GOP Debate is Tonight/Mild Thursday/KKK Appears to be on the Rise

GOP Debate is Tonight/Mild Thursday/KKK Appears to be on the Rise

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland and local businesses have been meticulously preparing for the first GOP presidential debate that will be taking place in downtown Cleveland at the "Q". Preps for the Republican National Convention began on Monday, August 3rd and continue throughout the week with the culmination of Thursday night's debate. This event is part of the RNC's Summer Meetings, in preparation for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next year. The debate is expected to draw scores of visitors from all over the country into our city to get a first look at potential Presidential nominees and experience all the great things our city has to offer.

A deck of overflow clouds associated with showers and thunder to our south will move east by early afternoon giving way to more and more sunshine throughout the day.  We'll see temperatures headed back into the mid and upper 70s.  A pleasant night - no debating this - will bring overnight lows a couple of degrees on either side of 60.  A sun/clouds mix on Friday returns us to the upper 70s.

PAULDING COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - The Ku Klux Klan is making themselves known around metro Atlanta. Since last month, Klan recruitment flyers have been distributed in Rockdale and Paulding Counties.  And in June, a cross-burning took place in the backyard of a business in west Paulding County. It turns out the owner of that business – the Georgia Peach Bar and Grill – is already on the radar of local and federal authorities. "I am a supporter for anybody - and of any speech - they want as long as you're not going out and violating other people's rights by saying you have to believe my way," says Patrick Lanzo. Lanzo's business was the site of a June 6 cross-burning.  A flyer for the event described his place as the "original Klan bar and grill."  Inside the establishment, you'll find KKK memorabilia – including photos and mannequins wearing hoods – and more than one Confederate flag. Lanzo's daughter, Brandi, took pictures of the cross-burning ceremony and shared them with CBS46 News. "It's a private group. They have the right to recruit people just like any other group has the right to recruit people," says Brandi Lanzo. Her father's comments – and activities like the cross-burning in his field – have landed him on a terrorist watch list. "We're not scared to be on the list… it doesn't bother us," says Patrick Lanzo. He's also on the federal no-fly list. "Well I don't fly anywhere anyway. I drive. Just like I told the secret service when they asked me if I have a passport – I said no. If I left the country, you wouldn't let me back in," says Lanzo. Lanzo thinks we may see a resurgence of the KKK in the near future as a result of the growing, heated debate over the Confederate flag. Civil Rights advocates acknowledge there's reason to be concerned.

You can stay informed by downloading the 19 Action News app.  The free app is available for Blackberry, Android, iPhone and iPad devices.  If you don't have a smartphone but would still like to stay informed, just log onto our mobile site at from your phone's browser.

19 Action News is also on Facebook - check us out for news, weather, sports and fantastic behind the scenes photos of 19 Action News. 
Text alerts are also available, just fill out the online form.  You will receive up to 5 msgs/day. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to stop. Msg&data rates may apply.

Julia Tullos