Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Ron Ponder who is a talk show host on WHBC-1480 with his program "Points to Ponder" very effectively managed a debate between incumbent Republican state Representative Todd Snitchler and challenger and Stark County Commissioner Todd Bosley and thereby provided Stark Countians who live in the 50th Ohio House District (Marlboro, Nimishillen, Pike, Sandy, Sugarcreek, Perry [part], Tuscarawas, Lawrence and Lake Townships) with a good look at the varying views of the two Todds.

Ponder and his producer and  protege at WHBC, Stephon King, dubbed the debate as "The Battle of the Todds."

Ponder and WHBC are doing a tremendous public service for the Stark County public in doing this debate as well as arranging for a number of debates between Stark County candidates in other races.   Moreover, Ponder is working on putting together appearances by the likes of Governor Strickland and his Republican opponent John Kasich, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman and Democrat Lee Fisher among others.

Today's video of the "Battle of the Todds" focuses on what impact, if any, Commissioner Bosley thinks his pushing of the "imposed" 0.50 of one percent sales tax (December, 2008) will have on his race and his take on Ohio raising taxes.

Another major thrust of this segment of the Ponder conducted debate is the "government regulations" thing which, of course, Snitchler being a Republican (one of the GOP's traditional bug-a-boo issues), wants to place government regulation front and center as why he, as opposed to Bosley, a Democrat (who are historically more supportive of government regulation), should be elected by voters of the 50th Ohio

The SCPR is reviewing the debate notes that Snitchler seems to be lest combative and more "let's agree where we can agree" with Bosley.  It will be interesting to seeing how his more congenial attitude will affect 50th District voters.

Here is the video.

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