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Mil Rate On Council Agenda

May 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The City Council Monday night is scheduled to establish the mil rates for the budget year starting July 1 after approving a spending plan that calls for no tax increase. The item is listed for immediate consideration on the Monday night agenda. See here. The tax rate for real estate and personal property is 54.37. It is expected to remain the same for the new budget year. [Read more →]

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Paging Elephants And Donkeys–Let’s Roar At OIB 10th Anniversary Party, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, May 23

May 20th, 2018 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Ten years in the political jungle. It’s been a wild ride. And more to come. Join us Wednesday, May 23, 5-7 pm for the OIB 10th anniversary party at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Poise your safari attire!
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Ganim Comes Up Short For Primary Ballot Spot, But Petition Drive Continues To Challenge Lamont

May 19th, 2018 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim’s appeal to delegates at the Democratic party convention on Saturday came up short of the 15 percent threshold necessary to place his name on the August primary ballot to challenge party-endorsed Ned Lamont for governor. This means Ganim’s petitioning effort to make the ballot continues. Ganim needs more than 15,000 verified signatures from Connecticut Democrats for a ballot line, a process Ganim says will continue in earnest. He says the campaign has already amassed more than 10,000 signatures. The submission deadline is June 12. [Read more →]

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Ganim: Stop The Ned Coronation

May 18th, 2018 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Ganim at convention Friday night. Photo courtesy Frank Gerratana.

There’s gonna be a royal wedding on Saturday in England. Meanwhile Mayor Joe Ganim’s determined to be a royal pain in the ass to Ned Lamont who will be coronated by delegates for the Democratic gubernatorial endorsement at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Ganim’s hoping to jawbone 15 percent delegate support on Saturday to force an August primary. He’s also working plan b: a labor-intensive signature drive with a June 12 deadline.
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Convention Weekend, Murphy First, State Offices Saturday

May 18th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Roughly 2,000 delegates will gather this weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office. Friday (tonight) is reserved to nominate U.S. Senator Chris Murphy to a second, six-year term. Saturday morning delegates will weigh in on the state’s six constitutional offices. Ned Lamont will be endorsed for governor. Other than that the question centers on Joe Ganim securing 15 percent support to make the August primary ballot. If he falls short, Ganim is petitioning onto the ballot that requires more than 15,000 verified signatures from Connecticut Democrats. He says his campaign has amassed more than 10,000. June 12 is the deadline submission.
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Inspiring? Lamont’s Ticket Toothache Includes Bysiewicz Baggage

May 17th, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Lamont-Bysiewicz ticket. Image courtesy New Haven Independent.

In selecting Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate, Ned Lamont takes out of the equation a key competitor to ease the dollar flow of his self-funded campaign, but looking down the road to the general election an uninspiring ticket whose combo was lanced heavily in cities the last time they each ran in Democratic primaries, Lamont for governor in 2010 and Bysiewicz for U.S. Senate in 2012. What was heading for a weekend coronation for Lamont at the Democratic convention has transformed into a divisive toothache raising questions about his commitment to racial diversity among a key coalition of voters. Meanwhile Mayor Joe Ganim, who loves political chaos, has what he wants … chaos.
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The Rev And New Guy–Stallworth Joins Guy Smith For Governor

May 17th, 2018 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Charlie Stallworth at podium for Ganim fundraiser in 2015. Sue Katz photo.

Democratic candidate for governor Guy Smith who is trying to petition his way onto the August primary ballot will name Bridgeport State Rep. Charlie Stallworth as his running mate on Friday. Stallworth is also facing a primary from  Shanté Hanks. Stallworth says he will continue to seek reelection to his State House seat. Smith needs more than 15,000 certified signatures from Democratic electors in Connecticut to make the ballot. Stallworth must do the same, a long, hard slog at this late date, if he cannot secure 15 percent delegate support at the state convention. June 12 is the submission deadline. Stallworth was an early backer of Joe Ganim’s comeback in 2015, but they’ve had a recent on-and-off relationship.
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Ganim Calls State Party Leadership “Tone-Deaf” To Diversity, Moore Declined Lamont’s Offer As Running Mate

May 16th, 2018 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics


Image from Ganim Twitter page.

Mayor Joe Ganim, leveraging a wedge issue just days from the Democratic state convention, issued a statement on Wednesday echoing Connecticut NAACP President Scot Esdaile’s criticism of the ticket makeup. Ganim is trying to position himself a gubernatorial alternative to Ned Lamont who’s heading for the party endorsement this weekend with Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate. Meanwhile Eva Bermudez Zimmerman whom Lamont had considered as Connecticut Democrats’ first Hispanic statewide nominee as his running mate before picking Bysiewicz, announced Wednesday night she will seek the nomination for lieutenant governor Saturday, setting up a potentially chaotic floor fight.
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