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OIB Rewind: Fireworks Break Out At 1989 Democratic Convention

July 4th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

On this July 4th weekend we salute the fireworks at the July 1989 Democratic Town Committee endorsement session for mayor, just a few weeks away from what could be a contentious battle for party support between Mayor Bill Finch and Joe Ganim at Testo’s Restaurant. Both Finch and Ganim, by the way, were in the […]

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Pereira Recalls State Takeover Of Schools Overturned By Supreme Court

July 4th, 2015 · 9 Comments · City Politics, Education

Maria Pereira was an elected member of the Board of Education four years ago when a majority of the body voted to throw in the towel and ask the state of Connecticut to run city schools. Pereira, once again seeking a seat on the school board, shares her thoughts on the four-year anniversary. As Bridgeport […]

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Town Clerk Alma Maya Endorses Ganim, ‘Deserves Another Chance’

May 13th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Alma Maya earned her political stripes courting an independent streak going back to her days as a disciple of Bridgeport social irritant Cesar Batalla, an establishment fighter in the cause of school funding, busing, voter rights and political power. Maya was elected Town Clerk in 2007 running with Bill Finch who was elected mayor and […]

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Judge Radcliffe Echoes School Board Case, ‘We Do Not Elect To Be Ruled’

May 11th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

In his recent acceptance of the Law Day Award from the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe addresses the “cabal” that tried to seize control of the city school system in 2011. “Using the July 4th holiday as a cover, a conspiracy reaching to the highest level of state and municipal government, […]

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How Coalition Control Of School Board Self Destructed

November 17th, 2014 · 79 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education

In a September 2013 primary, insurgents wiped out the three Democratic-endorsed candidates for Board of Education providing an embarrassing political moment for Mayor Bill Finch’s education agenda and solidifying coalition control of school policy between the Connecticut Working Families Party and education advocates opposed to the mayor. What a difference a year makes.

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Does “The Movement” For Mayor Beat A Pulse For 2015? Or Flatlined?

October 29th, 2014 · 51 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Library, News and Events

The Movement “to raise issues facing the citizens of Bridgeport, educate and engage people in fostering real changes” will conduct its third community forum on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport Public Library Downtown, featuring former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, who has his Black Rock home for sale, as the featured speaker.

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Emboldened by Carmen Lopez, Officials Wonder About Work History Of Construction Company

October 13th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Backed by research of retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez, a fierce critic of the Finch administration, some members of the City Council and school board have questions about the 15-year work history between the city and a leading Connecticut construction firm. From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: Since the late 1990s, under three different mayors, […]

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‘Principled, Transparent And Ethical’ Public Officials Drives Debate

October 3rd, 2014 · 52 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Who says no one reads our stuff? Megan DeSombre, host of the website Education Bridgeport, weighs in on an OIB topic from a few days ago about pols and elected officials worthy of praise. Megan and former school board member Maria Pereira aren’t the best of buds. From DeSombre: “Can you name someone Principled, Transparent, […]

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