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We're almost there. Today, it’s the final edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse before next Tuesday’s election. We’ll check-in on the final dash to the finish line, from big-name campaign visitors (two Obamas and a Christie), to a state-wide bus tour for Tom Foley. Our panel of reporters and observers will fill you in on what you need to know in the last six days of the campaign. If you love political commercials, then you have six more days to soak them all in.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley may not be trying to make people like them, but they're trying to make the other guy look worse. Now, that Connecticut has the "least positive" race in the nation and the candidates remain in a dead heat in the polls. Malloy told WNPR earlier in the week that he isn't the most lovable guy. Meanwhile, reporters keep asking for Foley's state tax returns and he keeps refusing to hand them over.

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The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the race for governor is neck and neck and now some political heavy hitters are coming to Connecticut to turn the tide. This hour, it’s our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. We’ll also discuss a big weeks of debates from the fifth congressional district, to our gubernatorial debate in New London on Thursday.

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On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our panel will discuss the rapid-fire of polls coming our way. One of them actually contained good news for Gov. Dannel Malloy. It also included information on Connecticut's underticket races, which are rarely polled for. Plus, we'll recap last week's debate where the gloves came off, and both President Obama and Chris Christie visited the state this week (but not together).

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When host John Dankosky last sat behind the microphone for our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we lived in different times. John Rowland was only convicted once. The 2014 race for governor was still three months away. Derek Jeter was a professional baseball player. And Yuengling was not for sale in Connecticut.

Oh, how times have changed.

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The trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland starts to wind down. The race for governor is ramping up and the underticket races continue to slip under the radar. The Wheelhouse continues to roll even without our host John Dankosky this week.

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While the rest of the Northeast was having a September primary day that pointed to voter dissatisfaction with some incumbent Democrats, Connecticut was waiting for a little bit of news about its biggest political race to drop this morning. The new Quinnipiac poll on the Governor’s race is finally out today...and look, it shows voter dissatisfaction with an incumbent Democrat.

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Former Governor John Rowland is back on trial today as he faces charges of election-fraud. Former President Bill Clinton  was in his old stomping-grounds of New Haven to raise money for Governor Dan Malloy and former Congressman Rob Simmons is getting back into politics!

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Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan is leaving Connecticut to join John Dankosky in Washington, DC. Actually, Counihan will be the CEO of HealthCare.gov and Dankosky will be back tomorrow.

This hour, Dankosky hosts our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse from NPR's world headquarters in Washington, DC. The rest of our news roundtable will catch him (and you) up on the week's news from the Constitution State, including Counihan's departure, shake-ups in the governor's race, and a preview of tonight's debate between Dan Malloy and Tom Foley.

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With all eyes on Ferguson, Missouri, many people are also taking a step back to look at their own communities. What many of us see is a problem not restricted to Ferguson. Earlier this week, we had a conversation about urban policing and the militarization of police forces. 

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Maybe "Primary-Palooza" is an exaggeration, since voter turnout is abysmal, at best, in some towns. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the results of votes cast. 

Were you one of the few, the proud, the voters? Did you join the masses of non-voters? We'd love to hear your Primary Day stories on The Wheelhouse.

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Connecticut is generally a “blue” state, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll paints it a different color in the race for governor. But the poll itself was a different color too. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll discuss the divided state of Connecticut with our team of reporters and analysts, including Bill Curry who says his Democratic party has lost its soul.

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Governor Dannel Malloy takes a strong stance on housing immigrant children in this state. We’ll talk about this story and more on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Also, the Hartford Courant’s Dan Haar has been walking and reporting from Connecticut’s Rt. 44. He’ll take a load off to share some tales from the road. Chubby Checker (yes, that Chubby Checker) is also coming to town for a political fundraiser.

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Connecticut is fully engulfed in campaign ad season and candidates are already spending big money to get the message out to voters. What's the message? "Like me! The other guy, not so much." On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, Colin McEnroe guest hosts a conversation with a panel of reporters and political analysts to catch you up on the week’s news.

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We learned that it cost $250,000 to bring Hillary Clinton to speak at UConn earlier this year. As the cost of higher education continues to soar, there are lots of questions being raised about this speaking fee. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this story, and we check in on the race for governor as candidates start buying air time for those omnipresent campaign commercials. Also this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court took another swipe at Freedom of Information laws.

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It looks like the world'’s largest hedge fund won'’t build a new headquarters in Stamford…. What does that say about the state'’s economic development plans? A charter school organization faces investigations of its finances and operations. What does it say about the school reform movement? We’'ll look at those stories, plus the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, and whether the employer-based insurance model makes sense today.

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Where We Live host John Dankosky recently had lunch with Luis Suárez and thought he was joking when he ordered "The Dankosky." Therefore, Colin McEnroe will guest-host our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton dropped out of the race for governor and threw his (lukewarm) support behind Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.

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This week, the endorsed Democratic and Republican candidates for governor addressed the AFL-CIO political convention. Not surprisingly, incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy won the union's endorsement. Notably absent from the convention was new third-party candidate Jonathan Pelto, who said he asked to address the candidates, but was ignored.

This hour, on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we take a look at the role of labor unions in Connecticut politics.

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Hartford’s “done deal” on minor league baseball once again has our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse thinking about the process behind government decisions. The plan to bring the New Britain Rock Cats' franchise to town was months in the making behind closed doors. 

We also check in on East Haven where a racial discrimination settlement was reached, closing another chapter in the painful history of the town. A very old bridge is creating new problems for Metro-North commuters down the shoreline too and officials are pointing fingers.

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For this special edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we welcome author, political activist, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, and talk about his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State. Nader joins our conversation about the week's news.

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Connecticut has a complicated relationship with the death penalty. Over more than 50 years, the state executed just two death row inmates because they asked for it. Two years ago it was repealed for cases moving forward, but last week, one more man was sentenced to die for a crime he committed before the repeal.

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The conventions are over and the results are...familiar. Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley have been endorsed for a rematch of the 2010 race. But there may be a wild card entering the field. Jonathan Pelto is a liberal critic of Malloy and he's considering a run for governor.

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Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse gears up for the statewide political conventions, which move the campaign season into full swing. Last week's Quinnipiac poll was good news for Tom Foley, who has been largely quiet recently.

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There are just hours left in the 2014 legislative session, which means it’s time for lawmakers to start cramming in bills. This hour, we discuss the messy state budget with The Connecticut Mirror’s budget guru Keith Phaneuf.

We also talk about Freedom of Information, something that was changed in the closing minutes of the last session.

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If you had big plans for that $55 tax rebate that Governor Dannel Malloy announced in his State of the State address, think again.

This week, Malloy acknowledged this election-year plan was dead.

On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our team of reporters will discuss the rebate, the 2014 race, Hillary Clinton's visit to UConn, and fracking legislation at the state capitol.

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Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. A train almost took out Senator Richard Blumenthal last week -- and yes, that really was a press conference about rail safety.

This hour, it’s The Wheelhouse, our weekly news roundtable. And Wednesday’s bearing down on us like a southbound Acela. 

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In this edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we ask two big questions surrounding the 2014 race for governor. What impact will John Rowland's latest scandal have on Republicans? What impact will President Barack Obama have on Governor Dannel Malloy and the state's Democratic congressional delegation?

Also: did you join the herds of UConn basketball fans in line for $1.00 burritos?

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It feels a lot like 2004. Both UConn basketball teams are national champions, John Rowland is under investigation, and a Kennedy is in the news! Coming up on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, our panel of reporters and analysts weighs in on the state's relationship with it's flagship university. Governor Dannel Malloy (er - Dan Malloy) is trying to cash in on UConn's success as he runs for re-election.

We also say goodbye to a radio competitor who signed off last week. But we have a feeling that former Governor John Rowland will stay in the news.

Also, several Connecticut restaurants are in trouble for playing music and not paying royalties.

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On Tuesday, former Governor John G. Rowland took to the airwaves at his usual time on his WTIC AM talk show, despite being named in federal court as an alleged co-conspirator to a campaign finance scheme. He wouldn't comment on the accusations, only to say, "I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments. I am sure that you all understand. And I want to respect the process."

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Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.

We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.

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