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Entries Categorized as 'State Politics'

Gubernatorial Candidates Take Notice–Transform Cities Into Economic Drivers

February 14th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Development and Zoning, State Politics

If you want to resuscitate Connecticut’s economy, the way to get there is through cities, according to Bridgeport economic policy wonk Jeff Kohut. He writes, “the urban centers of the world are the logical, natural economic generators for their surrounding geo-political regions. Connecticut must rediscover this reality and act accordingly.”

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City Posts Surplus Last Year, Battles Deficit This Budget Year

February 13th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

An auditor’s report from accounting firm BlumShapiro shows the municipal fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017 with a surplus of $4.6 million. See audit here. Projections are not as rosy for the current budget year that started July 1, according to Mayor Joe Ganim and finance officials struggling to close a multi-million deficit based […]

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Courant Gets Viggy With It

February 13th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Media, News and Events, State Politics

Hearst Connecticut Media, owner of the Connecticut Post and a number of other southern Connecticut newspapers, has successfully poached key Hartford Courant staffers in recent months. The Courant has returned fire, hiring away Neil Vigdor, one of the top political reporters in the state, as media outlets ramp up political coverage of the 2018 gubernatorial […]

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In New Haven, Labor Backs MGM’s Bridgeport Casino Proposal

February 8th, 2018 · 25 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

From Christopher Peak, New Haven Independent: New Haven’s labor unions flexed their political muscle to back MGM Resorts’s proposed casino in Bridgeport, as a showdown begins over tribal nations’ competing plans.

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Mario’s DTC Moolah Sinks

February 6th, 2018 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa needs to reload his committee treasury. The latest filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission shows the Democratic Town Committee paid attorney Ed Maley $12,367.99 for legal representation in the challenge of City Council primary results in the North End 133rd District, leaving a $4,741 balance as of December 31. […]

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Bridgeport Casino Bill Calls For Competitive Process

February 6th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

As the Connecticut legislature enters a new session, one of the headliner issues is competition for a commercial casino in Bridgeport. From Dan Haar, CT Post: Supporters of a casino in Bridgeport will roll out a bill Tuesday that would revoke the East Windsor license granted last year to the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes […]

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A Slice Of Political Pie, Ganim’s Mystic Calling In Stonington

February 2nd, 2018 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

So after Stonington Connecticut (think Mystic Village), you hit the Rhode Island border. Such is life on the campaign trail for Mayor Joe Ganim. Thursday night he addressed the Stonington Democratic Town Committee searching for party support in an uphill battle for governor. Thirty years ago the film Mystic Pizza featured secret ingredients in its special […]

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Aaron Turner Pursues State Senate Seat Of Former Boss

January 31st, 2018 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Backed by incumbent Ed Gomes, Aaron Turner has filed paperwork to follow his former boss’ footsteps to represent Connecticut’s 23rd State Senate District which covers about two thirds of Bridgeport and a portion of western Stratford. Others are interested in the seat such as school board member Dennis Bradley and former local NAACP leader Carolyn […]

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