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Bradley Denied Public Campaign Funds For General Election

October 20th, 2018 · 13 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Friday denied Democratic State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley’s application for a general election $95,000 public campaign grant for violations of campaign finance laws stemming, in part, from his formal announcement in March that was financed by his law firm. According to the decision he still faces civil financial penalties, as well as his campaign treasurer, Board of Education member Jessica Martinez. Bradley is also a member of the school board. [Read more →]

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Lamont: I’ll Be Back As Governor

October 20th, 2018 · 11 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with Ned Lamont during neighborhood walk on Stratford Avenue. Photo: Cathy Zuraw / Hearst Connecticut Media

Mayor Joe Ganim, right, chats with Ned Lamont during neighborhood walk on Stratford Avenue. Photo: Cathy Zuraw / Hearst Connecticut Media

Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes, all on the November 6 ballot, joined Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday in the East End, a neighborhood rich with Democratic voters. [Read more →]

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Rejected – State Election Watchdog Investigates Bradley’s Use Of Law Firm In Senate Race

October 19th, 2018 · 15 Comments · News and Events, State Politics, Uncategorized

Dennis Bradley

Dennis Bradley waits on election decision.

Update: SEEC rejected Bradley application. Embroiled in an investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Democratic State Senate nominee Dennis Bradley will likely find out Friday afternoon if his $95,000 public campaign grant will be approved for the general election, or something worse, just a few weeks away. SEEC investigators are looking into allegations that Bradley unlawfully leveraged his law firm’s resources to promote his campaign, something that could constitute an illegal in-kind contribution, stemming from his March 15 campaign announcement at Dolphin’s Cove in the East End that was described as a “Thank You” celebration sponsored by BDK Law Group.”  Bradley has been in negotiations with the SEEC trying to bring resolution to the matter that could levy a hefty fine. The commission is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon. [Read more →]

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Following Floods, Ganim Surveys Damaged Homes

October 19th, 2018 · 3 Comments · News and Events, Uncategorized

Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday toured the water-damaged home of Sheila Ortiz on Renwick Place along the flood-ravaged Rooster River in the Brooklawn section of the West Side. Flash flooding from nearly seven inches of rain on September 25 swelled her basement with water to the top of the residential stairs and totaled her vehicle. Some residents in the neighborhood have been forced into temporary housing. [Read more →]

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Justice, After Van Crushed For Parts

October 17th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen watchdog John Marshall Lee is like a chihuahua nipping at the heels of public officials to do the right thing. His persistence, with an assist from East End City Councilman Ernie Newton, has prevailed upon Police Chief AJ Perez to reimburse a woman whose van was dubiously towed and subsequently crushed for parts. How did that happen in the first place when the van was registered and insured? It’s been a long strange trip for Linda Lee, no relation to John who has chronicled the wild ride in OIB commentaries and presentations to the City Council. [Read more →]

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Councilwoman Martinez Charges Minutes Of Meetings Inaccurate

October 17th, 2018 · 11 Comments · City Council, News and Events, Uncategorized

Do transcripts of City Council committee meetings contradict the minutes recorded by the secretarial services group hired by the City Clerk’s Office that preserves council records? City Councilwoman Enedia Martinez, a member of the Ordinance Committee, asserts that’s the case declaring “My review reveals that the minutes in many instances do not accurately reflect what actually transpired during the meetings.” Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez also asserts she discovered discrepancies in her recent case before a freedom of information hearing officer who sided with her complaint charging that a vote by the budget committee in May citing “pending litigation” for the basis of an executive session violated state law. [Read more →]

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OIB Poll: Your Horse For Governor

October 16th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Uncategorized

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Harding’s Sheena Graham Shines As Connecticut’s Teacher Of Year

October 16th, 2018 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events, Uncategorized

Sheena Graham, center with students, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Governor Malloy.

Sheena Graham, center, with music students, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell and Governor Malloy.

Resilient, resourceful, creative, Harding High School’s Sheena Graham on Tuesday was named Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell today announced that Mrs. Sheena Graham, a performing arts and choir teacher at Bridgeport’s Warren Harding High School, has been selected as Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year – the state’s highest recognition in honoring extraordinary teachers.  State and local officials surprised Mrs. Graham at her school this morning to deliver the good news in person.

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