2016 election

  • Norwalk teens say they fear Trump

    NORWALK, Conn. — A planned protest of Donald Trump’s election was stopped Monday by Brien McMahon High School administrators. Students had planned a peaceful walkout at 1:30 p.m., spreading a message that said, “He is a threat to the Latino and black communities we are in danger starting this week we are no longer safe.”

  • Norwalk Republican chief Conroy looks at election results

    NORWALK, Conn. —  Hillary Clinton’s coattails probably helped Democratic candidates in Connecticut, Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy said Friday, expressing optimism over Donald Trump but disappointment over local races.

  • A wide-angle view of Donald Trump

    We have elected a man to the presidency whose primary goal in life is winning, at whatever cost. He sold himself using the time-honored technique of saying whatever his audience wanted to hear, regardless of whether it was true, ethical or possible. He is clueless about everything except business and entertainment. So why did so…

  • Opinion: And the winner is . . . confirmation bias

    Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School. The 2016 election is history — mercifully — and Donald Trump will be our next president. While the GOP candidate might have garnered enough votes to take the win, I believe there’s…

  • Opinion: The day after

    Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats. I feel like I’m sitting in the ruins of something beautiful, something I loved, and something that is now utterly gone. I grieve, but not just for myself or the country, but for the…

  • One Connecticut researcher who surveyed voters is not surprised it’s Trump

    HARTFORD, Conn. – A researcher who published a study a few weeks before the presidential election stating the country’s population is more conservative than most believe isn’t as surprised as most that Donald Trump was elected president. “I am a little shocked, yes, but not completely,” said Paul D. Tieger, who published the study Born Liberal…

  • Independent expenditure groups scored big in Connecticut on Election Day

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Outside groups that independently spent more than $1.4 million on Connecticut’s legislative races did well Tuesday. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association was able to pick up 11 of the 14 races it supported financially with more than $550,000.

  • Election notes: Charter revision; Watts; voter sentiments

    NORWALK, Conn. —  Word has it that District B Democratic leaders were out at the polls Tuesday urging voters to vote against the charter revision measures supported by Mayor Harry Rilling, while handing out sample ballots that urged voters to vote “yes.” District B Chairman Bruce Morris and Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B)…

  • Norwalk pols on Trump: Give him a chance

    NORWALK, Conn. —  It’s not hard to find shock and dismay following the election of Donald Trump as President. “America, what have you done?” one Facebook post said Wednesday, but three Norwalk leaders and one former mayor have soothing words to offer. Republican Town Clerk Rick McQuaid did not support Trump or Hillary Clinton.

  • Charter Revision fails on three of four questions; 4-year mayoral term turned down

    NORWALK, Conn. —  Three of four ballot questions went down in flames Tuesday as voters voted against charter revision. The only question that got a yes vote was the one about gender neutral language, eliminating the term “Councilman” and substituting “Council member.”

  • Republicans’ hopes dashed: Duff wins re-election in landslide

    NORWALK, Conn. — State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) was feeling the love Tuesday night, after Norwalk overwhelmingly chose him over his toughest challenger to date, Republican Greg Ehlers of Darien. Duff broke up a bit after beating Ehlers at a nearly two to one margin, even as Democratic State Senate seats fell in other parts…

  • Perone wins re-election

    NORWALK, Conn. —  Democrat Chris Perone won re-election Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Darline Perpignan. Perone had 6,754 votes to Perpignan’s 3,293, according to the tabulator tally released by Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells.

  • Norwalk Dems count votes: Duff, 22,307; Ehlers 11,853 … charter revision largely a failure

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats have gotten their first vote tally in the race between State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) and his Republican challenger, Greg Ehlers. Based on a tally tape from Kendall Elementary School, Duff has 951 votes in District 140C, and Ehlers has 247. Dems have an unofficial tally for District 137C of Duff…

  • Voters swamp Norwalk polls

    NORWALK, Conn. —  Voter turnout is the phrase of the day Tuesday as scores of Norwalk voters turn out at the polls. Volunteers working the polls at Fox Run Elementary School, Columbus Magnet School, Marvin Elementary School and Kendall Elementary School all spoke of long lines when they arrived at 5:30 to 6 a.m. Ann…

  • Moccia makes last minute pitch for Ehlers

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia on Monday announced his support for Darienite Greg Ehlers’ bid to unseat State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25). “I support Greg Ehlers for State Senate, his business experience and forward thinking are needed in Hartford to start to put Connecticut on track again,” Moccia wrote to the Ehlers…

  • Opinion: Reasons to vote no on charter revision

    Norwalk First is opposed to the approval of Charter Revision Ballot Question #1 (to change the term of mayor from two years to four) & Question #3 (to increase the Council salary to 2 percent of the base mayoral salary) for numerous reasons, chief among them: