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Entries Tagged as 'Sam Caligiuri'

New Page For The Library, Plus: Dodd Ethics Decision

August 7th, 2009 · 91 Comments · City Budget, Library, State Politics

Weekend update: If you’re a fan of the Bridgeport Public Library (like me) you’re gonna love this. There’s a movement afoot led by library board officials and library employees to leverage state statute to rally a citywide referendum that would allow voters to determine a specific funding allocation for the library in the city’s general fund. Library […]

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Gee, No It’s GOTV, Plus: They Don’t Call It Puppy Love, And How Long Is Dodd’s Nose?

July 28th, 2009 · 57 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

6 p.m. update: Okay, I’ve got it all figured out now. I’m marching into Testo’s Restaurant to persuade Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa to put me on the City Council. Why? VIP passes to the Gathering Of The Vibes, baby! That’s right, Gathering Of The Vibes is just another way of saying GOTV, in political terms we call that Get […]

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Dough Against Dodd, Plus: Prince Of Pizza And Take A Walk

July 8th, 2009 · 40 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Holy Ben Franklins! One of Chris Dodd’s Republican opponents for 2010 Tom Foley of Greenwich, former Ambassador to Ireland, has announced he’s already raised a cool $500K. Another Republican, former Congressman from eastern Connecticut Rob Simmons, says he’s in the $600K range. Poor Waterbury Republican State Senator Sam Caligiuri, mired in legislative session, has only […]

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The Budget Cramps, Plus: Fireworks!

June 27th, 2009 · 17 Comments · State Politics

Doesn’t look like we’ll have a state budget ratified by July 1, the day the new fiscal year begins for cities and towns across Connecticut. When the state doesn’t have a budget, bean counters on the local level get the cramps. Local budgets are based in part on state revenues and just how much communities will […]

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Dodd Still In Trouble, Plus: The Spin On Spinelli

May 27th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Education, Law Enforcement, Media, State Politics

Another stick-in-the-eye poll for Chris Dodd. No one knows his primary challenger Merrick Alpert, yet Alpert is down just 20 points among Democrats in the new Quinnipiac poll released today. As for the general election matchups, Dodd does marginally better than the last Q Poll, but the poll shows either announced Republican matches up well. […]

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Dodd’s Looking For Friends, Plus: Zoo Tix For You

May 19th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Four years ago at this time when Ned Lamont was a dot on the public radar screen, Joe Lieberman seemed like a lock to be the Democratic standard bearer for U.S senate. But when you scratched the surface, the seething serial Democratic primary voters wanted to rip out Joe’s throat. I’m talking about anti-war advocates, […]

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Legislative Genuflecting, Plus: Play Ball With The Fish

April 23rd, 2009 · 24 Comments · State Politics

The Connecticut Legislature Wednesday night passed the gay marriage bill that essentially codifies the State Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling into law (just in case there was any doubt). The measure came out of the Senate handily Wednesday night with seven senators voting against it (including Waterbury Senator Sam Caligiuri who’s seeking the GOP nomination to […]

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Dodd’s Political Pulse, Plus: Caruso’s Taxidermy Shop, And Teach Your Children

April 3rd, 2009 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

Is Chris Dodd in trouble? Yup. Is he dead politically? Not yet. Of course, if the U.S. senator steps into any more bear traps, state party leadership may have to saw off his leg. That sound you just heard was Dick Blumenthal ripping the cord to the power saw. No, Dick wouldn’t do that, would he? Could […]

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