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McCarthy Wins Democratic Endorsement Over Moore For State Senate, Primary Looms

May 24th, 2016 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Bridgeport City Council President Tom McCarthy Monday night won the Democratic endorsement for Connecticut’s 22nd State Senate seat at the party convention over freshman incumbent Marilyn Moore who received enough support to qualify for an August primary. The delegate count was 34-12 at Testo’s Restaurant.

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Does Big Mac Want It Moore Than Marilyn? City Council President To Enter Race For State Senate

April 12th, 2016 · 61 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

City Council President Tom McCarthy says he will take on freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore in an August Democratic primary, setting the stage for what is shaping up as a hot summer legislative election season. Moore upset McCarthy ally incumbent Anthony Musto in a primary two years ago on her way to a general election […]

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Zoning War To Regulate Sale Of Spirits

March 7th, 2016 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Monday night update: At the request of attorney Chuck Willinger, the agenda item was deferred to the next meeting. Dozens of opposing package store owners were in attendance as well as several City Council members such as Eneida Martinez and Alfredo Castillo and former State Senator Ernie Newton in opposition. Original story: A 40-strong coalition […]

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‘It Will Be Harlem In The 1960s’–The Battle To Preserve The 1,500 Foot Booze Rule

January 19th, 2016 · 24 Comments · Development and Zoning

Rich Augustynowicz, owner of Discount Wines & Liquors of Bridgeport on Wood Avenue, is leading the charge against a petition by land use attorney Chuck Willinger for the Planning & Zoning Commission to reduce the 1,500 foot rule prohibiting the sale of alcohol near a house of worship, school, daycare center or another package store. […]

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Happy New Year! Judge Radcliffe Rules Political ‘Fix Was In’ Shuts Down Liquor Store, ‘Parade Of Preening Politicians’

January 2nd, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning

Update includes full decision. When it comes to Bridgeport politics, Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe has a healthy dose of skepticism and he did not hold back in a “fix was in” decision Wednesday castigating political influence that approved an application for a package store opponents argued violated state law including former Republican State Senator […]

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Crunch Time! One Week Left To Election, Sizing Up Ganim, Foster, Torres

October 26th, 2015 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim carries a refrain inside his head that goes something like this, “I’ve come too far, I’ve come too far.” Ganim won the Democratic primary in historic fashion, knocking off an incumbent mayor. He danced on a table, followers exploded with joy both in praise of Ganim’s comeback and with glee that he had […]

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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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What? No AB-racadabra (Not Yet, Anway)

February 3rd, 2015 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Three weeks before the February 24 special election for State Senate, not one official absentee ballot has been returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. What’s going on around here in the land of absentee ballot magicians?

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