Posted Friday, May 27, 2011
This week’s host: Rick Jackson. Dick Feagler returns next week.
Roundtable: Mark Naymik, politics reporter, The Plain Dealer; Janet Cho, business reporter, The Plain Dealer; David Arredondo, vice-chairman, Lorain County Republican Party.
The Kasich administration is trying to persuade casino owners to up the ante and kick more chips into the state’s kitty. Negotiations involving the state and developers opened this week in New York City. Work on casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati stopped two weeks ago when the administration balked at the casino tax rate. Labor organizers protested the delay at a Cleveland rally this week.
American Greetings Moves
The 105-year-old greetings card giant plans to move its corporate headquarters from Brooklyn to Westlake, locating in a new building that’ll be attached to the Crocker Park lifestyle center. The company was persuaded to stay in Ohio with a mix of tax breaks and other incentives, but it couldn’t be persuaded to stay in Brooklyn.
Voting Law Changes
The Ohio Senate this week approved sweeping changes in Ohio election law, changing the Presidential primary from March to May, shortening the time available to vote by absentee ballot and prohibiting counties from mass-mailing absentee ballots. Republican sponsors say the changes are needed to standardize election practices. Democrat critics say the measure is aimed at cutting into their party’s voter base.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, figuring he’s about to be redistricted out of a job, is testing the political breezes in Washington State, where he’s made several recent trips. If he decides to move, he’ll be sailing upwind. A recent statewide poll of Evergreen State voters shows little voter enthusiasm for Kucinich.
Newsmaker: Paul Edmiston, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, College of Wooster
He’s the inventor of a new material capable of absorbing hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals from water and air. Potentially the material, called Osorb, can be used to clean up accidental spills and purify water because it acts as both a sponge and a filter from which the spilled chemicals can be recovered and recycled. Edmiston will demonstrate how Osorb works.
Emmy Award-winning Feagler & Friends was a lively, weekly half-hour television discussion of local and national issues impacting lives in Northeast Ohio, hosted by award-winning journalist and former Plain Dealer columnist, Dick Feagler.