Snollygoster

Snollygoster takes an in-depth look at politics in Ohio. Each week we dig into the top political stories in Columbus and Ohio and explore national stories that impact the state by talking with politicians, reporters and other news-makers. (In case you're wondering, a "snollygoster" is a shrewd and unprincipled politician.)

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss some of the bills passing through this lame-duck session at the Statehouse. Plus, why it's never too early to start talking about 2020.

Ohio Runs Red

Nov 8, 2018
Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the how the Democrats' "blue wave" crashed in our red state. Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck joins the show.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how visits from national political figures like Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Elizabeth Warren affect voter turnout. Political consultant and election statistics expert Mike Dawson joins the show.

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown are joined by special guest Ann Fisher to discuss how the gubernatorial candidates are pushing an economic message in the final days of the campaign. This episode was recorded live at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Forum.

Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown,  (left) and Republican Rep. Jim Renacci speaks during a debate at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square, Sunday in Cleveland.
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown look at a new poll showing an evenly-divided state going into next month’s election, and the U.S. Senate debate that got deeply personal.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the latest gubernatorial debate and why you probably didn't watch it.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the latest gubernatorial debate and how Obamacare has become a key issue in the campaign.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio politicians are reacting to allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the contentious debate between gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how for-profit charter schools will be a campaign issue heading into the November election for governor.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the allegations of extortion against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how both candidates in the governor's race are touting their records in campaign ads: One as a Jeopardy! champ and the other as a champion for addressing the state's rape kit backlog.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Steve Brown and Ann Fisher discuss the large profits made by middlemen through managing pharmacy benefits for the state's Medicaid program.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why a narrow loss by Democrat Danny O'Connor could be seen as a win in a Republican stronghold like the 12th congressional district.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the August 7 special election to fill the congressional seat left vacant by Pat Tiberi. The race is too close to call, and Balderson is calling in all reinforcements for the last few days of the race.

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