Politics & Gov

Unfinished business: 5 legislative priorities in Ohio pushed to 2021

BY: - December 29, 2020

The 133rd Ohio General Assembly wrapped up its term with a flurry of lame-duck activity last week, closing out a challenging year of legislating amid a global pandemic.  Lawmakers hurried to get priority bills passed and sent to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for a signature before the two-year term ended. There were, however, a number […]

A presidential election like none other, and now an inauguration like none other

BY: - December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — As with so many other events during the year preceding it, the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be a ceremony unlike those of his predecessors. Tempering the celebratory tone is a directive from Biden’s inaugural team for supporters to refrain from traveling to D.C. for the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Instead, they’ve urged […]

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

BY: - December 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of […]

Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT

BY: - December 28, 2020

Pete Buttigieg as the incoming pick for U.S. transportation secretary would take office at a time when both state and local officials are deeply frustrated that not enough is being done to maintain and improve the country’s transportation networks. But nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. For example, two presidents have vowed […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Man rightly convicted, but Second Amendment test debated

BY: - December 25, 2020

While the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Clermont County man who carried a shotgun around his home while intoxicated, the justices had mixed opinions on how his Second Amendment rights should be applied in the case. Frederick Weber appealed to the state’s highest court after being convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor for […]

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

BY: - December 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education — Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it’s been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students this past year,” Biden […]

Ohio teachers demand change as wages lag

BY: - December 24, 2020

Ohio teachers are adapting to COVID-19 learning, while also fighting for wages and benefits that are lower than professionals with similar education and experience. Teachers from across the state shared their experiences in an event hosted by the progressive think-tank Policy Matters Ohio. Tati Weaks, of the Greenfield Exempted Schools, which serves portions of Fayette, […]

Just before Christmas, Columbus evictions proceed despite safety questions

BY: - December 24, 2020

It might be Christmas, but the cruelties of the coronavirus refuse to abate. In addition to all its other horrors, large numbers of central Ohioans are being ordered into an eviction court that appears to have little regard for the disease’s spread. A partial federal moratorium against putting people out of their homes will be […]

Mailbag: How Ohio gov’t x-ray funding involved an anime controversy

BY: - December 24, 2020

We’ve reached the end of the 133rd General Assembly, which means farewell speeches at 1 a.m. and late-night trombone solos. Like Sen. John Eklund, The Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag is always in tune. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. This […]

History Thursday: How the Ohio government nearly owned Cedar Point

BY: - December 24, 2020

In the 1950s, Gov. Frank Lausche pushed for Ohio to purchase Cedar Point and turn the area into a state park. Lausche even had the support of legislative leaders and other state officials. But the state never followed through. Frank Lausche knew an opportunity when he saw one. The year was 1956, and the Democratic […]

Covid crowds some out of Ohio hospitals, federal release shows

BY: - December 23, 2020

Hospital beds in Ohio and elsewhere are filling with coronavirus patients, prompting the federal government to ease rules and allow more people to be treated at home. But for some reason, top Ohio health officials don’t seem to want to say that. Among other experts, Ashish K. Jha has reported that nationally the portion of […]

COVID-19 cases in schools still grow leading up to holiday break

BY: - December 23, 2020

A Butler County school tops the reported student cases in schools as the state’s districts head into their holiday breaks. Some schools have seen significant case increases in the last month, even with breaks for Thanksgiving and various hybrid online and in-person learning models. Lakota Local Schools reported 357 total cases in the most recent […]