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PAST KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF FOR WEALTHY HERE

April 27th, 2017

We don’t pay attention to the past. So we repeat it. To our disgrace and heavy cost. The latest Quicken Arena deal—$282 million in all—repeats the mistake of feeding the beast. Further, it opened a new source of tax revenue, ignoring the voted sin tax receipts. As of the end of March, the sin tax […]

DOH…!

April 27th, 2017

PHASE TWO OF THE Q FIGHT IS ON…

April 27th, 2017

That really should be Q for queue and not Q for Quicken because the fight here is about people lining up to get ahead of Cleveland voters to suck the cash out of the city. We may have reached a turning point in Cleveland politics. Richard Andrews writes in Coalition forms to put Q Deal […]

ET GO THE FECK HOME…!

April 27th, 2017

Not this ET, this ET. Energy Transfer Partners (and its newest acquisition, Sunoco Logistics have a track record worth of a Cleveland sports franchise, with far more devastating consequences than bruised egos. From Earthworks: Today, a diverse coalition of communities represented by more than two dozen organizations across the country launched a coordinated effort to […]

NEARLY 75 PERCENT SAY TRUMP NOT A SUCCESS…

April 27th, 2017

The North Royalton Post poll, of course, is self-selected and non-scientific, but I was still surprised that when I made this screen capture yesterday, nearly 75 percent of those choosing to respond, either felt that President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office had been harmful to America or suffered from a lack of focus […]

SAVING OURSELVES FROM RAGE AND RAPCITY…

April 27th, 2017

We know what unregulated capitalism looks like. We only have to read the works of Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair to see, in horrifying detail, the depths capitalists will go in the add a penny or two to their wealth. People’s lives are destroyed, people die for those pennies, yet, because we somehow believe that […]

Q RENOVATIONS REFERENDUM IS ON…!

April 26th, 2017

Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Political Caucus writes: And the clock starts ticking today. Mayor Jackson signed the legislation yesterday. That means we have 30 days from today to gather around 6000 valid signatures of registered City of Cleveland voters. If we are successful the issue goes on the ballot and the […]

THE FAT LADY HASN’T EVEN GARGLED YET…

April 26th, 2017

Richard Andrews, in The Q deal: “It Ain’t Over ’til the Fat Lady Sings” for The Real Deal, writes: Proponents of the Q expansion deal may have been high-fiving themselves over the goal they scored last night by flipping Ward 14 councilman Brian Cummins but we think that’s just the end of the first quarter. […]

WALL? FENCE? DITCH? BLIMP? STERN WARNINGS…?

April 26th, 2017

DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS

April 25th, 2017

Well, the dirty deed was done. They always had the votes. Eleven of 17 votes were there. But they wanted one more. Why? To rush the job. You see quick and dirty works better for muggers. It took a bit of trickery as usual. In a last minute maneuver city hall leadership and the Cavs’ […]

CLEVELAND COUNCIL DUMP ON VOTERS, AGAIN…!

April 25th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: Yesterday Afternoon… This is Honestly the Best the Cavs Could Come Up With? describes a feeble attempt by Cleveland City Council and the Cavs to sweeten the deal and pretend to the public that a Community Benefits Agreement had been negotiated and the concerns […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THIS IS HOW CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY LOOKS…

April 24th, 2017

I know that this has become, perhaps, an annoying reminder that I repeat and repeat, but I don’t think I state this fact often enough: corporations have one, and only one, function, they must, by law, always, always, always, maximize shareholder value. Nothing must be allowed to hinder the reaching of that goal. Absolutely nothing. […]

OUR MOMENT: FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING…

April 24th, 2017

Our own Nina Turner speaks at timemark 16:00.

HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP LEARNED TO USE FEAR…

April 24th, 2017

There is a motivational speaker trope—popularized by then Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (and driven home my Lisa Simpson)—that repeats the inaccurate translation of the Chinese word for crisis as a combination of danger and opportunity. Naomi Klein, in her interview with author Kim Philipps-Fein, compares Philipps-Fein’s new book Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
GIVING CONSTITUENTS LAND TO THE BILLIONAIRES…

April 23rd, 2017

Strictly speaking eminent domain involves paying what the buyer (and possibly the courts) consider the fair market value for the land taken, but if you really don’t want this kind of scar bifurcating your farmland, well tough shit. The oil, or in this case, natural gas, must flow! Lou Whitmire, reporting in Pipeline altering countryside […]

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING SUNDAY NIGHT…

April 21st, 2017

I’ll be watch8ing Sunday night. You should be too at or a watch party near you, too. Our Revolution emails: Our Revolution is thrilled to host an energizing national livestream event this Sunday, April 23rd to kick off our summer of organizing. In a showcase of our grassroots organizing efforts since our work officially began […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
POISONING OHIO ONE TWO SPILL(S) AT A TIME…

April 21st, 2017

Perhaps Governor John Richard Kasich would have been smarter to deploy those 37 Ohio State Troopers he sent to North Dakota to protect Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline to watch another of the company’s pipeline projects—The Rover Pipeline—which may have dumped millions of gallons of toxic liquids into Ohio’s farmlands, wetlands and rivers leading into […]

SO, WHY IS THE PRESIDENT’S SO MUCH SMALLER…?

April 20th, 2017

The hometown Boston Globe offers a litany of reasons because, well, it’s complicated, but you got to protect the brand, right? Here’s what The New York Times had to say: During a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, President Trump singled out several members of the New England Patriots, including […]

ARE OUR BILLIONAIRES BETTER THAN THEIRS…?

April 19th, 2017

Maybe. I suppose. I feel really uncomfortable with that idea. If there was one central trope to the 2016 campaign to make Senator Bernie Sanders President of the United States, it was that Bernie was not supported by the billionaires. He made no distinction between bad billionaires and good billionaires. That was, and I think […]

ALEX JONES CONFESSES THAT HE’S FAKE NEWS…

April 19th, 2017

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