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Bawking For Attention On Campaign Trail, Malloy-Foley Battle

September 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Feathers fly in guber race.

Feathers fly in guber race.

Five weeks until Election Day and Dems are giving Republican Tom Foley no slack in the battle of press releases, rhetoric, charges, allegations. Both sides are spending heavily on that front on the airwaves. And each side is loading up protesters at various events including the National Rifle Association scoping out potential campaign stops in opposition to Governor Dan Malloy. The Dems Tuesday morning protested the wealthy Foley’s tax returns. [Read more →]

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‘Principled, Transparent, Ethical’–Can You Name Someone?

September 30th, 2014 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, State Politics

On Monday, former Board of Education member Maria Pereira wrote in an OIB comment, “Unfortunately, there are so few Bridgeport politicians who are principled, transparent and ethical.” If that’s the case, why is it the case? And does Bridgeport own a monopoly on dubious decision making? If you start preening pols who are “principled, transparent and ethical,” couldn’t they be picked apart for this decision or that?
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Finch Applauds Solar Parks For Hartford, Bridgeport

September 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Development and Zoning

News release from city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

On Tuesday (today), Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will join Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for a tour of Hartford’s recently launched solar-on-a-landfill project. The tour comes on the day of Connecticut’s Siting Council holding its final hearing on Bridgeport’s effort to put 9,000 solar panels and a fuel cell on an old landfill in the state’s largest city.

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Paging Absentee Ballot Scammers, Election Question Offers Early Voting

September 29th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

This question will appear on the November ballot:

“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”

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Not Teachers’ Pet, But CEA Endorses Malloy

September 29th, 2014 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The relationship between Governor Dan Malloy and public school teachers has at times been like nails against a blackboard, but today the powerful Connecticut Education Association that represents them announced its endorsement of Malloy over Republican Tom Foley, stating “A CEA analysis indicates that Foley’s scheme would drain more than $35 million from local public schools, causing teacher layoffs and larger class sizes.”
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Firefighter Accuses City Of Forcing Unpaid Leave Due To Pregnancy

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From the Associated Press:

A Connecticut firefighter says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was unfairly disciplined by a city fire department and forced to take unpaid leave because she was pregnant.

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If Smoking Is Banned In Parks, Why Not Prohibit Charcoal Grills?

September 29th, 2014 · 23 Comments · City Council, News and Events

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Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy writes if the City Council approves a proposed smoking ban in city parks, they must also extinguish charcoal grilling. From Fardy:

I would like to comment on the recent meeting of the ordinance committee in which they discussed a smoking ban in the parks. My question is why pass another law that will not be enforced and if it is do I want to tie up one of the few patrolmen we have in the streets with this nonsense? It’s like the curfew law. How is that going?

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