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Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval, joined by former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, stood before about 125 supporters – mostly women – in a North Avondale front yard Wednesday to launch a "Women for Aftab" organization.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the implications of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee  (DCCC) putting the Ohio 1st Congressional District on its "Red to Blue" list of targeted races - the only House race in Ohio targeted by the DCCC. It will draw national attention to the Democratic challenger Aftab Pureval's bid to unseat long-time GOP congressman Steve Chabot. 

So, what does it mean when the professional tea leaf readers move a congressional race from a Likely Republican status to a Leans Republican status?

Well, we are about to find out.

That's exactly what Sabato's Crystal Ball, one of the nation's leading trackers of races at the state, congressional and presidential levels, did this week with Ohio's 1st Congressional District, which has been held by Republican Steve Chabot in all but two of the past 25 years.

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The first campaign financial filings for 2018 in Ohio show the race for governor is going to expensive. Redistricting discussions in Ohio fall apart. Democrat Aftab Pureval announces his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Steve Chabot. FC Cincinnati looks at the West End as a possible stadium site. And Cincinnati City Council votes to approve a new president for the city's Park Board.

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Democrat Aftab Pureval said it best Wednesday morning when he spoke to a crowded room of supporters in Avondale: his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Steve Chabot was "the worst kept secret in Cincinnati."

After months of speculation, the 35-year-old Pureval, who pulled off a stunning upset victory over a Republican incumbent in the 2016 race for Hamilton County clerk of courts, made it official in an enthusiastic rally at Avondale's Gabriel's Place, a non-profit involved in urban agriculture.

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Republicans search for a new candidate to oppose Democratic incumbent senator Sherrod Brown after Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel withdraws his candidacy. The Ohio governor's race continues to shape up as more candidates pick running mates. Democrats may tap a local politician to run against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in the house. And the Kentucky General Assembly is in session. 

This may sound like crazy talk, but there are some out there in Democratic circles – both here and in Washington – who believe Ohio's 1st Congressional District will be in play in 2018.

Taking on Republican Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican who has represented Ohio's 1st Congressional district for all but two of the past 23 years, seems, on the surface at least, to be Mission Impossible.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the challenges the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would face in taking on Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in Ohio's First Congressional District. 

Does the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) seriously think that Republican incumbent Steve Chabot is vulnerable next year in southwest Ohio's First Congressional District?

Apparently so.

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Former congressman Steve Driehaus tells WVXU he returns home next month after spending six years leading the Peace Corps' efforts in two African nations.

But Driehaus, in a phone interview Monday from Rabat, the capital of Morocco, says he has no plans to jump back into elective politics.

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CLEVELAND – U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican, has no problem with Donald J. Trump as his party's standard bearer.

But he believes the man who will almost certainly officially become the GOP's nominee tonight at Quicken Loans Arena should have accepted the NAACP's invitation to speak at its annual convention this week in Cincinnati.

Many believe that a Democratic candidate might as well try to climb Mount Everest with one arm tied behind his or her back  than take on Rep. Steve Chabot in the heavily Republican 1st Congressional District.

But two local Democrats – Fred Kundrata of Pendleton and Jim Prues of North Avondale – are willing to strap on the gear and give it a shot.

Prues and Kundrata are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 1st District in the May 6 primary election.

Time was when taking on Chabot was not such a daunting task.

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican, wrote a strongly-worded blog posting Monday blaming the Boston bombings on “Muslim Jihadists” and accusing the Obama administration of trying to cover it up.

“These weren’t a couple of disgruntled Methodists who set off pressure cooker bombs in an attempt to kill and injure as many infidels as possible,’’ Chabot wrote on his blog. “They were Chechen radicalized Islamists who hated America, the country that had generously taken them in, clothed them, fed them and educated them.”

Four southwest Ohio, eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky U.S. House members voted "no" late Tuesday night on the bill to avert the nation falling over the "fiscal cliff."

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood; Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Township; Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Lewis County; and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Columbus, Ind. bucked the party leadership on the bill that would raise the income tax rate for individuals making over $450,000 a year and extended unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed by one year.

Members of Ohio Action Now, a coalition of pro-Obama groups and individuals, plans a Friday rally near Republican congressman Steve Chabot's downtown office to urge him to support President Obama's plans to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.

Chabot opposes Obama's plan.

Ohio Action Now leaders say they will present a report from Innovation Ohio, one of their member groups, that they say will show flaws in the budget proposal from House Speaker John Boehner.

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First district Congressman Steve Chabot has been re-elected for a ninth term. He says he's willing to work with President Obama, if Mr. Obama is willing to work with Congress.

"We need to do what's right for the country and it's a whole lot better if you have a President working together. The President wasn't particularly interested in working with a Republican Congress recently in the last couple of years and hopefully that will change."

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan literally rolled right into a Cincinnati steel company. His campaign bus drove into the warehouse.

The City of Cincinnati and Progress Ohio are trying to put an incident behind them involving police confiscation of cameras at a Steve Chabot Town Hall meeting in Avondale last year.

Two political activists at the North Avondale Community Center last year wanted to record the Republican Representative and his position on various issues. Cincinnati Police wrongly took their cameras at the instruction of Chabot's staff-members. The City has apologized.