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.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to make voter registration easier and more accessable in Ohio. Ben Guess, executive director of ACLU of Ohio, joins the show.

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington, following his acquittal by the U.S. Senate..
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown review a week jam-packed with political drama, from the disastrous caucus in Iowa to the President's victory lap after his acquittal by the Senate.

Kurt Pyle, political science professor at Kenyon College, joins the show.

Money in a tip jar.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to get a higer minumum wage referendum on the November ballot.

James Hayes, spokesman for Ohioans for Raising the Wage, joins the show.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a county in southern Ohio that just passed a "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution. 

Michael Hiles, founder of the group Ohio Stands United, which supports these resolutions, joins the show.

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a bill that would automatically register high school students to vote. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) joins the show.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what to expect in Democratic politics, with the March primary election less than 10 weeks away. Democratic strategist Derrick Clay joins the show.

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) is up for re-election this year, as is President Trump, who helped campaign for him in 2018.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the upcoming primary elections, the continuing battle over Ohio's nuclear plant bailout, and the other political stories coming down the pike this year.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio's representatives in Congress voted on articles of impeachment against President Trump. Plus, an interview with Gov. Mike Dewine about his first year in office.

Cows congregate at Waterman Farms in Columbus.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the bipartisan support for a new North American trade deal. Case Western Reserve University law professor Juscelino Colares joins the show.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, speaks alongside Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, right, during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what's been going on at the Statehouse while so many eyes are focused on impeachment.

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's career as he gains attention for defending President Trump during the House impeachment inquiry. WOSU reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

Mike Thompson, Laura Bischoff, Andy Chow, and Ann Fisher at WOSU's Politics and a Pint event.
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In this special edition of the Snollygoster podcast, host Mike Thompson leads a discussion with a panel of guests at WOSU's Politics & A Pint event at Seventh Son Brewing.

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what this past week's election might foreshadow about 2020 races. Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck joins the show.

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why it's so hard to get voters out to polls for local elections where their impact can be much greater. Political consulatant Mary Anne Sharkey joins the show.

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about the questionable, yet successful, efforts of nuclear energy interests to keep a referendum off the ballot. Catherine Turcer, the Executive Director for Common Cause Ohio, joins the show.

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