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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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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rushing the Supreme Court confirmation process because he fears more negative publicity will surface about the nominee.

Jacqueline Abney is recovering from sustance abuse at Beacon House in Wooster.
Ohio Public Radio

Jacqueline Abney lives in the Beacon House, a residential treatment center that looks just like any other home you would see in the historic downtown area of Wooster. The only difference: Jacqueline is living with several other women struggling with substance abuse disorder.

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As the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared, both parties had seen potential political benefits for them in the upcoming midterm elections.

For Republicans, it was a chance to energize the base by putting another conservative justice on the court, potentially reshaping it for a generation.

For Democrats, the specter of rolling back abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act and more was a way to further energize an already engaged liberal base to go to the polls.

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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is weighing in on a state scandal – the one involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Sherrod Brown, who is up for re-election this fall, is calling for federal money that went to that now-closed online charter school to be clawed back.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

Ohio’s two U.S. Senators met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of what are likely to be heated Senate confirmation hearings.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
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Sen. Sherrod Brown is fighting back against what he believes are unethical overdraft fees.

Miners walk into the mobile health clinic as it makes a stop in Morgantown, West Virgina.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health / Twitter

A mobile health clinic is touring different coal towns in Ohio to help miners find out if they have black lung disease. The goal is to detect the disease early before it gets worse.

The EPA has announced a six-year freeze in fuel efficiency standards with no exceptions for states to set their own standards. It is a rebuke for California, which along with at least a dozen other states, has higher fuel standards than the national requirements. Under Obama administration rules, fuel efficiency standards would have increased over time.

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Despite his backing of tariffs against China, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is holding off his support of President Donald Trump’s plan to give struggling farmers $12 billion in aid.

Ohio’s Republican Senator, Rob Portman, was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park over the weekend to highlight some of the maintenance that could be addressed by a bill before the Senate.

Thousands of union workers and retirees rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, July 12 all on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Members of the U.S. Congress left Capitol Hill and held a special meeting in Columbus on the national pension crisis. Pension plans for more than one million union workers and retirees are in danger of collapse if something isn’t done soon. More than 60,000 Ohio workers could be impacted.

A large rally forms outside the Ohio Statehouse. Union workers and retirees call on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions. The rally is in anticipation of a special Congressional committee meeting to be held in Columbus on the issue.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Thousands of union workers and retirees flocked to the Statehouse from around the country. They’re rallying in Columbus for a fix to what they see as a national pension crisis – the day before a field hearing by a Congressional committee examining the issue.

The labor groups say, without a change, their funds will dry up.

Phil Smith of the United Mine Workers.
Nick Evans

Amid a congressional committee meeting in Columbus, union workers and retirees will rally at the Ohio Statehouse in an effort to push Congress to protect their pensions. Many worry a string of bankruptcies has put their retirements at risk.

Here's what you have to do sometimes when you are covering politics.

You have to drag yourself to some boring old parlor at a downtown hotel early on a Tuesday morning so you can witness a politician – in this case, GOP Senate candidate Jim Renacci – sign his name to two big pieces of cardboard.

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