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Supreme Court Declines To Stop Bridgeport Election

Nov 4, 2019
Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer and Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson listen to arguments before the court decided to allow elections to proceed in Bridgeport tomorrow. At issue is the validity of the results of September's primary in
Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant

The Connecticut Supreme Court declined Monday to postpone Tuesday’s mayoral election in Bridgeport over allegations of absentee ballot fraud in the Democratic primary, while leaving open the possibility the court might use the case to eventually clarify standards for challenging suspect election results.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

A new candidate who has just entered the mayoral race in Bridgeport could cause confusion at the ballot box November 5. The issue centers on whether marking the candidate's initials on a ballot to indicate a write-in vote will be enough.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

The House of Representatives is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for his call for an investigation of Joe Biden’s son by the Ukranian government; Trump now says he and his White House won’t cooperate with what it’s calling an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” - an obstruction that the House might use to consider another article of impeachment. 

Courtesy: Diocese of Bridgeport

A report released Tuesday says that 281 people have been sexually abused by members of the Diocese of Bridgeport since its inception in 1953 -- and nearly all of them were minors. In a report commissioned by the diocese itself, retired state court judge Robert Holzberg found that they had been sexually abused by 71 priests. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

House speaker Nancy Pelosi took a long time to warm up to the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Trump. But the latest saga involving a whistleblower complaint about a call with Ukraine’s president, seemingly pressuring him to investigate Trump’s main political rival Joe Biden has gotten the impeachment train rolling, and all members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are now on board. 

This hour we assess what our state politicians are saying about this week’s pivotal Washington news.

Records Subpoenaed In Bridgeport Mayoral Primary

Sep 23, 2019
Gemeem Davis, the manager of the Marilyn Moore campaign, center, and Max Medina, at right, the campaign's lawyer.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

With unanimous votes to subpoena election records and other evidence, the State Elections Enforcement Commission opened an investigation Monday into allegations of voter fraud in the Bridgeport mayoral primary won Mayor Joseph P. Ganim on the strength of a lopsided absentee ballot vote. 

Can Marilyn Moore Duplicate Mike Jarjura’s Write-in Win?

Sep 19, 2019

State Sen. Marilyn Moore’s decision to continue her mayoral campaign against Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim as a write-in candidate puts her on a path that is extraordinarily difficult — but not wholly uncharted in Connecticut. 

In Bridgeport, Moore Demands An Investigation -- By Everyone

Sep 13, 2019
Sen. Marilyn Moore / Facebook

State Sen. Marilyn Moore issued a puzzling statement Thursday night demanding that Gov. Ned Lamont, Democratic Party officials and unnamed authorities investigate her suspicions of absentee-ballot fraud in the Democratic mayoral primary she narrowly lost Tuesday to Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim. 

Justin Elicker may have provided the upset in New Haven, but Bridgeport’s Democratic challenger Marilyn Moore left the biggest questions on Connecticut’s primary night.

Moore, a state senator, came closer to incumbent mayor Joe Ganim than almost anyone had predicted, finishing with an unofficial tally of 5,021 to Ganim’s 5,269. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Primaries in Connecticut’s municipal elections could’ve been a dull affair, but that was certainly not the case last night. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Governor Lamont is back from his Maine vacation and seemingly rarin’ to go. In just the last week or so, he overruled his health commissioner and will release school-by-school data on vaccinations, rolled out a big transportation plan, and committed to a no-carbon electric grid by 2040. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is seeking reelection this fall. The Democrat will face state senator Marilyn Moore in the September 10th primary. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Joe Ganim’s election as Bridgeport’s mayor in 2015 was an unlikely comeback story. 

Reelected after seven years in federal prison for felony corruption, Ganim got a second chance. And now, he is asking for their vote to put him back in the mayor’s office once more.

This hour, we sit down with Joe Ganim ahead of the September 10th Democratic primary. 

If you’re a Bridgeport resident, we want to hear from you. What questions do you have for Mayor Ganim? We take your calls, tweets, and Facebook comments.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Bridgeport Can Learn From Springfield's Revitalization

Aug 18, 2019
Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

To the world outside its borders, Bridgeport doesn’t have a sterling reputation.

On those rare occasions when it’s referenced in popular culture, it’s in a less than flattering light — like the “Family Guy” episode that ridiculed Bridgeport as “among the world leaders in abandoned buildings, shattered glass, boarded-up windows, wild dogs and gas stations without pumps.” 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Leading to Primary Day 2019, Where We Live sat down with mayoral candidates in Connecticut's biggest cities.

Listen to the full length interviews below.

Sen. Marilyn Moore / Facebook

This hour, we talk with Democratic State Sen. Marilyn Moore who, in addition to representing the 22nd District, is campaigning for mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

What is her strategy to successfully unseat the city's current mayor, Joe Ganim? We find out and we also hear from you.

In Bridgeport, From Blighted Property To Community Hub

Jun 5, 2019
Steven Valenti / Republican-American

Gary Flocco, managing partner of Corvus Capital Partners, excitedly spoke over the sound of power tools and the shouts of hard-hat clad builders working in the concrete hallways of the former Graphophone Co. “We see ourselves as catalyst developers,” said Flocco, speaking under caged light bulbs strung above piles of pipes. “We'll come to an area that needs a big lift, we couldn't come here and build 25 units. That will never happen.” 

Building Better Cities

Jun 4, 2019
Steven Valenti / Republican-American

The irony carries great economic consequence: Once engines of Connecticut's prosperity, the state's former factories have long been massive liabilities for struggling cities. Connecticut has found a path to get these sites back into use, and it's fueled with taxpayer money. 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Bridgeport’s mayor has acknowledged that his city is having what he called  “strong conversations” with the state’s two tribal nations to develop a gaming facility in Connecticut’s largest city.

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This hour, we learn about efforts to construct a new casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We talk to Hearst Connecticut Media reporter Emilie Munson about a possible deal between the city and the state’s tribes, and consider the implications for MGM, which also has its sights on the Southwest region. 

Plus, the Trump administration has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico, raising questions for manufacturers, many of which have already felt the impact of the U.S.’ ongoing trade war with China. We take an in-depth look at this story with The New York Times’ Ben Casselman and a Connecticut-based economist.

Crumbling Buildings Are Left Uncounted

Jun 4, 2019
Members of the University of Connecticut's Brownfield's Institute visited the Smurfit-Stone Container factory site on Summer Street in Torrington in March 2019.
Jim Shannon / Republican-American

There's no telling how many empty industrial buildings are rotting away on polluted properties in Connecticut. The brownfield inventory maintained by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection lists 516 sites. But state officials admit that's not comprehensive. Sites only land on the list after state involvement in cleanup efforts. Given the state's long industrial history, DEEP estimates there are “probably tens of thousands” of polluted sites.

MGM Resorts International

The city of Bridgeport may finally host a casino. But a new plan to bring a casino to Fairfield County might include the two tribal nations that currently operate gaming facilities in Connecticut, and not Las Vegas gaming giant MGM Resorts International.

Connecticut Cities Left To Deal With The Shells Of Industry

Jun 3, 2019
The former Anamet factory complex has sat unused and deteriorating for nearly 20 years.
Bill Shettle / Republican-American

One key to a better future for Connecticut's cities could lie beneath the ugly scars from its industrial past, blighted and often toxic pockets that mar city landscapes statewide. 

Kittrell Lauray, 18, center, a family friend, holds up a "Justice for Chulo" banner during Thursday's march down Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Police blocked off the road for about two hours.
Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

The shooting death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose "Chulo" Vega Cruz by a Wethersfield police officer prompted protesters to take to the streets of Hartford and Wethersfield Thursday night.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Election Day 2019 will feature mayoral races in Connecticut’s biggest cities. Candidates challenging established incumbents are beginning to emerge.

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P.T. Barnum is one of Connecticut’s most influential residents. As the “Greatest Showman,” he dramatically expanded the size and scale of the circus, through brilliant performance, innovations, and marketing. 

A New Home For Red Pandas At Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Dec 28, 2018
Red panda at the Beardsley Zoo.
Zairys Maysonet / Connecticut Public Radio

The Beardsley Zoo recently opened a new habitat for two red pandas, an endangered species.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Police said a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Bridgeport Tuesday night was an innocent bystander.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

ShotSpotter is a gunshot detection system, which uses a combination of sensors to determine the location of gunfire. Bridgeport has become the latest Connecticut city to roll out the technology. 

Adam Rosen / Congregation B'Nai Israel

The crowd of more than 750 people that gathered at Congregation B'Nai in Bridgeport for CONECT's Candidate Assembly on Monday was not expecting Shawn Wooden's vulnerabilty. They'd come to hear how five candidates running for statewide offices would respond to questions on four issues—gun violence, immigration, health care, and criminal justice reform—but it was the Democratic candidate for treasurer's story about gun violence, along with mothers Kristin Song's and Mory Hernandez's stories, that stood out.

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