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Ambassador Dennis Ross is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has served two years as special assistant to President Obama and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than twelve years, he negotiated the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was to have held a fundraising event late Monday afternoon at the home of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, but it has been postponed, according to sources close to the mayor. 

 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday on the life and career of George Voinovich, one of the most significant figures in the history of Ohio politics. The former governor and U.S. Senator died Sunday at the age of 79. 

There can be no denying the historic nature of the moment in late July when Hillary Clinton steps to the podium at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to become the first woman nominated by a major party as its presidential candidate.

"I'm grateful that it is happening in my lifetime,'' said Kathy Helmbock, a Clinton supporter and a long-time activist in feminist organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus.

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Update 06/09/16:   A source said Thursday there will be no public event, because of time restraints on the candidate. 

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will be in Cincinnati Monday for a private fundraising event. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Wednesday morning about the election Tuesday of businessman and former soldier Warren Davidson, a Republican, to the 8th Congressional District seat vacated by John Boehner's resignation last fall. Davidson won with a massive vote, 77 percent, but only about six percent of the district's 471,273 voters bothered to cast a ballot. 

Businessman and former soldier Warren Davidson, a Miami County Republican, has vaulted from political obscurity  last year to a seat in the U.S. House this year. 

With all 100 percent of the 8th Congressional District's 558 precincts reporting, Davidson held a massive lead over his two opponents, showing how strong a Republican district the 8th really is. 

Davidson, from Troy in Miami County, had 77 percent to 21 percent for Democrat Corey Foister of West Chester. A third candidate, James J. Condit Jr., who has been disavowed by the Green Party had two percent support.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Tuesday's special general election in Ohio's 8th Congressional District. Only one race is on the ballot - a contest among three candidates to fill out the remainder of the term of John Boehner, the former House Speaker who resigned from Congress last fall. The winner of Tuesday's election will have a leg up on the November election, when 8th District choose a House member for a full two-year term. 

Donald Trump and (presumably) Hillary Clinton will be the featured bout in this November's election in the key swing state of Ohio, the bellwether of presidential elections for as long as anyone can remember.

But the undercard fight in Ohio is a pretty good one too.

The first of two elections this year to fill the vacant seat of former House Speaker John Boehner in Ohio's 8th Congressional District takes places Tuesday.

It is a special election to fill out the unexpired term of Boehner, the West Chester Republican, who not only resigned the speakership but resigned from the House last fall. He was, in essence, pushed out by a rebellious Republican House caucus that believed Boehner was too willing to compromise with the Democrat in the White House

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