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Winners And Losers

And the pendulum swings back.

One year after Barack’s historic win, a tsunami that swept oodles of Dems into office, suburban Republicans had a mighty good day with chief executive wins in Trumbull, Monroe, Stratford. And even Mayor Mark Lauretti, in the crosshairs of a federal corruption probe although he has not been charged, was validated by Shelton voters. Nice to keep taxes low.

Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo had a nightmarish night. In Trumbull, her hometown, First Selectman Ray Baldwin was clocked by Republican Tim Herbst.

In Bridgeport, the GOP lost two Board of Education seats erased by Working Families Party candidates Sauda Baraka an incumbent BOE member who was banished by the local GOP and Maria Pereira who got involved in the election after she learned her daughter had nine different math teachers for one class. Ouch.

And the biggest question of the night: should one mil be appropriated to fund library service? It passed. Big victory for library supporters. But more questions than answers. What is the funding process? What does it fund? Is it a permanent revenue stream?