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Entries Tagged as 'Ernie Newton'

State Law Bars Newton From Public Campaign Funds, Moses: No Biggie, I’m Running To Win Old Seat

April 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Former State Senator Ernie Newton, the self-proclaimed Moses of his peeps, will not be deterred one bit from seeking his old State House seat this year irrespective of a new state law that bans his participation in Connecticut’s voluntary Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races. “Get ready, Newton coming!” he says. Newton says he […]

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Will City Librarian Scott Hughes Shelve Ayala? Pondering State Senate Primary

April 2nd, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

City Librarian Scott Hughes, who recently won a seat on the Democratic Town Committee from the Upper East Side, is considering a run for State Senate against Democratic incumbent Andres Ayala. If Hughes challenges Ayala in an August primary, it certainly would make for an intriguing race.

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Bridgeport’s Peculiar Politics, The Ernie Newton Case

March 29th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

The news coming out of Hartford Superior Court the other day wasn’t all bad for former State Senator Ernie Newton. The judge hearing the state criminal complaint against Newton, alleging he falsified $500 in campaign donations to trigger an $80,000 public grant for his State Senate race two years ago, didn’t throw out the case […]

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District Leader Ralph Ford Placed On Leave From State Job

March 28th, 2014 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

East End District Leader Ralph Ford has been suspended with pay from his $120,000 state position as behavioral health clinical director with the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction services. Four other department workers were also placed on administrative leave with pay for allegations […]

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Newton Awaits Possible Trial Date, Will Likely Seek State House Seat

March 28th, 2014 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander on Thursday rejected Ernie Newton’s court motion to dismiss criminal campaign finance charges stemming from his 2012 State Senate race, but in doing so announced prosecutors were “negligent” for not including vital facts from witnesses that could have exonerated Newton but not “reckless” in how the state pursued an arrest […]

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Mario Testa’s Political Juggling Act

March 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

Mario Testa has received two more years as Democratic Town Chairman. Now what? Time to size up the 2014 governor’s cycle with an eye toward the mayoral election next year.

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No Changes In Recounts For Democratic Town Committee Seats

March 11th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Includes town committee list. Monday’s recount in two districts did not change the results from last Tuesday’s Democratic Town Committee primaries, according to elections officials. Candidates who placed among the top nine were elected to the 90-member committee. See results from last week here.

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