State Sen. Marilyn Moore Photo Credit: Connecticut Senate Democrats
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Photo Credit: Daily Voice file

Around The Towns: Ganim Faces Primary, Murphy Talks To Trump, Sales Tax Free Week Intact

State Sen. Marilyn Moore will face incumbent Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in next month's primary election.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Moore was notified by elections officials that she had petitioned successfully onto the Sept. 10 Democratic primary ballot -- setting the stage for a battle against Ganim, longtime mayor.

Three Republicans will also face off in a Sept. 10 primary for mayor: Ethan Book and Dishon Francis both forced primaries against GOP-endorsed John Rodriguez.

Moore needed verified signatures from five percent of Democratic electors in Bridgeport. 

"Bridgeport needs a mayor that has a vision for the future. We need new leadership that has a plan to make our city live up to its full potential; an open, welcoming, vibrant community willing to embrace new projects, new ideas, and new challenges," Moore said in a press statement.

Two-time Bridgeport mayoral candidate Chris Caruso is running for town clerk and former Town Clerk Alma Maya for city clerk on Moore’s ticket. Amina Brown, Dasha Spell and Eric Stewart-Alicea are running for Board of Education on Moore’s slate. Jacqueline Richardson, Ernest Brown and Wes Matthews are candidates for city sheriff.

Moore added: “The thousands of signatures we collected to petition our place on the ballot demonstrate that voters want to move Bridgeport forward. I have been humbled by the support of our city and the hard work of dozens of volunteers that believe we can bring the change that Bridgeport needs."

CT Senator Talks To Trump On Gun Control

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy spoke with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in a phone call that Trump described as “a very good conversation," according to multiple news reports.

Murphy talked to Trump about how to revive the 2013 background-checks bill that stalled in the Senate four months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to the New York Times.

Murphy attracted national attention on gun control in 2016 after holding the Senate floor for nearly 15 hours to demand votes on legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring up. McConnell ultimately scheduled the votes, but they resulted in defeat for Murphy and the Democrats.

Sales Tax Free Week Aug. 18 to 24

Connecticut’s popular sales tax free week — a back-to-school staple that was on the proposed "chopping block" during this year’s state budget debate — begins Sunday, Aug. 18

Most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 will be exempt from the 6.35 percent sales tax through Aug. 24. The exemption applies to each item under $100, regardless of the total of a customer’s bill.

“Having this tax-free holiday helps working families stretch their dollar a little bit more during the busy back-to-school season while giving businesses an extra boost to their bottom line,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a press statement.

In February, Lamont proposed eliminating the sales tax holiday as part of his first state budget. That would have saved the state about $5 million a year, but the proposal was not part of the final budget that state legislators approved in June. The adopted budget expanded the sales tax to include new items and services, but left the rate unchanged at 6.35 percent.

“Sales tax free week offers real savings at an opportune time, when families are planning for the school year and shopping for new clothing and footwear,” Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson said.