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Entries Tagged as 'Ralph Ford'

Bridgeport’s Peculiar Politics, The Ernie Newton Case

March 29th, 2014 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

The news coming out of Hartford Superior Court the other day wasn’t all bad for former State Senator Ernie Newton. The judge hearing the state criminal complaint against Newton, alleging he falsified $500 in campaign donations to trigger an $80,000 public grant for his State Senate race two years ago, didn’t throw out the case […]

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District Leader Ralph Ford Placed On Leave From State Job

March 28th, 2014 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

East End District Leader Ralph Ford has been suspended with pay from his $120,000 state position as behavioral health clinical director with the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction services. Four other department workers were also placed on administrative leave with pay for allegations […]

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No Changes In Recounts For Democratic Town Committee Seats

March 11th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Includes town committee list. Monday’s recount in two districts did not change the results from last Tuesday’s Democratic Town Committee primaries, according to elections officials. Candidates who placed among the top nine were elected to the 90-member committee. See results from last week here.

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Finch Hits Midpoint Of Second Term, Builds Warchest, Potential Opponents Weigh Options

November 18th, 2013 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

With nearly $120,000 in campaign cash in the bank, Mayor Bill Finch is off to a mighty fundraising start at the midpoint of his second four-year term. Raising money will not be a problem for the mayor as he prepares for reelection in 2015. The larger questions: how will the next two budget cycles play […]

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What’s Your Assessment?

October 12th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Jim “Sonny” Fox, one of Bridgeport’s preeminent conspiracy theorists and radio moonlighter from his Black Rock home, shares this commentary on what he claims is tax favoritism for the politically connected. The retired electrician and occasional candidate for public office cites tax disparity for the 2009 revaluation among members of the Democratic Town Committee. Every […]

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Lydia Wins One! Complaint Alleging Absentee Ballot Abuse Dismissed

September 19th, 2013 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

While a local political action committee has asked the state to investigate a high volume of absentee ballot voting in last week’s Democratic City Council primary on the East Side, the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission recently dismissed a complaint against City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez that accused her of taking unauthorized possession of absentee ballots at an apartment building at […]

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School Board Challenge Slate Issues Endorsements

August 26th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The challenge slate for Board of Education has kicked out a lengthy list of endorsements that includes political operatives, education advocates, civil rights leaders and even a few city employees. The slate of Andre Baker, Dave Hennessey and Howard Gardner is challenging endorsed Democrats Kathryn Bukovsky, Simon Castillo and Brandon Clark in a September 10 […]

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