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Republicans Turn Nasty In Ohio's Governor Race


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, while the state battles with cities over gun control, the race to replace John Kasich as governor has entered contentious territory. And as conservative Republicans call for more abortion restrictions, new reports find that some areas of Ohio are no longer safe swimming for the GOP.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

In this week’s episode:
Republican Primary For Governor Turns Personal

The Ohio Republican Party had hoped for a drama-free primary between Mary Taylor and Mike DeWine. Well, that ship has sailed. This week they rolled out dueling TV ads, calling each other a Clinton-loving liberal and lazy. We’ll ask why the candidates are turning up the heat now.

“We’re operating exactly in that exception”

State law bans Ohio cities from adopting gun laws that go beyond state restrictions, but Columbus city leaders think they’ve found a loophole. This week they unveiled a package of ordinances meant to reduce gun violence.

Blanket Abortion Ban

The famous U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade said women have a constitutional right to an abortion. That didn’t stop some Statehouse Republicans from trying to criminalize the procedure. Does it stand any chance of passing?

Ohio Congressional Districts Less-Safe For Republicans

Connor Lamb shocked the political world last week when he won a special Congressional election in a Pennsylvania district that President Trump carried by 20 points. He might have also defeated a sense of invincibility for Republicans in two Central Ohio districts.

John Kasich GPS

Our weekly segment follows Ohio's governor to California, where he appeared this week with former California Governor Arnold Swartzenegger at the first New Way California Summit. It’s meant to reshape that state’s GOP.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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