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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Battle Lines Drawn Between Education Advocates Pereira And Martinez

January 19th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira and education advocate Jessica Martinez are high octane personalities with decidedly different mantras about the direction of the education system for Connecticut’s largest city. Pereira is a staunch protectionist of the local district, Martinez a proponent of charter schools that receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. […]

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Senator Moore Fumes Over Ganim’s Trump Schmooze

January 18th, 2017 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

State Senator Marilyn Moore who was reelected overwhelmingly in 2016 without the support of Mayor Joe Ganim declared Tuesday night that Ganim cozying up to Donald Trump means he has “turned his ear and back on the people that elected him.”

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Former Police Chief Chapman Returns To Overtime, Staffing Challenges

January 17th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Struggling with health issues and a long commute to the city, former Police Chief Wilbur Chapman who serves as a public safety consultant has resurfaced following a lengthy non-paid absence. Mayor Joe Ganim hired Chapman in December 2015 to serve as police department hatchet man and reel in overtime that’s gotten out of control once […]

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The Egress For Mr. Barnum’s Circus

January 16th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Just about everything and everyone has a shelf life. Even the circus started by P.T. Barnum–Bridgeport mayor, philanthropist, business impresario–the single greatest contributor to Bridgeport’s history. Kenneth Feld, chief executive of the company that produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced it will close in May, writing on the company website “ticket sales have […]

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Ganim Will Attend Trump Inaugural

January 13th, 2017 · 51 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim will attend more next week in Washington DC than just the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Donald Trump’s inauguration is also on his list. The Republican president-elect and the Democratic mayor of Connecticut’s most populous city became friendly in the 1990s when Trump viewed Bridgeport as development potential.

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Balancing Police Overtime Bucks

January 11th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s the brutal reality of police department finances: keep overtime down. Well, until a major crime event occurs and city leaders must balance public outcry with fiscal prudence. That’s when the area is saturated with extra patrols and investigators. It costs money. And, by the way, we’re understaffed. Translation: more overtime. And so it goes. […]

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Legislative Mileage Reimbursements Pad Pensions, Cheat Taxpayers

January 11th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

You could argue state legislators are showing up to represent their peeps. But, and it’s a big one, should mileage reimbursements pad pensions? Both Democrats and Republicans benefit from this dubious perk.

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Mayors Await–Will Malloy Put Words Into Action?

January 10th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

If Governor Dan Malloy runs for a third term in 2018, can he win? If he runs, he must make a whole lot of mayors happy and they make him happy in return. Otherwise, it’s sayonara. Unless, of course, the Republicans put up another flaccid candidate such as Tom Foley.

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