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Sherrod Brown Goes To Iowa

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks during a meet-and-greet with local residents, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Cresco, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall
Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was received on his recent trip to Iowa. Clay Masters, political reporter for Iowa Public Radio, joins the show.

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In this week's episode:
Road Trip

Though he is not yet officially running for president, Sen. Sherrod Brown is certainly following the well-worn path of those who do. His "Dignity of Work" listening tour recently landed in Iowa where he made several stops to speak with potential caucus members. Next, he's headed to several other 2020 key presidential primary states.

Measured Ballots

Ohio lawmakers have complained that it’s too easy to put issues on Ohio’s statewide ballot. A 2017 law allowed local boards of elections and the Ohio Secretary of State to throw out local initiative petitions if either determines the petition is in conflict with state law or the Ohio Constitution.

Now, several environmental groups are suing. They claim county and state officials use unconstitutional tactics to keep certain initiatives from going before voters.  

Anti-Snollygoster Of The Week

What's the opposite of a snollygoster? Perhaps a politician who's boring and inept. This week that might describe the Franklin County GOP, who have decided not to run a single candidate for Columbus city government.

To send us comments or to nominate your candidate for Snollygoster of the Week, 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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