Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 […]

$11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY

April 19th, 2016

Jeff Appelbaum, a lawyer and principal for Cuyahoga County on the new county-owned Hilton Hotel, strongly disputes the figures used by me to calculate the cost of restaurant/bar facilities at the new hotel. I totaled figures at $11 million. He diminishes the cost outlines he provided me by substantial numbers. I can see his complaint […]

CUYAHOGA TAXPAYERS PAY $11 MILLION FOR DINING

April 1st, 2016

[Updated on 19 April at 1900. Jeff Applebaum took exception to this piece and provided additional information to Roldo. You can read the entire exchange at $11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY. JH] Do you think downtown Cleveland needs another new upscale restaurant? Do you think downtown Cleveland needs two more new fancy bars? Do you […]

LISTEN TO THE PAST IN VOTING FOR PROSECUTOR

March 9th, 2016

Here is a last warning to Cuyahoga County voters who might be torn between voting for the present Prosecutor Tim McGinty or his opponent Mike O’Malley in the Democratic primary. Victory in the Democratic primary March 15 assures that the victor will be elected. I know that Michael O’Malley is not the same as Pat […]

JILL MILLER ZIMON WINS PD ENDORSEMENT…

March 9th, 2016

The Plain Dealer’s editorial board wrote: Democratic Ohio House District 12 includes struggling cities and wealthy ones on Cleveland’s eastern and southern rims. Communities and neighborhoods within this district include Bedford, Bedford Heights, Cleveland Ward 1, Highland Hills, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, North Randall, Orange, Pepper Pike and Warrensville Heights. Democrat John E. Barnes Jr., […]

QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS

March 2nd, 2016

Is the Plain Dealer trying to confuse readers, simply trying to have it both ways, or just flopping around? I think maybe the latter, unfortunately. Chris Quinn, vice president of content, Cleveland.com (Whatever happened to editors?), writes that the Plain Dealer will endorse candidates but that’s not the end, as I think it used to […]

CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY

February 27th, 2016

Unfortunately, a new study identifying stressed cities by zip codes has Cleveland top the list of the largest 100 cities cited by the Economic Innovation Group, a new non-profit research and advocacy group. The report (download the PDF) belies all the happy talk you get from the Cleveland news media. The kind of media that […]

DO WE WANT TO REVIVE THIS POLITICAL GANG?

February 19th, 2016

There’s a saying that the leopard doesn’t change its spots. Essentially it refers to someone’s character. It usually means that despite what seems a change for the better it’s a pretense and one should be wary. I think the March 15th Democratic primary for county prosecutor is one of the most important elections in a […]

HOW BAD CAN IT BE, MR. BUDISH?

February 9th, 2016

It was great news that headlined the Plain Dealer recently. “Convention center complex costing taxpayers less, officials say,” read the headline. Hey, another downtown success story. Cheer now! And, of course, we believe “officials” because they make it “Official.” Why else would they be called officials? Cuyahoga County, led by executive Armond Budish and the […]

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GO TO THE SAME WELL?

February 7th, 2016

It’s another easy tax hike the Plain Dealer can cheerlead. And push it onto ordinary people. They do it all the time. Thoughtlessly. They’ll tell Clevelanders that they won’t be paying the tax. Ha! Suburbanites will pay it. As if all people in the suburbs had excess resources ready to give to whatever new or […]

HOW OUR MONEY FLOWS FROM COUNTY AND CITY

February 5th, 2016

Cuyahoga County paid bondholders for the 1990 construction overruns of the Quicken (then Gund) arena another $8,321,713 on Jan. 15th. Yes, we’re still paying on 1990 debts for Gateway. The County does it every Jan. 15th and will through to 2023. So far the bonds—thanks to Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle and Jim Petro—have cost taxpayers […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME NO. 2

February 4th, 2016

On Monday Cuyahoga County’s new reformed part-time Council will be voting. To give themselves a raise. Of course, they work hard. They told us so. They want raises from $45,000 to $52,000, a 15.5 percent raise. You’ve heard plenty about how hard they work. Part-time work suggests you have time for other work or play. […]

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