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Questions continue on Norwalk no-bid software contract

Norwalk Tax Assessor William Ford, middle top, explains the choice of Quality Data Service to Common Council members at the July 14 Finance Committee meeting. Although the software will also be used by the Tax Collector’s office and Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli was present, Ford did all the talking.

NORWALK, Conn. – The price of software chosen on a “no bid” basis for Norwalk’s revenue generating departments has grown.

An amended contract with Quality Data Services would have increased the one-year $125,000 contract to five years at $147,000 but was withdrawn. Continue reading Questions continue on Norwalk no-bid software contract

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Norwalk political notes: Stevenson wins Republican spot on ballot

Indian Americans mark independence; Kalsi celebrates new bill

(Courtesy Stevenson campaign.)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Stevenson celebrates win, looks to challenge Himes
  • Rilling helps mark India’s 75th Independence Day
  • Connecticut police officers can wear turbans now

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Stevenson wins Republican spot on ballot

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How the FBI knew what to search for at Mar-a-Lago – and why the Presidential Records Act is an essential tool for the National Archives and future historians

The gate to former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2022. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, on Aug. 8, 2022, has sparked a vigorous outcry from Trump and his allies. The details of the search are not clear, but reporting by The New York Times confirms that the search was “at least in part” for presidential records that Trump had taken from the White House and which were being sought by the National Archives and Records Administration. We asked Shannon Bow O’Brien, a scholar of the presidency at the University of Texas, Austin College of Liberal Arts, to discuss the history, law and customs associated with presidential archives. Continue reading How the FBI knew what to search for at Mar-a-Lago – and why the Presidential Records Act is an essential tool for the National Archives and future historians

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Why searching an ex-president’s estate is not easily done – 4 important things to know about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach police officers stand near the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 8, 2022. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

The FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s estate on Aug. 8, 2022, caught Trump by surprise – and prompted immediate speculation about exactly why and how the law enforcement agency secured a search warrant. Continue reading Why searching an ex-president’s estate is not easily done – 4 important things to know about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago

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Rapini and Thomas win primaries for Secretary of the State

Stephanie Thomas, D-Norwalk, right, celebrates after her opponent in the primary for Secretary of State conceded Tuesday at the Trinity Bar & Restaurant in New Haven. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

Republican and Democratic voters in Connecticut chose their parties’ candidates for Secretary of the State on Tuesday, setting up a contest this fall that is likely to focus heavily on voting rights and several proposed changes to the state’s election laws.

On the Democratic side, Stephanie Thomas, a freshman legislator from Norwalk, defeated Maritza Bond, the health director for the city of New Haven, to claim her spot on the general election ballot. Bond conceded the race. Continue reading Rapini and Thomas win primaries for Secretary of the State

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Voters and poll workers endure stifling heat at Norwalk poll

(Jeffrey Tauscher)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Voters trickled into the polls in Norwalk during an exhausting heat wave to vote in today’s off-year primary election.

At West Rocks Middle School, the site covering the largest number of voters in Norwalk, a total of 237 registered Democrats and 172 registered Republicans had cast their ballots by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m. Continue reading Voters and poll workers endure stifling heat at Norwalk poll

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Leora Levy wins CT primary for U.S. Senate, boosted by Donald Trump

Leora Levy addresses supporters after claiming the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. (Erica Phillips, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

Connecticut Republicans nominated Leora Levy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, a day after Donald J. Trump urged voters to rally behind Levy and reject the party-endorsed favorite, former state House GOP leader Themis Klarides.

Levy, 65, of Greenwich won a three-way primary over Klarides, a social moderate who broke with Trump, and Peter Lumaj, a Trump loyalist who seemed destined to split the conservative vote until the former president endorsed Levy. Continue reading Leora Levy wins CT primary for U.S. Senate, boosted by Donald Trump

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Norwalk’s turnout out is low in primary

Tuesday in Ponus Ridge. (Claire Schoen)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8. A primary is being held today.

NORWALK, Conn. — Turnout at the polls in Norwalk is significantly lower than the last non-Presidential primary, held four years ago.

At 6 p.m., 2,812 Norwalkers had voted, according to Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells. That’s 54% of the turnout in 2018, when 5,171 voters had gone to Norwalk’s polls as of 6 p.m. Continue reading Norwalk’s turnout out is low in primary

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A late word from Trump reframes CT GOP primary for U.S. Senate

Wills Pike, the master of ceremonies, reacts as Leora Levy holds her phone to the microphone so Donald J. Trump can address the Montville Republican Town Committee. (Mark Pazniokas, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8. A primary is being held Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of Leora Levy effectively transformed Connecticut’s three-way Republican primary for U.S. Senate into a one-on-one contest between his chosen acolyte, Levy, and a non-believer, Themis Klarides.

On the ballot Tuesday are Klarides, a socially moderate former state House Republican leader who did not vote for Trump’s reelection, and two Trump loyalists competing for the same conservative base, Levy and Peter Lumaj. Continue reading A late word from Trump reframes CT GOP primary for U.S. Senate

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Meek highlights no-bid $125K contract

Common Council member Bryan Meek (R-District D), July 12 in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Bryan Meek, a Republican recently appointed to serve on the Common Council, would like the public to know about a $125,000 no-bid contract approved by his Democratic colleagues.

“I’m writing my own story about the local press ignoring the recent no bid contract being awarded to a company owned by the mayor’s political donors,” Meek said in an email to NancyOnNorwalk. “…Any comments?”

The company in question is associated with $500 in donations to Mayor Harry Rilling’s 2021 campaign for reelection and $250 in his 2019 campaign. Rilling raised more than $155,000 in 2021 and more than $138,000 in 2019. Continue reading Meek highlights no-bid $125K contract

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In CT secretary of state primaries, Democrats and GOP split paths

Republicans favor photo ID for voting; Democrats question claims of widespread voter fraud

Guilford residents vote in the 2021 municipal election. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8. A primary is being held Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Republicans and Democrats are competing in very different primaries Tuesday for secretary of the state, a relatively non-partisan outpost of state government before Donald J. Trump tried to convince Americans their elections were rigged.

“All of a sudden, everything’s being questioned,” said Denise Merrill, the Democrat who recently stepped down after a dozen years. “I think that has totally changed the importance of this office, because I think your primary job now as secretary of the state is explaining the election process to the public.” Continue reading In CT secretary of state primaries, Democrats and GOP split paths

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