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Dan Moulthrop is CEO at The City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest continuously running free speech forum. He was a co-founder of The Civic Commons, a Knight Foundation project creating a social media environment designed for civil civic dialogue. He is also co-author, with Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari, of the best-selling book Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers (The New Press, 2005), which provided the basis for the 2011 documentary "American Teacher." He's an award winning local public radio host, a former high school teacher and a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife and three children.

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Are Political Debates Dying?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 5:41 PM

In Ohio, it's a real question. Late Friday afternoon, representatives for three incumbent campaigns in statewide offices in Ohio sent emails declining invitations to public debates at one of the nation's century-old free speech forums. Those emails from the campaigns of Attorney General Mike DeWine (R),

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Fear of the Case for Reparations

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:25 AM

Last week, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparations" with a public speech about that essay in Cleveland, Ohio. His speech at The City Club of Cleveland was powerful and emotionally...

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Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

(29) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Yesterday, after the Republican National Committee named Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, a writer for Politico added his two cents to the national narrative about Cleveland. "Cleveland: 10 things to know" obviously meant well but started with something that happened 45 years ago and had...

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Teachers' Guide to Surviving Politics at Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM

I used to teach public high school and in a county jail before that, and my wife is a teacher, too, so I have some pretty strong feelings about teaching, public schools, and teacher pay. To put it bluntly, I believe we are currently paying the price of our national...

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Yes, Virginia, There's Still Value in a Liberal Arts Education

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 8:57 AM

Listening to the new President of Kenyon College, the other day, I found myself remembering The Sun newspaper's famous response to the young Virginia O'Hanlon, who was worried that her friends kept saying there is no Santa Claus. Similar to little Virginia, we are beset across...

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Novo Nordisk CEO on Obamacare: "Get on with it"

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 4:30 PM

The CEO of one of the world's largest health industry companies spent a few days in Cleveland this week. He had a simple message for US lawmakers when it comes to the Affordable Care Act: "Get on with it."

At around 47 minutes in to the forum at...

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Homosexual and Married Priests? Why Not?

(44) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Last week in his visit to Brazil, Pope Francis sent an explicit message that his tenure would be a departure from tradition. "I want a mess," he told the audience at World Youth Day. "I want trouble in the dioceses!.... I want to see the church get closer...

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Engagement Can Save Journalism

(6) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 2:53 PM

People in Denver are deeply worried about the future of journalism. This week, a couple thousand media thinkers and optimistic reformers are gathering to talk about topics ranging from "Killing Public Media to Save It" to "Are Geeks the new Guardians to our Civil Liberties?" Denver...

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Hope for Redistricting Reform in Ohio

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:59 PM

It may not seem like it, but the way we currently do redistricting presents a challenge to our very confidence in democracy. Consider that in November 2012, Ohioans voted 51 percent in favor of President Obama. Yet the congressional delegation elected in the same election is 75 percent Republican...

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Five Issues for 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:52 PM

During the holidays, I invariably wind up feeling far behind on every to-do list.  It's all I can do to take in everybody else's end of the year sum-ups and lists. So, I wait until the day I'm back at my desk to add my two cents. Here goes, five...

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Josh Mandel and Sherrod Brown Don't Get It

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 11:25 PM

Yesterday we saw the first debate in what's been called the most expensive senate campaign in Ohio history. Republican wunderkind state Treasurer Josh Mandel is trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. If this is indeed the most expensive campaign we've seen, we're not...

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What Ohio Wants, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 12:18 PM

A week ago, I was a little cranky about the attention Ohio is receiving from the presidential campaigns, but this week, I'm feeling it. What changed? Partly, the race became a lot more interesting. Mitt Romney grew a bit more clear in his positions and a bit more...

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What Ohio Wants

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 1:00 PM

The candidates have entered the home stretch, and few people could be happier about the proximity of the end than residents of Ohio. We're all looking forward to being able to watch the Browns lose without being interrupted by back to back to back SuperPAC spending. I'm not sure what...

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Is It Too Late to Change This Election?

(9) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:07 PM

The pep rallies have begun. This week in Tampa and next week in Charlotte, party faithful are cheering on the candidates, their surrogates, and others who have earned a spot in the political limelight. Very little news will come of these, but we'll see and hear more than enough of...

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Incivility Matters, and You Can Do Something About It

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 4:08 PM

There was a bit of an incivility-fest in Parma, Ohio, recently. The president and Mitt Romney were doing another set of mirror campaign events (which for some reason makes me think of a pas de deux), and a group of labor supporters showed up to protest...

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The Difference Between Adults and Grown-ups

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:41 PM

You can cobble together a solid 12 minutes of unconquerable joy a day staying home with a toddler. It's just the other 14 or 15 hours that strip your nerves and immolate your spirit -- Sam Lipsyte, The Republic of Empathy.
That line from Lipsyte's story, published...
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Bipartisanship, Cleveland Style

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 3:30 PM

In June, most school districts, administrators, teachers and the communities they serve are focused on graduation, and with good reason. In every community, it's a cause for celebration because the work being recognized is so vital, so important for our very democracy, that we should celebrate it. And when that...

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Which Is Scarier: Terrorists or Superheroes?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 12:57 PM

If you've caught the news lately, you will have noticed a terrorist plot was recently exposed in Greater Cleveland. Most of the community that is giving these five misguided self-proclaimed anarchists a second thought is wondering what on earth was motivating them and whether we should be worried about...

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