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Entries Categorized as 'Analysis and Comment'

Kohut Chalkboards Governor’s Race, It’s Ganim Versus Walker – Fire Up Tent And Tickets!

January 19th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Uncategorized

Jeff Kohut, Bridgeport’s studious political nerd, offers this prediction for the November gubernatorial election, a battle between Bridgeport residents Joe Ganim and David Walker. As Kohut points out “P.T. Barnum would have put it all under a tent and sold tickets.”

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Let’s Make Friends, The Top 100 Wage Earners For 2017

January 18th, 2018 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s a rite of passage on OIB serenading the list of top 100 municipal wage earners. In 2017 the narrative is essentially the same as decades prior with city police officers dominating the list via overtime. Leading the pack in 2017 is an outlier, Jimmy Honis who retired as deputy chief after 47 years of […]

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Paging All Ned-heads, Lamont $15 Minimum Wage If Governor

January 17th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

He stunned Joe Lieberman in a 2006 primary riding an anti-war message, lost to him in a general election, lost big in a 2010 primary for governor, and now Ned Lamont is back with a progressive’s touch promising a $15 an hour minimum wage in a slick video (see above) if elected governor. With Lamont […]

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Town Committee Showdown Brewing In The Rock

January 16th, 2018 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Democratic Town Committee slates for March 6th district primaries are taking shape with a neighborhood coalition in Black Rock and the West End challenging veteran committee members led by long-time 130th District Leader Danny Roach. Among the challenge slate is Donna Curran, a former Republican, who won a seat on the City Council in 2005.

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‘Building A Bench In Bridgeport’–Constance Vickers Honored As Connecticut Young Dem Of Year

January 15th, 2018 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Building a Bridgeport bench. That’s a battle cry of Constance Vickers, president of the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats, to galvanize a new generation of city activists and leaders. The work of Vickers and her young allies enjoys some early results on the City Council. On Saturday the Connecticut Young Democrats recognized Vickers the Female Young Democrat […]

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Traffic Solution: Tunnel From Bridgeport To Long Island

January 15th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Back in the 1970s then-Mayor John Mandanici opined a solution for quicker access to Long Island that was met with incredulity: an underwater tunnel. A Montreal consulting firm, with a nod from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, embrace it as a solution to traffic misery. Hey, it’s only tens of billions.

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Strap In For Stormy Political Season

January 15th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

2018 is shaping up as an extraordinary election cycle featuring two Bridgeport candidates for governor, Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim and Republican David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, in a wild field on both sides of the political spectrum. This is also a state legislative year as candidates position ahead of May endorsement sessions followed […]

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Council Members Urge Ganim To Reimburse City For Campaign-Related Security

January 13th, 2018 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

About half the City Council, and the number appears to be rising, want Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor to reimburse the city for police security when he’s on the stump. Ganim has reimbursed the city for mileage. Why not for police detail? Why would Ganim need police outside of the city? What’s wrong with […]

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