So many questions linger, as the convention looms. …
- Mother Jones asks, Are Police Targeting Black Lives Matters Activists Ahead of the Convention? (Answer: Sure looks like it.)
- Did the ACLU succeed in getting the city of Cleveland to ease protest restrictions? (A: Yes!)
- But will guns still be allowed in the “event zone”? (A: Yes. Unbelievably.)
- Will you be able to be on your boat in Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River from July 15-22? (A: Not without special permission from the Coast Guard.)
- Can you drive … anywhere near the Q? (A: No.)
- Will any Republican politicians actually speak at the convention? Or attend? (A: Not so much.)
- What about Mike Tyson? (A: No. And probably not Ditka either.)
- Latino Republicans? (A: Oh what do you think?)
- And hey, what are John Kasich’s plans? (A: Fittingly, he doesn’t seem to really know.)
- And, perhaps most critical of all: do the delegates who DO show up actually have to vote for Donald Trump? (A: If these folks have their way, it’s looking less and less likely.)
Meanwhile, Cleveland as a whole seems to not know quite what to do with itself as the joy of the Cavs’ victory lingers and the pain of the RNC looms. Both Belt founder Anne Trubek and Akron’s own David Giffels — who’ll be one of four writers covering the RNC for Belt this month — weighed in on the city’s identity crisis this week.
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