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Mount Trashmore, Ganim’s Déjà Vu Moment In East End

August 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

In the week since his resounding primary defeat for governor, Mayor Joe Ganim hasn’t gone to political sleep, or travel to parts unknown, perhaps a nod to those urging him to pay attention to home cooking with his reelection poised in 2019. In recent days he’s appeared for back-to-school events, economic development announcements as well as a nostalgic moment where he earned his stripes as a candidate for mayor in 1991, a promise to clean up the mountainous demolition-debris disgrace Mount Trashmore in the East End that wreaked environmental havoc on the neighborhood. All these decades later Ganim on Tuesday returned to the scene of his political youth with a promise of something better for that very same remedial location. [Read more →]

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“Let It Go?” Nope–State Discrimination Agency Did It For Him

August 21st, 2018 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

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Did he drop the matter? Or was his complaint alleging religious discrimination dropped by a state agency? Yes, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities dismissed attorney Russell Liskov’s February complaint against City Council members, a decision that was uncovered by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez following a freedom of information request. “I was asked to let it go,” Liskov told the Connecticut Post. “And I let it go because I was assured the insanity would stop. And it did.” Well, he didn’t exactly let it go, unless he was planning a civil action in state or federal court.
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Following Governor Primary, Republican Party In The Lurch

August 21st, 2018 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Republican State Party Chair J.R. Romano didn’t want Bob Stefanowski as his general election candidate for governor, but now he’s stuck with him after the political neophyte who didn’t bother to vote for years won last Tuesday’s Republican primary. It’s kinda left the state GOP in the lurch, in more ways than one. Still to shake out is what candidate, if any, will fill the Connecticut Independent Party line that has served recently as the antidote to the Working Families Party line for Democratic candidates in statewide races. Democrat Ned Lamont will also be on that line in November. The runner-up in the Republican primary Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has influence over the Independent Party line. How will that shake out?
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Parking Meter Rebrand Downtown

August 20th, 2018 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Updated meters installed Downtown.

Bridgeport booster Steven Auerbach, who works in the Department of Public Facilities, is heading up the city’s transition to replace sophisticated modern parking meters with ones more user friendly. Steven has posted updates on this effort both in the OIB comments section as well as his Facebook page.
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As MGM Springfield Opens, Gaming Giant Eyes Bridgeport

August 20th, 2018 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

He was born in Bridgeport and his mom still resides in Connecticut’s largest city. Come January Jim Murren, chief executive officer of MGM Resorts International, will once again pitch the Connecticut General Assembly to approve an open, competitive process for the gaming titan to build a waterfront destination in Bridgeport incorporating components of the city’s history into the $675 million proposal just like MGM’s latest unveiling in Springfield, Massachusetts opening this week.
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Ned And Joe’s Testo’s Sauce Summit

August 18th, 2018 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Dish of the day: pragmatic pasta.

UPDATE: includes footage of Saturday’s Democratic unity rally. Standing in his Bridgeport campaign headquarters Tuesday morning Ned Lamont contemplated the morning after, looking forward to a big primary win with an eye toward the paramount prize, a general election with his opponent who leads Connecticut’s largest city totally on board to take out the Republican.
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Missing In Action–Deadline To Grade School Chief Extended

August 17th, 2018 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

The job evaluation of Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson has caused a dust-up among some Board of Education members following chairman John Weldon’s decision to extend the process by 10 days for others who did not meet the agreed-upon August 8th submission deadline. Weldon extended the deadline for board members Dennis Bradley and Jessica Martinez, according to board member Maria Pereira. Bradley on Tuesday defeated Aaron Turner in the Democratic primary for State Senate in Connecticut’s 23rd District. Martinez served as his campaign treasurer. Pereira supported Turner.
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Why Stefanowski Won

August 17th, 2018 · 11 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Former Republican State Chair Chris Healy explains why Bob Stefanowski won the Republican primary for governor.

Often, we in politics miss the obvious and the 2018 primary results bear that out. We political types are always last in on the joke and the joke was on us. Bob Stefanowski defied all expectations and easily won a high-turnout Republican primary because he got to GOP voters first and burnished his image and message before anyone could get off the dime.

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