Cliff Rosenberger

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
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Some Democratic lawmakers want an independent investigation into what prompted former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger to resign.

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

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are two of the leading contenders to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
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The sudden resignation of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – after reports the FBI is looking into his travel records – has left the top leadership role in the Ohio House up for grabs. Already, lawmakers who want the job are lining up.

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Here's a truism in politics: More often than not, one politician's ugly mess is another politician's dream come true.

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
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Though Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announced on Tuesday that he would leave May 1, his resignation is now effective immediately.

But Rosenberger is still maintaining his innocence in the face of an FBI inquiry.

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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.

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Ohio House Republicans balked at passing a bill to reform the payday lending industry just hours after Cliff Rosenberger, the top Republican leader, stepped down amid an FBI inquiry.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger marks the passage of legislation to rename Port Columbus International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport in June 2016.
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Fallout continues from House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s announcement that he would resign effective May 1, after revealing that there was an FBI inquiry into his activities.

Rosenberger maintains his innocence but says he’s leaving because the matter will keep him and the House from devoting time to important issues. But some are asking questions about what happens now.

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The Speaker of the Ohio House has resigned, days after he hired a lawyer and admitted he’d learned the FBI was asking questions about him.

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (third from left) stands with lawmakers on a trip to London last summer. Sources say that trip included two lobbyists for the title lending industry.
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Lawmakers are returning to Columbus after spring break amid mounting questions about an FBI inquiry into activities involving Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

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