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For months, reporters have been asking Governor Dannel Malloy if he is running for re-election this year. On Sunday, he shared his future plans: He is not running for president in 2016.

Oh.

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we'll talk about Malloy's trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association meetings where he got into a well-publicized spat with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Closer to home, another investigation is taking place at the state capitol involving the use of a printer in Florida for campaign materials.

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Residents in Revere, Massachusetts approved on Tuesday a plan by Mohegan Sun to build a $1.3 billion resort casino in the town. The Hartford Courant reported that the proposal won 63 percent of the vote.

It's the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's second attempt at the new gaming market in Massachusetts -- voters in Palmer recently rejected a casino plan there.

Iowa was one of the few states that saw voter turnout increase in 2012. Brad Anderson is proud of the role he played in encouraging turnout there as state director of President Obama's campaign.

Now he's running for secretary of state, which would put him in charge of overseeing elections.

"I have a plan to make Iowa No. 1 in voter turnout," Anderson says.

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How many people should have to vote to change a city's charter? 

That's a question being posed now at the state legislature. Last year, Hartford had some pretty significant reforms to its charter on the city's ballot. 

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Once again, Connecticut’s felonious former governor is making headlines. This time, John Rowland is hiring a criminal defense attorney as officials investigate his role in the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this and all the week’s news from our downtown Hartford location.

Attorney General Eric Holder called on 11 states to repeal "counterproductive" laws that bar convicted felons from "the single most basic right of American citizenship-the right to vote."

In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University law school, Holder used his bully pulpit to note that 5.8 million people are prohibited from voting because of current or former felony convictions, including 1-in-5 black adults in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.

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The legislature officially opened today, after being delayed because of Wednesday's snowstorm. Governor Dannel Malloy gave his annual State of the State address after budget chief Ben Barnes briefed the media on the governor's midterm budget adjustment proposals earlier in the morning.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton has announced his running mate, former Groton mayor Heather Somers.

Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission has been told there is no data connecting people with autism to increased violent criminal behavior. A Stony Brook University psychology professor addressed the panel on Friday saying there is nothing that links autism to the type of planned massacre that occurred in in Newtown in 2012. Recently released documents show gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of ballot box discrimination.

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Miles Rapoport, former state politician, has been named the new leader of national political watchdog group.

Rapoport will run Common Cause as of March. Common Cause describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization with more than 400,000 across the country. 

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Listeners weighed in during our panel discussion with four prominent state Republicans on The Colin McEnroe Show.

As it turns out, few state Republican parties adopt an official state party platform, instead choosing to follow a mission that conforms the national platform to the perceived needs of each individual state. 

In Connecticut, divisive social issues, such as reproductive rights and faith, take a back seat to fiscal issues that unite most Republicans around job growth, lower taxes, less regulation, and smaller government. But finding consensus has a steep price in blue states like Connecticut.

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The race for governor has been underway for months now. But the race for lieutenant governor is just heating up. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for the number two job. But why?

Also, Connecticut's former Secretary of the State Miles Rapoport was just named the new president and CEO of Common Cause. He'll join us to talk about the work that lies ahead for him.

Chion Wolf

When I first started writing about politics in Connecticut, I can honestly say that there were many more Republicans who excited my admiration than there were Democrats. It was 1979, the wave of interesting new progressive Democrats was coming, including that Bill Curry guy you hear so much about, but the entrenched Democratic leadership was anything but progressive. It was calcified, blinkered, and in too many cases, dirty. They'd had too much power for too long. 

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Governor Chris Christie's administration is under fire for ordering  lane closures  that blocked access to the George Washington Bridge for four days last September, indulging in an egomaniacal fantasy of vengeance against a political foe who refused to recognize the Christie administration's self-professed superiority.

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Governor Dannel Malloy stops by our studios for an end-of-the-year check-in. We talk about this year’s legislation, and what did and didn't get done in 2013. We'll also look ahead to what will certainly be a busy 2014 as Republican challengers already step forward.

A recount will take place today of the vote that killed a $1 billion casino project in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer.

It's good to be Chris Christie these days.

Just a few weeks after his landslide re-election victory, the New Jersey governor won a second election this week: chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The RGA chair is a largely ceremonial role, but in it, Christie will travel the country campaigning for other Republicans in gubernatorial races in 2014, a job that many see as groundwork for a potential White House run.

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Only about a third of Connecticut’s eligible voters made it to the polls for last week’s municipal election. Meet Arturo Perez-Cabello, a recently naturalized citizen who voted for the first time on election day and won a seat on his local school board. 

Now that the 2013 general election is behind us, all eyes are on the 2014 races. Connecticut is gearing up for a heated race in the Republican primary and general election. Governor Dannel Malloy has not yet formally announced his candidacy for re-election but that hasn't stopped his Republican opponents from attacking his record.

On The Wheelhouse, we talk about the 2014 race both here in Connecticut and in Illinois, where Bridgeport, Connecticut Superintendent Paul Vallas is Governor Pat Quinn's running mate. We also check-in with Connecticut's Filipino community. Their home country was utterly devastated by last week's typhoon.

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In this week’s election, the small Working Families Party won coalition control of Bridgeport’s Board of Education. The nine-member school board will now have a five-member voting bloc that opposes School Superintendent Paul Vallas and his education reform efforts.

There's a good deal of analysis to be done.

But, for now, here are the results

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New Britain elected a new Mayor Tuesday. Republican Erin Stewart, 26, upset incumbent democrat Tim O'Brien by more than 1,000 votes.

Stewart campaigned as a candidate of change, and promised to work with both Democrats and Republicans in city hall. She criticized O'Brien on the campaign trail for raising taxes, cronyism, and for abandoning monthly office hours for the mayor.

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Here's an update for you -- I just got off the phone with the clerk's office in Hartford and they say that they don't yet have official results.

So I called Urania Petit, one of the city's three registrars.

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Perhaps the comment that made East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. a staple on "The Daily Show" have faded from the minds of voters. Maybe the conviction of two police officers last month on charges of civil rights violations were overshadowed by Maturo's record on lowering property taxes. Regardless of the reasons, Maturo was elected to his seventh term in office on Tuesday. 

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It’s a municipal election year, and voters throughout the state hit the polls to vote for their town officials and usually they hit those polls in pretty small numbers. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses the results from around the state plus a casino referendum in Massachusetts. How'd you vote? And how busy were the polls?

Chion Wolf

The New Haven public had suggestions for Mayor-elect Toni Harp at Artspace New Haven's City-Wide Open Studio event this campaign season. A large blackboard, installed in the exhibition room, advised: "New Mayor: Remember To..."

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Cities and towns across the state held elections Tuesday. East Haven Republican Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. was re-elected Tuesday, defeating Democrat Jack Stacey. In Danbury, incumbent Republican Mayor Mark Boughton won a seventh term against Democrat Paul McAllister. 

Here's a cheat sheet about Tuesday's elections, starting with the most surprising news:

Mohegan Sun said it will seek a recount in Palmer, Massachusetts, after the town rejected its billion-dollar resort casino plan. The proposal was defeated by just 93 votes: 2,657 for, to 2,564 against.

The Connecticut-based casino giant had been planning to bid for the western Massachusetts license early next year. The defeat means that MGM's plan to build a casino in downtown Springfield will be the only bidder for the western Massachusetts license.

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