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It’s So Joe, The Return Of Ganim, Plus: Mario’s Mission And It Ain’t Just Bread Ned

January 22nd, 2010 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Welcome home, Joe. Full disclosure: I was Joe Ganim’s campaign manager. Private sector clients paid me a nice buck because of my relationship with him. Joe wanted a piece of the action. I screwed up. Joe and I had a falling out in the fall of 1999 because I decided not to play ball anymore. I […]

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What’s Joe Ganim’s Future? Pooch Power And Library News

October 1st, 2009 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Library

When I heard many months ago that Joe Ganim had slipped into a federal Bureau of Prisons substance abuse program to shave time off his sentence I coughed up a chuckle. Gee, could the former mayor have rationalized all that high-end wine I bought for him in the 1990s led him to tipping a little too freely? So much […]

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Lauretti’s Water Torture, Plus: Gag Order, Peck Flex, And Bridgeport’s Uninsured

September 23rd, 2009 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, State Politics

Okay, give me a show of hands … who among you knows FBI Special Agent Chris Halpin? I do, I do, I do! That would be me, Leonard. I spent a lot of time with Chris in the Joe Ganim case. Ten years ago this week I told Mayor Joe and his personal concierge Paul Pinto […]

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How’s Finch Doing After 18 Months? Plus: Brownfield Bucks

May 15th, 2009 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Civil Service, Cops, Development and Zoning, Education

Mayor Bill Finch has just about reached his first 18 months in office. Where did the time go? Former Mayor John Fabrizi would love to fast forward to 2011, the next mayoral cycle, to regain his job. But can he? That raises another question: what kind of shape is Finch in? Much better than a year ago when […]

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Stuck In The Middle With Doo, Plus: The City Council In DC

March 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning, State Politics

Gerry Rafferty, sing! Well I don’t know why I came here tonight I got the feeling that something ain’t right I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right Here I am, stuck in the […]

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How Do You Like Your Grease? Plus: Saluting Harding’s Carol Birks

December 19th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

I just don’t know what all the fuss is about with IL Guv Blago demanding grease for appointing Barack’s U.S. senate replacement. I mean the guy wanted to get paid. So? It’s as if the governor was saying Okay, boys, line up, I’m a whore but what pol isn’t? No time to waste, step right […]

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Do We Have A Deal? Plus: Catching Black Birds In The Night

November 21st, 2008 · 26 Comments · City Budget

Could there be headway in union negotiations? OIB posters were pretty much on the mark on Thursday reporting that Mayor Bill Finch and his labor negotiators are seeking zero pay increases from union leadership in exchange for job security. I’ve spoken to folks close to the negotiations and it appears there’s tentative agreement among labor […]

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