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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
CPT: Race Relations and Race Results
New Show in Town; New councilmen for Lee-Harvard and Hough pending recounts
We haven’t had a chance to
listen to it yet, but there is a new weekly radio show in town that bears
checking out. It’s called “Race Relations in America with Laverne and Jack”.
The hour-long program airs Tuesdays from 6-7PM on WERE TalkCLE Radio 1490/AM.
Laverne Jones Gore and Jack
Boyle are the co-hosts. Gore, a Cleveland resident, founded and leads the Ohio
Diversity Coalition, which appears aimed at fostering a healthier relationship
between white and black Republicans. Businesswoman Gore and retired banker
Boyle, a Solon resident, launched the show a few months ago.
We don’t know if all the shows
are politically oriented but tonight’s should be of some interest as it
features Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who is seeking the 2018 GOP
nomination for Governor.
Taylor is expected to discuss
her gubernatorial campaign, the allegations against Roy Moore, the GOP
candidate for US Senate in next month’s special election in Alabama, as well as
the secret payments US Congressmen have authorized to settle allegations of
improper conduct relating to some undetermined number of them preying on women,
especially Congressional staffers and interns.
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The Cuyahoga County Board of
Elections announced this morning that former Councilman Joe Jones and Basheer
Jones have secured narrow election victories over incumbents Terrell Pruitt
and T. J. Dow. Joe Jones won the Ward 1 seat by eight votes — 2,690 to 2,682 —
while Basheer Jones edged Dow in Ward 7 by thirteen votes — 1,599 to 1,586. The victory margins are well within the range for which the law mandates an automatic recount. The recounts will take place next week.
These are two of the more
important political wards in the city. Ward 1, centered in Lee-Harvard, historically
generates the highest turnout in the black community, while Hough’s Ward 7 is
generally thought to be a prime site for expansion by two of the city’s 800-pound
institutional gorillas — the Cleveland Clinic and University Circle. How
Basheer navigates the ward’s relationship with those entities will go a long way
towards defining his council tenure and political future.