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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A New Approach to Debates

Update (1/19/16, 1:08 p.m.): Former Governor Ted Strickland, candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, has declined our invitation to debate.  Update (1/18/16, 11:25 a.m.):  Former State Rep. Matt Dolan has agreed to participate in the 24th State Senate District GOP primary debate. Update (1/18/16 11:00 a.m.): At this point nearly all candidates invited have agreed to...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Best Books of 2015

Did you miss last night's book discussion at the Happy Dog? Here's the full list of 2015 book recommendations from Cal Zunt, of the Notable Books Council of the American Library Association, and Karen R. Long, Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Karen R. Long's Recommendations: Fiction:      The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard      Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh...

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Brokered Convention for the Republicans?

Is there likely to be a brokered convention for the Republicans in 2016?  It’s too early to say.  The media have paid a great deal of attention to polling data based on various sets of respondents – likely voters, registered primary voters, previous caucus participants (e.g. in Iowa), and others.  Although poll results appear relatively...

Thursday, January 07, 2016

What’s actually being done to fix Cleveland’s roads

This blog post is a response from Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley to a prior blog post by Angie Schmitt entitled "What Would It Take To Fix Cleveland's Roads."   I am very disappointed that I cannot attend [January 8th's forum]. The topic is very timely, and we should never stop talking about...

Monday, January 04, 2016

What would it take to fix Cleveland’s roads?

It’s the New Year, and that means there’s just a few months left until pothole season in Northeast Ohio. This spring -- depending on the weather -- promises to be worse than last year. Consternation over the condition of Cleveland’s streets – that is, terrible – is one thing that unites northeast Ohioans from all...

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Is Our Love for Cars Hurting Our City?

It’s no secret that Cleveland has been a shrinking city for a number of decades. Once home to nearly 1 million people, Cleveland’s population now sits at around 390,000. The weird thing is that our regional population has been relatively stable for the last 50 years. In short, we’ve been spreading out. Sprawl without growth...

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