Ohio's Coronavirus Response Wins National Praise

Mar 19, 2020

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson and guest host Ann Fisher discuss how Ohio has emerged as a national leader for its swift action in combating the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State University professor and election law expert Ned Foley joins the show.

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In this week's episode:

Bipartisan Support For Ohio's Governor

Gov. Mike DeWine has put politics aside and led the nation in making moves to slow the spread of coronavirus. He shut down the Arnold. He closed schools. He shut down bars and restaurants. And perhaps most controversially, he called off a primary election.

For the most part, DeWine has drawn effusive praise from even the most partisan Democrats, while those accusing him of overreacting tend to be conservatives. His unilateral decision to postpone Ohio’s primary, so close to when polls opened, was the most shocking decision - and one that did prompt some political debate.

The future of that election remains complicated and undetermined.

Mugwump Of The Week

Instead of naming our usual Snollygoster Award for the shrewdest political move, this week we're offering more positive praise. A "mugwump" is the opposite of a snollygoster, and describes someone with selfless motives whose actions rise above party politics. This week, it's an easy call.

Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, emerged as a "rockstar" in her handling of this pandemic. She clearly has a gift for presenting scary information in a compassionate manner that we can all understand.

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