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Roughly 200 people rallied in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump in Dayton Tuesday.
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Roughly 200 people rallied in front of Republican Congressman Mike Turner’s office Tuesday in downtown Dayton in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.

A coalition of Dayton anti-Trump groups organized the protest to coincide with similar so-called “Nobody Is Above the Law” rallies held in cities across the United States ahead of Wednesday’s expected House vote on impeachment.

Here’s what some protesters at the gathering had to say.

Wright Memorial Library has hosted workshops designed to train community members to moderate their own conversations involving people with conflicting political opinions.
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With the political battles for the White House and Congress already heating up months ahead of 2020, so is the partisan bickering. A new training program in Dayton aims to help people avoid such political disagreements in their own lives.

It was inspired by a documentary film called American Creed featuring people from the left and the right sitting down together to discuss what it means to be an American today. Dayton organizers hope to spark the same sort of conversations around the Miami Valley this election season. 

 

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Tuesday was the May 7 primary election. Voters in a number of Miami Valley counties decided school levies at the ballot box.

In Greene County, voters approved two school levies, including a new 6.15-mills emergency five-year levy for Beavercreek Schools operating expenses.

Before the election, Beavercreek officials had warned district layoffs would be needed if the levy failed. A similar ballot measure failed to pass last fall. The new levy is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home roughly $215 more a year.

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Early and absentee voting begins Tuesday, April 9 for voters in some parts of the Miami Valley.

The May 7 Primary Election includes a number of school levies, including in Oakwood, Kettering and Beavercreek, where voters will consider a five-year, emergency 6.15 mill operating levy after a similar levy failed to pass in November.

In Dayton, there are five City Commission candidates vying in the May primary to appear on the November ballot.

To find out if there’s a Primary Election in your community, visit MyOhioVote.com.

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Dozens of people are expected to rally in Dayton Saturday to protest what they see as Trump administration attacks on transgender rights.

The protest is connected to a national campaign known as We Won’t Be Erased, affiliated with the National Center for Transgender Equality and its partner organizations.

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
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Dayton voters yesterday overwhelmingly voted in favor of decriminalizing minor marijuana and hashish possession.

Ballot Issue 8 passed with nearly three-quarters of the vote. 

It was an advisory election. Passage opens the door to the possibility of Dayton decriminalizing misdemeanor hashish and marijuana offenses in the future.

Changes could include reducing the financial penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana, and small quantities of hashish.

Under current law, such offenses carry a fine of $150.

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Ohio House of Representatives

District 40

Voters Tuesday elected Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer to represent Ohio House District 40. The Republican Plummer won by more than 20 points over his Democratic opponent Ryan Rebecca Taylor.

Law enforcement veteran Plummer announced his bid for the seat last December.

His tenure has spanned a period of controversy at the sheriff's office, which has come under scrutiny in recent years for multiple allegations of prisoner mistreatment.

Incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Turner has held onto his seat against Democratic challenger and political newcomer Theresa Gasper.

Turner's 10th District win sends him back to Washington for a ninth term.

Turner campaigned largely on his record of supporting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and efforts to grow Dayton’s economy.

Real-estate developer Gasper was one of a number of women entering national politics for the first time this year.

Elections officials predict strong voter turnout this year.
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Montgomery County voters came out in droves this year to cast early ballots before Election Day. During this year’s early voting period, 17,754 people cast ballots in person, more than triple the 2014 total of 4,600, officials report.

Nationwide, early voting numbers surpassed 2014 levels in 28 states.

Overall voter turnout this year is also expected to break records.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says she thinks the increase is part of larger trend toward voting early.

The midterm elections are November 6 and WYSO has been traveling around the Miami Valley talking to would-be voters.

Today, we hear from students on the University of Dayton campus. Many of them are eligible to vote for the first time this year, and they’re thinking a lot about the candidates and issues that matter most to them as they head to the polls. 

Here's some of what they had to say:

"The First and Second Amendments. We need to protect those. And also our country, just in general, supporting traditional values."  

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