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Keeley City Council Battle Before State Supreme Court Hinges On Four Questions Of Law

December 13th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Politics, Uncategorized

Supremes accept expedited appeal.

Supremes accept expedited appeal.

On Dec. 21, the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear appeal arguments centered on Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’ order for a third Democratic primary in the City Council’s 133rd District based on absentee ballot abuses. The complaint was brought by former State Rep. Bob Keeley running with zoning commissioner Anne Pappas-Phillips against party-endorsed Michael DeFilippo and incumbent Jeanette Herron who ran first and second respectively. The two top vote producers go on to the general election. The city has appealed the decision joined by other defendants. [Read more →]

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Supremes To Hear Arguments In City Council Election Controversy

December 13th, 2017 · 5 Comments · News and Events

 From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

The state’s highest court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a judge’s order for a new primary for the city’s North End council seat.

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Daly, Paoletta Chronicle ‘The Miracle Of Christmas Village’

December 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events, Uncategorized

Book cover.

Book cover.

On December 7, 1982 an arsonist slipped into Beardsley Park and set fire to the Police Activities League’s Christmas Village, that for more than 25 years had been the site of a Christmas celebration for the city’s impoverished children. Reaction to the shocking fire sparked a massive five-day restoration mission that raised the village from ashes and turned it into a national story. Connecticut Post journalist Michael Daly, with a major assist from former Mayor Lenny Paoletta who through the force of will led the resurrection, has just released a book, The Miracle of Christmas Village. Order it here. [Read more →]

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Thank You, Ms. Vito, Thank You, Alabama

December 13th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma. Sanity prevails.

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Walker Whacks State GOP Over Positive Poll Results For Herbst

December 12th, 2017 · 9 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Bridgeport resident David Walker, Republican candidate for governor, has declared a “non-scientific” post-debate text survey showing former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst winning, with Walker placing fifth, “inappropriate and grossly misleading.” Walker and Herbst, neither bashful in their observations, are not exactly cuddly Republicans in their quest for the GOP nomination, trading sharp elbows on a number of subjects in the course of the underway 2018 campaign for governor. [Read more →]

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Weldon New School Board Chair, Lopez: Don’t Mess With The Super

December 12th, 2017 · 48 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

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John Weldon, center, confers with board member Jessica Martinez. At left, Chris Taylor who nominated Weldon.

Republican John Weldon Monday night by a 5 to 3 vote was elected chairman of the Board of Education becoming the sixth leader in as many years. The organizational meeting at the Aquaculture School was chaired by Mayor Joe Ganim who appointed Weldon to the school board in November 2016 to fill a vacancy. Ben Walker received 3 votes.
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Lopez Warns School Board “Everyone Watching”

December 12th, 2017 · 4 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez addressed the newly minted Board of Education prior to the organizational meeting Monday at the Aquaculture School. In her prepared remarks Lopez highlights Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis’ decision to order a third Democratic primary in a North End City Council district. What does this have to do with the newly elected BOE? asks Lopez. “Everything.” Lopez comments follow:
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Massachusetts Does A Better Job Educating Poor Than CT

December 11th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Education, News and Events

In the first of a series, Lessons From Next Door, Connecticut Mirror Reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas explains “The differing approaches to removing principals is just one of many areas where Massachusetts’ lawmakers have regularly taken bold action–or enabled local districts to–while Connecticut has been timid. It has shown in the outcomes for students from low-income families for years. Massachusetts over the last 20 years has moved to the top of the national rankings for achievement by students from low-income families while Connecticut has lagged.”
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