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Gomes’ Transparency Push Paves Way For Public Hearing On Casino Bill

February 22nd, 2018 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

Overcoming opposition from the co-chair Tim Larson, State Senator Ed Gomes led the call for transparency Thursday morning as the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee voted 18-6 to approve a public hearing on a  bill calling for an open, competitive process for a commercial casino proposed in Bridgeport.

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Rigged? State Senator Larson’s Hissy Fit Endangers Thousands Of Jobs

February 22nd, 2018 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

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What’s wrong with an open, competitive process? Why does a gaming monopoly advantage the tribal nations to the economic detriment of the rest of the state including Connecticut’s largest city where polling shows residents overwhelmingly support MGM Resorts’ proposed waterfront gaming development that will create 7,000 jobs by a proven gaming leader? In a state crying out for jobs and drowning in red ink East Hartford State Senator Tim Larson, co-chair of the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee, attempted to block on Tuesday a legislative gaming proposal placed on the committee’s public hearing agenda.
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Watch: Ganim Goes Over Wall – Limbers Up For Fundraiser

February 22nd, 2018 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Mayor Joe Ganim has always been something of a thrill seeker. At 58 years old, it’s become a little tougher tuning up the old bones as video above shows the mayor receiving tips from limber Millennials scaling concourse walls at the Margaret Morton Government Center that houses municipal offices. The Ganim campaign is pitching this one “no obstacle we cannot overcome together” something of a metaphor for the monolith he faces in his quest for governor. [Read more →]

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Silencers–Republican Candidates For Governor Mum On Guns

February 21st, 2018 · 15 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:

The shooting deaths of 17 high school students and staff in Parkland, Fla., briefly focused eight Republican candidates for governor Wednesday night on the question of whether they would stand by or revise the sweeping gun-control measure passed in Connecticut five years ago after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Sandy Hook.

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Developer Al Lenoci Jr. Killed By Train In Fairfield, Witnesses: Ran In Front Of Train

February 21st, 2018 · 13 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Al Lenoci Jr., center, with his father, left, and attorney Robert Gulash, right, in 2003. CT Post photo by Jeff Bustraan.

Update here. Al Lenoci Jr., a prominent Bridgeport developer who was charged 17 years ago in the public corruption probe of Mayor Joe Ganim, was killed Wednesday morning by a Metro-North train near Fairfield Metro Station. Witnesses told police they saw Lenoci Jr. run out in front of the train.
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Trump Supporter Peter Lumaj Is A Threat To Win Republican Primary For Governor

February 21st, 2018 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

He was born and raised in communist Albania, made a daring escape for freedom, learned English in the United States and eventually earned a law degree, although he does not practice law in Connecticut. Peter Lumaj is a Republican candidate for governor, an unapologetic supporter of Donald Trump at a time most GOP candidates for governor duck that embrace for fear of antagonizing anti-Trump electors. But in a large Republican primary field it appears Lumaj’s conservative credentials could very well make him a threat, under the right circumstances, to be the GOP standard bearer in the general election, a disquieting notion for moderate Republican operatives seeking to reclaim the governor’s office and a potential delight to Democrats hoping to cling to the seat in this schizophrenic gubernatorial cycle.
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City Launches Body Cam Program

February 20th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Sophia Kunthara, CT Post:

The city unveiled its police body and dash camera pilot program Tuesday in a move Mayor Joe Ganim called a “step of additional accountability and transparency.”

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Stafstrom, Moore On Opposite Sides Of Town Committee Fight

February 20th, 2018 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Two weeks from key Democratic Town Committee district primary battles, two members of Bridgeport’s state legislative delegation are stepping up for their respective party supporters on opposite sides in the Black Rock/West End 130th District. State Rep. Steve Stafstrom is backing the incumbent slate of activists while State Senator Marilyn Moore supports a mix of veteran and newcomer insurgents.
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