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Governor Candidates Come Out Swinging

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
Gary Landers
Associated Press

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the contentious debate between gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray.

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In this week's episode:
Boxing Metaphors, Anyone? 

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray faced off in their first debate in the race for governor. The candidates traded jabs over the opioid crisis, Medicaid expansion, abortion, and gun control.

Cordray said DeWine "believes that after 42 years in office, he's entitled to be governor." DeWine said Cordray "did absolutely nothing" about the drug epidemic while attorney general. Both candidates landed blows but the debate ended without a knock-out.

Judging The Judge

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault. Sen. Sherrod Brown has called for an investibation of the allegations, but Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is defending Kavanaugh and accusing Democrats of playing politics.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor sounded out of place among Republicans when he recently defended labor unions, proclaiming, "We are not a 'right to work' state. We don’t intend to be, at least as long as I’m here."

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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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