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OIB Poll: Should Ganim Primary Or Support Lamont?

May 26th, 2018 · 17 Comments · State Politics, Uncategorized

Joe Ganim is trying to petition onto the ballot to wage an August primary for governor against Democratic endorsed Ned Lamont. What should Ganim do?

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Ganim’s “Big Ones” Has People Talking–Nerdy Ned Versus Lunch Bucket Joe

May 25th, 2018 · 17 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Ganim approaches Henry Jemison for a signature. Image courtesy Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror.

Chatting at the OIB 10th anniversary party Wednesday night in the Carousel Building of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, where horses go ’round and ’round, former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh who knows all about city political races peered across the room at a grizzled political horse, clipboard in hand, politely asking Democratic guests if they’d sign his petition sheet to place his name on the ballot for governor. “I gotta tell ya,” observes Walsh, “he’s got big ones.” Yes, I respond, “Joe doesn’t lack for cashews.”
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The Governor Of Stamford Strikes Again

May 25th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Maybe we’re now learning why Dan Malloy is the most unpopular governor in the country. That’s because he’s not the governor of Connecticut, he’s the governor of Stamford where he served as mayor. On a regular basis Malloy kicks out these releases crowing about another company relocating to … drum roll … Stamford. What else, but lazy. Meanwhile, screw Bridgeport, he says, let’s pad the tribal gaming monopoly with sports betting too.
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Charter School Movement Loses Steam

May 25th, 2018 · 15 Comments · Education, News and Events

The charter school movement which had some successes opening schools in Bridgeport is also now taking some hits around the state. Charter schools receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. From Hartford Courant reporter Ruth Bruno:

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to begin the process to revoke the charter of Path Academy in Windham, state education officials said.

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We Are The Park City

May 25th, 2018 · 2 Comments · News and Events

News release from the Park City:

With the summer season around the corner, the City of Bridgeport public parks will officially open on Saturday, May 26th. Seaside Park, Beardsley Park and Pleasure Beach will be open for Memorial Day weekend for residents and visitors with the purchase of a park sticker or day pass.

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Does Ballot Order Matter? Intriguing Possibilities For Primaries

May 24th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

If ballot lineups matter in Democratic primaries the August contests could show some strange configurations. A number of candidates including Mayor Joe Ganim for governor as well as contenders for state office are hustling signatures to wage primary contests.
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Former Dem State Chair Declares Signature Campaign Emboldens Ganim

May 24th, 2018 · 4 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Former Democratic Party state chairman Ed Marcus, who has a close relationship with Mayor Joe Ganim and receives legal work from the city, asserts in a Hartford Courant commentary that Ganim’s gubernatorial campaign is stronger if he qualifies for an August primary via a petitioning effort rather than the convention route where he came up short. From Marcus:

The recent Democratic Party convention to nominate candidates for statewide offices turned out to be a party divider. It demonstrated that trying to “fix” a convention in advance is not the smart or politically sound way to go.

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Celebrating 10 Years In The Political Jungle, OIB Style

May 24th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

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A tasty bipartisan cake. Kudos to OIB party planner Kim Tilson for cake idea.

OIB’s 10th anniversary celebration welcomed nearly 100 guests Wednesday night in the Carousel Building of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. A special thank you to genial Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and zoo event organizer Lindsay Durkee for opening up this city gem to celebrate our first decade. It was an egalitarian crowd. Thank you to all who attended and a gigantic embrace to our loyal readers.
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