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Supreme Court to hear arguments on Ohio voter purge

  • 10:02 am Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry { Washington Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court has re-scheduled oral arguments on Jan. 10 on whether Ohio officials violated federal law when they removed tens of thousands of people from the voting rolls simply because they had not cast ballots in recent elections.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati in 2016 struck down Ohio’s purge of the voter rolls. The justices originally were scheduled to hear oral arguments earlier this month, but delayed them because one of the attorneys was on medical leave.

The justices will have to determine whether Ohio devised a system aimed at circumventing federal law by [More]

Sen Portman plans to back Gorsuch for Supreme Court

  • 6:54 pm Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”

“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position. Judge Gorsuch has an outstanding record as a fair-minded, independent, and universally-respected judge, and, after [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]