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Feagler & Friends

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Posted Friday, June 28, 2013

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Newsmaker: John Farina, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats

Gay Rights supporters across the nation rejoiced this week after The Supreme Court made a landmark decision to strike down The Defense Marriage Act or DOMA-a federal law denying married same-sex couple’s tax, health and pension benefits. Another ruling cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. In 2014, Ohio might be faced with the decision on whether to legalize gay marriages in the state on the November ballot.

Roundtable: Ed Esposito, News Director, WAKR, AkronNewsNow.com; Greg Saber, Freelance Journalist and Henry Gomez, Reporter, The Plain Dealer

The Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA
Our Roundtable guests respond to The Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

Kasich Approval Rating
Governor John Kasich’s approval rating has hit an all-time high during his first-term in office. In a Quinnipiac University poll this month of nearly a thousand registered voters, Kasich’s job-approval rating measured in at 54 percent; two percentage points up from April. 52 percent of respondents said they also approve of Kasich’s handling of the economy.

Akron Food Trucks
Local residents give Akron City Council a mouth full of opinions on what to do about the food truck industry in the city. Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media have been focused on pushing city council to approve or in some cases disapprove the use of food trucks in various areas around the city. The food truck quandary has finally gotten the attention of the council as they announced this week that they will look into the pros and cons of permitting the food trucks from research done in other cities and how it has impacted their brick-and-mortar restaurants. 

Newsmaker 2: Marc Krantz, Board Chair, The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority takes another stab at a levy passage after failing last year. The $3.2-million-a-year levy covering basic operations will land on the countywide ballot in November and if approved by voters, the tax would cost a homeowner $3.50 per year on every $100,000 worth of real estate. In last year’s defeat, the tax issue shared the ballot with a tax to rescue Cleveland’s schools. The schools tax was approved. And this year, it will likely share the ballot a new tax to better support countywide mental health services.

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