This Week in the CLE 9-26-2019

The latest blow to Cleveland by largely by southern and central legislators came this week with the Ohio Supreme Court’s death knell for the Fannie Lewis law that city leaders were using to fight poverty.

It’s just the latest of the efforts by rural legislators to deprive Cleveland of the right to govern itself, and it’s where we start the discussion on this week’s edition of This Week in the CLE, the podcast analysis of the news by reporters and editors at

Veteran City Hall reporter Bob Higgs discusses the Fannie Lewis law with me and cohost Laura Johnston.

Reporter Courtney Astolfi talks with us about the RTA’s embarrassing stranding of passengers on the little-used waterfront line following the Browns loss Sunday night.

Courtney and Bob both covered news this week about the big things happening in Hingetown, the quickly developing neighborhood at the west end of the Detroit-Superior Bridge.

Bob talks about what might be ahead for Cleveland’s long-standing tax abatement strategy, which has been used in neighborhoods like Cleveland for decades to spur development.

Courtney explains why actor Liam Neeson fans won’t find him at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for “Minuteman,” the movie he’s filming in Cleveland.

Politics editor Jane Kahoun stops by to talk about myriad topics, none more worrisome than the terrible state of voter registrations in Ohio.

Jane also talks about the dire chances for gun reform in the state, the rise of a Parma kid to become Joe Biden’s national campaign manager, proposed cuts to benefits for future state workers and changing the age for when juvenile criminal records get destroyed.

Crime reporter Adam Ferrise offers the latest on four bodies discovered Saturday on the third floor of a Cleveland house that is tied to a former city councilman. The cases are homicides.

Adam also talks about the delivery by drone of contraband to a local jail and