Monday, March 28, 2016

'Between The Lines' Returns In 'Politics And People'

By Tom Beres
WKYC Senior Political Correspondent

CLEVELAND -- It's a time of big events and important change in Northeast Ohio.

At the top of the list is the looming Republican National Convention in July.

But other key decisions are being made this year.

Ohioans will choose whether to retain Republican Senator Rob Portman or replace him with the Democratic former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Cleveland voters will decide this November whether to renew a levy for Cleveland's troubled, but improving school system.

Cleveland's police department is in the midst of a federally mandated upgrade to make it more accountable, better trained and less prone to excessive violence.

With so much happening, it requires more insight and perspective than what can fit into normal newscasts.

The national events will have a specific impact on our state and region.

That's why WKYC Channel 3 is reviving its political discussion segment "Between the Lines," hosted by Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres.

It will be the leadoff hitter in a half-hour block called "Politics and People."

"Between the Lines" will be followed by "Seven Minutes with Russ Mitchell" and "Sara's Circle," a segment hosted by Sara Shookman.

Mitchell will interview newsmakers and people making a difference. Shookman profiles women making big contributions to life in the region.

"Between the Lines" will feature rotating teams of commentators bringing a spectrum of viewpoints to the table.

Some faces are familiar. Some are newly added.

The teams will include:
  • Graham Veysey, one-time Democratic candidate for Congress
  • Julie Kirk, political director for Cuyahoga County's Republican Party
  • Dennis Eckart, former Democratic congressman
  • Mary Anne Sharkey, former newspaper reporter, columnist and editor
  • Henry Gomez, a politics writer
  • Mark Naymik, a plugged-in columnist for
  • Blaine Griffin, vice chairman of Cuyahoga County's Democratic Party
  • Bob Frantz, a conservative radio talk show host.
"Politics and People" will debut Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

Give it a try for an informative and insightful half hour about people and decisions that impact your job, schools, quality of life and community well-being.

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