Why can’t liberals and conservatives have civil discussions about politics? This Week in the CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Why are Democrats and Republicans so furious with each other?

We’re trying to decipher why political discourse can’t be civil on This Week in the CLE.

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Here are the questions we’re answering today:

1) Less than three months from Election Day, why are we so polarized and angry with each other? A question both Quinn and columnist Ted Diadiun explored over the weekend. Diadiun asked, “Do you believe it’s possible to consider the alternatives we will face on the Nov. 3 presidential ballot, discuss them with people close to us, draw differing conclusions about which choice will be best for the country’s long-term health, and remain friends afterward?” It’s not likely these days.

2)Who are the Ohioans who will speak at the Republican National Convention, which gets under way tonight? Among the list of 70 speakers at the RNC will be Rep. Jim Jordan, an Urbana Republican, and Ja’Ron Smith, Trump’s director of urban affairs and revitalization and a Cleveland native.

3) Did the Browns cancel practice Sunday because a bunch of team members have the coronavirus? No, they canceled because a whole bunch had tested positive — but after second tests came back negative, they started a lighter practice a little later in the afternoon.

4) Why isn’t the Cleveland Police Union endorsing a candidate in the presidential race this year after it did in 2016? Union board members discussed the presidential election and reiterated their desire to abstain from holding an endorsement vote for either Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden.

5) What will live theater look like in Ohio when Governor Mike DeWine allows it to reopen? Ohio plans to cap indoor venue capacity at 15% or 300 people, and outdoor capacity at 15% or 1,500 people.

6) With the Cuyahoga Board of Health recommending a while back that schools start remotely because the county was in the red zone on the coronavirus risk chart, why isn’t it reversing the recommendation with the recent good news that we’ve moved to orange? The alert level is just one issue the board is considering. Also at issue is positivity rates staying below 5% over multiple weeks, a sustained decline in cases over a one-month period and an increased testing capacity for children.

7) The housing market is hotter than it’s been in years, so why is the Cleveland Planning Commission approving a bunch of apartment projects, and what are they? The projects are coming as demand for higher-rent apartments in downtown Cleveland has started to soften, but developers think there’s still demand. The most high profile project the commission OK’d is likely the City Club Apartments building, set for construction on the south side of Euclid Avenue west of East 9th Street.

8) Why did the state medical board of Ohip permanently revoke the medial training certificate of a former Cleveland Clinic resident? Resident Lara Kollab posted anti-Semitic comments on social media.

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