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Entries Categorized as 'City Politics'

Kantrowitz Promises $6,000 Tax Cut, Mayoral Appointed City Council, Support For Deadbeats, Corporate School Control

March 5th, 2015 · 7 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Fire up the oligarchy. Claiming Bridgeport’s legendary conflicts of interest don’t run nearly deep enough, entrepreneur, attorney and former Bridgeport schoolteacher Jonathan Kantrowitz has launched a faux entry into the mayoral race. The two-time Democratic Congressional candidate breaks down his mayoral platform: no tax collection, support for deadbeat dads and tax cheats, complete corporate control […]

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Who Will Replace Paoletto And DeJesus On City Council?

February 28th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Political maneuvering is underway to fill the City Council seats of the recently resigned Richard Paoletto and Richard DeJesus. An addendum to the council agenda calls for the replacement of the vacated seats.

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Will Mayor’s Race Be A Yeller Or Yawner?

February 26th, 2015 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

The special elections are over, March is on the horizon, time to segue to the city’s big enchilada: the race for mayor.

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Gomes, Stafstrom Support Government Reform Bill

February 26th, 2015 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

As Ed Gomes and Steve Stafstrom prepare to enter the Connecticut legislature in mid session, fresh off special election wins, supporters of a government reform bill have picked up two allies in the ongoing effort to enforce the City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council.

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Merrill: ‘Enough Is Enough’–Wants Registrars Unelected

February 25th, 2015 · 25 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Connecticut’s chief elections official Denise Merrill, who’s elected by the people, is proposing to do away with elected registrars in favor of one serving that role as an appointed official. In a news release, Merrill says “Connecticut is the only state in the country that leaves election administration to two partisan locally elected officials.” From […]

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Aided By Absentee Ballots, Stafstrom Narrowly Defeats Torres For State House

February 24th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Former Democratic City Councilman Steve Stafstrom has narrowly defeated Republican Enrique Torres in the State House special election, according to unofficial returns from the Registrar’s Office: Stafstrom 776, Torres 720. Torres won on the machines by 20 votes, according to returns. Absentee ballots placed Stafstrom over the top. On his Facebook page Stafstrom wrote “Thank […]

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Crickets And Cold Early At Polling Places, Afternoon Turnout Uptick

February 24th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Baby it’s cold outside, and it’s showing at the polls. About halfway into the special election voting day, turnout was cricket city. Turnout, however, kicked up in the afternoon at several city polling places. Barring a second-half surge in the day, the State Senate battle citywide will remain in single-digits percentage turnout. The one area […]

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