Supporters of immigration reform rally outside the West Chester office of House Speaker John Boehner’s office on Aug. 5, 2013. Provided
Backers of immigration reform say they plan to rally outside House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office Friday.
The 1 p.m. event is being organized in support of an immigration reform bill passed in May by the U.S. Senate. The bill, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, drew bipartisan support in the Senate, but faces a tougher fight in the Republican-controlled House.
Boehner has said he has no intention of taking up the Senate legislation and that the House intends to pursue its own “common-sense, step-by-step” approach to immigration reform.
Several representatives from the faith community and immigrants will speak at Friday’s event, which is sponsored by Organizing for Action, an advocacy group devoted to pushing President Barack Obama’s agenda.
Boehner’s office is at 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. For event information, go to www.barackobama.com.
Supporters of President Barack Obama reach to shake his hand after he spoke at a rally at Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Photo by Enquirer Sunday Nov. 4, 2012.
Mark Wert reports:
Putting together a winning political campaign is like building a mosaic. The tiles that the politicians use are the most basic units in which Americans count votes: the precinct.
Now that Ohio officials have counted sometimes troublesome “provisional” ballots and completed their official tally of the 2012 election, map are the mosaic that Barack Obama and his campaign built.
What’s clear to see in the map is where Obama once again patched together a winning coalition of minorities, young people and suburban women along with hard-core Democrats. It was enough for Obama to once again push once-solidly Republican Hamilton County into the Democratic column – something even Bill Clinton never did.
Holding Hamilton County was among the key steps Obama made to once again win Ohio and its 16 electoral votes, returning him to the presidency. Obama carried just 17 of Ohio’s 88 counties, but he won in the six most populous counties in the state, including Hamilton.
Obama crushed Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Cincinnati, taking more than 70 percent of the vote. He won minority-majority suburbs such as Forest Park and Lincoln Heights by even bigger margins.
Obama also held his own in other parts of the county that typically are heavily Republican. For example, he won 10 precincts in Colerain Township, where minorities are moving into the eastern part of the township and a couple in Blue Ash, where women’s votes may have been crucial (given that exit polling showed that Obama did well with suburban women).
Romney performed best in Southwest Ohio’s three other counties, especially Warren County.
It was the only one in the region where Obama failed to win even a single precinct, which he did in both Clermont and Boone counties.
But Obama nearly carried 40 percent of the vote in Butler County, normally a GOP powerhouse.
That hurt Romney’s effort to put a dent in Obama’s margin in the big counties, especially since he carried Cuyahoga, Lucas and Franklin counties by more than 10 percentage points.
In Butler County, a strong youth vote apparently gave Obama wins in 11 of Oxford’s 12 precincts despite the fact that Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan went to Miami University.
A strong minority vote helped give Obama nine of 48 precincts in Hamilton and 17 of 36 in Middletown. Wins in three precincts in West Chester, home to House Speaker John Boehner, and eight in Fairfield were likely due to the growing number of minorities in those areas along with women voters.
Across the river in Northern Kentucky, where neither campaign put in as much effort, Obama’s wins were largely confined to the precincts in the older cities along the Ohio River.
The U.S. Supreme Court today cleared the way for Ohioans to cast early in-person absentee ballots on the final three days before the Nov. 6 election.
In a major legal victory for President Barack Obama’s campaign, Justice Elena Kagan denied Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s request to overturn or put on hold lower federal court rulings that authorized early voting on the final Saturday through Monday before Election Day.
Shortly after the court ruled, Husted set uniform early voting hours for those days in all 88 counties: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m-2 p.m. Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court today sealed a legal victory for President Barack Obama’s campaign in the pivotal state of Ohio, leaving intact a ruling that restored early voting rights for the weekend before the Nov. 6 election.
Ohio Republicans had sought to cancel early voting that weekend for everyone except members of the military. A U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati blocked the plan last week, saying it probably violated the constitutional rights of non-military voters. In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to that ruling, filed by Ohio’s Republican secretary of state and attorney general.
Democrats and Republicans have jockeyed in Ohio for months over early voting, an option used heavily by blacks, women, the elderly and low-income people, according to the appeals court. A trial judge cited an estimate that 100,000 Ohioans would vote in the three days leading up to Election Day.
No Republican has ever won the White House without capturing Ohio, which controls 18 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. (more…)
Matthew King, a 17-year-old Lakota East High school senior, recently created a Youtube Video highlighting two small towns in America, that just so happened to be named Romney and Barrackville.
King visited Romney and Barrackville, West Virgina, 100 miles away from each other, to get a sense of what the people living in the presidential pun towns thought of the election, and living in a town with names like the President and presidential candidate.
In the video, King talks to people on the street, through car windows, and people putting groceries in their cars about their views on the towns name, asking questions with only slight political implications. King asked one man what Romney was like,
“Romney is pretty much just a small town, small community, everybody knows everybody. We all get along, it’s pretty neighborly, everybody tries to help everybody out as much as possible,” one man said.
“So you help like the 47% of Americans that need the help that they can get, right?” asked King.
“Absolutely,” replied the young man.
King, a member of Americans for Prosperity and the former chairman of the Butler County Teenage Republicans said he created the video to do his part. “I’m very actively involved in politics, but I can’t vote this election. I asked myself, what can I do to get people involved?” King was influenced by Jon Stewart. “It’s funny, but the Daily Show is some peoples’ news,” said King.
King stumbled upon Romney and Barrackville after looking up whether a deceased relative was still registered to vote or not. “I looked up my great grandmother, and she wasn’t still registered, but there was someone named Anne and it said she lived in Romney. Then we saw Barrackville. I was like oh no way!” King said. King packed up a film crew and his family and headed to West Virginia.
“Up there I was asking questions to be humorous, but people didn’t want it to be funny. When I was done asking them questions they would say ‘its nice you’re doing this, but it’s a serious issue,” King said. “I’ve been involved in politics for a long time, but this time it was different, there was something deeper in the conversation,” King said.
King admitted there was a bit of a bias in the way he represented the towns, leaning in support of Romney.
King hopes to go into a political field or entertainment management after graduation, “but there’s not a big difference between entertainment and politics,” King laughed. King has already begun to work toward those goals. He founded Lakota T.V., a district television channel. “That will be there after I graduate, as a way for student to get their voice out there,” said King.
This also isn’t King’s first video. Four years ago he shared a home video called “Wii for Christmas” on Youtube, featuring himself, which has over 200,00 views.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to the President Barack Obama supporting West Chester’s Sgt. Robert A. Woods’ nomination for the Presidential Citizens Medal for his exemplary military service and his continued work helping soldiers and their families in need.
“I am honored to support the nomination of Sgt. Robert A. Woods for the Presidential Citizens Medal,” said Portman. “Having gotten to know Sgt. Woods, I can speak firsthand to the impressive service and comfort Sgt. Woods and the Ohio Patriot Guard provide to the families of our fallen heroes. He is truly deserving of this award”
Sgt. Woods is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who continues to work to improve military life and to bring honor and respect to the Armed Forces. Fellow Ohioan Edwina Campbell nominated Sgt. Woods for his work with the Ohio Patriot Guard and for his volunteer efforts in helping wounded and disabled veterans.
The Presidential Citizens Medal recognizes citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their fellow citizens that go well beyond the scope of their regular jobs. Citizens are encouraged to help in the selection process by nominating individuals they feel are deserving of the award.
Earlier in the interview, Boehner discussed his recent lunch with President Barack Obama and acknowledged that there was some “common ground” between him and the President, but was disappointed in Obama’s budget.
“I was very disappointed when I saw his budget,” Boehner said. “You know, the president is elected to lead and when you start talking about spending and debt and the mountain that we are putting on the back of our kids and grandkids. I was really disappointed that the president didn’t act.”
Boehner also discussed the Tea Party, Egypt and the resignation of Congressman Chris Lee in the interview, which can be viewed in separate parts on the Fox News website.
President Barack Obama may have almost made House Speaker and West Chester resident John Boehner cry with his kind words during his State of the Union address last night, Jan. 25, however, afterwards, Boehner didn’t have many nice things to say about the speech.
“We were honored to receive President Obama in the people’s House tonight for his State of the Union address. I appreciate the fact that the president recognizes the need to reach out and work together whenever possible.
“As I’ve stated in the past, when the president is willing to work with us on the people’s priorities, we’ll be ready to work with him. Unfortunately, even as he talked about the need for fiscal discipline, President Obama called for more ‘stimulus’ spending without making a commitment to the cuts and reforms the American people are demanding. Adding to our debt and pushing us closer to bankruptcy for the sake of more ‘stimulus’ spending will not make our nation more competitive. A partial freeze is inadequate at a time when we’re borrowing 41 cents of every dollar we spend, and the Administration is begging for another increase in the debt limit. Rather than lock in the job-crushing spending binge of the last two years, we are working to carry out our pledge to cut spending to pre-‘stimulus,’ pre-bailout levels and impose real spending caps. The people sent us here to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, and that’s exactly what we intend to do. (more…)
Boehner also said that he was “looking forward to listening to what the President has to say tonight” in his State of the Union speech at 9 p.m.
“Listen, the American people know that we can’t continue to borrow and spend our way to prosperity. They understand that we’ve got to tighten the belt. And I’m hopeful that the President has listened to the American people. I’m hopeful that the word ‘investment’ really isn’t more ‘stimulus’ spending and a bigger government here in Washington,’” Boehner said.
Boehner also said he is “excited” about Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan response in the Republican Address.