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Finch Wins Endorsement For Mayor–Ganim, Other Challengers Press On, Torres Endorsed By GOP

July 22nd, 2015 · 138 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Former Mayor Joe Ganim hoped for a winning strategy that landed him 45 votes at the Democratic Town Committee endorsement with a tie broken by Town Chairman Mario Testa. Ganim came up four votes short to Mayor Bill Finch who was endorsed for a third four-year term at Testo’s Restaurant by a tally of 49-41. […]

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Say Hello To The 90 Most Popular People In Bridgeport

July 21st, 2015 · 71 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

I love you, I need you, I want you. They’re being schmoozed and boozed, urged, cajoled, worked, and some promised this and that. They’re popular today, perhaps not so Tuesday night depending on how the 90 members of the Democratic Town Committee cast their endorsement vote for mayor, Bill Finch or Joe Ganim, at Testo’s […]

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Knock, Knock, Budget Committee, Anyone Home?

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has arguably attended more City Council budget committee meetings than some of its members. He chronicles the attendance records of budget committee members, including the lack of a quorum on Monday. From Lee: There is only one body in Bridgeport that is charged with looking after taxpayer dollars. It […]

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Spending Taxpayer Money On Nonprofits–Legit Or Buying Votes?

May 5th, 2014 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council

City budget hound John Marshall Lee says it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. He charges, in remarks made to the City Council Monday night, council members donations to nonprofits are “outrageous and illegal. What will you do about it?” Council President McCarthy, members of the Council, respected citizens and taxpayers. Were I […]

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Budget Time In The City, Finch’s Reelection Challenge

March 31st, 2014 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

Mayor Bill Finch and city bean counters are putting the finishing touches on a spending plan for submission to the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting April 7. That’s when co-chairs Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella, and other members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, engage the next two months reviewing the budget, […]

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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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Several Veteran Slates Win DTC Races, Some Challenge Slates Make Gains, Absentee Ballots Play Role, Pereira A Factor In Upper East Side

March 5th, 2014 · 40 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE, includes link to unofficial results here: Veteran slates in Black Rock, North End, West Side and East Side were victorious on Tuesday while challenge slates in three other districts picked up a number of seats for election to the 90-member Democratic Town Committee. Seven of 10 districts had primaries. Absentee ballots made the difference […]

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Finally Here! Democratic Town Committee Primaries–Don’t Mess With Maria

March 4th, 2014 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Update: Bridgeport Working Families Party Chair Maria Pereira, a registered Democrat, is passionate about her political work. So passionate, she’s handing out cut cards to her voter contacts in front of Hooker School precinct crossing out the names of town committee candidates she had supported including Pat Fardy and Ann Barney in the Upper East […]

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