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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, 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...

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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...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Favorite Forums of 2015

2015 was a big and busy year for us here at the City Club. We hosted a record 140+ forums as we welcomed speakers from near and far. Here were some of our favorites: The Honorable Louis Stokes (January 16, 2015) U.S. Congressman from Ohio (Retired)   Nikil Saval (January 21, 2015) Author of...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Angela Merkel, Germany, and the European Future

Ten days ago, Angela Merkel basked in a rapturous ovation at the end of her 70-minute speech to the annual convention of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party in Karlsruhe. After a week’s hard struggle, the party endorsed her policy of welcoming one million refugees from civil war and terrorism into Germany, and Merkel...

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