Some towns play political softball, other towns play hardball … in Bridgeport they play hand grenades.–Philip Smith Phil Smith knows a lot about city politics. He also knows much about the city charter and charter revisions. He supervised several revisions that updated the charter. He is not serving the current Charter Revision Commission that is [...]
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May 28th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education
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March 12th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events
Three weeks from today (Monday), Mayor Bill Finch will present his proposed budget to the City Council that will likely include a tax increase. The next night April 3rd in City Council Chambers he will launch the first in a series of public meetings defending the budget and allowing citizen input. This is the first time [...]
February 8th, 2012 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council
The newly empaneled Charter Revision Commission begins its regular meetings this week examining a host of city issues that may be shaped in the form of a question for city voters to decide, presumably in the November general election. Should the question of compensating City Council members be placed on the ballot?
February 2nd, 2012 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Phil Smith knows more about the charter revision process in Bridgeport than anyone on the planet. It was Smith who crafted the charter question approved by voters more than 20 years ago that established the hiring process for the police and fire chiefs: they can serve no longer than two five-year contracts. The other night Smith cranked [...]
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August 7th, 2008 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Cops, 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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