Ohio Statehouse

An Ohio National Guard Humvee was parked outside the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday in anticipation for a planned armed march protest.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

In downtown Columbus this weekend, the flood of armed Trump supporters some feared failed to materialize. Maybe it was bad weather. Maybe it was the Browns game. Maybe people just weren’t that interested.

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Jan 18, 2021
National Guard members provide security at the Ohio Statehouse Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Security was stepped up at statehouses across the U.S. after FBI warnings of potential armed protests at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, D.C.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Law enforcement across the U.S. remains on high alert leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday, although planned armed protests by pro-Trump supporters passed yesterday without serious incidents.

Pro-Trump and anti-government demonstrators at the Ohio Statehouse on Jan. 17, 2021.
Clare Roth / WOSU

With snow falling lightly on Columbus, and the windows of the Ohio Statehouse boarded up and guarded by scores of Ohio National Guard members, a small but ideologically diverse crowd gathered in Capitol Square downtown Sunday.

About 75 people wearing masks and carrying signs protest outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The Republican representative who proposed Ohio's "Stand Your Ground" law says he’s concerned about an armed march planned for the Statehouse this weekend.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is activating 580 members of the Ohio National Guard to be ready for potential violent protests leading up to inauguration. Reports say armed supporters of President Donald Trump are planning for more protests in Washington, D.C. and even Ohio.

Vaccines will be available to Ohioans ages 80 years and older beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. About 800 providers across the state have been selected to be part of the first week of distribution.

At a coronavirus briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state has asked local health departments and emergency management agencies to hold press conferences Wednesday and Thursday with information on locations where residents ages 80 and older can get vaccinated.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse on January 6 shortly before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State officials are not saying much about preparations for an “armed march” planned for the Ohio Statehouse and other state capitols this Sunday.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, speaks alongside Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, right, during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton.
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday signed a "Stand Your Ground" bill into law, backing off his threat to veto after Ohio lawmakers declined to pass gun control proposals.

New Ohio Senate President Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jan 4, 2021
State Sen. Matt Huffman was elected president of the Ohio Senate for the next session.
Ohio Senate

Newly elected Ohio Senate president Matt Huffman will be sworn into office from his home after contracting COVID-19 over the holidays.

Two more House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus continues to have an impact on lame duck session. Several members of both parties were absent during what could be the last day of session.

Another state representative is isolating himself, awaiting results from a COVID test. Republican Rep. Jon Cross’s wife has tested positive with COVID and he thinks there’s a good chance he has it too. 

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

At least three Ohio lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, as the legislature rushes to get bills passed before the two-year session ends in a few weeks.

A group of Trump supporters gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The first ones downtown were the wizards. Decked out in long cloaks and pointy hats, they were roaming around the Statehouse on Saturday morning playing a geocaching game when political organizers from across the spectrum descended on Capitol Square.

For the past 18 years, the Ohio Statehouse has memorialized 9/11 with a flag display on the West lawn. But the 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost in the terrorist actions of that day, won’t go up this year. 

Ohio state Sen. Tina Maharath testfies for a bill in the Ohio Senate.
Tina Maharath / Facebook

State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) says she and her family have tested positive for COVID-19.