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Entries Categorized as 'City Politics'

Bah Humbug! Pereira Disses Mayor’s People At Tree Lighting

December 6th, 2016 · 44 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

It’s supposed to be peace, love and good cheer for everyone, right? Santa Claus arrives with an elf, poinsettias all around, cupcakes, candy canes, hot chocolate, apple cider, toys for kids, everything free for Friday’s Nob Hill Park neighborhood lighting on the Upper East Side with more than 100 attending. The mayor’s people showed up […]

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Ganim’s 12 Years As Mayor Only Half Of Jasper McLevy’s Service

December 4th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim has tacked on another year to his run as the city’s second-longest-serving mayor. Even so, he’s still only served about half the 24-year run by Socialist Jasper McLevy, 1933-57. Yes, Bridgeport had a Socialist mayor who was really more of a reformer who stood on street corners for 20 years railing against the […]

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What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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For Ganim, Education Means Appointing School Board Members

November 30th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Education: Ganim’s first year back. On the 2015 campaign trail Joe Ganim uttered the usual stuff about education: fully fund schools, create a 21st century climate, modernize the infrastructure, yadda, yadda, yadda. What he did not expect, however, was appointing one-third of the nine-member Board of Education the second half of his first year back […]

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Budget Migraine, So, You Wanted To Be Mayor Again?

November 29th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Law Enforcement

Finances: Ganim’s first year back. It was the perfect contrast for Joe Ganim. On the 2015 comeback trail, the former mayor needed to drive a campaign stiletto into incumbent Bill Finch who had a so-so record on taxes starting with his promise to cut taxes $600 as a 2007 candidate only to raise them by […]

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Ganim Marks One-year Return To Office This Week, The Challenge Of Progress Versus Promise

November 27th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

On a chilly, wind-swept rainy night last December 1, Joe Ganim officially returned to office cementing a comeback that received national attention. More than 1,000 people filled the Klein Memorial Auditorium to witness Ganim’s oath of office and inaugural address to govern Connecticut’s largest city. Backed by family members Ganim spoke of redemption, second chances and restoring […]

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The Show And Dough Of Politics Channels Trump And Ganim

November 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics

A campaign is for show, governing for dough. They are completely different animals. In the past year we’ve witnessed on a local and national level two unconventional candidates who know each other defy the odds striking a chord with voters who loathe government.

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How Many School Board Members Will Show At Forum?

November 20th, 2016 · 102 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The community group Faith Acts for Education will conduct a forum with members of the Board of Education Monday 6pm at Cathedral of Praise, 45 Gregory Street in the South End. Asserting “Bridgeport deserves better from its elected Board of Education,” Faith Acts members conducted a demonstration at Geraldine Johnson School in September. How many […]

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