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Following Ballot Denial, What Will Foster Do?

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Now what? That seems to be the question following Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala’s ballot denial of Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster based on a technicality. Look for Foster to file a court complaint soon. So, what is this? Incompetence by the Foster camp? Incompetence by Ayala? Political sabotage? What say you? (Check out […] [Read More]
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Political Punch, Counter Punch, All’s Fair In Love And War

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Don’t ya just love political campaigns? When Bill Finch was a member of the City Council, State Senate and a mayoral candidate four years ago Mary-Jane Foster in his view was the cat’s meow, the visionary behind the Bridgeport Bluefish and ballpark and arena at Harbor Yard. As a member of the City Council Finch voted […] [Read More]
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Mayoral Endorsements For Foster

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Two months from a Democratic mayoral primary and the campaign season’s in full swing. Mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster issued this news release today: Two Bridgeport Titans Endorse Foster for Mayor Two high profile and well-respected Bridgeport leaders have announced their support for Mary-Jane Foster in the upcoming Democratic primary for mayor today. State Senator Edwin Gomes […] [Read More]
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Mario Testa’s Beef With P.T. Barnum

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  This billboard on the Route 25-8 Connector has prompted Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, a supporter of Mayor Bill Finch, to file this complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. [Read More]
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Foster Versus Finch Poll Results

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Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster has gained ground on Mayor Bill Finch in a new poll conducted by the Merriman River Group. She trails Finch by seven points. Finch has large leads over two other challengers in head-to-head matchups, John Gomes and Charlie Coviello. A Democratic primary will take place Septmber 13. Who’s your horse? […] [Read More]
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The School Board Mess, So Many Questions

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The Bridgeport Board of Education threw in the towel Tuesday night. We’re incompetent, they voted by a 6-3 margin, let the state take over the schools. Board President Barbara Bellinger says she had contemplated this decision since December. Why didn’t she signal then this could happen? Why didn’t she and Superintendent of Schools John Ramos pack […] [Read More]
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Foster Calls For The School Chief’s Resignation

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John Ramos makes a quarter of a million a year as head of the school system of Connecticut’s largest city, but now says the system is dysfunctional under his leadership (or lack of) and requires state intervention. Should he stay or should he go? From Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster: Foster: Expel Ramos; Expel Finch Bridgeport businesswoman and social […] [Read More]
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Is Asking The State To Takeover Education Failure Or Reform?

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It seemed inevitable given Superintendent of Schools John Ramos’ plea for financial help for struggling city schools. CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck chronicles the request by Ramos and Mayor Bill Finch for state intervention here> This is tricky stuff for the mayor two months before a Democratic primary and after that, assuming he moves […] [Read More]
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Why Didn’t Education Officials Scream Sooner?

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School finances are a nightmare. Hundreds of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, literacy coaches and more could be cut as school officials respond to yet another flatline budget. Over the past couple of nights the hand wringing has played out at Board of Education meetings. The timing of this teeth gnashing is curious. […] [Read More]
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The Pension Debate: A Reader Challenges The CT Post

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John Marshall Lee, a Black Rock resident who organized a financial watchdog group to examine the finer points of the Bridgeport city budget, takes issue with the Connecticut Post Editorial Board’s support of Mayor Bill Finch’s decision to defer millions in pension payments for some uniformed retirees in favor of a long-term plan. See the […] [Read More]
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