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Working Families Party Endorses Malloy–Backlash From Former WFP Supporters? Pelto: Politics Before Policy

July 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Lindsay Farrell, executive director of the Connecticut Working Families Party, issued an eblast to supporters on Tuesday announcing the endorsement of Governor Dan Malloy for another four years. So Malloy will appear in the general election on the Democratic and WFP lines. In Bridgeport, former school board member Maria Pereira broke from the WFP several months ago in anticipation of this endorsement, saying Governor Malloy exhibited his disdain and contempt for the people of the City of Bridgeport and proved that he is a willing accomplice of the corporate educational establishment.
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Homestretch To Primary Tuesday, $400K In Public Funds For City Races

July 29th, 2014 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Two weeks until the August 12 Tsunami Tuesday with loads of primary action out there involving Democrats locally and Republicans statewide. This is one of those cycles with implications that could extend into next year’s mayoral election.
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Foley Pledges Urban Agenda (Still Waiting)

July 29th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

Foley, Finch

As a candidate for governor in 2010, Tom Foley, left in blue shirt, took to the streets with Mayor Finch and police officials.

Republican endorsed candidate for governor Tom Foley has been promising details of an urban agenda ever since he announced his exploratory committee in Bridgeport last year. From the Associated Press:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said Monday he’s still crafting his urban agenda for Connecticut’s cities, focusing on issues such as high unemployment, a large educational achievement gap and affordable housing needs.

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Dems Tee Up Bibb Hit Against Foley

July 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments · State Politics

Get ready for the Democratic assault on Tom Foley’s jobs record. Foley’s management of Bibb was an issue in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. From the Malloy campaign camp:

Tom Foley plans to hold a press conference in Lisbon playing politics with the job losses at Fusion Paperboard. But Tom Foley wasn’t lamenting the jobs lost at the Bibb Co. after his management of Bibb Co. drove the company into bankruptcy leaving hundreds out of work.

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Latest Polls Show Challenging Reelection For Malloy

July 28th, 2014 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events, State Politics

Malloy trainstation

Malloy, at train station announcement, hopes the political trains keep running for four more years.

A new poll conducted by the research firm You Gov in partnership with the The New York Times and CBS News shows Republican-endorsed Tom Foley with a nine-point lead over Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy. A poll conducted three weeks ago by national political consulting company Anazlone Liszt Grove Research showed Malloy and Foley in a dead heat based on a head-to-head matchup, each with 46 percent.
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David Daniels Considers Mayoral Run

July 27th, 2014 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Cops, News and Events

David Daniels

Retired officer David Daniels.

UPDATE, statement from Daniels; Retired city police officer David Daniels is synonymous with community policing. He recently retired from the police department after serving 25 years, most of it as a leader in community policing. Two years ago he had a falling out with city leadership that led to his removal as head of the Community Services Division. Daniels will be the first to tell you he’s not a professional politician. He says he’s not happy with the direction of the city and is contemplating a run for mayor in 2015. A Facebook page has started the process to build support.
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CEA Endorses Andre Baker

July 26th, 2014 · 19 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Andre Baker

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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