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Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the party is not ready to throw its support behind a U.S. Senate candidate yet.

Ohio’s Democratic Party is still looking for a candidate to run for House Speaker John Boehner’s soon-to-be-empty seat. He is leaving office at the end of October.


During a conference call Wednesday, reporters asked former state Sen. Nina Turner, who is now serving as the party’s engagement chair, for the names of some potential contenders, like P.G. Sittenfeld.  

Turner says there are certainly a few possibilities, but pointed out Boehner’s district is heavily Republican and will be a challenge for a Democrat.

Boehner's Exit Could Affect Ohio Directly

Sep 28, 2015
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The departure of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner might mean a slight change to the way federal policy affects Ohio.

Boehner has been speaker of the House for nearly five years.

But David Niven, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati says that, in that time, Ohio has not seen a clear, tangible benefit to having one of its own members at the helm.

Niven says, however, that Boehner was a first line of defense for the state.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican representing the Springfield area and areas west of Dayton, will resign his position at the end of October.

In Ohio, Mixed Reactions To Netanyahu's Speech

Mar 4, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio's 8th District, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Following his address to Congress Tuesday, Cleveland-area critics and backers of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are speaking out about his warning on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Members of Congress, including many Republicans, gave Netanyahu a rousing ovation after his controversial address to Congress Tuesday.  In his 45-minute speech, the Israeli Prime Minister urged the U.S. to stop any potential deal-making with Iran, expressing concerns it could open a window for the country to develop an arsenal of atomic weapons.

Ohio's Governor To Attend Netanyahu's Speech To Congress

Mar 2, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is headed to Washington to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress.
The speech Tuesday comes after House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without notifying the Obama administration. The Israeli leader's visit has exposed deep tensions with the White House.

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An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has been sentenced to four years of probation.
Thirty-three-year-old Brandon James Thompson of New Castle was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge who placed him on six months of home detention.

Ohio Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill Boehner

Jan 14, 2015
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An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness has been indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner.
A grand jury indictment identifies the man as Cincinnati resident Michael R. Hoyt. It says the incident took place Oct. 29.
A separate criminal complaint says Hoyt was fired last fall from his job at an Ohio country club where Boehner is a member. It says Hoyt told a police officer he "did not have time" to put something into Boehner's drink.

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Ohio's congressional delegation will remain the same.  All 16 incumbents have won re-election in Tuesday's midterm elections. That keeps the delegation at 12 Republicans and four Democrats.

The sweep was expected, with most incumbents holding safe seats after U.S. House districts were redrawn because of population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census.

In partial, unofficial returns, nearly all the incumbents had more than 60 percent of the vote.

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All 435 seats in Congress are on the line in today's election, including a few in the Miami Valley. House Speaker John Boehner is facing Democratic challenger Thomas Poetter in Ohio’s 8th district. Poetter is an education professor at Miami University with little political experience. Boehner’s district is predominantly Republican and wraps around the north and west sides of Dayton.

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House Speaker John Boehner beat two tea party challengers in the GOP primary last night. Now, he’ll face a college professor this fall in his bid for a 13th term in Congress.

In the Democratic primary, Miami University professor Tom Poetter defeated restaurant supervisor Matthew Guyette for the right to challenge Boehner in Ohio's 8th Congressional District.