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J.D. Vance Steps Into Senate Race

J. D. Vance speaking with attendees at the 2021 Southwest Regional Conference hosted by Turning Point USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.
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J. D. Vance speaking with attendees at the 2021 Southwest Regional Conference hosted by Turning Point USA at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss celebrity author J.D. Vance's run for the US Senate.

From Appalachia To Hollywood To D.C.

The Ohio native J.D. Vance, who grew up poor, then made it big in Silicon Valley and then wrote the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, which was made into a Netflix movie, is joining the field of Republicans looking to succeed outgoing Senator Rob Portman.

The field now includes Vance, former state GOP chair Jane Timken, former state treasurer Josh Mandel, and Cleveland businessmen Mike Gibbons and Bernie Moreno.

At least in terms of money, Vance becomes the frontrunner as his Super PAC has raised some $10 million. But he is on the record for being critical of former President Trump

Big Budget

The current two-year state budget passed this week and totals $75 billion.

There’s a tiny tax cut, with Republicans in charge, there is always a tax cut, but it's so small most that of us won't even notice it.

The state budget allows college athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness and there are new restrictions on abortion clinics.

Snollygoster Of The Week

The NCAA spent decades saying it was impossible to come up with a system where student athletes could get paid for their name, image and likeness. They said the only answer is to make them remain complete amateurs. After Ohio and several other states said they would let college athletes get paid for endorsements and not lose their eligibility, the NCAA finally said “We can do this after all!”

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.