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Ohio’s newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman will return to Capitol Hill with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

But Portman says he’s still ready to enforce checks and balances with President-Elect Donald Trump.

Portman says he doesn’t have the concerns about a Trump presidency that he had when he decided not to vote for the Republican nominee. However, Portman did say he’s prepared to keep the executive office in check if he ever thinks the president-elect goes too far.

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Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican President elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only blistering defeat for Ohio’s Democratic Party. The state Legislature, which was already Republican dominated, became even redder and it's left the leader of the Ohio Democratic Party evaluating the losses and where the party goes from here.

Clinton’s loss was devastating, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper who said, “What we saw was a tidal wave that was far bigger than Ohio.”

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The role of coal as an energy source is diminishing in this country.  Ten years ago, half of the electricity in this country came from burning coal, but today, that number has dropped to one third. The coal companies have claimed that the Obama administration is waging a WAR on Coal .   But sustainability commentator Bob Brecha isn’t so sure.

Dayton voters said yes to Issue 9 and voted to increase taxes on city residents to 2.5 percent.  The levy will raise funds to cover a $5 million budget shortfall and provide funding for universal pre-K education and street maintenance.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was pleased with the voters' decision and told WYSO News that the new funds were the focus of this morning’s city budget meeting.

Election 2016: Your Voice

Nov 9, 2016

To get a sense of how people across the Miami Valley are reacting to the results of last night's presidential election, WYSO News talked to voters in Greene and Montgomery Counties. Here's some of what they had to say. 

Deborah Burchett won by about five thousand votes, ousting long time incumbent Gene Kelly. The democratic Kelly had been in office since 1987, but he's faced trouble in recent years including eighty grievances filed by deputies.

When she takes office, former sheriff's deputy Burchett will assume control of the Clark County Jail, the Emergency Dispatch Center and oversee a nearly 15 million dollar annual budget, the largest general operating budget in the county. 

Springfield residents could see cuts to police, fire, parks and recreation services after voters narrowly rejected ballot measure Issue 2. The levy would have generated about $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase income tax rates from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years. But the results were close. The levy failed by just 55 votes. And all provisional and absentee votes have yet to be counted.

 

City officials have said that if the levy failed to pass, they’d be forced to close a fire station and reduce funding to the parks and recreation department.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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The votes are in for two Dayton-area school levies with very different results. 

Fairborn voters have passed a 2.95-mill bond levy for city schools. The funding would go toward replacing the city’s elementary and middle school buildings -- at a cost to taxpayers of about $103 more a year for every $100,000 in property value. The levy’s passage also means the state will cover nearly half of the $51 million project.

In Xenia, voters rejected a 3.9 mill levy that would have raised money to replace the city’s middle and high school buildings with one new building. 

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Miami Valley voters choose incumbents for the Ohio Legislature.

Two Ohio State Senators, Peggy Lehner and Robert Hackett, will keep their seat.

In the Ohio House, Bill Dean will serve as the state representative for the 74th district. Dean joins Rick Perales who will continue as state rep for the 73rd district, Jim Butler from the 41st district, and Niraj Antani representing the 42nd.

Voters in Dayton said yes to Issue 9 - raising the city’s earned income tax by one-fourth percent for the next eight years. The revenue from this ballot issue will fund a variety of improvements in the city including access to affordable preschool for all four year olds.

In Centerville, voters approved .5% levy increase for streets and police. Butler and Harrison Townships approved their police levies.

Jackson Township’s Issue 50 for current expenses and German Township’s Issue 45 for streets, roads and bridges were rejected by voters.

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