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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Political Profiteers Prevail, Government Reform Bill Dies In Legislative Committee

March 27th, 2015 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Eastern Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten promised to kill a government reform bill on behalf of her union cronies and so far she has prevailed. The General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee did not meet the deadline to vote on conflict-of-interest legislation to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employee councilors. As a result […]

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Finch Declares City Employees On City Council ‘Doesn’t Look Good’, Suggests Ganim Find Job In Outer Space

March 25th, 2015 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

Acknowledging city employees serving on the City Council “doesn’t look good,” Mayor Bill Finch appeared on the Chaz & AJ radio show Wednesday morning urging former Mayor Joe Ganim to find something else to do than seek his old job. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart listened to the interview that also included a surprise call-in, […]

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School Board Approves ‘Interim’ Education Chief Rabinowitz Into 2017–Finch: Glad She’s Staying

March 23rd, 2015 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

What was advertised as a short-term interim basis replacing school chief Paul Vallas one year ago now appears to be at least a three-year gig for Fran Rabinowitz leading city schools. Monday night the Board of Education voted 7-2 to extend her contract until July 2017. She had been a finalist for appointment as Connecticut’s […]

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‘I Warn You It’s Your Town Next’–Racial Profiling Incident Leads To Legislative Proposal

March 23rd, 2015 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

A few decades ago Bridgeport State Senator Alvin Penn was stopped by a Trumbull police officer that triggered racial profiling legislation. The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee on Monday approved legislation that prohibits cops from crossing town lines to enforce municipal code violations, a case stemming from an incident last year involving former Major League […]

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What? Do-Not-Call List For Politicians!

March 23rd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Good grief, what’s this world coming to if not harassed by political phone calls? A bill in the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee proposes to establish a “do not call” list for political telephone calls and to increase regulation of the use of automated telephone solicitation technologies and automatic dialing-announcing devices for political telephone calls.”

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Walker Starts New Position With PricewaterhouseCoopers, No Plans To Challenge Blumenthal

March 21st, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and 2014 Republican primary candidate for lieutenant governor in Connecticut, has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior strategic adviser, according to a post on his Facebook page. Walker will be based in McLean, Virginia.

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Violating The City Charter, McCarthy Puts Finch In Political Predicament

March 19th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

City Council President Tom McCarthy has placed Mayor Bill Finch in a pickle. McCarthy serves at the pleasure of the mayor as deputy director of Labor Relations while filling the dual role as head of the city’s budget and legislative body in defiance of the City Charter. How can Finch take the high road asserting […]

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With Ganim On The Horizon, Finch Pitches Diversity In Police Department Recruitment Effort

March 17th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

In an election year, closing in on the deadline to apply for the latest police recruitment class, Mayor Bill Finch was flanked by members of the city’s clergy including Anthony Bennett, Bernadette Maynard-Hickman and Charlie Stallworth (see video), promoting diversity that reflects the makeup of the city. In doing so Finch is reaching out to […]

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