Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION

December 5th, 2016

Why do we offer significant welfare to an industry—sports—worth billions of dollars: NFL—$76 billion; NBA $54 billion; MLB $38 billion? That’s a lot of dollar value. Yet our revenue-struggling city/county pick up the tab. We get extorted in public. Three sports businesses are worth a total of $768 billion. And always growing. The NFL, best […]

NEW SPORTS FACILITY DESIRED BY CAVS?

November 29th, 2016

How would you like to buy Billionaire Dan “Casino” Gilbert a brand new arena here in Cleveland? Well, he and LeBron James may just want that from Cuyahoga County taxpayers before long. The same tax payers still haven’t nearly paid for JUST the overruns on the first arena—Quicken Arena. That bill was presented to taxpayers […]

THIS COULD BE YOUR BARRICADE… CLIMB UP…!

November 20th, 2016

Yesterday I wrote that the barricades will crumble unless there are people standing behind them, adding to their strength against the barbarians at our gates. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus could be your barricade. You can’t have a revolution if you don’t show up. CCPC Political Director Steve Holecko emails: As the sobering impact of […]

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS EVENTS…

November 1st, 2016

So, what’s the CCPC up to? Road Trip to Standing Rock to support the Water Protectors: NextGen Ohio is organizing one. If you think you might be able to go click here. This Road Trip is considerably longer and bolder than the one’s we took in the spring. If you end up going please contact […]

WHAT FOOL TAXES HIMSELF OR HERSELF?

October 27th, 2016

If the Cleveland Establishment forces—you know them—can’t back a $15 an hour wage then they shouldn’t tax the first $15 an hour of pay. Or even the minimum Ohio wage of $8.10. That would be the first $16,848 ineligible for the city tax. That would be called FAIRNESS. At $15 an hour, a 40-hour week […]

WHAT THE CCPC IS PLOTTING IN OCTOBER…

October 2nd, 2016

Steve Holecko emails: Rock the Vote this Friday, October 7! Doors open at 5 pm at Mahalls 13200 Madison Ave. Lakewood 44107. Come join CCPC for a night of food, drink, great music and activism! We’ll be registering voters ahead of the upcoming deadline for the November general election, and spreading the word about what […]

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE

September 22nd, 2016

The article announcing the sale of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower by Forest City may start a new merry-go-round of tax abatements and other subsidies downtown. Not that there’s been a slow down. But we see a second round of tax gifts on the same building from back in the early 1990s. Subsidies have been flowing […]

CLEVELAND’S RIGGED AND PHONY RESURGENCE

September 17th, 2016

Does this put the lie to Cleveland’s resurgence? Does this mark Cuyahoga County as seriously troubled? ¶A school system (Cleveland) with four Fs. Ignore it, say city leaders by their ease in avoiding it. ¶Will the Atlantic magazine send one of its top editors to lead a stacked panel to lift banners of Cleveland as […]

HOW THE COUNTY’S COSTS AND TAXES ADD UP

September 13th, 2016

Last time I wrote here I reported on a document that noted Cuyahoga County was more than $1 billion in debt ($1,082,395,000). ¶That’s a lot of money. A scary figure. ¶The Plain Dealer followed quickly with the same story, based on William Tater’s Community Solutions report on the County debt. ¶But it got short shrift […]

PLAIN DEALER PROPAGANDA ON PAGE ONE

September 5th, 2016

It would have been a dramatic page one lead story in the Plain Dealer. ¶But it turned out to be just another piece of corporate propaganda posing as news. ¶The Greater Cleveland Partnership endorsed its Mayor Frank Jackson’s income tax increase. Was anyone surprised? This is prelude to a strong push by the PD for […]

BERNIE LAUNCHES OUR REVOLUTION TONIGHT…

August 24th, 2016

So, last evening I attended an informational meeting for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and, unlike a similar meeting I attended for MoveOn several election cycles ago, I was impressed. The crowd was small, about 32 or so, but the energy was good and people were articulately intelligent and informed. I walked away from MoveOn, […]

CLEVELAND AVOIDS RIOTS, YEA US…!

August 10th, 2016

Clevelanders, and the rest of America to a lesser degree, breathed a great sigh of relief when the last delegates to the Republican National Convention fled our city for whatever safer and saner gated community they live in because there was no riot. Seriously, that has become the standard of success. We hosted a national […]

NINA TURNER AND THE CCPC: UP THE MOVEMENT…!

August 2nd, 2016

Tristan Rader at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Great news! The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus will be partnering with Senator Nina Truner to continue to build the movement here in Northeast, Ohio! Also, Senator Turner will be following Bernie Sanders’ lead and sticking with the Democratic party to begin to change the party from […]

RIDE THE VOTE AND BUILDING A MOVEMENT…

July 24th, 2016

Tristan Rader at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: We have two very important Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus events coming up that I wanted share with you. This Thursday, 28 July at 5 p.m.—Ride The Vote: This is a voter registration event starting at the RTA’s Windermere Station, to ride the rails and register voters […]

THE PEOPLE PAY AND THE BILLIONAIRES PLAY…

July 20th, 2016

Steve, Matt and Tristan with Chuck D of Public Enemy, during the march. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Can you make it to The Bevy in Birdtown this evening? We are showing the movie Pay 2 Play, which is about how corporations have taken over our democracy. We are asking for $10 donation if […]

CCPC MARCHING TO END POVERTY TOMORROW…

July 17th, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Tomorrow, Monday, 18 July, a group of us will be joining End Poverty Now, NEOCH, LMM, United Workers and many other groups, to march across the east side of Cleveland. JOIN US!!! The purpose is to show solidarity in the fight against poverty. This is a properly permitted event, […]

HOW BERNIE VOTERS ARE BEING TRANSFORMED…

July 7th, 2016

One of the political questions of the moment is: how will Bernie voters be transformed post-convention when their candidate returns to being the only independent senator in Congress? An email this week from Northeast Ohio For Bernie Sanders provides a view: The United States Senate is voting on legislation as early as this week engineered […]

RTA NEEDS CASINO CASH—TAP $$$ SLOSHING AROUND DOWNTOWN VIA CUYAHOGA COUNTY

June 30th, 2016

If the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority needs an infusion of cash, which no doubt RTA does, it need no more trouble than looking above its central location at Tower City. I mean the Jack Cleveland Casino. And really, to Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Cuyahoga County Commissioners. The County bosses control a heavy […]

SANTA CLAUS FBI CHECKIN’ THEIR LIST…

June 27th, 2016

So, I missed this story over the weekend, Friday news and all that, but I’m reading Alice Speri’s FBI and Police Are Knocking on Activists’ Doors Ahead of Republican National Convention this morning and I’m not happy. Speri, writing for The Intercept ledes: Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have been knocking on the doors […]

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