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.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Tom Foley, the Republican challenger in the governorâ€™s race, a six-point lead over incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. This news comes less than eight weeks before Election Day.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:53 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for governor, but not without an unexpectedly strong challenge from law school professor Zephyr Teachout, who spent virtually no money and had a bare-bones campaign operation.
Cuomo barely cleared 60 percent of the vote Tuesday, and though he won his home county of Westchester, the governor lost nearly the entire Hudson Valley.
Even before returns were in, Cuomo downplayed expectations, saying that primaries were unpredictable and that he would be happy with anything "over 50 percent."
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:34 pm
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will face Charlie Baker in November's election for Massachusetts governor. Both candidates faced primary challenges Tuesday. Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:22 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in the state's Democratic primary, turning back an energetic longshot bid by liberals who have criticized his pragmatic, centrist approach.
Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:09 am
Powered by the top-spending campaign, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo scored a decisive Democratic gubernatorial victory over her two main rivals Tuesday, in a campaign dominated by debate about Rhode Island's long-suffering economy and the pension overhaul spearheaded by Raimondo in 2011.
Unofficial returns showed Raimondo with 42 percent of the vote, compared with 29 percent for Angel Taveras, and 27 percent for Clay Pell.
Raimondo, 43, used her victory speech at the Met, a music club in Pawtucket, to vow to put Rhode Islanders back to work.
Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 7:45 am
Tanned and rested after a five-week summer vacation, Congress has returned for a brief session before returning home to campaign for re-election. This autumn session is expected to last a couple of weeks, give or take a couple of days.
What can be accomplished in so short a time? A great deal, if House and Senate choose to work together. Or nothing, if they don't. If you are wondering which will happen, you haven't been watching the 113th Congress up to now.
Pressure is growing on Senate Democrats to release more information about the future of Senator Andrew Maynard. Maynard was seriously injured in a fall two months ago, and questions remain about his ability to stand for election in November.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was supposed to cruise past next Tuesday's primary election in New York on his way to a second term.
But the powerful Democratic incumbent may have more trouble than many expected. For one thing, his main opponent, a little-known law professor named Zephyr Teachout, is mounting a respectable challenge from the left. For another, Cuomo could potentially wind up with a running mate he doesn't want.
This week, the local cable news channel NY1 tried to host a debate between Cuomo and Teachout. Teachout was the only one to show up.
Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 8:23 am
Fifth in a series of profiles of the gubernatorial candidates
BOSTON â€” The 2014 election is Republican Charlie Bakerâ€™s second race for the corner office.Â Four years ago, he ran and lost to incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick by 6 points.
This time heâ€™s running a different campaign and aiming for better results â€” focusing on his experience as a problem-solver, visiting urban centers, and meeting with more minority voters who traditionally vote Democrat.
In 2010, Dan Malloy beat Tom Foley in the race for governor by just over 6,400 votes statewide. The smattering of polls that have been released in this yearâ€™s race show a similarly close rematch.
If Malloy does win a second-term, heâ€™ll need to win the cities -- by a lot. In the city of New Haven alone, Malloy won by a margin of more than 18,600 votes. Itâ€™s no surprise that Malloy continues to court the votes in the Elm City.
Connecticut's new gun control law says gun owners who failed to register their now-banned assault weapons by a January deadline face a misdemeanor charge, not a felony as described by Republican governor candidate Tom Foley in Wednesday night's debate.Â
The first debate between Connecticutâ€™s two major party candidates for governor produced few surprises, as Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy tackled recurring issues, including gun control and economic development.Â
Since he launched his campaign for governor, Jonathan PeltoÂ was criticized by Democrats for being a "spoiler" to GovernorÂ Dannel Malloy this November.Â Pelto admits, though, that it's "increasingly likely that we will fall short" of the 7,500 signatures needed to make the ballot.
Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 8:24 am
Brett Smiley ended his Providence mayoral campaign Friday and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza. The decision basically sets the stage for a head-to-head September 9th primary battle between Elorza and City Council President Michael Solomon, the acknowledged front-runner in the race.
Smiley's announcement came exactly 24 hours after his latest policy proposal, a road-improvement plan touted during a news conference near the Providence train station.
Republican Joe Visconti, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he's an insider with the ability to get traction this season,Â and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.
We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. Heâ€™s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. Weâ€™ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.
Governor Dannel Malloy's office announced on Monday that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will not serve a second term. "I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration's term," Pryor said in a statement.