June 22, 2021

A nonprofit watchdog advocating for the rights of Ohioans with disabilities is concerned about a budget proposal from the state senate to ramp up oversight of its own activities. Disability Rights Ohio has been the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy system since 2012, tasked with helping oversee the care of individuals with disabilities and informing […]

Mailbag: What’s with all the ‘Ohio is for Leaders’ ads on TV?

By: - June 21, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag. Sports betting is not yet legal here, but the odds are good you will find this political column enlightening. (I hope.) Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Who keeps […]

Social media satirist known as ‘Reflog_18’ wants Householder’s open seat

By: - June 18, 2021

Eligibility in question, but McNeil says he’s ‘less corrupt than the last guy’ A Licking County resident known widely online for his Ohio sports commentary and having once organized the Cleveland Browns 0-16 parade is vying for the Statehouse seat left open by the expulsion of Rep. Larry Householder. Chris McNeil, a Granville native who […]

Sports betting in Ohio takes one more step toward legalization

By: - June 18, 2021

This time next year, Ohioans could be placing sports bets on Cincinnati Reds games or choosing an underdog to win it all at the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin. That’s if the Ohio House of Representatives quickly follows the lead of the state senate, whose members approved the framework for legalized sports betting earlier this […]

Buckeyes coach Day lends support of ‘NIL’ bill as it passes Ohio Senate

By: - June 17, 2021

Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day is fully supportive of a bill to let college athletes make money off of personal sponsorship deals. It’s fair to the players and it could set them up for the years after their playing days are over. But mostly, with the dam breaking on the notion of college […]

Health experts speak out against bill prohibiting vaccine mandates

By: - June 16, 2021

Pediatricians and other infectious disease experts issued clear warnings about a proposed bill to weaken Ohio’s vaccination laws: Doing so would put children’s lives at risk and potentially expose the state to a resurgence of deadly viruses.  A half-dozen medical experts implored lawmakers to reconsider approving a new law that would prohibit vaccine mandates for […]

Millions paid out to Ohioans who were wrongfully convicted, imprisoned

By: - June 15, 2021

The state of Ohio will pay a Cleveland man nearly half a million dollars as compensation for wrongly imprisoning him for nearly two decades. Anthony Lemons will receive $491,000 for the 17 years he spent in prison following a wrongful conviction for murder in 1995.  Lemons is among a growing list of exonerated former prisoners […]

Ohio taxpayers again footing the bill for grant project aiding Amazon

By: - June 15, 2021

The Ohio Senate wants the state to begin “asset testing” for food stamp assistance to ensure government aid only goes to those who truly need it. Meanwhile, Ohio lawmakers agreed Monday to spend $1.5 million in taxpayer funds for an expansion project benefitting one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Lawmakers on the […]

Ohio GOP leaders may have sole power to intervene in gerrymandering cases

By: - June 14, 2021

A last-second addition to the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would give Republican leaders sole ability to contest legal challenges to the new legislative maps drawn this year. Ohio voters in 2015 and 2018 approved new redistricting processes for drawing state and congressional districts that will be first implemented this year. The new system encourages greater […]

House leadership weighs political fate of their indicted colleague

By: and - June 11, 2021

Nearly a year since state Rep. Larry Householder was arrested on public corruption charges, four rank-and-file lawmakers argued their case to Ohio House leadership Thursday that it’s the House’s duty to purge Householder from the chamber he once controlled.  The lawmakers — two Republicans and two Democrats — introduced separate but similar resolutions last month […]