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The build-up to an election brings with it an awful lot of noise — two-bit scandals, endorsements and oh, the endless analysis. Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts cut through the racket and catch us up on the need-to-know developments from last week.

Listen in for Lewis’ recounting of the La Jolla meeting of Republican minds where the right-of-center big-wigs in town settled on Kevin Faulconer as their candidate of choice, and find out why Papa Doug Manchester is our Goat of the Week, while Sen. Ben Hueso and County Treasurer Dan McAllister are Heroes of the Week.