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Why Strong Department Heads Matter: John Marsilio

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Joe Riccio’s departure as executive director of the Bridgeport Port Authority buoys the importance of strong decision makers in department and agency roles. Riccio, a good guy who had a mighty run as head of the port authority, signed a separation agreement following revelations he had lobbied state legislation that placed the quasi city agency […] [Read More]

Every Day Was The Fourth Of July

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Fourth of July weekend: fireworks, burgers, buns, beers, political bantering. Has me thinking about my favorite political campaigns because the 2009 cycle — so far — is death valley. I’ve been involved in a whole bunch the past 30 years (ouch, that long) as both scribe and operative. My favorites include Bill Finch’s state senate […] [Read More]
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The Himes-McKinney Clash

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Jodi Rell isn’t the only Republican spewing over a Democratic budget proposal that she says will tax Connecticut residents into the poor house. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield is shoulder to shoulder with the governor castigating legislative Dems for what they do best — raise taxes, especially on the wealthiest of Connecticut residents most of […] [Read More]
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P.T.’s Political Paraders

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It’s Barnum Festival weekend. Step right up to gawk a collection of great (and near great) elected officials ride, glide and slide up Park Avenue to greet the masses in anticipation of a mega 2010 campaign cycle that’s already under way. I checked with OIB friends at the Barnum Festival and popular GOP Gov. Jodi […] [Read More]
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Could You Vote For Joe?

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So, the other day I’m munching on some sweet eats at Amici Miei, a new Italian cafe and wine bar on Main Street downtown, when a friend asked the following: I hear Joe Ganim’s getting out of prison soon, will he really run for mayor and can he win? The short answer on whether he […] [Read More]
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Lobbying With Two Forks

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Do you eat with two forks? Let’s see now, that allows for some pretty good surf and turf action, no? A stab of filet mignon on one fork, a little lobster tail on the other. How about a glass from a 1982 Lafite to wash it all down? Careful now, just don’t bite the hand that feeds […] [Read More]
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Sucking Up To The Lordies

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Don’t ya just love those wimpy pols in Bridgeport East, better known as Stratford. See, Stratford pols are simply Bridgeport pols that moved east a bit, just across all those bridges on the East Side of the city that Stratford town fathers gifted to the city more than 100 years ago because the town didn’t […] [Read More]
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How’s Dodd Doing? Yikes

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A guy like me has nothing better to do than to harass party politicians both Democrat and Republican about their candidate preferences. Next year, 2010, is a  Goliath election year and the cycle has already begun for high profile elections for governor, U.S. senate, congress and state legislative seats. The past few days I checked in with […] [Read More]
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