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Republican Strategist Karl Rove Weighs In On Ohio Elections

GOP political consultant Karl Rove speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library and the Texas Book Festival on December 1, 2015.
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GOP political consultant Karl Rove speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library and the Texas Book Festival on December 1, 2015.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why influential political consultant Karl Rove is working to help conservative justices retain their seats on the Ohio Supreme Court.

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!

In this week's episode:
Getting To The Polls

As of this week, 1.1 million Ohioans have either sent in absentee ballots or have cast votes in person as a part of early voting. That's 119% more than did at this point in 2016. About 2.7 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots, which is about a third of the eight million registered voters in Ohio.

Most of those are from unaffiliated voters who have not voted in a primary, but Democrats hold a big lead over Republicans when it comes to early voting.

There have been some hiccups along the way however. An absentee ballot maker claims it was overwhelmed by the demand. Now nine counties have parted ways with Midwest Direct over delays and are printing and distributing their own ballots. The company says it is now caught up.

Karl Rove To The Rescue

After flying under the radar for months, the races for two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court are starting to get attention.

The man who helped get George W. Bush in the White House, Karl Rove, is helping raise money for Republican incumbent justice Judtih French. French and fellow Republican Sharon Kennedy face challenges from Democrats Jennifer Brunner and John O'Donnell.

In a recent email to potential donors, Rove stated that re-electing French will help the GOP redraw legislative districts next year.

Snollygoster Of The Week: Joe Biden

For weeks now, Joe Biden has been asked whether he will try to expand the U.S. Supreme Court and pack it with liberal justices. Biden refused to answer the question, but now tells 60 Minutes, in an interview that airs Sunday, he wants to form a commission to study ways to make federal court less partisan, less political.  

Send 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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