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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Ganim Opens HQ, Cracks $100K Fundraising Mark, Roach Named Campaign Manager

May 28th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Former Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday celebrated the opening of his campaign headquarters in the North End announcing his campaign has raised more than $100,000 in his effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Finch who has raised more than $400,000.

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The Mayoral Campaign Really Starts Memorial Day Weekend

May 23rd, 2015 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

The late OIB correspondent John Gilmore said mayoral elections do not begin in earnest until Memorial Day. Well here we go, time to take inventory.

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Winds Of Change On City Council?

May 21st, 2015 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

There’s Bill Finch, Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello too running for mayor on the Democratic side. Enrique Torres is a Republican mayoral candidate. Okay, what about the City Council?

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Finch Fumed After Tax Break Rejection By City Council, Castillo: No Harm, No Foul

May 20th, 2015 · 110 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning

City government and politics can sometimes be a contact sport when passions run high, but things got a little too physical two weeks ago, according to several City Council members, after the legislative body torpedoed a tax abatement deal advanced by Mayor Bill Finch. Councilman Bob Halstead, a Finch critic, declared at the start of […]

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The Politics Of Police Staffing Levels

May 18th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Who’ll win the public safety argument in the mayoral election? Some of it depends on whether the dog days of summer bite with violent crime. Police strength is down with more potential retirements on the horizon.

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Dr. Ford’s Confession From A Stage, Instead Of A Couch

May 18th, 2015 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement

All kinds of people crammed the banquet hall of the German Club, tucked into a corner of Horace Street on the East Side, for former Mayor Joe Ganim’s official coming-out party Thursday night to reclaim his old job: black, white, brown; family, friends, former political foes; city police officers, clergy members; Democratic district leaders; even […]

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Ganim, Short On Specifics, Kicks Off Mayoral Race, “Bridgeport That Works For Everyone”

May 15th, 2015 · 37 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Continuing a theme of a “Bridgeport that works for everyone,” former Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim Thursday night launched his formal kickoff to try to reclaim the job he resigned more than 12 years ago following his conviction on federal corruption charges, asserting “This election is about the future and about which candidate has the vision […]

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You Going To Ganim’s Gig?

May 14th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim’s officially in the race for mayor, raising money, attending events, building a campaign infrastructure. Tonight (Thursday) at The German Club on the East Side he’s conducting his formal kickoff. Ganim is building support based on relationships and nostalgia, but most electors vote on the future.

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