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Entries Tagged as 'Jodi Rell'

Malloy’s Budget, Finch’s Budget–Will Sanity Prevail On Behalf Of Taxpayers?

February 26th, 2013 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

The city was mauled both physically and financially from the blizzard of 2013, and some areas of the city still require attention. Mayor Bill Finch is about five weeks from submitting his budget proposal to the City Council for the year starting July 1 in what is shaping up to be, depending on a number […]

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Rell, Show Horse; Malloy, Work Horse–A Study In Contrasts

November 21st, 2012 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Law Enforcement

When she was governor, Jodi Rell’s idea of economic development for the state’s largest city was a prison on the Upper East Side. Such vision. Angry city residents led by then State Rep. Chris Caruso defeated the measure with protests, vigils, news conferences and a reasoned declaration that Bridgeport already has enough of that sort […]

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Pelto Claims Vallas Locking In No-Bid Contracts

June 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Government watchdog Jonathan Pelto continues to question the veracity of school chief Paul Vallas from his perch www.jonathanpelto.com. Faced with a 1.5 percent school budget deficit this year, Bridgeport’s Mayor Bill Finch traded the democratic rights of his constituents for a $3.4 million “loan” from Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s education commissioner. Meanwhile, few are even […]

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Dude, The Dodgers Left Brooklyn More Than 50 Years Ago!

May 14th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

Why does the Wall Street Journal cover Connecticut? Because there’s plenty of moolah here (and lots of other great stuff). Governor Dannel Malloy kicked off a campaign today to revive the tourism industry his predecessor Jodi Rell mothballed. If you believe perception is reality, suburbanites have perceptions about Bridgeport. Arrogant New Yorkers have perceptions about […]

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Pot A Hot Medical Commodity–House Approves Legalization

April 26th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

UPDATE: The CT State House voted Wednesday night to approve medical marijuana. Now the bill goes to the Senate. Greg Hladky, a scribe for www.ct.com, has a nose for stories in more ways than one. He files this report about the financial impact of medical marijuana that could be passed this state legislative session. Medical […]

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Election Commissioners Have Cold Feet

January 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

Always a curious choice when a professional pol is appointed to head enforcement of election law. Will he protect pals? Pursue foes? Here’s the latest from Mark Pazniokas of the CT Mirror on the proposed selection of former Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano to serve as the new executive director of the state agency that has taken action, […]

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Time For 2012 Prognostication

December 30th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Okay OIB friends, what’s in your crystal ball for 2012? Are we really living in Zombie Land, as ex-City Councilman big Mojo Ralph Mojica suggests? Or as Mojo calls it, Year of the Rubber Stamp? Or is the state’s largest city poised for better times? Let’s hope so.

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Newton Versus Gomes: The Politics Of State Senate District Changes

December 26th, 2011 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

While the State Supreme Court sorts out the reconfiguration of Connecticut’s five congressional districts, required every 10 years to reflect population shifts, the redistricting panel that managed to agree on map changes to the 2012 state legislative districts has angered some African American activist and political leaders including former State Senator Ernie Newton even though Newton could benefit from the city’s redistricting […]

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