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To Tell The Truth–Who Won The Guber Debate?

August 28th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Foley, Hackett, Malloy

Tom Foley, left and Dan Malloy, right, square off in first debate. Ray Hackett of the Norwich Bulletin is moderating. CT Mirror photo.

Did anyone watch the battle between Malloy Math and Tom Foolery last night? Candidates for governor Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley brought along a few zingers in the test for veracity. New Haven Register coverage below followed by links to various news outlets:

In their first debate of the campaign, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican businessman Tom Foley tangled Wednesday over who was more truthful, revisited the controversies over Foley’s visit to Sprague and his ownership of the Bibb Company, as well the specifics of the gun bill adopted last year.

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‘Front Yard Seaside Park, Back Yard Long Island Sound’ Officials Announce Remediation Plans For Old Factory

August 28th, 2014 · 37 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Rendering of planned apartments for South End.

Standing in the east end of Seaside Park, sandwiched by the campus of the University of Bridgeport and a vacant industrial building, Governor Dan Malloy and Mayor Bill Finch on Wednesday joined state and city officials to announce a $2 million loan to remediate a 12-acre parcel including the old Remington Shaver site in the South End into 200 housing units, and a marina, overlooking Long Island Sound.
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Foley Supports School Choice

August 27th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Education, News and Events, State Politics

Hours from his first debate with incumbent Governor Dan Malloy, Republican nominee Tom Foley released his plan for Connecticut that includes five points “that matter most” with support for school choice. Foley has been criticized for lacking in issue specificity. [Read more →]

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Is He Tom Foley Or Tom Foolery? The Candidate’s Calculated Risk

August 27th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Foley, Finch

Tom Foley, rear in blue shirt, shows his face in Bridgeport. All talk, no action?

As Republican nominee for governor Tom Foley enters his first debate tonight against Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy, will he actually take a position on something? Or maybe he thinks no one will notice? Foley speaks often about sharing a Bridgeport agenda as he tries to poach urban votes from Malloy. Where’s the plan? Mark Pazniokas of the CT Mirror examines Foley’s position reticence.

Tom Foley says Connecticut suffers under onerous business regulations, but he won’t name one. He says elements of the post-Newtown gun controls inconvenience law-abiding gun owners, but he won’t identify one that should be repealed. He promises to control spending, without saying how.
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Who Wants Pie? Firefighters To Deliver Free Pizza To Promote Fire Safety

August 27th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From Bill Kaempffer, public safety spokesman:

Mayor Bill Finch and the city Fire Department again are partnering with Domino’s Pizza in an effort to save lives through the city’s free smoke alarm program. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014,  city firefighters will be delivering pizzas ordered from the Main Street restaurant. If the customer can show he or she has working smoke detectors in the house, the order will be free. If they don’t, the fire department will install free smoke detectors on the spot–and the customer’s order will be free.
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Ken Moales’ “Rat” Problem

August 26th, 2014 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Former Board of Education member Maria Pereira no longer attends school board meetings in an official capacity, but she is present at just about every meeting as a citizen. A commentary she wrote for a prior post is republished below describing in part the first regular meeting on Monday as kids head back to school, featuring the incorrigible school board member Ken Moales with whom Pereira had some mighty exchanges while she served on the board.
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Debicella Visits Rescue Mission, Himes Visits Pleasure Beach

August 26th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Dan Debicella

Apron-adorned Dan Debicella at Rescue Mission.

The campaign season begins in earnest next week right after Labor Day weekend, but that’s not stopping Democratic incumbent Congressman Jim Himes from stepping up his Bridgeport appearances, nor his Republican opponent Dan Debicella who was born in Bridgeport. In recent days Himes visited Pleasure Beach, now open for public access thanks to federal dough Himes secured for water taxi service. Debicella visited the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to bring attention to homelessness. News releases follow starting with Debicella.
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