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Trump Reasserts ‘Blame On Both Sides’ in Fiery Exchanges With Media

August 15th, 2017 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Tuesday afternoon’s executive order announcement on infrastructure didn’t take long to implode into a series of crackling exchanges between Donald Trump and the media following the weekend fallout in Charlottesville, Va. If you missed it check out the video. The video kicks off with Trump’s declaration that he’ll streamline the infrastructure approval process. Around the 9 minute mark he takes questions.
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Bourbon And Banter, Three Whiskey Patriots Discuss Media Double Standards

August 15th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Media, News and Events, State Politics

Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for OIB to gin up a video discussion series featuring Sapphire. Three Whiskey Patriots, Connecticut Republican State Chair J.R. Romano, “outrageous” Silent Partner Marketing founder Kyle Reyes and former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie wax about media double standards over whiskey. Check out the video. Cheers!

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Hate Groups In Connecticut Too

August 15th, 2017 · 2 Comments · News and Events

The CT Mirror’s Ana Radelat writes “Connecticut may not be fertile ground for a white supremacist rally like the one that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., but the state is not immune to hate.
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In Praise Of Whitehead And Immigrants, Blumenthal Jabs Trump, ‘What Really Made America Great’

August 14th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Last week U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal engaged in a heated Twitter exchange with Donald Trump regarding a special prosecutor’s probe of the Trump campaign’s complicity with Russia. On Monday Blumenthal took a subtle dig at Trump declaring German aviation innovator Gustave Whitehead–who some historians argue flew before the Wright brothers–embodies the spirit of immigration. He joined area officials to honor the 116th anniversary of Whitehead’s “First in Flight.” Whitehead resided in the West End and made several flights in the area, the first, witnessed by a Bridgeport Herald reporter, came August 14, 1901, two years before the Wright Brothers. For additional background on Whitehead see here.
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A Stand Against Hatred And Violence–Trump Tees Up Rhetorical Mulligan After Golf Retreat

August 14th, 2017 · 11 Comments · News and Events

Mclevy Green racial violence protest

Protest at McLevy Green. CT Post photo Brian Pounds.

City officials and activists on Sunday joined more than 100 area protesters on McLevy Green in response to racial violence that included a fatal attack and injured dozens in Charlottesville, Va. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the attacks by white supremacists “domestic terrorism” in lieu of Donald Trump’s dodge to directly call out the offenders. On Monday, returning from a golf retreat following mountain ranges of criticism, Trump used this mulligan, declaring: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
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No School Board Primary, Challenge Slate Petition Signatures Fall Short

August 12th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

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No primary for party-endorsed candidates for school board Chaila Robinson and Jessica Martinez, shown here, and Hernan Illingworth.

A slate of JoAnn Kennedy, Helen Losak and Eric Stewart-Alicea fell short of the signatures required to wage a citywide Democratic primary for Board of Education. They needed more than 2200 certified signatures from registered Democrats in the city. That means party-endorsed Jessica Martinez, Chaila Robinson and Hernan Illingworth move on to the general election.
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Why Won’t Trump Call Out The Violent Bigots? How About Starting With David Duke?

August 12th, 2017 · 20 Comments · News and Events

From FOX News:

A growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging President Trump to specifically call out the white nationalists involved in the violent protests in Charlottesville on Saturday.

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Cheers! Made In Bridgeport–Asylum Distillery Raises Spirits, Grain To Bottle

August 11th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

What does a retired General Electric chemical engineer do next? For Robert Schulten it’s creating the city’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition, from grain to bottle using corn grown in Connecticut. On Asylum Street, across from the East Side little league complex, Schulten and his team that includes wife Bridgett, who handles sales and events, and Neil Doocy, marketing and social media, work out of a warehouse that produces gin, vodka and whiskey now available in liquor stores and restaurants throughout the area. See video above to learn the Asylum Distillery process.
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