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Funds And Suds For Walker At Brewport Campaign Event–Scinto On Tap

October 13th, 2017 · 62 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Many Bridgeport angles accompany the 2018 race for governor including candidates Mayor Joe Ganim and David Walker, the former U.S. Comptroller General who lives in Black Rock. (No suburbanites, Black Rock is a Bridgeport neighborhood, not Fairfield.) Shelton mega developer Bob Scinto is backing Walker over Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, also a GOP gubernatorial candidate, citing Walker’s “experience and ethics.”
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Judge Tosses Martinez Complaint In Personal Battle With Pereira

October 12th, 2017 · 172 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Jessica Martinez

When it comes to issues, Board of Education member Maria Pereira and school board candidate Jessica Martinez are pure passion. They’ve occasionally dueled in the comments section of OIB. It can be personal and even litigious.
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The Political Buzz Of Party Insiders

October 11th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Library, News and Events

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This forum should be a beauty. Former State Rep. Chris Caruso and ex-City Council members Lisa “Honey” Parziale and Rick Torres on the same panel discussing the ultimate insiders of politics, town committees. All three have served on town committees, with Caruso and Torres once chairs of their respective Democratic and Republican parties in the city. And all three are not short on opinions.
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Forum To Provide Infrastructure Improvement And Flood Control Insight

October 10th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Sticky notes address problem areas of city’s waterfront.

If you live even remotely near the city’s waterfront during a storm, sometimes the bluefish swim in as involuntary company, along with a lot of water damage. A plan is under review to reduce flood risk for the South End and Black Rock Harbor areas. It’s called Resilient Bridgeport. A public information meeting for Resilient Bridgeport will take place Oct. 18, 6 pm in Littlefield Recital Hall of the Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue to provide an overview of the program as it launches into the next phase: “environmental review and preliminary design for both the National Disaster Resilience (NDR) funded and Rebuild by Design (RBD) funded projects. Together, these investments will build the foundation for long-term economic, environmental and social resilience in the South End of Bridgeport.”
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Murphy, Blumenthal To Host Meeting With Puerto Rican Community

October 10th, 2017 · 7 Comments · News and Events

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal will meet with members of the Puerto Rican community Wednesday, 3:15 pm in Conference Room A of the Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Board Street, to provide an update on relief efforts and receive feedback after Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico without many critical resources such as power, shelter, running water, accessible roads, and medical supplies.
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Hardy Har Haar–Hearst Media Poaches Veteran Courant Columnist In Readership Footprint Expansion

October 9th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Media, News and Events

Connecticut Post building

Soon to be empty.

It used to be the Hartford Courant had the cachet to poach seasoned journalists. The newspaper powerhouse now has a rival that may very well surpass its digital readership footprint in Hearst Connecticut Media, owners of all daily newspapers from Greenwich to New Haven, as well as the Danbury News-Times, Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine. That’s a mighty reach in a small state.
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Jesus, Mary And Joseph! Litchfield County Pols Taste Ganim’s Chutzpah–Crashes Dem Event

October 9th, 2017 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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During 2015 mayoral comeback, Ganim fixed a fence at Trumbull Gardens to deter perps. Will we see some of this in 2018 governor’s race?

Ah, the cashews on this guy! That’s what some pols say on both sides of the aisle. Mayor Joe Ganim knows a good party, even when he’s not invited. As CT Post reporter Neil Vigdor reports, “Joe Ganim didn’t resurrect his political career by waiting around for invitations.” The mayor’s been moving around the state making his case to party insiders about governor–some unwilling, some curious, others marveling at his “gumption.”
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Tweet Wars–Walker, Herbst Spar Over Fundraising

October 7th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Bridgeport resident David Walker, Republican candidate for governor, tweets that his campaign is on the way to qualifying for public financing which brings a jackpot of more than $1 million for a presumed 2018 August primary. In a needle from Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst who enjoys getting under Walker’s skin, the GOP gubernatorial candidate tweets back “One ‘qualifies’ when the SEEC says they qualify and check every contribution.” We are in the gamesmanship period of the 2018 race for governor where strength is built upon fundraising agility.
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