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Entries Tagged as 'Mario Testa'

Russo Predicts Sobering Legal Outcome For Liquor Store

May 24th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Just inside the Bridgeport line, across the street from a Fairfield restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved an application for a package store that opponents argue violates state law. The applicant hired Bridgeport land use guru Chuck Willinger to make the presentation to the ZBA. One […]

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Town Clerk Alma Maya Endorses Ganim, ‘Deserves Another Chance’

May 13th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Alma Maya earned her political stripes courting an independent streak going back to her days as a disciple of Bridgeport social irritant Cesar Batalla, an establishment fighter in the cause of school funding, busing, voter rights and political power. Maya was elected Town Clerk in 2007 running with Bill Finch who was elected mayor and […]

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Jim Callahan, Journalist, OIB Contributor, Raconteur

April 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Jim Callahan was among the last of the two-fisted journalists who could turn a phrase and complement it with his own photograph. Raised in a family of nine children, he was a kid from King of Prussia, Pennsylvani–growly, disheveled, outspoken, sweet, sour–who arrived in Bridgeport in the late 1970s geared up to take on politicians, […]

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The Swirling World Of Mayoral Campaign 2015, Town Clerk Alma Maya Seeks Another Term

April 9th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Maya letter to Dems. This mayoral cycle has so many moving parts it could cause whiplash. Please call your local chiropractor.

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The Wacky World Of Mayoral Politics

April 1st, 2015 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Howard Gardner says he’s going all the way. Charlie Coviello says the same thing. A lot of political positioning is underway for a potential September Democratic mayoral primary in a challenge of two-term incumbent Bill Finch. While Gardner and Coviello are officially in the race, former Mayor Joe Ganim and 2011 candidate Mary-Jane Foster are […]

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Stallworth: Ganim’s ‘The Buzz Thing In Bridgeport’

January 25th, 2015 · 56 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

The Hartford Courant’s Ed Mahony profiles former Mayor Joe Ganim’s possible run for his old job. Local Democrats are ducking for cover, trying to appear neutral should the glib Ganim challenge Bill Finch, the policy-driven, two-term incumbent, who, an aide said Friday, is pressing the state legislature to broaden anti-corruption laws and bar felons such […]

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DeJesus Wins Tainted Endorsement For State Senate, His Lawyer Breaks Tie, Gomes Supporters Protest, Testa: Lawyer Should Have Recused Himself

January 15th, 2015 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

UPDATES: In an Only In Bridgeport moment, Ed Farrow, the chair of the Democratic convention to endorse a candidate for the February 24 special election for State Senate, broke a tie on behalf of his client City Councilman Richard DeJesus, creating havoc Thursday night following the nomination and cries of conflict of interest from supporters […]

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Mario: If They Forgive Him And Come Out Joe Has A Very Good Chance

January 12th, 2015 · 16 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

From CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart: But on Monday Testa, while still sounding a bit skeptical, was not so dismissive, citing the support Ganim appears to be receiving in the minority community as he continues his apology tour at churches and other welcoming venues.

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