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Entries from May 20th, 2018

Book It: Dennis Bradley’s Ides Of March State Senate Moment

February 26th, 2018 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

City politics requires a sense of humor. School board member Dennis Bradley has set March 15, the Ides of March, to announce his formal candidacy for State Senate. Hmmm, will Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius show? Please, someone hide the daggers.

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Is McDonald Supreme Court Debate About Ideology Or Sexual Orientation?

February 26th, 2018 · 3 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror: A hearing today on the confirmation of Justice Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court comes as politicians, lawyers and advocates debate the question of how ideology and partisanship should be balanced against questions of intellect, competence and integrity in evaluating fitness for the bench.

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Himes Steps Up For Danny Roach As Town Committee Battle Heats Up

February 26th, 2018 · 109 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

High-profile pols generally don’t avail themselves to local, insider political skirmishes, but they will sometimes step up for neighborhood leaders who’ve been there for them early and often. That’s what Congressman Jim Himes has done for Danny Roach, neighborhood bar owner, police commissioner, mayoral appointee and district leader whose nine-member Democratic Town Committee slate faces […]

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Another Larson Conflict–Bridgeport Jobs Killer Blasts Lottery After Secret Attempt To Lead Agency

February 25th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

State Senator Tim Larson told the Hartford Courant he did not initially comment about his criticism of a state agency he secretly wanted to lead because he had a bad week. Part of that bad week was being outvoted 18-6 after he led a backdoor maneuver trying to shut down a public hearing on a […]

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Ganim Hauls In $150K At Testo’s Big-Ticket Campaign Fundraiser For Governor

February 23rd, 2018 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Backed by a high-rollers’ reception that included maximum personal contributions of $3,500, Mayor Joe Ganim’s Runyonesque run for governor raised roughly $150,000 Thursday night at Testo’s Restaurant whose owner Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa ballot-positions Ganim for a May party convention and Democratic primary in August. More than 100 attended the fundraiser.

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Assault Hospitalizes Councilwoman Martinez

February 22nd, 2018 · 12 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart and Tara O’Neill, CT Post: Police are investigating an assault that sent a prominent councilwoman to the hospital.

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Wanna Be An Ethics Commissioner? Apply Here

February 22nd, 2018 · 14 Comments · City Council, News and Events

News release from Mayor Joe Ganim: The City of Bridgeport is now actively soliciting applications of civic-minded Bridgeport residents to fill two vacancies on the City of Bridgeport Ethics Commission. Applications can be found online by following this link: bridgeportct.gov/ethics.

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Gomes’ Transparency Push Paves Way For Public Hearing On Casino Bill

February 22nd, 2018 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Overcoming opposition from the co-chair Tim Larson, State Senator Ed Gomes led the call for transparency Thursday morning as the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee voted 18-6 to approve a public hearing on a  bill calling for an open, competitive process for a commercial casino proposed in Bridgeport.

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