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John Rowland, Once Again A Man In The Can, Prison Tips For The Ex-Guv

September 19th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

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Encore man in the can. CT Magazine illustration Michael Witte.

When it comes to public corruption cases, former Governor John Rowland has the wrong judge. U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton is not generally fond of public corruption offenders. When he’s sentenced in December, he’ll likely receive more time than his first go-around in the joint. The following is a story (prison tips for the ex-guv) I wrote for the March 2005 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Most of it still applies. Grab a cup of joe.
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Rowland Convicted For Sham Consulting Contract

September 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment · News and Events

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Rowland convicted on federal charges again. CT Mirror photo.

From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:

A jury in U.S. District Court convicted Gov. John G. Rowland on Friday on charges arising from what the government described as a scheme to solicit two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant in violation of U.S. campaign finance laws.

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Report Issues Roadmap For Reforming Charter School System

September 19th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Education, News and Events

Asserting charter schools have become an “industry and in many cases rapid expansion has replaced innovation and excellence as goals,” a report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has issued a set of standards to promote oversight of the management companies that have become a controversial topic in Connecticut and locally in Bridgeport including the termination of a charter firm that had taken over Dunbar School. See public accountability report here.
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Young Jeremy Rosa’s Food Drive

September 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Council, News and Events

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Finch with Jeremy Rosa at last year’s food drive.


From Mayor Bill Finch:

In 2012, Bridgeport resident Jeremy Rosa at the age of seven decided to host his very own food drive. With support from family, friends and neighbors in the community Jeremy collected a total of 997 pounds of food in 2012. In recognition of his efforts, Mayor Bill Finch, City Council President Tom McCarthy and the entire City Council presented Jeremy with a Proclamation. In 2013, Jeremy’s second annual food drive collected over 3,000 pounds of food to donate to the Connecticut Food Bank. On the eve of his third annual food drive, which will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Blackham School (425 Thorme Street) from 12 to 3 p.m., Mayor Finch released the following statement:
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Weighing Benefits Against Risks For Planned Solar Park On Old Dump

September 19th, 2014 · 14 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning

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Looking north into Black Rock Harbor from the summit of the old dump for proposed solar park. Photograph by Jackson Kuhl, National Geographic.

Black Rocker Jennifer Buchanan, co-host of the Bridgeport Now public access cable show, wonders if the benefits of United Illuminating’s plan to install 9,000 solar panels on the old dump in Seaside Park outweigh the risks. The state regulatory agency Connecticut Siting Council conducted a public hearing last week on the proposal supported by Mayor Bill Finch and approved by the City Council. The agency is the final step in the approval process.
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Malloy’s Latest Ad Focuses On Jobs, Hits Foley On United Technologies

September 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

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Will It Take A Court Ruling To Force Funding Fairness Of City Schools?

September 18th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, State Politics

Anniversaries tied to landmark legal rulings provide platforms for politicians and government officials to take inventory about the past, present and future. The 60th anniversary year of Brown v. Board of Education in which the Supreme Court ruled racial segregation of schools unconstitutional, offers discussion about the funding fairness of city schools. Mayor Bill Finch says city schools have operated under an unfair state funding formula for years. If that’s the case, where’s the will to change it? Will it take another court decision to correct it?
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