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Is Keeley Losing Because Of The Machine Or Campaign Machinations?

November 20th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Uncategorized

There’s been some hand wringing in the OIB comments section about City Council challengers Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips conquered by that dastardly big bad Democratic machine that endorsed incumbent Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo in the North End 133rd District. A state judge ordered a new election following a dubious absentee ballot that found its way into in the September primary recount. The endorsed candidates prevailed in last week’s do over. The challengers have asked the court to intervene again citing questionable absentee ballots. The endorsed candidates won on the machines. Keeley, who spent more than 20 years in the State House, was endorsed many times by that machine. [Read more →]

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Turkey Of The Year Nominations

November 20th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Vote for me.

Vote for me.

It can’t be Thanksgiving week without OIB’s annual Turkey of the Year comments section nominations, right? So, be it local, state, federal pol, carve in joyfully. Multiple nominations welcomed.

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Ganim Stresses Democratic Partnership With Urban Centers, GOP Running State “Death For Me And My City”

November 20th, 2017 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

Edging closer to a formal declaration for governor, Mayor Joe Ganim on Saturday pitched members of the political action organization The Voices of Women of Color, stressing cities as the economic drivers to build a “new Connecticut economy.”
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East Washington Avenue Bridge Repair

November 20th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

News release from Mayor’s Office:

The City of Bridgeport is alerting residents of repairs to the East Washington Avenue Bridge over the Bridgeport Harbor that will temporary close The East Washington Bridge on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The purpose of this project is to help accomplish electrical repairs due to storm and salt water damage. A detour route has been made available to offset the closure.  The traffic will be routed to River Street from Knowlton Street heading west and North Washington Avenue to River Street from Housatonic Avenue heading east.

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State Money For Marina Village Redevelopment

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

Governor Dan Malloy on Monday announced a $1.5 million grant to the Bridgeport Housing Authority, also known as Park City Communities, to help redevelop the troubled Marina Village housing complex, 400 Iranistan Avenue, into a new affordable housing community. The existing structures will be demolished and replaced with multi-family residential units and community space. The announcement was part of a Connecticut Brownfields program. [Read more →]

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The Politics Of Race

November 19th, 2017 · 4 Comments · National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Colin McEnroe, who appears weekdays from 1 to 2 p.m. on WNPR-FM (90.5) writes about the disingenuous leanings of the two major political parties when it comes to fielding candidate diversity.
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When A Handicap Parking Ticket Hits The City In The Pocket

November 18th, 2017 · 33 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Marshall Marcus, who works in Bridgeport with a wife who owns property in the city, shares this commentary about a Police Department that “has taken it upon itself to rule that valid Handicapped permits are not valid.”
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Recount Holds Up For Herron And DeFilippo In City Council District

November 17th, 2017 · 23 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

A recount for the City Council’s 133rd District Democratic primary held up for the endorsed candidates incumbent Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo over Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phllips. The Republican candidates in the district are Michele Minutolo and Neville De la Rosa. The general election for the council district will take place Dec. 12.
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