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Appealing To Ohio's Suburban Voters

Protesters raise their fists in solidarity at a protest in Upper Arlington on June 3, 2020.
Clare Roth
Protesters raise their fists in solidarity at a protest in Upper Arlington on June 3, 2020.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how suburban voters will factor into the presidential race. Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press joins the show.

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In this week's episode:
Rockin' The Suburbs

According to President Trump, the future of suburbs are at stake in this election. He claims that Democratic policies will cause home values fall and crime rates to soar, destroying suburbia as we know it.

The Associated Press looked at suburban attitudes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, where it found that suburbs are far from the conservative leaning places they once were.

Notorius RBG

The biggest political story of the past week was the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the rush to fill her seat by Election Day. 

That looks like it’s going to happen, because Republicans like Sen. Rob Portman say it’s OK to fill a Suprme Court seat in an election year. Four years ago, Portman said the opposite.

Ohio's Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown has made a flip of his own. In 2016, he urged his fellow Senators to do their jobs and confirm Obama's pick to replace Antonin Scalia. Republicans ultimately refused to hold a vote on Merrick Garland.

Now, Brown says the Senate should wait until after the election. The difference, he says, is that we are weeks before the election instead of months.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Stealing yard signs is nothing new in an election year, but apparently a group of teenagers in Union County have been stealing Biden signs and bragging about it on social media. Now, it's a matter for police, who are investigating.

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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