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Entries Tagged as 'John Rowland'

Coming Soon: Connecticut Characters, Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State

March 23rd, 2017 · 6 Comments · News and Events

It took 40 years to write my latest book, Connecticut Characters, Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State. Yes, I write slowly. But soon, it will be available for your reading pleasure or in lieu of that a nice flat surface for target practice. After all, the front cover features images of political luminaries such as […]

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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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Bridgeport’s Progress Key To Ganim’s Statewide Future

January 25th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, State Politics

This is a big political year for Mayor Joe Ganim in more ways than one. He needs budget stability in his second full year back in office after a challenging first year fiscally. He also must show progress to political leaders around the state as he positions for a potential statewide run in 2018. That […]

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Voices Muted By Political Corruption

December 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

When State Senator Ed Gomes asserted political forces blocked him from appearing on the August primary ballot, former federal prosecutor Christopher Mattei presented Gomes’ case in court. A judge ordered Gomes’ name on the ballot and he defeated Democratic-endorsed Dennis Bradley, chair of the Board of Education. Mattei, now an attorney with the Bridgeport-based law […]

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Rowland, Corrupt Former Governor, Back To BOP #15623-014

September 27th, 2016 · 3 Comments · News and Events

At least he got his old number back. Did he disappoint his old cellies from PA? From Ken Dixon, CT Post: Rowland’s bid to overturn a 30-month prison sentence for campaign fraud was a long shot for the former popular governor, who resigned in the middle of his third four-year term in 2004 amid a […]

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Judge Orders State To Place Gomes’ Name On Primary Ballot, Ford: I Did Not Mislead Court

July 10th, 2016 · 84 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Declaring that East End District Leader Ralph Ford, a supporter of Democratic-endorsed Dennis Bradley, “perpetuated a fraud on the court,” Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis on Friday ordered state elections officials to place Ed Gomes’ name on the August 9 primary ballot ruling that “roadblocks” were set against the incumbent state senator when his candidacy was […]

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Courtroom Drama In Gomes Versus Bradley State Senate Battle

July 1st, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A clearly agitated Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis placed her hand across her forehead. Later, she even ran her hands across her face in exasperation. She reminded veteran political operative Ralph Ford that he was under oath and must testify truthfully. Just a few minutes into his testimony Ford had delivered inconsistent statements about what he knew […]

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Reliving Democratic Convention Craziness With Mario And Joe–Plus: Testa Fight Tape

June 13th, 2016 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, State Politics

When Democrats converge on Philadelphia next month to officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president, two old buds will be shoulder to shoulder as delegates, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim. City Councilwoman Mary McBride Lee will also be there as a delegate. Joe and Mario enjoy a heralded history of fascination at party […]

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