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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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ohio Media Organizations, Universities, and Civic Organizations Join Forces to Create Statewide Commission on Political Debates

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

More than 50 leaders from media, academia, and longstanding civic institutions committed themselves late last week to collaborate and create a statewide organization to convene and manage political debates in service to Ohio voters and communities. “Debates in Ohio are broken,” said Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, which convened the meeting. “When...

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Monday, April 30, 2018

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: APRIL 30, 2018

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. Long Beach to consider zoning...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thanks to the North Carolina Case, Partisan Gerrymandering’s Day of Reckoning May Soon Be Upon Us

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

The word ‘gerrymandering’ comes from the name of Elbridge Gerry, Massachusetts governor in the 1800s. AP Photo/Elise Amendola Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University Gerrymandering was already shaping up to be an important issue this year, with huge implications for American democracy. But after the ruling this week on the North Carolina congressional map, the stakes have...

Monday, April 23, 2018

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: APRIL 23, 2018

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. 1.) Aurora library display prompts...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Red State, Blue State: How Colors Took Sides in Politics

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

For decades, each party simply used a combination of red, white and blue. palbrigo/shutterstock.com David Scott Kastan, Yale University When Americans hear some pundits projecting a “blue wave” in the 2018 midterm elections, they understand that this is a prediction of a big Democratic victory. Blueof course symbolizes the Democratic party, while red represents the GOP. This...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Building Jobs in the Rust Belt: The Role of Education

Guest Author

When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers. But in the 1970s, steel and coal were on the decline in the midwestern and...

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