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Campaign Lesson – Taking “Teacher” To Task

June 18th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics, Uncategorized

Fact-checking is standard operating procedure in campaigns. How much latitude does a candidate take burnishing a resume? Mayor Joe Ganim, running for governor,  has received an assist from Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson rebutting Democratic endorsed Ned Lamont’s claim he was a “teacher” at Harding High School more than a decade ago. [Read more →]

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Board And Commission Appointments On City Council Agenda

June 17th, 2018 · 11 Comments · City Council, Uncategorized

Appointments to boards and commissions, including police, fire, ethics, zoning, Water Pollution Control Authority and Port Authority, dominate the City Council agenda for Monday night. See agenda here. See addendum for appointment referrals here. [Read more →]

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Ganim Moves Closer To Ballot Approval

June 16th, 2018 · 1 Comment · State Politics, Uncategorized

Mayor Joe Ganim is moving closer to officially qualifying for the August primary ballot for governor. On Friday the Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State reported Ganim has 11,295 verified signatures from Democratic electors in Connecticut of 15,458 required to challenge party endorsed Ned Lamont for governor. On Friday the Ganim campaign thanked political operatives and volunteers for helping secure roughly 32,000 signatures around the state. See video above. A cushion is required to account for signatures that cannot be verified by local elections officials. [Read more →]

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Lamont: Tolls For Trucks

June 16th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

 From Ken Dixon, CT Post:

Ned Lamont, the Democrats’ endorsed candidate for governor, has been pitching the idea of highway tolls — but only for trucks — as a way to raise the kind of revenue that could help pull Connecticut out of its budgetary death spiral.

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Lamont’s Urban Challenge, Connecting With Voters

June 15th, 2018 · 13 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Cordial, decent, smart, successful. Those are observations some voters express about wealthy Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for governor. But does he connect with voters, more specifically in urban areas? Lamont has advantages over Mayor Joe Ganim presuming he qualifies for an August primary against Lamont. Campaigns are all about contrasts and in urban Connecticut the contrast is clearest, according to this story by New Haven Independent reporter Thomas Breen. It means Lamont has work to do, be it a primary or general election where he must inspire voters to turn out.
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Lacking Political Beacon, Walker House Up For Sale Again

June 14th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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David Walker’s house, 37 Beacon Street.

Four years ago after losing a Republican primary for lieutenant governor, David Walker placed his waterfront Black Rock home for sale for $1,675,000. If an offer came it was not good enough for him to accept it. The Beacon Street house is now up for sale again, this time after Walker fell short of the 15 percent delegate support at the GOP convention to wage an August Republican primary for governor. See listing here. Walker texted OIB that he had planned to downsize no matter the result of the campaign.
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School Board Eruption Between Pereira And Taylor–Charges, Counter Charges

June 14th, 2018 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

A battle over school finances and board policies has erupted into a hostile exchange between Board of Education members Maria Pereira and Chris Taylor. School board conflicts are not new among members, some in open session and some private but the private tone between Pereira and Taylor has become intensely personal that they’re willing to air out publicly. Pereira sent OIB a commentary spelling out her grievances with Taylor who admits to some inflammatory remarks but asserts Pereira gives as good as she gets. Pereira is super passionate, unafraid to express a point of view. Taylor, often full of frivolity, fires back against Pereira’s assertions. What follows is Pereira’s commentary in full followed by Taylor’s rejoinders in bold. The language is not for the faint of heart.
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Turner Submits Petitions To Challenge Bradley

June 14th, 2018 · 5 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Aaron Turner

Aaron Turner

State Senate candidate Aaron Turner, challenging party-endorsed Dennis Bradley, submitted roughly 2,500 signatures in his quest to forge an August primary in the 23rd District currently occupied by a retiring Ed Gomes. Carolyn Vermont, former director of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, is also trying to qualify for a primary. Challengers need 1,585 verified signatures.
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