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The Road To Mayor: The Caruso Factor

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A federal judged has blowtorched Connecticut’s groundbreaking program to fund state political races. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled the Citizens Election Program “imposes an unconstitutional, discriminatory burden on minor party candidates’ First Amendment-protected right to political opportunity.” Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a supporter of the legislation, is seeking an appeal. State Rep. Chris Caruso was one […] [Read More]

Another Page In Library Fight

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Good gravy, I’m having too much fun. Superior Court Judge David Tobin told the city on Tuesday that the Liberate Libraries Committee was right and the city was wrong. This means that come Nov. 3 voters will decide whether a one mil tax levy should fund library services. (See CT Post scribe Dan Tepfer’s story.) […] [Read More]
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‘Hatchet job…gutless, spineless’: The Firing of Ralph Jacobs

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Mayor Bill Finch has gone where no mayor has gone before, and former Mayor Jasper McLevy, the father of Bridgeport Civil Service,  is barfing in his grave. Finch won a power grab for jobs Friday afternoon when his nemesis, Civil Service Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs, was fired by CC commissioners. Jacobs was dumped, at the urging of […] [Read More]

Library Reserves Court Date

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Monday morning in Bridgeport Superior Court lawyers for the Liberate Libraries Committee and the city will duke it out over the following question: “Shall a one (1) mill tax be levied to establish and maintain a free public library and reading room?” Liberate Libraries Committee, comprised of Bridgeport Library Board members and supporters, says state […] [Read More]
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It Ain’t Badminton

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Forget the Yankees and Red Sox. Democratic primaries are the leading sporting events in Connecticut’s largest city and four primaries for City Council are on tap September 15. My old pal Jim Callahan, a former Bridgeport political reporter, described Dem politics as a rats nest of infighting, back stabbing and double dealing. You want badminton? Go to […] [Read More]
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Mother Rell’s Future, Plus: Library Fight Update

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When Lieutenant Governor Mike Fedele announced last week that he’ll seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination if Jodi Rell doesn’t run it got me thinking (I know, that’s a scary thought) does Fedele know something we don’t? Why would he make that declaration? Is it possible Mother Rell is tired of the Hartford BS? No budget. […] [Read More]

Library Book Fight

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Library officials want to throw the book at Mayor Bill Finch. Well, sort of. They say the library system is woefully underfunded and they haven’t been enamored of the mayor since he described library workers as “non-essential” following layoffs last year to help close a budget gap. The library budget was ultimately rescued during negotiations with the City […] [Read More]

Bridgeport’s Uncivil Service

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A fight is brewing in City Hall for control of Civil Service, the testing system that falls outside mayoral discretionary appointment power. Ralph Jacobs is the city’s personnel director overseeing Civil Service and some say he plays by the book. Mayor Bill Finch believes Jacobs plays by his own rules and wants him out. In […] [Read More]
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How Did The Pups Get There?

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It took a week for the mayor’s office to issue a lengthy statement regarding the death of two puppies at the city’s animal shelter. See Mayor Bill Finch’s statement below. Still no answer to the question: how did this happen?   “There have been multiple media reports in recent days regarding the Bridgeport Animal Shelter’s […] [Read More]
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