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When City Hall Is Listed As A Fundraiser, Joel Gonzalez Inquires

August 21st, 2013 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Former City Councilman Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez has a taste for reviewing campaign finance reports he claims contain dubious information provided by city political operatives. He’s attempting to turn a Democratic South End political organization into a cause célèbre with his filing of a campaign finance complaint. Joel represented this political district when he served on the […]

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2010 Top Stories, What Say You?

December 29th, 2010 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

What’s on your list of top Bridgeport stories? In June, a tornado struck buildings on the East Side and downtown including heavy damage to the Barnum Museum. On July 24 two city firefighters perished in the line of duty. On Oct. 30, President Obama visited the Arena at Harbor Yard to campaign for Democratic candidates. Three […]

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Chico Rivera, SuBy’s Suit, And Himes High On Recovery

February 18th, 2010 · 31 Comments · Development and Zoning, National Politics, State Politics

Afternoon Update: Sad to hear the news today about the passing of José “Chico” Rivera, a prince in city politics. Chico was a gentleman, stylish dresser, great sense of humor. Chico and his charm graced OIB parties. His last run for public office in 2008 was for state representative in the 130th State Assembly District. Despite […]

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Tsunami Tuesday: A Night For The Blonde Banshee, Musto Holds Off Moore

August 13th, 2008 · 96 Comments · Analysis and Comment, State Politics

My oh my, State Rep. Bob Keeley, the longest serving legislator in Bridgeport’s history, has been taken out by Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock. Machine totals show Grogins a 655 to 576 winner. At approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday I spoke with Democratic Registrar of Voters Sandy Ayala who said Grogins also had a slight lead on absentee […]

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Tsunami Tuesday Eve, Plus: Finch Wants To Arrest Cop OT

August 11th, 2008 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, Media, State Politics

Here we go, the eve of Tsunami Tuesday, and city Democrats are enduring phone calls, mailings, door knocking and last minute appeals for votes. Must make Republicans and unaffiliated voters happy. Well, wait until the general election! Meanwhile, the state’s largest city has some hot primaries on tap for Tuesday. I’ll be out in the […]

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Tsunami Tuesday Cometh, Plus: Cop House Remedy Order

August 7th, 2008 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Law Enforcement, State Politics

Five days until Tsunami Tuesday. In Bridgeport, politics is a sporting event. Republican operative Phil Smith said it all: “Some towns play political softball, other towns play hardball … in Bridgeport they play hand grenades.” We’ve got five Democratic General Assembly races in the big city, plus a battle for Congress (which isn’t much of […]

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Politics And Media, A Fragile Existence, Plus: Program For City Students

August 6th, 2008 · 63 Comments · Education, Media

Media life is a crazy business. Here today, gone tomorrow, and once in a while back the next day. Acquisitions, cutbacks, closings, terminations, big papers and small have elevated paranoia–a bastion of media presence–to an all-time high. Newsroom life is a world of cigarettes (outside, of course) and coffee, banging phones, following leads, prodding sources […]

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Let The Games Begin, Plus: Saluting The Mayor’s Dad

July 24th, 2008 · 78 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

Okay, Rock ‘N’ Roll Hoochie Coo, with so many candidates having received official notification on Wednesday that they qualified for public financing, it’s now a fast blast of spending until Bridgeport’s Tsunami Tuesday Aug. 12. My media friends from around the state call me in amazement about the city’s plethora of primaries, but this is […]

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