Cleveland Catch Up

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

Rep. Marcia Fudge considering bid for House Speaker

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), who represents District 11 in the United States House of Representatives, told on Wednesday that she is considering running for Speaker of the House against current Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

“People are asking me to do it, and I am thinking about it,” Fudge told “I need to give it some thought and see if I have an interest. I am at the very beginning of this process. It is just in discussion at this point.”

She also told that she would like to see an African-American woman in leadership and believes Pelosi doesn’t represent the change that voters looked for in the 2018 midterm elections.

Fudge represents the district that encompasses part of the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Top county jail official resigns preceding U.S. Marshal report

Ken Mills, Cuyahoga County’s top jail official, resigned late on Wednesday evening. The resignation occurred just months after six inmates died in a four month time period.

According to, all 34 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judges said Mills’ jail was unsafe and inmates were not getting proper medical or mental health care. The U.S. Marshals are looking into the deaths and conditions in county prisons. A report is expected within the coming days.

No reason was given for the resignation and the county executive said a search will begin immediately for his replacement.

Dan Gilbert’s JACK Entertainment sells Detroit casino

Penn National Gaming and VICI Properties agreed to buy the Detroit Greektown Casino-Hotel from JACK Entertainment, owned by Dan Gilbert, for $1 billion in cash. None of JACK Entertainment’s Cleveland-area properties have been sold.

Penn National Gaming operates casinos in Toledo and Columbus and will run the casino. It contributed $300 million to the acquisition. VICI Properties, which is the real estate investment trust tied to Caesars Entertainment, will pay the remaining $700 million for the real estate.

The deal is expected to close in 2019.

Gilbert is the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and both the Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators. All three teams play in Quicken Loans Arena, a company Gilbert is the chairman of that is headquartered in Detroit.

Ohio University orders fraternity to cease activities following student death

Ohio University (OU) has issued a cease-and-desist order against the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Pi after an 18-year-old male student was found dead on Monday. The order mandates the fraternity stop all activities.

The student was a recent pledge of the fraternity, according to the Athens News, and was discovered at a residence that is “allegedly an unofficial annex” of the fraternity, according to a statement from the university spokeswoman delivered to