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The Candidate Line Up, More To Come

June 22nd, 2017 · 9 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

Four weeks from party endorsements the Town Clerk’s Office has shared the latest list of candidate registrations for City Council and Board of Education. More candidates are expected to file papers soon in what is shaping up as a busy September 12 Democratic primary. Others such as former State Senator Ernie Newton, who’s seeking his old council seat, have announced public intentions. Some incumbents and potential candidates are being coy about seeking reelection and will get in officially in and around the July week endorsements. [Read more →]

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Get Your Character On, Join Us Tuesday For Book Discussion At Easton Library

June 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events, Uncategorized

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What ya doing Tuesday June 27 at 7 p.m.? Start your Fourth of July week with me at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, discussing a number of personalities in my book Connecticut Characters including paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Wilderness Warrior Joe Haines, actress Linda Blair and a guy named Trump, and others. Then we’ll throw it open to Q&A.

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State Election Watchdog Stiffs Ganim On Public Campaign Funds, Ganim Pledges Court Action

June 21st, 2017 · 17 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

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Ganim and Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, a formidable fundraising team. CT Mirror photo.

If Mayor Joe Ganim is to receive public campaign funds in his quest for statewide office, he’ll need a court order. The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday validated a proposed declaratory ruling in May disqualifying Ganim from participating in the state’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races as he explores a run for governor. The commission’s unanimous ruling was based on a 2013 law banning candidates convicted of felonies related to their public office from receiving public campaign grants. Ganim was convicted of public corruption in 2003. See SEEC ruling here [Read more →]

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Puerto Rican Parade Festivities

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

News release:

The 2017 Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special events on Friday 7 July, Saturday 8 July and with the Parade as the culminating event on Sunday 9 July.   The public is invited to all the events, with reservations required for the Annual Banquet Gala on Friday. [Read more →]

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Political Revolt Or A Glitch? Primary Season Beckons

June 21st, 2017 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Uncategorized

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Four weeks from party endorsements that haven’t meant a whole lot in recent years candidates for City Council are surfacing including in the 130th District where OIB friend Pete Spain and Christina Smith have formed a coalition in the Black Rock/West End District to challenge Democratic incumbents Scott Burns and  Katie Bukovsky in a September primary, assuming current office holders seek reelection. Word is Bukovsky not running. See Smith/Spain Facebook page here.

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Political Action Committee Seeks Candidates For City Council, School Board

June 21st, 2017 · 10 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

The political action committee Better Bridgeport, formerly known as Citizens Working For a Better Bridgeport, chaired by Jeanine Oburchay is inviting all potential candidates for City Council and Board of Education to fill out a questionnaire and return it by June 30. Candidates should E-mail betterbpt@gmail.com and specify whether you need the school board or council questionnaire, according to committee member John Marshall Lee. [Read more →]

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Barnumesque Development, This Way To The Egress

June 21st, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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As the Barnum Festival reaches its apex this weekend, city policy wonk Jeff Kohut admonishes government development policy as a lot of razzle-dazzle. Mr. Barnum, for one, kept museum patrons moving along with his signage declaration “This way to the egress.” What they interpreted as a curious exhibit was nothing more than a fancy word for exit. Kohut writes, “Until Bridgeport secures high-employment, high-capital-value development, in the context of a long-term vision and companion plan for long-term prosperity, all that can be said for our future is “this way to the Egress”… [Read more →]

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Patience Expires, Future Of Parking Meters In Limbo

June 20th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, Uncategorized

This t-shirt from Scott Fischer, owner of Jerry;s Printing Downtown says it all. From Facebook page of school board member Maria Pereira.

This t-shirt from Scott Fischer, owner of Jerry’s Printing Downtown says it all. From Facebook page of school board member Maria Pereira.

Oops. Days after Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration unilaterally reduced the Downtown fine and extended the parking duration to four hours for the automated meters following ear-splitting complaints, the City Council Monday night said hold on a minute, you need our authority and by the way we want an installation moratorium until we figure this out. [Read more →]

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