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Cuckoo Cuckoo: Nurses Ratchet Up Ramos Pay Diss

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Where’s Nurse Ratchet when you need her? Well, a lot of nurses working for the city wouldn’t mind examining the brain cells of Superintendent of Schools John Ramos. School nurses that come under the umbrella of the Board of Education went payless this summer because Ramos suffers from an I-think-I-don’t-remember moment regarding a deal the nurses […] [Read More]

Where Have You Gone Mr. T? Plus: Pleasure Beach Demo And Hennessy Statement

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My last entry about candidates that may play in a Democratic mayoral primary in 2011 drew some  emails. Lennie, what is the matter with you! No mention of a black candidate or a candidate that appeals to the black community? Bridgeport has a long history of electing white guys, except for Mary Moran, the last Republican to hold the office […] [Read More]

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]

‘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]

Russo’s Congressional Rationale

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It would’ve been fun. Republican State Senator John McKinney, son of the late Stewart McKinney, trying to win the congressional seat that his dad occupied for roughly 16 years. The timing wasn’t right for John and his family, McKinney told  Connecticut Post reporter Ken Dixon. Now what? Former State Senator Rob Russo, a Bridgeport resident, […] [Read More]

The Trouble With Slogans

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“Together we are making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest, safest most affordable city, with schools and neighborhoods that improve each year”…. Mayor Bill Finch  The salutation above graces every Finch news release, statement, feel-good spin. Perhaps the mayor feels if people hear it enough they’ll start to believe it? The trouble with this kind of mantra […] [Read More]
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Education Politics

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Hey, want to go on the Board of Education? Straighten stuff out. Cut this. Slash that. Do us proud. Make my job easier. Well, Mayor Bill Finch hopes, wishes, expects, whatever that the two BOE candidates he pushed for endorsement by the Democrat Town Committee Wednesday night City Councilwoman Leticia Colon and former councilman Pat […] [Read More]

The Mayor’s Myopia

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Mayor Bill Finch reinforces his hopeless case of Mad Myopia in Connecticut Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck’s feature about the University of Bridgeport’s comeback. Without doing his homework, without visiting the campus, without the rationale to examine the university’s economic impact on the city, the local kids it educates, the jobs it creates, its impact on one […] [Read More]