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Malloy To Police Chiefs: Local Police Should Not Take Action Solely To Enforce Federal Immigration Law

February 22nd, 2017 · 7 Comments · Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the commissioners of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Correction, and the State Department of Education today announced that–in response to increasing concerns regarding the impact that a recent presidential executive order on immigration matters and corresponding implementation memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have on the operations of local law enforcement and school districts–they are sending recommendations to every school superintendent and police chief in the state outlining suggested protocols to help these jurisdictions inform local decision making and communication efforts with families in their respective communities.

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How Big Is Keeley’s Campaign Heart?

February 22nd, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

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Odis Hart addresses City Council.

Sitting in a motorized wheel chair Tuesday night, holding a stack of parking tickets, 70-year-old Downtown resident Odis Hart pelted City Council members with a litany of grievances regarding parking regulations in his neighborhood. “It’s a stick-up without a gun,” he declared, lamenting parking tickets slapped on windshields in the neighborhood minutes prior to the end of the 6 pm enforcement deadline. It’s not fair, he argued.
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GOP Chair To City Council: Act Rationally And Lawfully About ‘Sanctuary City’

February 22nd, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Republican Town Chairman Mike Garrett, in a letter to City Council members, is urging the legislative body to “speak on behalf of all residents of Bridgeport, those who are American citizens and those who wish to become American citizens by demanding that Connecticut’s congressional delegation make immigration reform their priority, not by joining marches or protests and making statements of support, but through the legislative role they were elected to do.”
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Governor’s Budget Destroys After-school Programs

February 22nd, 2017 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

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File photo of State Rep. Jack Hennessy saluting the work of Tammy Papa.

Bridgeport Director of Youth Services Tammy Papa on Tuesday told the state legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Subcommittee that Governor Dan Malloy’s budget proposal will cripple after-school programs for thousands of kids.
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Ganim Supports Mixed Martial Arts For Webster Bank Arena

February 21st, 2017 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

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Ganim weighs violence with economic benefits.

Mayor Joe Ganim on Tuesday testified before the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee in support of Mixed Martial Arts matches taking place at the Webster Bank Arena, declaring “Those professional bouts filling up the arenas at the XL Center in Hartford and the Webster Arena in Bridgeport can add up to millions of dollars in economic development for our downtowns.” Lawmakers, including Bridgeport State Senators Ed Gomes and Marilyn Moore, have rejected legislation in the past citing violence as well as lack of healthcare and labor protections for the combatants. Gomes and Moore have said they will reexamine the legislation provided their concerns are resolved.
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Congressman Calling, Himes To Host Town Hall Meeting

February 20th, 2017 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events

Wanna vent about Donald Trump? Praise Donald Trump? Health care, immigration, jobs, housing, taxes, infrastructure on your mind? Here’s your chance to sound off to Democratic Congressman Jim Himes at a constituent town hall meeting Wednesday, 6:30pm in City Council Chambers.
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Malloy Wants To Uncork Price Regulations On Spirits

February 20th, 2017 · 10 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

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Malloy: lift regulations.

Opposed by the state liquor lobby in the past, Governor Dan Malloy has proposed a bill to lift liquor pricing regulations that prevents retailers from setting “the prices of the products that they put on the shelves in their own stores …” If we had a law that forced stores to sell bread for a price that was determined by state government, people would be screaming about capitalism and big government. But for some reason, we allow this anti-free market mandate to continue for this one particular industry–and we are in fact the only state in the nation that operates in this manner.”
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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

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Ganim and Testa at November fundraiser. CT Mirror photo.

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed his fundraising muscles raising $43,000 for his party committee that night, see here, $10,000 of which was quickly donated to the Democratic State Central Committee chaired by Nick Balletto, see here. You can make friends fast that way.
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