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Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums

 

These engaging forums are held at various locations throughout the greater Cleveland area and focus on current public policy issues facing Northeast Ohio.

This series is co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cleveland Skyline

Tuesday, September 19 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: Scott Knoer, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cleveland Clinic (WITHDREW FROM PANEL)

J. B. Silvers, Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and School of Medicine

Matt Borges, Campaign Manager, Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices

Dale Butland, Communications Director, Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue

Moderator: Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

 

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, a citizen-initiated statute slated for the November ballot, would require the state of Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And, regardless of how you plan to vote, it could end up being the state’s most expensive ballot-issue campaign ever, according to political analysts and observers.

This forum will have arguments on both sides of this ballot issue and a representative from CWRU Weatherhead/Medical School to further debate this complicated subject.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library-Bay Village | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Monday, September 25 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: Meryl Johnson, Member, Board of Education

Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education

Mary Rose Oakar, Former Member, Board of Education

 

The purpose of this program is to let parents and the entire community know what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials, on both the State School Board and the legislature be more effective.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Shaker Public Library Main Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended | REGISTER >

Wednesday, September 27 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: Christin Farmer, Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Dr. Arthur R. James, The Ohio State Univ., Interim Exec Director Kirwin Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Angela Newman White, Supervisor, Maternal and Child Health Program, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Moderator: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

 

Ohio has one of the worst levels of infant mortality in the entire country. How is this possible and what is being done to improve survival rates. The discussion promises to be thoughtful and reflective of current policy and new thinking for future initiatives.
 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cleveland Heights-University Height Public Library | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, October 17 | 6:30-8 p.m.

 

Panelists: Tom Bier, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Barbara A. Langhenry, Director of Law, City of Cleveland

Thomas Suddes, Columnist, Cleveland.com/Columbus Dispatch/Dayton Daily News

Michael Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood

Moderator: Tom Beres, WKYC-TV emeritus

 

This forum will cover the pros and cons of an issue that impacts Northeast Ohio communities almost every day. Who has the right to control laws regarding such issues as Gun Control, Fracking, Police, School(s). Should it be local communities? Or should the Ohio legislature set the laws for your city? In addition, some have argued that strong Home Rule laws in Ohio have contributed to sprawl and other public policy that may be damaging to Northeast Ohio as a whole.

 

Co-sponsored by Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer, League of Women Voters–Greater Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program

 

Lakewood Public Library - Main | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, November 16 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists:  TBD

Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com


2018 promises to be an interesting year for politics in Ohio. This panel will explore the major political races including campaigns for U.S. Senate, Ohio Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer and the state legislature.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma-Snow Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

 

 

Video of Previous Forums:

8/29/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland" |  Watch >

3/21/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities" |  Watch >

1/31/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland. How could this happen? Should it?" |  Watch >

11/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland" |  Watch >

11/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community" |  Watch >

10/13/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Marijuana Legalization in Ohio" |  Watch >

9/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River" |  Watch >

8/25/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio" |  Watch >

5/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "2016 Republican National Convention: What's it mean to Cleveland?" | Watch >

5/16/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cleveland's Radio Superstars" | Watch >

2/9/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development" | Watch >

1/19/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change" | Watch >

10/7/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Housing Crisis in Northeast Ohio--Where Are We in 2015?" | Watch >

8/19/15 | Public Policy Forum, "How to Become an Education Activist in Northeast Ohio" | Watch >

7/29/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Land Use in Cuyahoga County" | Watch >

6/17/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Regional Cooperation or How to Get 59 Civic Entities to Play Together" | Watch >