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Barr The Door, A Piranha Political War In Upper East Side

January 21st, 2018 · 6 Comments · News and Events, Uncategorized

From 2015, Pereira right, and Dollie Fonseca, center, chat with Joe Ganim.

From 2015, Maria Pereira, left,, and Dollie Fonseca, center, chat with Joe Ganim.

This battle will definitely bare teeth and, perhaps, lose a few. School board member and 138th Democratic District Leader Maria Pereira, the self-styled piranha of city politics, who upset the political establishment in a town committee battle two years ago, is waging district war against some of the people she ran with in 2016. You wanna hot race in a March winter? This is one. [Read more →]

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State Rep. Stafstrom To Host Town Hall Forum

January 21st, 2018 · No Comments · News and Events, Uncategorized


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Thousands Rally To Empower Women

January 20th, 2018 · 2 Comments · News and Events

Roughly 10,000 in Hartford. CLARICE SILBER / CTMIRROR.ORG

Roughly 10,000 in Hartford. CLARICE SILBER / CTMIRROR.ORG

From Clarice Silber, CT Mirror:

A year after thousands of Connecticut marchers took to the streets wearing pink hats and carrying homemade signs of resistance in the first Women’s March in Hartford, residents returned Saturday to again issue calls for action — this time to empower women at the ballot box.

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Kohut Chalkboards Governor’s Race, It’s Ganim Versus Walker – Fire Up Tent And Tickets!

January 19th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Uncategorized

David Walker

David Walker

Jeff Kohut, Bridgeport’s studious political nerd, offers this prediction for the November gubernatorial election, a battle between Bridgeport residents Joe Ganim and David Walker. As Kohut points out “P.T. Barnum would have put it all under a tent and sold tickets.” [Read more →]

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Trump Appointee Canned For Racist, Sexist Remarks Dumped As Bridgeport GOP Speaker, ‘Intolerant, Reckless’

January 19th, 2018 · 75 Comments · News and Events

Higbie, Trump

Higbie with Trump promoting book.

UPDATE: GOP statement. Carl Higbie, a Trump administration appointee, former Navy SEAL and media personality who was scheduled to speak at the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in May, resigned his position Thursday “as chief of external affairs for the federal government’s volunteer service organization after a CNN KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio.” Bridgeport Republican Town Chair Mike Garrett told OIB on Friday that Higbie’s invitation to speak has been rescinded as a result of his “intolerant and reckless” comments.
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Let’s Make Friends, The Top 100 Wage Earners For 2017

January 18th, 2018 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s a rite of passage on OIB serenading the list of top 100 municipal wage earners. In 2017 the narrative is essentially the same as decades prior with city police officers dominating the list via overtime. Leading the pack in 2017 is an outlier, Jimmy Honis who retired as deputy chief after 47 years of service, with a $513,709 payout involving accumulated personal days, comp time, holiday and unused vacation time. It wasn’t in Honis’ vocabulary to take a vacation or call in sick. Mayor Joe Ganim finished number 30 on the list at $152,876, combining his base pay $146,920 with unused vacation time and longevity pay as a bridge employee from previous service. Mayor, how about a bottle of wine?
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OIB Poll: Is Trump A Racist?

January 17th, 2018 · 29 Comments · News and Events

Donald Trump, marking one year in office, says he's not a racist. Is he?

  • Yes (52%, 102 Votes)
  • No (44%, 87 Votes)
  • Not sure (4%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 197

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Supremes Side With State In School Funding Case

January 17th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Education, News and Events

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that the state’s distribution of state education aid violates the constitution.

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