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Ned And Joe’s Testo’s Sauce Summit

August 18th, 2018 · 13 Comments · City Politics, State Politics, Uncategorized

The summit

Dish of the day: pragmatic pasta.

Standing in his Bridgeport campaign headquarters Tuesday morning Ned Lamont contemplated the morning after, looking forward to a big primary win with an eye toward the paramount prize, a general election with his opponent who leads Connecticut’s largest city totally on board to take out the Republican. [Read more →]

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Missing In Action – Deadline To Grade School Chief Extended

August 17th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Education, News and Events, Uncategorized

The job evaluation of Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson has caused a dust-up among some Board of Education members following chairman John Weldon’s decision to extend the process by 10 days for others who did not meet the agreed-upon August 8th submission deadline. Weldon extended the deadline for board members Dennis Bradley and Jessica Martinez, according to board member Maria Pereira. Bradley on Tuesday defeated Aaron Turner in the Democratic primary for State Senate in Connecticut’s 23rd District. Martinez served as his campaign treasurer. Pereira supported Turner. [Read more →]

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Why Stefanowski Won

August 17th, 2018 · 11 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Former Republican State Chair Chris Healy explains why Bob Stefanowski won the Republican primary for governor.

Often, we in politics miss the obvious and the 2018 primary results bear that out. We political types are always last in on the joke and the joke was on us. Bob Stefanowski defied all expectations and easily won a high-turnout Republican primary because he got to GOP voters first and burnished his image and message before anyone could get off the dime. [Read more →]

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Governor’s Race ‘Might Be The Most Vicious In State History’–Trumpanowski Versus Ned Malloy

August 16th, 2018 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Lamont, Stefanowski

Okay boys, fire away!

At times like this we must recall the visionary view of OIB friend Phil Smith who noted decades ago “Some towns play political softball, other towns play hardball … in Bridgeport they play hand grenades.” Maybe it’s time we import our favorite sport in town to Connecticut’s governor race.
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C’Mon Man, How About My Van?

August 16th, 2018 · 7 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

John Marshall Lee provides an update on Linda Lee’s towed van.

A good day to see what Acting Chief AJ Perez has arranged for Ms. Linda Lee in order to recover her van towed as authorized by Police Department. (This was the Silver Ford Econoline Van that was registered, plates were on, taxes paid, and insurance covered, parked in front of her home for the day when it was stickered by Police as Abandoned.) She had gone to Jim’s Auto on Kossuth promptly after June 6 to find that it would cost her $250 plus $25 per day to ransom the kidnapped auto. She came to the next Council.

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For Ganim A Sense Of Humor And Political Focus As Mayor

August 15th, 2018 · 61 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

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Lamont and Ganim, time to come together.

A sense of humor is a must in politics, putting your bruised ego aside, especially after an ass-kicking … like “I thought Halloween was the scariest night of the year.” Mayor Joe Ganim got his butt kicked statewide on Tuesday with just 19 percent of the Democratic vote, winning only his home city that also exposed some storm warnings of voter unrest with his mayoral reelection on the horizon next year. Time to stop counting bathrooms, the price of milk and political goblins.
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Who In Hell Is Bob Stefanowski?

August 15th, 2018 · 54 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

Campaigns are strange birds that provide observational whiplash. Bob Stefanowski seemingly came out of nowhere campaigning as an outsider in a Republican gubernatorial primary defeating established pols. Who is this guy? See here.
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Lamont Huge Statewide, Bradley Takes State Senate Primary, Stallworth Defeats Hanks In Tight Race

August 15th, 2018 · 62 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley Tuesday morning gives thumbs up in front of Harding High School precinct.

On a night Ned Lamont crushed Mayor Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary for governor, unofficial returns show Ganim winning Bridgeport in many city precincts but Lamont taking higher tax areas such as Black Rock and the North End. Dennis Bradley is the unofficial winner over Aaron Turner for State Senate 2,989 to 2,467 while incumbent Charlie Stallworth survived a tough challenge from Shante Hanks in the 126th State House District 1,145 to 1,037.
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