Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Tells Ohioans They Carry A Heavy Burden In This Election

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John Lewis, the long-time congressman from Georgia who is an icon of the 1960s' civil rights movement, came to the Ohio delegation's breakfast Monday morning for a speech that was brief but to the point.
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Poor Will's Almanack: July 26 - August 1, 2016

The speed of summer seemx to be accelerating with the heat of Dog Days. I rest in my yard, holding the day close, binding it together with what lies around me. In my garden pond, the three-petaled flowers of the arrowhead opened overnight, a few days before they did last year. The yellow coneflowers are a week ahead of schedule. The zinnias and the Shasta daisies I planted from seed are finally blossoming, bright oranges and reds joining the white phlox and the pinks of the petunias. The...
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One Ohio party leader who’s at the DNC as an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders says she’s very worried about the effect of the email scandal involving the outgoing Democratic Party chair. 

Former state Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland is concerned. “The facade of unity is not going to carry out until some folks really start to address this issue and give voice to the issue.”

Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
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The 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, and delegates are getting back to their districts.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich Delegate, Nancy Nix, says this year’s convention felt much different from previous ones.

“There’s just so much, so much anger that I never felt last time," she said. "But four years ago, the establishment was in charge, everyone was unified. This time we’ve got a nationalist candidate, the establishment has been throw to the side.”

Nix says her experience has changed the way she views her place in the party.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman endorsed Donald Trump months ago, but he’s been pretty muted in his support. That changed on Thursday.

At a speech to the Ohio delegation breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Portman offered more full-throated support for Trump, and used his name more often than speakers at the rest of the week’s  breakfasts combined.

He says Republicans know how to fix the economy as evidenced by what’s happened in Ohio.

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FutureFest is the 26th annual festival of six original plays, each performed once, and adjudicated by theatre professionals from across the USA. It starts tonight at 8 PM and concludes Sunday.

When we look back at the Civil War period of American History we often have a tendency to examine things that we consider to have been clear cut. For example; Ohio was a free state or Kentucky was a slave state. In his book "The Rivers Ran Backward - the Civil War and the Remaking of the Middle American Border" Christopher Phillips makes the case that things were not really like that in the border states between the Union and the Confederacy. Rather than divisions that could be described as black or white, slave or free, there were infinite shades of gray (and blue).

Anna Mullin
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Dayton Youth Radio returns today with a story from Anna Mullin, a Yellow Springs High School student who will be voting for the first time in this year's election.  She's taking her opportunity very seriously and thinks other young people should do the same.  She spoke with her parents and other community members about their experiences at the polls.

Anna Mullin is a student at Yellow Springs High School.  Special thanks to Eli Hurwitz, Library Media Specialist at Yellow Springs High School.

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Wilberforce University

Officials announced yesterday that Herman J. Felton Jr. will become Wilberforce University’s 21st president. He will replace Dr. Algeania Freeman, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

Felton previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Livingstone College in North Carolina. He also served 8 years in the Marine Corps.

A university spokesperson said Felton was selected because of his proven leadership skills, work ethic, and ability to fundraise.

The Dayton School Board has shelved plans to put a new levy on the fall ballot.

The 5-mill levy was supposed to pay for afterschool programs and preschool for all 4 year olds in Dayton.  Plans changed after the City of Dayton decided to put its own levy on the ballot - one that would also cover universal preschool, among other things.

Ohio's Republican delegates begin to gather on the convention floor ahead of the roll call vote.
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If Ohio’s Republican delegates are less than enthused about the idea of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, they’re also learning to live with it. The question is what they’ll do now.

A few hours after Ohio Republicans honored Gov. John Kasich in a packed reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they cast their 66 votes for him at the Republican National Convention.

And it meant nothing.

Wright State University
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New York's Hofstra University says it's honored to be called on to host the first 2016 presidential general election debate.

The Sept. 26 debate is moving to Hofstra after Wright State University withdrew as host Tuesday, citing rising security concerns and costs.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced quickly that Hofstra would take over. The Hempstead, New York, university had agreed last year to serve as an alternate site. It hosted debates in 2012 and 2008.

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