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DeWine And Cordray Square Off On Obamacare

Paul Vernon
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left speaks as Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine listens during a debate at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the latest gubernatorial debate and how Obamacare has become a key issue in the campaign.

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In this week's episode:
The Great Debate, Part II

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor met for their second debate this week and went toe-to-toe on issues of energy, education, and the environment. But it's health care and the Affordable Care Act in particular that seems to be taking center stage as campaign ads focus on both candidates records.

Even medical groups are divided between the two, with doctors citing concerns over protections for pre-existing conditions.

To Confirm Or Not To Confirm

The FBI has turned over its report on the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ohio's Senators are predictably split on the issue. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of rushing the Supreme Court confirmation process. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, supports the nomination but says Kavanaugh was right to apologize to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) for snapping at her at last week's hearing.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor was in the studios of MSNBC in New York to comment on the USMCA, the new NAFTA-like trade deal struck between the US, Canada and Mexico.

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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