Newsmaker: Stuart Garson, chairman, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party—The Democratic central committee has chosen Moreland Hills attorney Stuart Garson as chairman, a permanent replacement for embattled former chairman Jimmy Dimora. Garson said the Democrats must repair an image battered by corruption scandals that forced the resignation of former Sheriff Gerald McFaul and implicated other high level officials, including Dimora.
Roundtable: Keith Reed, editor, Catalyst-Ohio; Henry Gomez, reporter, The Plain Dealer.
Time’s Up--One local political race is over and another is about to begin. Candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive and Council had until Thursday to file their candidacy petitions. Now, the campaigns will start to ratchet up in advance of the primary election on September 7th. The county races are the first election following voters’ decision last fall to change the form of county government.
Greene Sees Red—Cuyahoga County Recorder Lillian Greene made it clear this week that she’s not giving up her office without a fight. Greene, a former judge, filed suit claiming a new form of county government that eliminates her office is unconstitutional because she hasn’t served the full four-year term to which she was elected. Officials, including state Attorney General Richard Cordray, say voters can eliminate offices as they see fit.
Double-Dipping—An investigation involving several Ohio newspapers reveals one quarter of Ohio school superintendents have retired then resumed working in their old jobs, collecting both a paycheck and a pension check. It’s a practice known as double-dipping. Superintendents say they’d be silly to give up a perfectly legal perk and school districts are happy to rehire a clearly-qualified candidate. Yet many voters are upset with what they see as a money grab.
Attacking Allergies—Upward of 50-million Americans suffer from allergies with symptoms ranging from runny noses to itchy skin. The number of people allergic to one substance or another, including staple foods, is growing. Tonight, we get the basics about allergies from Dr. Mirie Hosler, allergist with University Hospitals Family Health Center in Westlake. The interview is part of ideastream’s on-going coverage of significant health problems.
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