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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Is He Tom Foley Or Tom Foolery? The Candidate’s Calculated Risk

August 27th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

As Republican nominee for governor Tom Foley enters his first debate tonight against Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy, will he actually take a position on something? Or maybe he thinks no one will notice? Foley speaks often about sharing a Bridgeport agenda as he tries to poach urban votes from Malloy. Where’s the plan? Mark Pazniokas […]

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Ken Moales’ “Rat” Problem

August 26th, 2014 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Former Board of Education member Maria Pereira no longer attends school board meetings in an official capacity, but she is present at just about every meeting as a citizen. A commentary she wrote for a prior post is republished below describing in part the first regular meeting on Monday as kids head back to school, […]

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Debicella Visits Rescue Mission, Himes Visits Pleasure Beach

August 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

The campaign season begins in earnest next week right after Labor Day weekend, but that’s not stopping Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Himes from stepping up his Bridgeport appearances, nor his Republican opponent Dan Debicella who was born in Bridgeport. In recent days Himes visited Pleasure Beach, now open for public access thanks to federal dough […]

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Charter School Advocate Launches ‘Unite Bridgeport’ Door-To-Door Campaign

August 25th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Charter school advocacy organization Families for Excellent Schools, a growing presence in city education, has commenced a citywide grassroots “Unite Bridgeport” campaign to register new voters, receive input about the direction of city schools and share the gospel about the role of charter schools in the city.

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Will Daniels Mayoral Campaign Be A Boon Or Bust?

August 25th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

In early 1992, the governor of Arkansas seeking the Democratic nomination for president over the likes of former California Governor Jerry Brown visited the Ralphola Taylor Center in the East End seeking votes for the Connecticut primary. Ernie Newton, a young city politician back in the day, recalls you could fill a phone booth with […]

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Pelto On The Ropes For November Ballot Qualification

August 23rd, 2014 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto writes “it appears increasingly likely that we will fall short of the 7,500 ‘valid’ signatures to get on the ballot.” State election officials are reviewing the signature petitions of Pelto, a critic of Democratic Governor Dan Malloy’s education policies. Pelto’s presence on the ballot could siphon votes from Malloy […]

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Voter Enrollment Cleaned Up, Dems With 10 To 1 Registration Advantage

August 21st, 2014 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Local election officials have cleaned up the city’s voter registration enrollment numbers reducing registered voters to roughly 57,000, down from more than 70,000 that had been maintained from the surging voter interest led by the 2008 presidential cycle with Barack Obama on the ballot.

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