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Deep Divides At Democratic Debates

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019,
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the most recent Democratic presidential debates. Thomas Wood, a political scientist at Ohio State University, 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:
Digging Into The Democratic Debates

Another crowded round of Democratic primary debates took place this week. On the first night, candidates illuminated the divide between the moderate and progressive wings of the party. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren fought back against the notion that their policies were too far left to win in a general election.

On night two, debaters set their sights on former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading in many polls. Facing criticism from Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Biden defended his record on health care, immigration, and crime policies.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder worked hard to pass the new law that will give $150 million a year in subsidies to Ohio’s two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. Now he's worried about the corrupting influence of Chinese businesses, which have an interest in Ohio's oil and gas industry, as part of an effort to overturn the law.

Meanwhile, The Columbus Dispatch found that Householder received over $25,000 from FirstEnergy during his 2018 primary campaign.

To suggest a snollygoster of the week or ask us a question, email 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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