There may be one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on right now: that there is a crisis in the federal court system. Not surprisingly, they totally disagree on whose fault it is. But here's the big surprise: there might be a solution that all sides can like. The crisis, in short, is the more than 70 vacancies on the federal bench. It's a bigger problem than it sounds: it can take over eighteen months to fill a vacancy; and civil cases can take more than four years to resolve. And now that we've entered the presidential election season, the Senate has stopped tending to current nominations. On this hour, Dan Moulthrop sits down with two federal court watchers to dissect a recent panel in which we hear from a sitting federal judge, a top aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and voices from all sides of the issue. It's heady, complex stuff, simply explained.
The post-recession economy has changed the world of development deals. In the past, a major project might involve a handful of investors. Today, projects require so many "layers" of financing, there's now a new metaphor to describe it: baklava financing. Here's the full size radio special.
The post-recession economy doesn’t work for everyone, and sometimes, you need a little creativity in order to survive. Many Northeast Ohioans have taken to figuring out ingenious work-arounds to traditional economic forces. In other words, they’re hacking the economy.
New methods of drilling for natural gas and oil have opened up previously unreachable resources deep below the Earth’s surface in Ohio. Depending on your perspective, drilling with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Marcellus shale is either the Ohio’s greatest economic opportunity or greatest environmental threat. Turns out, it’s a little of both. Join Civic Commons hosts Dan Moulthrop and Noelle Celeste as they travel the region looking answers from a variety of geographic and geologic perspectives.