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Speaker Boehner to Visit Louisville

Speaker of the House John Boehner will visit Louisville at the end of the month.

Boehner will speak at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center on the 31st.

The Ohio Congressman has been a central figure in American politics over the last three years as one of the most powerful and influential Republicans in Washington. He was a key player in the recent debt ceiling negotiations, and has been a leader in the GOP opposition to President Obama.

Boehner is the latest addition to the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center lecture series. The series has previously featured Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and former President George W. Bush.

Tickets to the event are free, but must be obtained through the McConnell Center.

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Yarmuth Looks To Protect Legislative Victories From Repeal

For the first time in his career, Third District Congressman John Yarmuth will be in the minority Democratic party in the House.

Yarmuth says he’s been pleased with new Republican Speaker John Boehner’s nods to bipartisanship, but he’s not sure whether that will pan out over the next two years. While Yarmuth has his concerns about GOP’s plans for the upcoming session, he says the party may have difficulty reigning in newly-elected representatives.

“I think that if they try to do things like push to abolish the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Education like many of their new members have proposed, I think that’s going to set the Democrats up very well politically going in to 2012,” he says.

Yarmuth says the new majority’s plan to vote for a repeal of the healthcare overhaul is largely symbolic. He adds that pieces of the law and other legislation passed by the previous Congress may be under attack, and the Democrats will likely be focused on preserving their legislative victories.

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House Minority Leader Boehner Fundraises for Lally

U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) helped fundraise today for Republican candidate Todd Lally. But Lally’s bid for a seat in the House still faces financial hurdles as the fall campaign season kicks off.

Lally hopes to unseat Democrat John Yarmuth of Louisville, who is running for his third term in Congress.  While growing attention from the National Republican Congressional Committee and now a visit from the House’s top Republican could give Lally a boost, his campaign coffers are still less than half as full as Yarmuth’s.  Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission in mid-July showed the Yarmuth campaign with nearly $600,000 in cash on hand. Lally’s campaign reported just under $270,000. Yarmuth is also ahead according to internal polls recently released by each campaign.