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Ganim’s Second-Chance Connecticut Challenge–Work Horse Or Show Horse?

April 26th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Joe Ganim returned to office in 2015 on a second-chance message that he hopes resonates on the gubernatorial campaign trial among urban voters across Connecticut. On Wednesday he spoke at the first re-entry reform day at the state capitol with several references to “Hartford mayor” Luke Bronin who recently dropped out of the race for governor, a nod to Bronin’s supporters Ganim must embrace to gain traction in his statewide run.
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The Quest For Primary Ballot –Will SuBy And Ganim Delegate Dance At Democratic Convention?

April 25th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Susan Bysiewicz checks out Joe Ganim’s sock, right, at Sunday debate in New Haven. Joe to Susan, I’ll give you my sock for delegates. Photo by New Haven Independent.

Mayor Joe Ganim has two ways to qualify for the August 14 Democratic primary for governor: 15 percent delegate support at the May party convention, or fanning out political operatives across the state for a labor-intensive petition drive. If there’s any doubt in advance of the convention about delegate support you start the signature process on day one, and that is May 1.
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Ganim’s Blight Czar Receives Pay Raise

April 25th, 2018 · 14 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Tom Coble, left with Joe Ganim during 2015 mayoral campaign. CT Post photo.

Tom Coble, a seasoned political campaigner and key bridge for Mayor Joe Ganim’s urban coalition for governor, has received a pay bump in his municipal role cleaning up blighted properties. Coble has shadowed Ganim at numerous campaign events as the mayor seeks alliances to petition his way onto the Democratic primary ballot in August.
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Education Advocates Pack City Council Public Hearing For More Dough

April 25th, 2018 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

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Tuesday night public hearing. CT Post photo Linda Conner Lambeck.

Another year, another public hearing, another packed City Council chambers filled by education advocates urging more money for schools. School board members, parents and educators pleaded city councilors for additional funds Tuesday night as the school system faces rising costs against state and federal grant cuts. Mayor Joe Ganim’s $561 proposed budget calls for no tax increase. Of that amount $245.7 million is slated for schools, a majority of that funded by state and federal tax dollars.
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Your Chance To Squawk About The City Budget

April 24th, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Civil Service, Education, News and Events

Home stretch time for City Council action on Mayor Joe Ganim’s $561 million proposed city budget. See proposed spending plan here. See meeting schedule here that includes tonight’s public hearing on the Board of Education budget, 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.
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Ganim Calls For Legalized Sports Betting

April 24th, 2018 · 6 Comments · National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to issue a decision soon on legalized sports betting, Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday released a statement calling on the General Assembly to pass like-minded legislation in anticipation of federal approval.
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Sock It To Me–Dem Candidates For Governor Square Off

April 23rd, 2018 · 20 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Guns, gaming, schools, public financing, tolls, leadership qualities and socks were among the subjects addressed Sunday night at a debate by the Democratic candidates for governor in New Haven, the city that brings the most–about 100–delegates to the state party convention on May 19. Bridgeport is number two in that category. The candidates, as part of the discussion, posed questions to each other. At one point Mayor Joe Ganim hiked up his pant leg to show off his multi-patterned sock while a nonplussed Susan Bysiewicz, the only woman on stage, looked on. Who’s buying Joe’s socks? OIB friend Paul Bass from the New Haven Independent has more on this political yarn.
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Public Facilities Chief John Ricci Has Change Of Heart After Packing It In

April 23rd, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

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John Ricci, CT Post photo

Update: Late last week Public Facilities Director John Ricci submitted his retirement papers. Monday morning he called OIB to share that he had a change of heart after what he describes as an outpouring of support urging him to stay. “I am humbled by the encouraging words of people who have asked me to stay,” says Ricci who was also encouraged to remain by Mayor Joe Ganim. So Ricci says he’ll remain on the job at least through the end of the year. “I’m almost 75 years old. I thought it was time for me to slow it down, but for the immediate future I am staying. I appreciate the support.” Ricci is also a key fundraising cog in Ganim’s campaign for governor.
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