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‘Smart Woman,’ Measured Man, Emotional Mayor

August 27th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Debates are all about risk-reward factors. For some incumbents such as Bill Finch it’s not a question of whether you emerge as a winner, but getting out of there with no blood on the floor. Challengers Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster had everything to gain against a mightily financed incumbent that allowed them a platform. Wednesday night’s debate had a high risk factor for the mayor with a high saturation media presence. Bill Finch is emotional, it can be a strength when he stays positive, it can be a weakness when he goes for the gutter. He tends to puke up what’s in his head. For a campaign handler it’s like a day at the rodeo. Bronco Billy can be a difficult ride. Say something stupid or have a meltdown and it’s preserved for everyone to see it. It came very close to happening.
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Watch The Democratic Mayoral Forum

August 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments · City Politics

Watch complete Democratic primary debate

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OIB Poll: Who Performed Strongest In Debate, Finch, Foster, Ganim?

August 27th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, News and Events


Who won the mayoral debate?

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Foster: Voters Have Had Enough Of My Opponents

August 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Debate statement from Mary-Jane Foster:

“What the audience saw last night and statewide media coverage captured is voters have a real choice: the failed policies of the past and present, or an honest choice for change. Voters have had enough of both my opponents, who blame each other for everything wrong in Bridgeport instead of accepting responsibility for their actions. Our voters want a hopeful vision going forward.” [Read more →]

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Debate View From Greenberg

August 27th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Long-time activist and political science professor from Black Rock Don Greenberg shares his observations about the debate:
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Finch, Ganim And Foster Trade Barbs And Ideas In Spirited Debate

August 26th, 2015 · 71 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Finch, Ganim, Foster spar Wednesday night.

Three former allies now political enemies on Wednesday night squared off with some sharp elbows and barbs in the first mayoral forum in a packed Holiday Inn ballroom fronting the hotly contested September 16 Democratic primary.
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Political Punch For Punch, The Slimy Edge To Campaign Season

August 26th, 2015 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Finch, Ganim

Will debate be messy Wednesday night?

The first mayoral debate between Bill Finch, Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster will take place Wednesday (tonight) at 7 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. It will be broadcast in English on Radio Cumbre 1450 AM. CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart chronicles the allegation slime between the camps of Finch and Ganim. It sounds like they’re just warming up three weeks from the Democratic primary for mayor.
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Grand Question For Grand List: What’s The Number?

August 26th, 2015 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, a candidate for City Council in the 130th District covering Black Rock and a portion of the West End, shares this commentary questioning the value of the city’s grand list of taxable property. From Lee:

Who is more important to the future of the City of Bridgeport, bond investors who live outside the community or residential taxpayers on whom a heavy tax burden is impressed each year? You probably know that I have been doing ongoing research into our municipal processes, especially fiscal matters, for over five years. You also will remember that I have repeated governance values of OPEN, ACCOUNTABLE and TRANSPARENT and asked the City to trend from where they are to a higher level.
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