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Entries Categorized as 'State Politics'

State Elections Enforcement Rules Ganim Ineligible For Public Campaign Funds, Ganim: Likely End Up In Court

May 18th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

As expected, the State Elections Enforcement Commission has ruled Mayor Joe Ganim is ineligible for public campaign funds under Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races that is expected to dole out roughly $40 million to candidates in 2018. They ruled against Ganim citing his public corruption conviction in 2003. See SEEC decision here.

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Pot Luck! More Legislators Support Legalizing Marijuana

May 17th, 2017 · 32 Comments · Development and Zoning, State Politics

What a mess. With state finances up in smoke, some state lawmakers hope a lot of toke will help close a budget hole. Under current Connecticut law marijuana is legal for medicinal use and decriminalized for small amounts. Under a considered measure the state would legalize the sale of pot and tax it.

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The Quest To Make Steelpointe Harbor Vertical–Marina, Restaurant, Waterfront Walkway On Horizon

May 16th, 2017 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Surrounded by elected officials and neighborhood and business leaders, developer Robert Christoph Sr. and Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday broke ground for the 35,000 square foot waterfront dockmaster’s building that will house a raw bar restaurant, retail and an engineering company on Steelpointe Harbor accompanied by a harbor walk platform, marina and docks that Christoph […]

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Jepsen Says No To Misery Of Running For Governor

May 11th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Attorney General George Jepsen announced Thursday morning on WPLR’s Chaz and AJ show he’ll not be a candidate for governor in 2018. As Jepsen pointed out during the interview what’s the point of putting up with all the “misery” running for governor when he loves his current elected position?

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Ganim Makes Case To Receive Public Funds For Statewide Run

May 8th, 2017 · 22 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

In a commentary that also appeared in the Hartford Courant Mayor Joe Ganim writes “Barring candidates like me from public campaign financing undermines clean elections and harms the electoral process in Connecticut because it increases the influence of special interests groups and gives a stronger voice to those who are able to give large contributions to […]

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Herbst Rejects Another Term, Gears Up For Governor’s Race

May 4th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst will not seek another two-year term. Instead he’ll gear up for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. The field is growing in both major parties. So far Herbst is the only GOP contender to announce he’ll not accept contributions from lobbyists. On the Democratic side, Bridgeport attorney Chris Mattei, […]

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Gaming Report: Bridgeport Location Better For Third State Casino

May 3rd, 2017 · 5 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

An “independent” report from Union Gaming that analyzes the global gaming industry asserts “We question whether a casino in East Windsor would actually help CT retain gaming dollars or just cannibalize the existing tribal operations,” adding “When considering the Wynn Boston project will also likely cut into Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, we would expect CT could take […]

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The Joe And Mario Show, Ganim Returns To Statewide Ambition

May 2nd, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

Joe Ganim’s in the 2018 race for governor, an exploratory phase anyway. Now what? He raises money while waging a parallel campaign to qualify for the state’s public financing program either through an administrative remedy or court action. And along the way he needs to choose his words carefully about what he says about pols […]

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