Fridays during All Things Considered

Emily McCord hosts PoliticsOhio. It's a wrap-up of the week's important political news in the state. Each Friday during All Things Considered, she talks with political reporters from across Ohio about local and statewide news. Bill Cohen and Karen Kasler, statehouse news reporters for the Ohio Public Radio, are regular guests.



5:45 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Former GOP Chairman Says This Primary Like No Other

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews former Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett about Ohio's March 6 primary.

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5:45 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Wannabe GOP Presidential Candidates Can't Get Enough of Ohio

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews the Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallett about the run-up to Super Tuesday on March 6. Hallett, who has been traveling with GOP candidates as they barnstorm Ohio, talks about how voters are reacting and explains why Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine retracted his endorsement of Mitt Romney and is instead supporting Rick Santorum.

6:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

PoliticsOhio: School Districts Cutting, Not Asking for Levies

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio about a recent survey that the liberal-leaning think tank did of Ohio's schools. The state's 600-plus school districts have been hit with a two-year $1.8 billion cut in funding. That means their state aid has dropped to 2003 levels. Policy Matters estimates that Ohio has 2,500 fewer teachers in the classroom as a result. Districts are reluctant to ask for more local money from voters and instead are cutting their budgets in unprecedented ways.

4:40 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Kasich's State Of The State Speech

For this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen, who covered the Governor's State of the State speech this week. Cohen reports that while Kasich reiterated themes regarding jobs coming back to Ohio and moving forward on fracking, little new was introduced. He adds that reaction from lawmakers was, as expected, split among party lines and the speech did draw some national attention and criticism from liberal organizations.

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4:47 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

PoliticsOhio: What To Expect From The State Of The State Speech

In this week's edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Karen Kasler of the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Kasler details where Kasich has been during his first terms as governor, how his tone will compare this year, and what that means for the annual State of the State Speech. She reports that Kasich will likely focus on education and fracking, but it's doubtful Ohioans will see sweeping reforms like last year's collective bargaining initiative.