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Democrats Face Challenges From The Left

Morgan Harper at her campaign kick off Monday. She's running for Ohio's 3rd Congressional District.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is working to build on the successful campaigns of politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Morgan Harper, a 36-year-old first-time candidate who is challenging incumbent Rep. Joyce Beatty, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Challenging The Establishment

One of Ohio’s few Democratic members of Congress has a challenger from the left. Rep. Joyce Beatty represents much of the city of Columbus in the heavily gerrymandered 3rd district. It’s highly unlikely a Republican would beat her, but she’s not getting a pass in 2020.

Beatty faces a 2020 primary challenge from Morgan Harper. At 36 years old, Harper is a political newcomer with a compelling story and impressive resume. Born into foster care, she was raised by an immigrant Columbus school teacher. After an ivy-league education that included a law degree from Stanford, she worked for three years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under former director (and failed Ohio governor candidate) Richard Cordray.

Harper's platform is very progessive and supports free college tuition, universal basic income, "Medicare for All," a jobs guarantee, and what she calls "systemic reparations for African Americans."  

Snollygoster Of The Week

State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) has sponsored a bill that would classify pornography as a public health crisis. She and 18 other conservative lawmakers say the use of porn is tied to sex trafficking and sexual abuse and puts children at risk of porn addiction.

The measure is basically a resolution that would not have the force of law. But the move raises the question of what should be labeled a public health crisis when lawmakers have not attached issues like gun violence with the same label.

Send your 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.
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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