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Rugby is for every body

BY: - July 9, 2021

By Kat Amrhein During my time as a collegiate rugby player for the Miami Women’s Club Rugby Team, I played alongside individuals of different shapes, sizes, races, sexual orientations and gender identities. Each player brought their distinctive abilities to the team, and there was acceptance for the diversity within our club. A short and scrappy […]

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 […]

History Thursday: ‘Death car’ shown at Ohio Statehouse after ’48 trial

BY: - May 6, 2021

On Sept. 1, 1950 came this front page headline in The Newark Advocate: Will Bring Death Car To Statehouse. Emile Reiss wanted the governor to see the old Chevrolet in person. Only then, the Columbus attorney reasoned, would Gov. Frank Lausche understand that a murder had not taken place inside of it.  Reiss told reporters […]


Ohio Republicans go full Calhoun on nullification. Never go full Calhoun.

BY: - April 15, 2021

Ohio Republicans in the state legislature have apparently decided to go full Calhoun with a proposed bill attempting to nullify not only any federal gun laws they don’t like but also any court rulings related to gun laws with which they disagree. They do not possess the power to do this under the U.S. Constitution, […]


Son of murder victim urges legislature to end death penalty quickly

BY: - April 8, 2021

By Jonathan Mann Thomas Knuff, the man who murdered my father, was sentenced to death in 2019. Knuff brutally murdered my father and I live with the pain and grief of that violent loss every single day. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley sought the death penalty for Thomas Knuff and got the conviction. But when […]

Fighting infant mortality: Racism top of the pile for Black family struggles

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Ohio Legislative Children’s Caucus took a direct look at racism as the prime factor for the state’s infants and mothers struggling to stay alive, particularly in Black communities. In a recent meeting of the caucus, legislators laid out priorities for the current General Assembly, some of which are included in bills already under consideration […]

Ohio National Guard security detail after Jan. 6 cost state $1 million

BY: - February 23, 2021

It cost the state of Ohio more than $1 million to send hundreds of troops to the Ohio Statehouse last month to protect against acts of political violence. All told, taxpayers spent millions of dollars to pay for enhanced security in Columbus and Washington, D.C. following the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol. After […]

Ohio Senate passes bill to let lawmakers strike down health orders

BY: - February 17, 2021

The Ohio Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would give lawmakers the authority to strike down public health orders, potentially setting up yet another pandemic showdown between Gov. Mike DeWine and legislators within his own party. All 25 votes in favor of Senate Bill 22 came from Republicans, who say the bill would provide legislative […]

Public invited to watch Statehouse programs honoring Black History Month

BY: - February 9, 2021

The Ohio Statehouse is helping promote a number of educational programs to honor February as Black History Month. Normally the events are presented at the Statehouse, but this year are being held through virtual means. All the events are free to view. The weekly series began earlier in February with a show detailing the Tuskegee […]

Columbus stayed peaceful because it prepared for war

BY: - January 19, 2021

Armed law enforcement officers stood watch at the foot of a statue in memory of President McKinley, each as still as the monument. Behind them, these words are etched into Vermont granite: “Let us remember that our interest is in concord, not conflict, and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not […]

Walters elected new chair of Ohio Democratic Party

BY: - January 15, 2021

Elizabeth Walters, a member at-large of the Summit County Council, was elected the new chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. Walters is the first woman ever to lead the state party. She replaces David Pepper, who stepped down after six years as chairman at the end of 2020. Andre Washington, the president of the Ohio […]

Mailbag: Hearing from readers on the political coverage they want

BY: - January 7, 2021

Welcome to 2021! After a few years of Pennsylvania and Georgia hogging all the attention, it’s time that Ohio returned to the center of the political universe. We’ll see how that goes. Normally the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag column involves me attempting to answer your questions about state politics and the legislature. This time, I’m […]