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John Boehner criticizes Trump administration over North Korea trade policy

  • 1:08 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp, sharply criticized the Trump administration for threatening to scrap a free-trade agreement with South Korea, saying such a move “would undermine America’s strategic objectives in the Pacific region and undercut our own workers and employers.”

Boehner, who was a strong supporter of the trade pact when Congress approved it in 2011, said in a statement Tuesday the United States “must strengthen – not weaken – its already vital economic relationships in the Pacific, from South Korea and Japan to Australia and China,” adding “we cannot isolate the regime in” North [More]

John Boehner tried to get Antonin Scalia to run for vice president in 1996

  • 4:59 pm Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Jessica Wehrman in the Washington Bureau has this nugget from the life of Anton Scalia, the Supreme Court justice who died this weekend: former House Speaker John Boehner once tried to get him to run as vice-president.

Boehner, now retired, writes in an essay for the conservative website the Independent Journal that 20 years ago, as  the chairman of the U.S. House Republican Conference, he tried to persuade Scalia to serve as then-Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 GOP presidential ticket.

This was after four years of President Bill Clinton and Boehner was convinced that Dole, a veteran senator [More]

Democrats slam Turner for endorsement of lawmaker who spoke to white supremacist group

  • 11:58 am Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner drew criticism from local Democrats for endorsing Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise for a House leadership position Tuesday.

In 2002, Scalise spoke to the European American Unity and Rights Organization formed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

“Steve Scalise and the David Duke wing of the Republican Party do not represent the values of Montgomery County and the Ohio 10th Congressional District,” said Owens. “If Mike Turner believes that a person who admires the beliefs of the leader of the Ku Klux Klan is right for leadership in this country, he has lost touch with the voters [More]

How much do local members of Congress already have for 2016 elections?

  • 4:44 pm Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Staff Writer

With more than 16 months until the face re-election, Ohio lawmakers have raised anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to more than a million in their bid for re-election, Jessica Wehrman reports from the Washington Bureau

Campaign finance reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission indicate that the state’s lawmakers – who largely remain unchallenged for next year’s elections – are nonetheless raising money for their campaigns.

Among southwest Ohioans, House Speaker John Boehner remained the most prolific fundraiser, bringing in $5.9 million in the second quarter through his various campaign committees.

Here’s how some of the other members of [More]