Wright State President David R. Hopkins speaks to reporters
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Wright State Drops Presidential Debate

Wright State University has dropped out of the first Presidential Debate in September citing both a fundraising shortfall and growing security concerns. “Having a large open campus, accessible to the public, led to concerns about whether we could ensure the safety and security of those on and around our campus during the debate," said Wright State President David R. Hopkins in a press conference on Tuesday. Wright State has also struggled to meet fundraising goals. The university budgeted $8...
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Ohio's Republican delegates begin to gather on the convention floor ahead of the roll call vote.
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Ohio Delegates Cast RNC Votes, Talk About What's Next

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. The same primary rules and math that bound Ohio’s delegates to Kasich also made it pretty...
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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.

courtesy of Dayton Art Institute

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.

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.

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.

Karen Kasler

US Senator Rob Portman is facing a tough re-election fight this year – and some Ohio Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy may drag down Portman’s chances to beat Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland. The candidate popped in for a little campaigning on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Ohio's 66 delegates are in Cleveland this week at the Republican National Convention, and some are reporting events have been running more smoothly than anticipated.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich delegate Nancy Nix had been dreading coming to the convention for weeks. Like many other Kasich delegates, she has some ideological differences with the party’s likely nominee Donald Trump. She also had some security concerns. At one point, she was considering dropping out of the convention all together.

Police and Protesters at RNC Show Some Respect and Patience

Jul 19, 2016
Monday protesters at Cleveland's Perk Park
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A wide variety of opposing protest groups have stormed into Cleveland –and some are armed- but the Cleveland Police Chief says “so far so good.”   That’s what observers are saying as well.

The city set up a specific parade route for protesters but it hasn’t stopped some groups from blocking downtown streets at rush hour like this group on Chester Avenue yesterday afternoon. Police in cars and on horses and bikes followed them to Perk Park

The police never bothered this group for breaking the rules and that’s how it should be, said Eric Ferrero of Amnesty International.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich is touching base with delegates from other states in Northeast Ohio this week, even while he’s holding back from endorsing the presumptive GOP nominee.
 

Kasich made a quick visit with the Illinois delegates in a steakhouse across the street from Quicken Loan Arena. But it had some of the tone of the town halls that were the mark of his failed presidential campaign: a few scribbled notes, a bit of meandering, and a vision of the GOP that it can change people’s lives – for the better.

Ohio's Republican Delegates Settle In At GOP Convention

Jul 19, 2016
Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
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They may be John Kasich's delegates, but they were at Donald Trump's convention.

Ohio's Republican delegates took their seats at the GOP convention last night, as the party prepared to nominate a candidate who didn't win the state.

“The bottom line is, you now unite, you come forward as one party, unified, to beat the real opponent And that’s on the left side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton,” said Keith Cheney, the chairman of the Allen County Republican Party. “So go Donald Trump.”

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is encouraging staffers with licenses to carry to bring their weapons to work.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Jones also urged civilian employees to carry their weapons while operating any department vehicle away from headquarters.

Jones encouraged employees to carry their guns in a memo on Friday after recent attacks against police officers in other parts of the county. In the memo, Jones urged employees to plan their attire appropriately and carry their weapons discreetly when in public view.

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