Bridgeport has had 52 mayors, all of them white males except for one … Mary Chapar Moran. Elected the city’s chief executive 25 years ago, her one two-year term is best known for placing the city into federal bankruptcy court, a petition challenged by the state and rejected by a federal judge.
Entries Tagged as 'Jim Callahan'
October 19th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
May 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events
It’s been 25 years and this video is more priceless than ever. This weekend and into next week a series of political conventions will take place to endorse candidates for an assortment of local, state and federal offices. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa’s restaurant on Madison Avenue will host candidate conventions on Monday and Wednesday […]
February 8th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Two years ago political operative Tito Ayala hooked up with 137th District Leader Gil Hernandez to seize control of politics in the East Side district from City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez, a prelude to Tito’s daughter Christina’s election to the State House. What a difference two years make. Tito and Hernandez are now on opposite slates […]
October 17th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Now that the State Elections Enforcement Commission has forwarded its findings alleging a conspiracy to commit voter fraud, investigators for Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane will review the information against Christina Ayala and her mother Democratic Registrar Sandi Ayala for possible criminal prosecution. Historically the elections commission reviews complaints of a civil nature and resolves them through […]
October 13th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment
We’ve heard a lot lately about Cesar Batalla School along State Street in the West End. It became the epicenter of parental concern following public disclosure of a proposed shooting range inside an adjacent police precinct. Days after a noisy meeting with parents and community activists last week, Mayor Bill Finch shot down the firing […]
September 28th, 2013 · 11 Comments · City Politics, News and Events
From Dan Tepfer and Brian Lockhart, CT Post: When you’re an elected official and your reality-television style personal drama goes public, with explicit text messages, a bar fight and torched cars, even the staunchest supporters get cold feet.
September 10th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events
Hey, there’s a Democratic primary for Board of Education today and we’ll post results as soon as we have them after 8 p.m. If local voting trends continue the turnout will be death valley. Meanwhile OIB correspondent Jim Callahan, who’s covered and observed city politics for more than 30 years, shares his take on why […]