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Ohio's Coronavirus Response Wins National Praise

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, speaks at a coronavirus briefing.
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio
Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, speaks at a coronavirus briefing with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Gov. Mike DeWine.

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.

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!

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.

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.
Ann Fisher joined WOSU in 2009 after nearly 30 years in the newspaper business. A native of Michigan, Ann earned a B.S. in journalism at Michigan State University.
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