Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cleveland's challenge in hosting the Republican National Convention: Balancing security with desire to show off downtown

As they made Cleveland's case to land the Republican National Convention, civic leaders talked earnestly about their intentions to show off a city on the rise and a downtown renaissance of cultural and culinary delights.

From The Q, where the main events will be staged, it's normally an easy walk to Playhouse Square or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. East Fourth Street, where several celebrated local chefs have restaurants, is a basketball pass away.

But the convenience in seeing these sights will depend on how local planners deal with security. At times officials here will face a delicate prospect: balancing the need for safety with their desire to make a grand impression on the rest of the world.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A day on the road with Gov. John Kasich: More talk of faith, no talk of Ed FitzGerald and mixed signals on 2016

TIPP CITY, Ohio – Whether he acknowledges it or not, Gov. John Kasich is back on the campaign trail, returning Tuesday for the first big road trip of his re-election year.

He toured two factories and stopped by a bowling alley. He trumpeted an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business and bragged on Cleveland, the soon-to-be-official host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The GOP incumbent's three-city swing through southwest Ohio, ending here after stops in Hamilton and Dayton, was filled with clues about the race he plans to run against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic nominee.

Some clues were obvious, others harder to crack. But let's consider them all.

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