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2020 Election

  • Norwalk political leaders react to Trump-led violence in U.S. Capitol

    Norwalk political leaders react to Trump-led violence in U.S. Capitol

    Updated, 6:10 p.m.: Comment from Doug Hempstead; 1 p.m.: Comments from Lucy Dathan and Fred Wilms. NORWALK, Conn. — As rioters incited by President Donald Trump stormed the nation’s capitol Wednesday, Norwalk Democratic leader Eloisa Melendez thought the “crazy” events “terrifying but unfortunately not shocking because they told us they would do this,” she said.…

  • Chinese grandparents vote for the first time in 2020 thanks to the Greater Norwalk Literacy Volunteers Program

    Chinese grandparents vote for the first time in 2020 thanks to the Greater Norwalk Literacy Volunteers Program

    Voting is a civic duty for most people, not a life-changing event. But 2020 marked a monumental event for Baolin Ma and Renjiang Zhu, grandparents who voted for the first time in their lives in the Presidential election. The couple, born and married in China, now live in Wilton and are students of the Greater…

  • Pernicious cynicism threatens all of us

    Pernicious cynicism threatens all of us

    It was bound to take a toll. As a society, we have been subject to a non-stop bombardment of political vitriol, unchecked media bias, misleading (at best) commercial claims and rampant on-line and telemarketing fraud. Those unyielding influences have turned the most pragmatic among us into skeptics and the naturally dubious into persistent cynics. Cynicism…

  • Republicans didn’t lose big in 2020 – they held onto statehouses and the power to influence future elections

    Election Day delivered a presidential victory for the Democratic Party and narrowed the partisan split in the U.S. House and Senate. But it was nevertheless a victory for Republicans in the battle every decade to draw state and congressional districts that favor their party. Beginning in 2021, states will begin redrawing electoral boundaries for U.S.…

  • Voter fraud is real, just not on the scale claimed by Trump

    President Donald J. Trump is correct in saying voter fraud is real. And if he were a losing candidate for, say, the Board of Representatives in Stamford, Conn., in 2015, Trump might have a valid claim he was robbed. But not in the 2020 race for president. All evidence points to voter fraud as local,…

  • Thomas notes 143rd win, thanks voters

    NORWALK, Conn. — Stephanie Thomas has acknowledged her overwhelming win in last week’s election, characterizing it as voters choosing policy over politics. Thomas, a Norwalk Democrat, is set to replace State Rep. Gail Lavielle, a Wilton Republican who held the District 143 seat for a decade, after receiving 55.4 percent of the district’s votes, according…

  • A Norwalk photo #76

    A Norwalk photo #76

    NORWALK, Conn. — This photo is of the Old School Fence in Rowayton, long known as a place for Rowayton residents to share event announcements or folksy messages like “Happy Birthday.” Recently, all the signs were taken down and the fence was bare, for probably the first time in living memory, due to controversy over…

  • A Norwalk video: Dems celebrate Biden victory

    A Norwalk video: Dems celebrate Biden victory

    NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Democrats took to East Avenue on Saturday to celebrate the declaration that Joe Biden has won the 2020 Presidential election. State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) posted video on social media. The small group of people holding signs along the town green generated honks of support.

  • Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

    The American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term. President Donald Trump’s tenure lasted just four years, but in that time he dragged policy on an array of key issues in a dramatic new direction. Joe Biden’s victory, confirmed by the Associated…

  • Why Republicans and others concerned about the economy have reason to celebrate Biden in the White House

    On day one, a newly inaugurated President Joe Biden will have to address a devastated economy – much like he and former President Barack Obama did a decade ago. What can the country expect? Forecasting how the economy will perform under a new president is generally a fool’s errand. How much or how little credit…

  • Victorious Joe Biden: ‘We must restore the soul of America’

    Victorious Joe Biden: ‘We must restore the soul of America’

    President-elect Joe Biden said he sought to become president in part “to unite us here at home” in a victory speech Saturday night that sought to put an end to the divisiveness that has marked the last four years. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again,” Biden…

  • Has Donald Trump had his Joe McCarthy moment?

    When CBS, NBC and ABC cut away from President Donald Trump’s news conference at the White House on the evening of Nov. 5, they took pains to explain why they were shutting off the nation’s commander-in-chief. It was a moment that for me, as a journalism historian, carried echoes of the 1954 takedown of another…

  • How votes are counted in Pennsylvania: Changing numbers are a sign of transparency, not fraud, during an ongoing process

    Last week I was grading an online exam for my students. We’re working with a new learning management system at my university and I didn’t realize my students could actually see their grades moving up and down online as I was working on their tests. It was a mistake. Not knowing how the numbers were…

  • Incoming House speaker sees big gains, talks legal pot, early voting

    Donald Trump’s unpopularity in Connecticut helped state Democrats pick up even more seats in the General Assembly. It looks likely that Democrats will hold a 24-12 edge in the Senate and a whopping 98-53 margin in the House. And that will make Matt Ritter’s job interesting. Ritter is the House majority leader, and incoming speaker of…

  • A look at Election Day

    A look at Election Day

    NORWALK, Conn. – Passions were high Tuesday with people determined to vote during a pandemic and at least two Trump fans making their presence known at the polls, beyond casting their own ballots. Unprecedented lines, a pollworker wearing a MAGA hat and minor poll problems are among the talking points from the 2020 election.

  • Dathan declares victory, says she’s ‘up for the task’

    Dathan declares victory, says she’s ‘up for the task’

    NORWALK, Conn. – Lucy Dathan is the undisputed winner of the District 142 State Representative race. Dathan unequivocally declared victory Wednesday afternoon. Her Republican opponent, former State Rep. Fred Wilms, acknowledged that she had won. Dathan’s statement said, “We’ve listened to you and your voices, and we are bolstered by your overwhelming support. The numbers…