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.)

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

A House Divided

May 24, 2018
Ohio House

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown delve into why Republicans can't seem to get their House in order.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown take odds on whether the state will make a play for sports gambling. Meanwhile, down at the Statehouse, Republicans can't seem to agree on who to bet on for Speaker of the House.

Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated Press

It's a special edition of Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, as hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown recap the state's primary election results. This was a jam-packed, but not particularly surprising, night, as voters decided candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, treasurer and too many more to count.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

ECOT, Caught!

Apr 26, 2018
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, Ohio Auditor and Republican Attorney General candidate Dave Yost faces criticism for his handling of whistleblower fraud allegations against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT. Plus, Gov. John Kasich looks to improve background checks and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor takes another step away from Kasich.

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
Tony Dejak / AP

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, Democratic candidate for governor Dennis Kucinich is under fire for accepting $20,000 to speak at a conference hosted by a group supporting the regime of Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad. And yet Republicans are still giving Democrats a run for their money when it comes to negative campaigns.

Ohio House

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, controversy takes over the Ohio House as Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announces he’s resigning amid a FBI probe into his overseas travel with two lobbyists for the payday lending industry.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, Gov. John Kasich was in New Hampshire, a state synonymous with presidential politics. But he’s still saying he doesn’t know if he’ll mount another run for the White House in 2020.

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, as high school students led thousands of protesters to the Ohio Statehouse to demand gun control, legislators continued to debate over what if any measures to take. Gov. John Kasich has voiced some support, but it's unclear how far new legislation will go.

Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.

This week, while the state battles with cities over gun control, the race to replace John Kasich as governor has entered contentious territory. And as conservative Republicans call for more abortion restrictions, new reports find that some areas of Ohio are no longer safe swimming for the GOP.

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