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Ohio Politicians Divided On Kavanaugh Confirmation

Win McNamee
Associated Press
Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Ohio politicians are reacting to allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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In this week's episode:
Senate Hearings

The nation’s attention has turned to a Senate hearing room in Washington D.C. for the testimonies of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her in 1982.

Ohio Democrats are united in urging the Senate to hold off on confirming Kavanaugh until Ford’s allegations are fully investigated.

Gov. Kaisch and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine both say the Senate should investigate the case fully and hold off on confirmation. U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who introduced Kavanaugh at his initial hearing, said on Wednesday that he has not yet reviewed the allegations.

Issue 1

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, a Republican, and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, a Democrat, are proposing an alternative to the ballot measure that would cut jail time for low-level drug offenses and increase funding for treatment.  

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has come out against the amendment. Meanwhile, Democratic candidates for state office disagree on how to vote.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor acted this week to circumvent the General Assembly by signing a pair of executive orders that advance some of the recommendations on gun control policy.

If you have a question, comment, or idea for the show, please email us at 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.
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.
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