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.

The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen before convening for the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding the majority, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss the lawsuit to redraw the state's congressional map before the 2020 election. Reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Sen. Sherrod Brown's announcement that he won't be running for president.

Political commentator Mary Anne Sharkey also joins the show to discuss the proposed gas tax hike and Gov. DeWine's State of the State address. 

Nina Turner speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally in 2016. (photo slightly cropped. Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)
Darrell Nance / Wikimedia Commons

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown ask former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner why Democrats should support Bernie Sanders over other progressive candidates.

gas pump
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why Republican governor Mike DeWine is proposing a tax increase to fund roads and bridges.

Greg Lawson, a research fellow at the conservative-leaning Buckeye Institute, joins the show.

Algae blooms on the coast of Toledo.
NASA Glenn Research Center

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the upcoming ballot measure that would give Toledo citizens the ability to sue on behalf of the Lake Erie ecosystem.

Crystal Jankowski, an organizer with Toledoans for Safe Water, joins the show. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks during a meet-and-greet with local residents, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Cresco, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was received on his recent trip to Iowa. Clay Masters, political reporter for Iowa Public Radio, joins the show.

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ann Sanner / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why a "Heartbeat Bill" that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected garnered new support this week. Ohio State law professor Marc Spindelman joins the show.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about the continued partial government shutdown. The standoff might not mean a lot to most Ohioans, but it means everything to a few thousand, including workers at one federal prison.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Senator Sherrod Brown's tour of five key early primary states as he explores a bid for president.

On NPR's Morning Edition Sen. Brown said the tour will ultimately help him decide whether or not to run for president.

Ohio State Political Scientist Paul Beck joins the show to talk about what could factor into Brown's decision.

Householder's Comeback

Jan 10, 2019
Ohio House

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the rise and fall and rise of state Rep. Larry Householder, the newly elected Ohio House Speaker. Veteran political reporter Joe Hallett joins the show.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
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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 ongoing contest for who will be the next Speaker in the Ohio House. Political reporter for Cleveland.com Jeremy Pelzer joins the show.

Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss their picks for the top political stories of 2018.

Sherrod Who?

Dec 20, 2018
Sherrod Brown
Phil Long / Associated Press

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Sen. Sherrod Brown faired in a recent poll about possible Democratic candidates for president. Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown joins the show.

City of Columbus

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about when public money is used to help fund sports venues. Author Neil deMause, a critic of publicly-funded stadium and arena deals, joins the show.

Opponents of Heartbeat Bill gather on the Statehouse steps, a few hours before a hearing on the bill in a Senate committee.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the flurry of legislation blowing through the General Assembly.

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