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OIB Poll: What’s In A Name?

August 19th, 2016 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment

In August of 2013, OIB began requiring the handles of all new registrations to include their full last name, with a few exceptions such as allowing an anonymous handle for a city employee who feared retribution for speaking out. All handles existing at that time were grandfathered.

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Working Families Party Presses Malloy To Support Higher Wages

August 19th, 2016 · 13 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Lindsay Farrell

Lindsay Farrell, executive director of Connecticut Working Families Party.

Emboldened by key primary wins last week that propelled State Senators Marilyn Moore and Ed Gomes, the Connecticut Working Families Party is pressing Governor Dan Malloy to support legislation requiring large companies to pay a state fee for employing workers less than $15 an hour, arguing low-wage workers must rely on public aid programs that amount to taxpayers subsidizing corporate profits.
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Democratic Town Committee Rulebook On Mario’s Menu? Let’s Eat

August 19th, 2016 · 55 Comments · City Politics

Testo's restaurant

Hmmm, DTC marinara …

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee wants to digest the rules of the Democratic Town Committee, led by restaurateur Mario Testa whose Madison Avenue restaurant is the mother ship of city politics. When it comes to politics Lee is no friend of martial law. He’s a proponent of putting everything on the table including the rules of engagement for the 90-member DTC that conducts party business and elects officers. He shares his hungry search for the party rules in this commentary.
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Trumpitalia, Look At These Hands!

August 19th, 2016 · 5 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

Here’s a frightening thought for Halloween: clay statues of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. What’s the over/under on Donald leading in the clay polls?

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Truckin’! Bad Vibes For Hippie Fest, City Sues For $500K Security Costs

August 18th, 2016 · 33 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

The Gathering of the Vibes festival at Seaside Park saluting the music of the Grateful Dead originated under Joe Ganim’s first mayoralty and may very well end up, well, Truckin’. Hey, everyone must experience a Touch Of Gray, right? The city is suing organizers for truckin’ from Bridgeport owing serious Sugar Magnolia in police security costs under the Finch administration. Ganim says this is just one example of the deficit he inherited from Finch. What a long, strange trip it’s been.
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Herbst Forms PAC In Support Of GOP State Legislative Races

August 17th, 2016 · 59 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Tim Herbst

Herbst forms TIMPAC.

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, the Republican candidate for state treasurer in 2014, announced on Wednesday the formation of TIMPAC, a political action committee in support of competitive legislation races as GOP operatives try to break Democratic control in the State Capitol. Attorney Christopher Russo of Bridgeport, who managed Herbst’s 2009 first selectman victory over Democratic incumbent Ray Baldwin, will serve as deputy treasurer to Loretta Chory. Russo is the younger brother of former Republican State Senator Rob Russo.
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Hammer Time Versus Moore Time Race To Watch For State Senate

August 17th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, State Politics

Elaine Hammers

Elaine Hammers. CT Mirror photo.

Republicans must pick up four seats to gain a majority in the State Senate and one of the targeted races to watch is the contest between GOP nominee Elaine Hammers and Democrat Marilyn Moore who emerged last week from a blowout win against primary opponent Tom McCarthy in Connecticut’s 22nd city-suburban swing district.
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Milano Wine Bar To Fill Two Boots Location Downtown

August 17th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events


Milano wine bar and pizzeria coming soon.

Owners of the new Milano wine bar and pizzeria on Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on a makeover of the space that had been occupied by Two Boots that closed a few months ago in Bijou Square on Fairfield Avenue Downtown. They anticipate a soft opening within a week.

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