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Ganim Qualifies For Gubernatorial Primary Ballot To Challenge Lamont

June 19th, 2018 · 2 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

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Ganim at Democratic convention. Frank Gerratana photo.

Mayor Joe Ganim on Tuesday qualified for the August 14 primary ballot for governor to challenge Democratic endorsed Ned Lamont, according to the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Office. Ganim becomes the first Democrat to make the ballot via a signature process for governor since Connecticut approved a direct primary process about 15 years ago. [Read more →]

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Ganim: Trump As Immoral A President We Have Seen In This Country

June 19th, 2018 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Shortly after Donald Trump’s presidential election, Mayor Joe Ganim declared “Give him a chance to take a deep breath and, I hope, come out with reassurances that the extreme part of his campaign was left behind. My sense is, you’ve got a good man there”. Joe has changed his tune for the gubernatorial campaign trail, calling Trump “as immoral a President as we have seen in this country.” Time for a Trump tweet rejoinder.
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Lamont: Stop Horrific Separation Of Children

June 19th, 2018 · 4 Comments · National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Statement from Ned Lamont:

“Seeking asylum and a better life in America is not a crime. As Governor, I will welcome refugees and immigrants and I support policy of not deploying Connecticut’s military to the U.S. border. But that is not enough. As citizens of Connecticut and a country that is founded on immigration, we need to make our voices heard today to stop the horrific separation of children from their parents at the border with the Trump zero tolerance policy.

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McCarthy Bids Goodbye To City Council A Second Time

June 19th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

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Tom McCarthy, center, his brother and parents up front, in a selfie taken by Mayor Joe Ganim Monday night. McCarthy is surrounded by council peers.

He thought he had bid farewell to the City Council last year, but just when he thought he was out former council President Tom McCarthy was pulled back in courtesy of court intervention involving a Democratic primary in the 133rd District that looks like it will finally be resolved in the upcoming general election.
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For The Love Of Money, Taxpayer Money

June 19th, 2018 · 6 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

In what was Tom McCarthy’s likely final City Council meeting, a constant presence for many of those years, fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, barked out a series of questions to members of the legislative body during the public speaking portion of the evening, wondering if proper attention is spent on the expenditure of taxpayer dough.
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New Downtown Parking Meters, With Rebrand, Coming Soon

June 18th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Parking meter Downtown. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

The rollout of high-tech parking meters tested the patience of Downtown visitors and merchants led by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who challenged the aggressive logistics, fines and intrusive cameras, as well as business leader Kelvin Ayala who pushed City Hall for user-friendly reforms. The city is expected to begin the process of installing new meters, less the cameras, in July that includes a public outreach campaign.
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Senator Moore Endorses Bhargava For State Treasurer

June 18th, 2018 · 9 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

State Senator Marilyn Moore on Monday endorsed Dita Bhargava‘s campaign for state treasurer. She is challenging Democratic-endorsed Shawn Wooden, former Hartford City Council president, in an August 14 primary.
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Campaign Lesson–Taking “Teacher” To Task

June 18th, 2018 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events, State Politics

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.
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