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Between the Lines: Levies galore, mayoral debate, clinic layoffs

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Cuyahoga County voters will face three or four property taxes on the November ballot, depending what city they live in.

There's a Health and Human Services issue, a Cleveland Metroparks issue, a Port of Cleveland levy and school levies in several communities.

Cleveland residents face a library issue.

Will all those levies be a turnoff to some voters who will reject them all?

Which levies are the most likely to succeed? Which are the most vulnerable?

Don't public entities discuss and coordinate strategic tax plans?

The gloves came off in the Cleveland mayoral debate Wednesday.

Challenger Ken Lanci called Mayor Frank Jackson's record a failure.

Jackson labeled Lanci's proposals to help inner city families and students "condescending" and "disdainful."

Who scored the best in the debate? What's a realistic goal for Lanci's voting percentage? Why did things get personal for Jackson?

There's a new candidate in the race for Ohio governor. It's Charlie Earl, a Libertarian former state lawmaker.

Tea Party members are upset with Gov. John Kasich for wanting to expand Medicaid and be part of "Obamacare."

Would enough of them vote for a third party candidate to risk helping Democrat Ed FitzGerald and jeopardize Kasich's chances?

The Cleveland Clinic is offering 3,000 workers a buyout and making other sweeping cuts. An unspecified number of layoffs are possible. It's seeking to cut $330 million from next year's budget.

It's blaming the new health care plan for much of this. Will this label "Obamacare" as a job killer?

Will other hospitals follow suit? What will be the impact on Northeast Ohio's economy?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Channel 3 Political Analysts Mary Anne Sharkey and Dennis Eckart on this edition of Between the Lines. 

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