44% of Cuyahoga County voters reject sin tax subsidy for Cleveland’s pro sports owners

May 7, 2014

Below is the text of a press release issued by the Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) in response to yesterday’s election results, with links added for reference. ————- Yesterday, by a margin of approximately 56 to 44 percent (101,717 votes to 78,741), Cuyahoga County voters approved Issue 7, also known as the Sin Tax […]

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Art Modell Hostage Economics Do Not Keep Cleveland Strong

May 6, 2014

The worst thing about the pro-sin tax (pro-Issue 7) “Keep Cleveland Strong” campaign is that it’s based entirely on a threat that the billionaire owners of the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians would somehow weaken Cleveland if they didn’t receive another $300 million handout to go on top of the $1 billion-plus in public subsidies that […]

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Issue 7 debate on Sound of Ideas: “Here’s one minute of dialogue that encapsulates the real sin tax debate perfectly”

May 1, 2014

Yesterday I appeared on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas for a discussion of the sin tax/Issue 7 with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and guest phone appearances by Cleveland Journalism Hall of Famer Roldo Bartimole, and Kent Whitley who was nominally representing the NAACP. We covered a lot of ground over the course of what was […]

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What it really means to say ‘Keep Cleveland Strong’

April 29, 2014

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” — George Orwell “Keep Cleveland Strong.” — Jimmy Haslam, Dan Gilbert, Larry Dolan and friends ————— As fond as Frank Jackson is of repeating his statement that “the measure of a great city is how it provides for and how it treats the least among us,” […]

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Fourth Annual Cleveland Frowns NFL Draft Party: Thursday, May 8 at Map Room

April 28, 2014

“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.” ― Robertson Davies ————— Exactly two years and two days ago, 50 or so Cleveland football fans gathered from far and wide in the basement of Gillespie’s Map Room on West 9th Street for the annual highlight of the local sports […]

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Cleveland Indians force employees to wear pro-sin tax stickers, lie about it

April 25, 2014

Yesterday, Scene published a story about Edward Loomis, a former usher for the Cleveland Indians whose employment was terminated immediately after he wrote an email to his supervisor communicating his refusal to wear a pro-Issue 7 sticker as part of his uniform, as he was instructed to do on Opening Day. Issue 7, on the […]

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C.A.S.T. moves forward with alternative to sin tax, introduces plan for November ballot initiative in the City of Cleveland

April 24, 2014

On Thursday, April 24th, members of the Coalition Against the Sin Tax (CAST) formally introduced the next step in the implementation of a preferable alternative to the Sin Tax put forward by proponents of Issue 7 in Cuyahoga County, OH. A Committee of the Petitioners, as allowed under Chapter 7 of the Charter of the […]

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Proposal of alternative to sin tax prompts misleading and revealing response from Cleveland’s political and business leaders on Issue 7

April 21, 2014

On April 11, the Coalition against the Sin Tax (“CAST”) formally presented an alternative to the 20-year $260+ million Sin Tax that’s been proposed to pay for maintenance of Cleveland’s three pro sports facilities, on the ballot in Cuyahoga County this May 6 as Issue 7. In response to CAST’s proposal, the political and business […]

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Chief Wahoo’s Waterloo: With one photo, the debate over the Indians’ logo goes national

April 10, 2014

The debate over the Indians’ name, too, technically. Anyway, here’s this week’s cover of Scene, with a story by Sam Allard that includes more detail about last week’s Opening Day encounter between Robert Roche (at left) and Pedro Rodriguez (in redface), including a lot of quotes from Roche and Rodriguez themselves, as well as from […]

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Redface has another big day at the ballpark in Cleveland

April 6, 2014

About 45 minutes before the first pitch of the Cleveland Indians’ home opener on Friday against the Minnesota Twins, I took the below photo just outside of Gate C at Progressive Field, where a protest against the Cleveland team’s name and Chief Wahoo logo was being held by a group organized by the local chapter […]

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