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Ballot Order Set For Mayor In Historic Ganim Redemption Quest

October 9th, 2015 · No Comments · City Politics

Seven candidates for mayor will appear on the November 3 general election ballot in this historic campaign cycle in which Joe Ganim seeks to cement redemption as the Democratic nominee, Mary-Jane Foster positions to stop him as a petitioning Democratic alternative and Enrique Torres offers a Republican voice outside the political establishment. Charlie Coviello, running on The New Movement Party line and petitioning challengers Tony Barr, Chris Taylor and David Daniels round out the field. [Read more →]

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Foster Camp Rips Ganim For Hiding Campaign Donors

October 9th, 2015 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

If you want copies of Joe Ganim’s two campaign finance report filings, you’d need a wheelbarrow and about $750 to haul the paperwork out of the Town Clerk’s Office. Mary-Jane Foster’s Campaign Manager Tom Swan asserts if Ganim filed the reports in the format of the State Election Enforcement Commission, the size would be one third and more affordable for public access.
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OIB Poll: Evaluate Finch’s Performance

October 9th, 2015 · 6 Comments · City Politics

Bill Finch's eight-year mayoralty comes to a close next month. How do you assess his overall job performance?

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Why The Finch Factor Matters For Foster’s Race

October 8th, 2015 · 48 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim asked for Mayor Bill Finch’s support then criticized it when Finch supported Foster. Republican Rick Torres asked for Finch’s support and Foster’s backing too then criticized it when Finch supported Foster. For all of Finch’s perceived baggage following a primary loss, he brings key ingredients to the table: finances and campaign troops. For Ganim it was a way to coalesce the party and be done with it. For Torres it was a chance to cross party lines and bring much-needed resources to the table. Foster is getting out of it what she needs, money and campaign bodies.
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If Elected, Torres Promises To Waive Pay First Year

October 8th, 2015 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

In a policy video addressing how he will cut waste and attract business, Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres says if elected he will forego the mayor’s $132,500 salary for the first year, investing it instead into “creating 50 individual $2500 small business improvement grants to businesses throughout Bridgeport.”
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Malloy Balks At Ganim, ‘Unusual That Someone Who Stole Money From Public Won Primary’

October 8th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Malloy on WNPR

Malloy on WNPR.

Updated sound clip: Being an effective mayor requires strong relationship building to bring home bucks from a governor and state legislature that finances the city budget and support development proposals to keep down local taxes. Speaking on John Dankosky’s WNPR show Governor Dan Malloy wasn’t exactly doing backflips of support when asked about Joe Ganim’s potential return as mayor and if he’ll make an endorsement. Malloy and Mary-Jane Foster, Ganim’s chief rival in the general election, are friends.
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Nessah Smith Wins Dem Special Election Primary For City Council

October 7th, 2015 · 2 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Paoletto, Smith

Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith celebrate her victory Wednesday night at Tony’s Huntington Inn.

Nessah Smith has joined Anthony Paoletto as the Democratic nominees in the general election after she won a runoff Wednesday by nearly two to one over James Morton to represent the Upper East Side 138th District. Smith and Morton were locked in a tie following the September Democratic primary vote with Morton running on Mayor Bill Finch’s line and Smith on Joe Ganim’s line.
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Trade Unions Endorse Ganim

October 7th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

They all endorsed Bill Finch for mayor, but now a coalition of trade unions has decided to get behind Democratic nominee Joe Ganim for the general election, the announcement made at the Steel Point redevelopment area featuring Bass Pro Shops as the major tenant.
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