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What's In Store For Ohio In 2020?

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) is up for re-election this year, as is President Trump, who helped campaign for him in 2018.
Carolyn Kaster
Associated Press
Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) is up for re-election this year, as is President Trump, who helped campaign for him in 2018.

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.

Listen to Snollygoster on theWOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Will Ohio's Primary Matter?

The 2020 election is in full swing, with caucusing and voting beginning next month in Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Then comes Super Tuesday, on March 3rd, when fourteen states hold primaries.

All told, 25 states will have held primaries or caucuses before Ohio has its primary on March 17. Right now, there are 16 candidates on the ballot in Ohio.

Gun Control

Despite the calls to action after the mass shooting in Dayton, gun reform bills seem to be stalled in the General Assembly.


Strict anti-abortion legislation at the Statehouse would make all abortions illegal and require doctors to try to re-implant an ectopic pregnancy, a medical procedure that does not exist.

Nuclear Bailout

The effort to overturn Ohio's nuclear power plant bailout is not dead. The Ohio Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments that opponents of the bailout deserve more time to collect signatures.

Anti-bailout activists claim the signature deadline clock should not start until the state gives final approval to the petition language.

Snollygoster Of The Week

President Trump has left it up to governors to decide if their states will welcome refugees. The president's executive order said the State Department will only resettle refugees in areas where state and local governments give permission. The order has put some Republican governors in a tough spot as they want to welcome refugees, but don’t want to upset President Trump or his supporters.

Gov. Mike DeWine decided totell the president that Ohio will accept refugees. But he did it on Christmas Eve, when no one is paying attention. 

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

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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