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Check Out The Greater Bridgeport Young Dems Endorsement Questionnaire

June 23rd, 2017 · 14 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

Wow, young people involved in city politics? It’s been a long time. Campaign activist Rowan Kane, vice president of the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats, shares this communication the organization has been sharing with candidates for City Council seeking the group’s endorsement. [Read more →]

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Drawing A Curtain On Transparency

June 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Uncategorized

Ganim chats with officials from Exact Capital about plans to revitalize Downtown theaters.

Ganim chats with officials from Exact Capital about plans to revitalize Downtown theaters.

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

A pair of development decisions being made in Joe Ganim’s City Hall will affect the city’s economy for years to come — and much of the nitty gritty work is being done out of the public eye by government insiders.

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Ganim Rallies Supporters For Statewide Exploratory Campaign

June 23rd, 2017 · 5 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

Ganim with Woodbridge Democratic Town Chair Karen Cusick.

Ganim with Woodbridge Democratic Town Chair Karen Talamelli Cusick who’s weighing a run for Connecticut Secretary of the State.

Nearly 300 political supporters, friends, city employees and business leaders Thursday night attended Mayor Joe Ganim’s first fundraiser for his 2018 exploratory campaign for governor at an asking price of $100 per head at Testo’s Restaurant, the epicenter of city politics owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. Under exploratory rules the maximum personal contribution is $375. [Read more →]

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The Candidate Line Up, More To Come

June 22nd, 2017 · 11 Comments · City Politics, Uncategorized

Four weeks from party endorsements the Town Clerk’s Office has shared the latest list of candidate registrations for City Council and Board of Education. More candidates are expected to file papers soon in what is shaping up as a busy September 12 Democratic primary. Others such as former State Senator Ernie Newton, who’s seeking his old council seat, have announced public intentions. Some incumbents and potential candidates are being coy about seeking reelection and will get in officially in and around the July week endorsements. [Read more →]

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Get Your Character On, Join Us Tuesday For Book Discussion At Easton Library

June 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · News and Events, Uncategorized

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What ya doing Tuesday June 27 at 7 p.m.? Start your Fourth of July week with me at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, discussing a number of personalities in my book Connecticut Characters including paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Wilderness Warrior Joe Haines, actress Linda Blair and a guy named Trump, and others. Then we’ll throw it open to Q&A.

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State Election Watchdog Stiffs Ganim On Public Campaign Funds, Ganim Pledges Court Action

June 21st, 2017 · 18 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

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Ganim and Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, a formidable fundraising team. CT Mirror photo.

If Mayor Joe Ganim is to receive public campaign funds in his quest for statewide office, he’ll need a court order. The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday validated a proposed declaratory ruling in May disqualifying Ganim from participating in the state’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races as he explores a run for governor. The commission’s unanimous ruling was based on a 2013 law banning candidates convicted of felonies related to their public office from receiving public campaign grants. Ganim was convicted of public corruption in 2003. See SEEC ruling here [Read more →]

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Puerto Rican Parade Festivities

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

News release:

The 2017 Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special events on Friday 7 July, Saturday 8 July and with the Parade as the culminating event on Sunday 9 July.   The public is invited to all the events, with reservations required for the Annual Banquet Gala on Friday. [Read more →]

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Political Revolt Or A Glitch? Primary Season Beckons

June 21st, 2017 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Uncategorized

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Four weeks from party endorsements that haven’t meant a whole lot in recent years candidates for City Council are surfacing including in the 130th District where OIB friend Pete Spain and Christina Smith have formed a coalition in the Black Rock/West End District to challenge Democratic incumbents Scott Burns and  Katie Bukovsky in a September primary, assuming current office holders seek reelection. Word is Bukovsky not running. See Smith/Spain Facebook page here.

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