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Retirements, Lure Of Better Pay Elsewhere Craters Cop Staffing Levels

July 25th, 2014 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Cops, News and Events

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Thinner cop house.

The Police Department has lost 30 sworn officers so far this year to retirement and better paying job opportunities in Connecticut communities, dwindling law enforcement strength to under 400 for the first time in two decades with the specter of losing dozens more to retirement come January 2015.
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Mayors Form Task Force, Finch: We’ll House Kids, If Feds Fully Fund Costs

July 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments · News and Events

News release from Mayor Bill Finch:
Today, mayors from cities across the state of Connecticut joined a conference call to discuss what–if anything–can be done to help kids who have crossed the border from Central America and are in need of temporary housing. The outcome of the call is that a Task Force comprised of city staff member representatives, from several cities across the state, will be created. In response, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch made the following statement.
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CEA Endorses Andre Baker

July 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Andre Baker

The Connecticut Education Association has announced its endorsement of Andre Baker for the 124th State House seat. Baker is challenging party-endorsed Ernie Newton in the August 12 Democratic primary. CEA letter to Baker:

On behalf of the Connecticut Education Association’s 43,000 members, I am honored to inform you that our organization has endorsed you in the 2014 election for the 124th House District.

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Andres Ayala’s Mountain Of Absentee Ballots

July 25th, 2014 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

Is there a book in the Bridgeport Public Library to school City Librarian Scott Hughes in the craft of absentee ballots? Quick Scott, take that book out. On Wednesday stretched-thin workers in the Town Clerk’s Office mailed out roughly 850 absentee ballots. And, with less than three weeks until the August 12 Democratic primary, they’re just warming up. Powered by two State Senate and two State House races, the absentee ballot action is piling up led by the campaign of incumbent State Senator Andres Ayala who’s not taking anything for granted to hold off a challenge by Hughes.
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Lauretti Backs Walker

July 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Lauretti endorses Walker

Bridgeport resident David Walker has been endorsed for lieutenant governor in the August 12 Republican primary by Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. Walker is running in partnership with Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney who’s challenging party-endorsed Tom Foley. Walker faces party-endorsed Penny Bacchiochi and Heather Bond Somers. From the Walker campaign:
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Hughes, Ayala, Baker, Davidson Qualify For Public Cash

July 23rd, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

With less than three weeks until the August 12 Democratic primary, four candidates for legislative office received word Wednesday afternoon they have qualified for public funds. State Senate candidate Scott Hughes and State House candidates incumbent Christina Ayala, Teresa Davidson and Andre Baker will receive public grants under the state’s Citizens Election Program.
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Moore Endorsed By Working Families Party For Democratic Primary

July 23rd, 2014 · 40 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Connecticut’s Working Families Party has endorsed State Senate candidate Marilyn Moore in her August 12 primary to unseat Democratic incumbent Anthony Musto. If she wins the Democratic primary Moore will appear on the WFP line in the general election facing Trumbull Republican Town Councilman Rick Costantini.
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