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Between the Lines: Sin tax, online registration, skyway

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Cleveland sports fans are hungry for a championship or at least a playoff appearance.

But its sports teams are getting ready to deliver something else -- a bid to renew Cuyahoga County's sin tax on alcohol and tobacco products.

The sin tax already built homes for the Indians, Cavs and Browns.

It runs out in 2015. And the teams want to extend it to pay for significant improvements and repairs at their facilities.

Recent attendance figures are down, showing fans may be disenchanted with their teams on-field products.

The Cuyahoga County Council is now deciding when and if to put it on the ballot. May 2014 now seems like the most probable date.

How will Governor Candidate Ed FitzGerald handle the issue?

What guarantees or promises will the teams make to sell it?

State Senator Frank LaRose, of Akron, is proposing Ohio begin to allow online voter registration.

What are the politics of the proposal? What are the risks and concerns?

How will this figure in the Secretary of State's race between Jon Husted and Nina Turner?

Chardon shooting survivor Nick Walczak is adding his voice to the gun control debate.

He spoke at an Akron rally trying to persuade Senator Rob Portman to change his vote on mandatory background checks on purchases at gun shows and other gun regulation proposals.

Portman's camp answered with a volley of statistics defending his vote and offering other ways to tackle gun issues.

Most Ohioans favor some form of tighter gun regulation.

What are the chances of any changes being made now that the concern from the Newtown shootings has dissipated?

Why is the Portman camp vigorously defending his position with numbers galore?

It's generating a lot of buzz. But will it ever be more than a pie-in-the sky project?

A Cleveland businessman is promoting what some call a wild and crazy idea.

He wants to build a skyway connecting downtown sites with aerial gondola cars.

It's an intriguing and expensive idea, costing an estimated $185 million.

Where would the money come from? What are the chance of it becoming real?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with New Cleveland Media Group and  Cleveland.Com columnist Mark Naymik and  politics writer Henry Gomez on this edition of Between the Lines.

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