We generally pay tribute to people when they die. How about doing it while they are still among the living? If Bridgeport had a Monument Park for politicians, former Governor Lowell Weicker, now 83 years old, deserves one measuring his full 6’6″ stature. He was the closest thing the city’s ever experienced to a benevolent […]
Entries Tagged as 'Lowell Weicker'
February 2nd, 2015 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics
October 19th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
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.
August 21st, 2014 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
Local election officials have cleaned up the city’s voter registration enrollment numbers reducing registered voters to roughly 57,000, down from more than 70,000 that had been maintained from the surging voter interest led by the 2008 presidential cycle with Barack Obama on the ballot.
May 29th, 2014 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events
The state’s largest city has had 52 mayors in its history, all white males except for one. Her name is Mary Chapar Moran who served one term from 1989 to 1991, but oh what a two years it was, including placing the city into federal bankruptcy court that made national news. Engaging, powerful public speaker, […]
May 29th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics
Lately, State Senator Anthony Musto hasn’t met a conflict of interest he doesn’t love. First, in aid of his political pals, he led the charge against the government reform bill that would eliminate conflicts of interest on the City Council, then he led the charge to emasculate campaign finance reform on the side of dark […]
May 16th, 2013 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events
OIB rewind with commentary update from Ayala and Clemons: The national economy is bleeding. The state economy is bleeding. Municipal budgets are bleeding. State revenues are not meeting projections. It’s time to approach Connecticut’s two tribal gaming interests, make them partners, and reopen the compact that provides the state 25 percent of the slot take.
March 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, News and Events
Why are the Wright brothers considered first in flight? In part because the Smithsonian cut a slimy deal with the brothers. The cable access show Bridgeport Now that has been at the forefront of bringing attention to this issue and highlighting Bridgeport’s Gustave Whitehead’s first powered flight, will continue to explore that agreement Tuesday 8 p.m. on Cablevision channel […]
March 23rd, 2013 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics
Lee Scarpetti, the affable former Republican state senator who Bill Finch defeated in 2000, passed away on Friday. Approachable, fun and caring, Scarpetti had many friends in politics, but could also mix it up as well. She was one of the vocal voices against the personal income tax Lowell Weicker shepherded through as governor in […]