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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Cleveland-area bingo players say no dice on sin tax

April 4, 2014

Earlier this week, the Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) visted a popular Cleveland-area bingo game to speak with citizens about Issue 7 — the proposed $260+ million Sin Tax on alcohol and cigarettes that Cuyahoga County’s business and political leaders want to take from the County’s residents to give to Cleveland’s pro sports teams […]

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Coalition Against the Sin Tax asks: What would you do with $260,000,000?

March 31, 2014

The Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) spent last Saturday at Cleveland’s West Side Market, asking shoppers and vendors what they would do with $260 million in proposed Sin Tax revenues that Cuyahoga County’s business and political leaders want to give to Cleveland’s pro sports owners for improvements to their facilities. Market denizens were quick […]

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