Election 2020

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

BY: and - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States Wednesday morning, when he took the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol, attacked police […]

Oath Keepers’ leader wanted to ‘storm the capitol in Ohio,’ feds say

BY: - January 19, 2021

Authorities charged a leader of the Oath Keepers and two members from Ohio for their role in planning and executing a breach of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 as Congress was voting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Jessica Watkins, 38, and Donovan Crowl, 49, both of Champaign County, are facing six […]

A congressman and his aides armed themselves with scissors in the face of a mob. Now, he wants Trump prosecuted.

BY: - January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle slipped a pair of scissors into his pocket as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. He didn’t tell his staff members because he didn’t want to alarm them — but also didn’t realize his three staffers made the same call. They, too, had each grabbed a pair of scissors as […]

More than 21,000 Guard members from 50 states headed to D.C., and numbers may grow

BY: - January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it goes smoothly will be supersized. At least 21,000 National Guard men and women — from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia — will provide security support for the […]

Non-violent, heavily armed demonstration forms at Statehouse

BY: - January 17, 2021

A cohort of armed men stood at the Statehouse steps calling for unity. A conspiracy theorist with a megaphone yelled about dangerous vaccines, 9/11 and the 2020 election. A Black Lives Matter activist simply waved a flag in celebration of the looming inauguration of a new president. The entire Sunday crowd of roughly 100 stood, […]

The last Statehouse protests ended in fistfights. Now officials worry for inauguration violence.

BY: - January 15, 2021

It was a peaceful protest outside the Ohio Statehouse. Then it was a crowd of Proud Boys wailing on Dejuan Sharp. The brawl came a few hours later. Sharp, a Black man, attended the Jan. 6 protest along with other Black Lives Matter activists when, by his account, a Proud Boy in a baseball helmet […]

Ohio man joins raid on U.S. Capitol: ‘I shouldn’t have kicked in the window’

BY: - January 14, 2021

An Ohio man kicked in an reinforced window shutter at the U.S. Capitol during a seditious mob raid on Congress last week, footage shows. Troy Faulkner can be clearly seen on the exterior of the Capitol in a “Faulkner Painting” sweatshirt bearing the company phone number. Footage shows him successfully kicking the shutter in after […]

Ohio girds for unrest as governor says he didn’t anticipate right-wing uprising

BY: - January 13, 2021

As he called up the National Guard Tuesday to prepare for a possible attack on the Statehouse, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he didn’t anticipate President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on a peaceful transition of power. DeWine said he was activating 500 members of the Ohio Guard to protect the Statehouse and the […]

Ohio bartender and her ‘militia’ drove to D.C. to join the Capitol breach

BY: - January 13, 2021

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 she didn’t […]

Ohio Board of Ed member organized bus trip to D.C. for “Stop the Steal” rally

BY: - January 12, 2021

A state Board of Education member organized a bus trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a “Stop the Steal” event, which descended into a chaotic, seditious mob raid on the U.S. Capitol as Congress voted to affirm the presidential election. Kirsten Hill, who was elected to a four-year term in 2018, organized for a […]

Where’s the beef? Portman won’t provide evidence of voter fraud

BY: - January 12, 2021

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is continuing to raise doubts about the integrity of American elections — even after President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election fueled a deadly insurrection at the Capitol while Congress was trying to certify that Joe Biden had beaten Trump. And while he continues to say we need to “restore […]

Multiple investigations opened into the death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

BY: - January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]