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 Monday October 22, 2018

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Where’s The Energy? Dem Absentee Ballot Vault Lean

October 22nd, 2018 · 9 Comments · City Politics, State Politics, Uncategorized

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Days after August primary, Ned Lamont and Joe Ganim at Democratic unity rally in Hartford. Photo courtesy of Frank Gerratana.

What a difference an election cycle makes. The August Democratic primary featured three aggressive races in Bridgeport: Mayor Joe Ganim’s challenge of party endorsed Ned Lamont for governor, the State Senate battle between party endorsed Dennis Bradley and Aaron Turner and the State House face off between 126th District incumbent Charlie Stallworth and Shante Hanks. The Town Clerk’s Office received roughly 1,700 requests for absentee ballots with more than 1,000 returned by electors. With about two weeks left to the Nov. 6 general election so far it’s about 700 requests. What happened? A combination of factors. [Read more →]

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Candidates Blast Message Straight To Voters Via Social Media

October 21st, 2018 · 6 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics, Uncategorized

Persuading voters to polls requires every possible appeal. In Bridgeport, and most other places, this is the new way of doing things, candidates behind a camera phone – or in this case State Rep. Chris Rosario – blasting out a get-out-the-vote message this weekend via Facebook a few weeks from the Nov. 6 general election. Rosario, in video above, provides the voice over filming City Clerk Lydia Martinez, and City Council members Alfredo Castillo, Aidee Nieves and Maria Zambrano Viggiano for a top-of-ticket appeal. [Read more →]

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Lamont: I’ll Be Back As Governor

October 21st, 2018 · 18 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with Ned Lamont during neighborhood walk on Stratford Avenue. Photo: Cathy Zuraw / Hearst Connecticut Media

Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes, all on the November 6 ballot, joined Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday in the East End, a neighborhood rich with Democratic voters.
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Bradley Denied Public Campaign Funds For General Election

October 20th, 2018 · 17 Comments · State Politics

The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Friday denied Democratic State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley’s application for a general election $95,000 public campaign grant for violations of campaign finance laws stemming, in part, from his formal announcement in March that was financed by his law firm. According to the decision he still faces civil financial penalties, as well as his campaign treasurer, Board of Education member Jessica Martinez. Bradley is also a member of the school board.
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Rejected–State Election Watchdog Investigates Bradley’s Use Of Law Firm In Senate Race

October 19th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Dennis Bradley waits on election decision.

Update: SEEC rejected Bradley application. Embroiled in an investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Democratic State Senate nominee Dennis Bradley will likely find out Friday afternoon if his $95,000 public campaign grant will be approved for the general election, or something worse, just a few weeks away. SEEC investigators are looking into allegations that Bradley unlawfully leveraged his law firm’s resources to promote his campaign, something that could constitute an illegal in-kind contribution, stemming from his March 15 campaign announcement at Dolphin’s Cove in the East End that was described as a “Thank You” celebration sponsored by BDK Law Group.” Bradley has been in negotiations with the SEEC trying to bring resolution to the matter that could levy a hefty fine. The commission is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon.
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Following Floods, Ganim Surveys Damaged Homes

October 19th, 2018 · 5 Comments · News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday toured the water-damaged home of Sheila Ortiz on Renwick Place along the flood-ravaged Rooster River in the Brooklawn section of the West Side. Flash flooding from nearly seven inches of rain on September 25 swelled her basement with water to the top of the residential stairs and totaled her vehicle. Some residents in the neighborhood have been forced into temporary housing.
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Justice, After Van Crushed For Parts

October 17th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen watchdog John Marshall Lee is like a chihuahua nipping at the heels of public officials to do the right thing. His persistence, with an assist from East End City Councilman Ernie Newton, has prevailed upon Police Chief AJ Perez to reimburse a woman whose van was dubiously towed and subsequently crushed for parts. How did that happen in the first place when the van was registered and insured? It’s been a long strange trip for Linda Lee, no relation to John who has chronicled the wild ride in OIB commentaries and presentations to the City Council.
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Councilwoman Martinez Charges Minutes Of Meetings Inaccurate

October 17th, 2018 · 11 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Do transcripts of City Council committee meetings contradict the minutes recorded by the secretarial services group hired by the City Clerk’s Office that preserves council records? City Councilwoman Enedia Martinez, a member of the Ordinance Committee, asserts that’s the case declaring “My review reveals that the minutes in many instances do not accurately reflect what actually transpired during the meetings.” Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez also asserts she discovered discrepancies in her recent case before a freedom of information hearing officer who sided with her complaint charging that a vote by the budget committee in May citing “pending litigation” for the basis of an executive session violated state law.
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