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State Senate Endorsements Tonight At Testo’s

May 23rd, 2016 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

More than 100 combined Democratic delegates will gather at Testo’s Restaurant tonight (Monday) to endorse candidates in two State Senate districts.
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Malloy Claims Graduation Rates Hit Record High

May 23rd, 2016 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell today announced that graduation rates in the state reached a record high in 2015–hitting 87.2 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 82.3 percent.

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Pereira: “Absolutely Not For Sale–EVER!” Challenges Stallworth In Legislative Run

May 21st, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

Pereira with rake

Maria Pereira, outside her headquarters, would like to rake political establishment over the coals.

The banner affixed the window of Maria Pereira’s Upper East Side campaign headquarters says it all: “Absolutely not for sale–EVER!” Reaching deep into Bridgeport’s rich political history that includes a showman named Barnum and a mayoral Socialist named McLevy, it’s hard to find a figure who elicits in such a short time as much passion as the self-styled piranha of city politics. There’s really no gray when it comes to Pereira. Some bravo her as an independent-minded champion jabbing a stick in the eye of the political establishment, others brand her as an insufferable zealot who cannot maintain relationships. Whatever the opinion, Pereira pushes on, her latest quest seeking to upset State House incumbent Charlie Stallworth, a staffer of Mayor Joe Ganim, in an August Democratic primary.
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Ganim Welcomes Artist Supply Store Downtown

May 21st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris:

Mayor Joe Ganim today is welcoming National Arts supply superstore Artists and Craftsman Supply to downtown Bridgeport. The store opened just its second branch in Connecticut yesterday with an official ribbon cutting at its location on 1001 Main Street. Artists and Craftsman supply is committed to serving an underserved urban population and revitalizing cities across the United States. The store has one other branch in Connecticut out of some thirty nationwide locations.

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Relay For Life At Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School June 3-4

May 21st, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

Relay for Life event at Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School June 3-4.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams fundraise in the months leading up to the event as well as on Relay night, where food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie.

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Ganim Appoints Henry Polite Fire Marshal To Oversee Investigations

May 20th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Henry Polite

Henry Polite

Ahead of appointing a replacement for the retiring Fire Chief Brian Rooney, Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday named Henry Polite fire marshal.
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Bradley Plans State Senate Campaign Kickoff Against Gomes

May 20th, 2016 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Dennis Bradley

Dennis Bradley

Money is the mother’s milk of politics and State Senate candidate Dennis Bradley says he’s two-thirds of the way home to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races that would provide him about $100k to spend against incumbent Ed Gomes as they head to an August Democratic primary.
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Peaceful Easy Feeling For Dem State House Endorsements

May 19th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Sandi Ayala family

Democratic Registrar Sandi Ayala, center rear, enjoys another endorsement by acclamation surrounded by family.

Boring! No fights. No arguments. No mud slinging. Democratic party regulars Thursday night at Testo’s Restaurant endorsed candidates for State House in a love fest convention by city political standards. The party convention that started at 6 p.m. ended before 7. But stay tuned for a couple of likely August  primaries.
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