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OIB Poll: Trump And Hate

August 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events

Does Donald Trump embolden hate groups?

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Ganim Runs From Trump

August 16th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Trump, Ganim June 1994

Trump and Ganim in Bridgeport in 1994.

The number of politicians, business leaders, elected officials, members of Congress including now Republicans distancing from Donald Trump is down the street, around the corner into the next county. Count Mayor Joe Ganim among them, after snuggling up for a play at infrastructure dough following Trump’s election. State Senator Marilyn Moore, whose name is often floated by pols as a possible Ganim challenger in 2019, told the CT Post “I was appalled he was allying himself (with Trump). He’s a bad judge of character. If you didn’t see what the rest of the community saw, then where’s your ability to discern character?”
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Official Ballot Qualifiers For Sept. 12 Democratic Primary

August 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

It’s now official, Democratic primaries will take place September 12 in 9 of 10 City Council districts. On Wednesday Democratic Registrar Santa Ayala submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office the certified petitions of qualified challengers. Elections officials had spent the past week reviewing the petition sheet signatures of candidates following last Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline submission.
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Young Dems Issue City Council Endorsements

August 16th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Marcus Brown, City Council candidate for the West Side 132nd District and Maria Zambrano-Viggiano, candidate for the East Side 136th District have received the endorsement of the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats. The organization had previously tapped Brown’s running partner Kyle Langan, as well as Pete Spain, council candidate in the 130th District covering Black Rock and portion of the West End. Brown and Langan will face party endorsed Evette Brantley and Rolanda Smith. Zambrano-Viggiano is running with incumbent Alfredo Castillo. Incumbent Joe Casco is waging a challenge. Spain and Christina Smith have qualified to challenge Scott Burns and Rowan Kane, the organization’s vice president. The Democratic primary is September 12.
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New Generation Of Young Activists Promote Community Empowerment

August 16th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport Generation Now, a new social action group vetting the political process, has unleashed its issues and policy platform for the campaign season. The organization features a bunch of young people new to city politics. It’s about time, right? Check them out, including this video from Callie Heilmann, president of the organization.
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Attendance Urged At Public Hearing On State’s Energy Strategy

August 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning, News and Events

A public hearing on Connecticut’s draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy will take tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 in the Beacon Hall Events Center, Room 214, Housatonic Community College, 600 Lafayette Boulevard.
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Trump Reasserts ‘Blame On Both Sides’ in Fiery Exchanges With Media

August 15th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Tuesday afternoon’s executive order announcement on infrastructure didn’t take long to implode into a series of crackling exchanges between Donald Trump and the media following the weekend fallout in Charlottesville, Va. If you missed it check out the video. The video kicks off with Trump’s declaration that he’ll streamline the infrastructure approval process. Around the 9 minute mark he takes questions.
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Bourbon And Banter, Three Whiskey Patriots Discuss Media Double Standards

August 15th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Media, News and Events, State Politics

Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for OIB to gin up a video discussion series featuring Sapphire. Three Whiskey Patriots, Connecticut Republican State Chair J.R. Romano, “outrageous” Silent Partner Marketing founder Kyle Reyes and former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie wax about media double standards over whiskey. Check out the video. Cheers!

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