We did well in the municipal elections, better than just about anyone expected. A front-page article in The Press talked about a “blue wave” in Ridgefield. The headline was “Democrats Dominate Election.” And the news was good in other towns across Connecticut. We had a lot to celebrate, a lot to feel good about. But there’s a lot left to do. And the time to start is now.
We’ll be electing 187 members of the Connecticut General Assembly next year. The House of Representatives has 151 members, and the Senate has 36. A lot of people think that both houses have comfortable Democratic majorities, but they don’t. Democrats have a single-digit advantage in the House. The Senate has 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans. Some people take comfort in the notion that the lieutenant governor can break ties in the Senate and that Democrats will prevail, but that applies to tie votes on the floor. She can’t break ties on every committee vote.