Door to Door with Senate Candidates for Southeast Connecticut

Every day of the 2020 campaign for the Connecticut State Senate has run under a shadow of pandemic, with reports in the final weeks before election day of increasing hospitalizations and a rising statewide daily positivity rate for COVID-19. “A second wave,” Gov. Ned Lamont called news on Thursday of a 6.1 percent state positivity rate. But with time still

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Don’t Enable Trump, Vote Rubino

As a CNN television correspondent for “Moneyline with Lou Dobbs,” I was four blocks away from the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. In that terrorist attack, it was the second tower to go

Carney’s ‘Steady Hand Will Serve us Well’

This letter is to support Devin Carney for reelection to the Connecticut House of Representatives. Devin has been and continues to be a dedicated, focused, and sincere lawmaker who represents his constituents and our town very well. I have watched

Marx is the ‘Healthcare Advocate Old Lyme Needs’

I am enthusiastically supporting Martha Marx in her bid to replace Paul Formica as State Senator for District 20. I am impressed by her commitment to representing everyone, not just the wealthy and privileged few whom her opponent, Paul Formica,

Democrat and Independent Say They’ll Vote Carney

We are a home of 1 Democrat and 1 Independent and have supported folks across the political spectrum. In the State Rep race for the 23 rd District, though, we will be supporting State Rep. Devin Carney for re-election. Devin is thoughtful

Fortuna: Carney a Non-Stop Advocate for Local Towns

This November, please don’t let your attention to our local political races fall victim to the national election. Connecticut will be electing its House of Representatives and State Senate for the next two years and it is more important than

Needleman a Firewall for Preserving Key Rights

Norm Needleman has proven to be a fair and proven leader for the 33rd district. He listens to both sides and takes every decision seriously before voting on a bill. Whether it is voting to increase the minimum wage to

Vote Rubino to ‘Address the Big Issues’

I’m writing to endorse Dave Rubino for Democratic State Representative in the 23rd District. I’m endorsing Dave because I care about Connecticut: enough in-fighting about gas taxes. Let’s address the big issues. The federal government is attacking our healthcare, our tax

Focus on the Facts for Carney and Formica

Last week in a local newspaper advertisement, local Democrats accused existing Republican office holders of  “putting our democracy, environment, and future in grave danger.”  This attack was directed at, among others, our District 23rd State Rep. Devin Carney and our

Regurgitated Conservative Talking Points Dishearten

As a City Councilor of a distressed municipality, it is extremely disheartening every time I see an otherwise respectable publication like CT Examiner regurgitating the conservative talking points of the Yankee Institute — Looming Crisis in Connecticut, a column penned

Vote Rubino for ‘True Bipartisanship’

In perhaps the most politically charged election in 50 years, it’s important that we elect candidates who truly understand what it means to reach across the aisle.  That’s why we need Dave Rubino.   Dave’s history is marked by true bipartisanship:

Rubino for a Strong State Government in Uncertain Times

We are living through uncertain times and strong state government is more important than ever. Daily we experience assaults on our democracy, threats to national security, failures in healthcare delivery, attacks on women’s’ rights, and conflicts about racial justice. Policymaking

Goupil is a Leader, a Thinker, a Doer

With great enthusiasm, I am voting for Christine Goupil to be our State Representative.  Having observed Christine for several years, I am impressed by her leadership skills. As First Selectman of Clinton, Christine poured herself into every important issue.  She

Rubino a “Stalwart Champion of Justice for All”

I am writing to urge voters to join me in electing Dave Rubino for State Rep. for the 23rd district. Dave will continue to be a stalwart champion of justice for all, and for the environment. He also brings to

Vote Goupil for Leadership “Getting things done”

My husband and I are excited about Christine Goupil running for State Representative in the 35th District as we are confident she will bring the same leadership, energy, and ‘getting things done’ qualities she has brought to Clinton. As our LAST First

Carney Will Fight For Small Towns in Hartford

My uncle, Jack Tiffany, served as State Representative for Lyme for decades. He always represented his constituents with integrity and never let the politics of the Capitol influence his decision-making. We are fortunate to have a State Rep who thinks

Saunders Can Relate to All of the Citizens

I am writing to you to express my support for Brendan Saunders for State Senate in the 33rd district. Brendan is a candidate that I can get behind. He is supportive of our brave men and women in Blue, supports lowering

Montville Fire Companies: You Did Not Let us Stand Alone

It is said within the Fire Service that no one stands alone, and yesterday our Mutual Aid partners from throughout New London County, Middlesex County, Windham County and Tolland County proved that sentiment correct for the four independent Fire Companies

Goupil Has Vision, Foresight and Pragmatism

As a member of the Town of Clinton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I strongly endorse Christine Goupil, who is seeking election as State Representative for the 33rd District.  As a former first selectman for Clinton and a prior member of the

Women Have a Lot to Gain From Democrats Like Dave Rubino

Recently, I had the good fortune of hearing Dave Rubino speak at the Westbrook town green. Dave is the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District in Connecticut, or Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme, and the shore community of Westbrook.

Somers Helped Marina Business and Employees During Pandemic

As a small businessman operating a marina in southeastern Connecticut, I want to acknowledge the leadership of State Sen. Heather Somers. She fought hard to see that we were designated as an essential business and allowed to stay open during

Goupil is Dedicated to Affordable Childcare and Pre-K

It’s no secret that affordable childcare is hard to attain for many Connecticut residents. This is not new issue, it’s something we have faced for a very long time without resolution. The recent pandemic has only exacerbated an already difficult

Carney is Balanced and Advocates for Small Towns

In the 23rd District, I’m encouraging everyone to support State Rep. Devin Carney for re-election. Devin has always stood up for Lyme and Old Lyme and been a voice against government overreach and higher taxes.  Look no further than Devin’s fights

Vote Somers for her Tireless Efforts

We are writing to urge support for State Sen. Heather Somers.  For years she has worked tirelessly for the residents of the 18th district Of note has been her efforts to preserve funding for Medicaid, Husky and similar programs, advocated

Saunders “Radiates Compassion, Wisdom and Joy”

Abraham Lincoln said, “before the age of forty, God is responsible for our face, and after the age of forty, we are responsible for our face.” Just looking at Brendan Saunders’ face, the gentleman running for senate in the 33rd

Nursing Home Vote a “Slap in the Face to our Seniors”

For years, advocates, nurses, and patients have been warning about the dangerously low staffing levels in many Connecticut nursing homes. The recent closure of a nursing home in Norwich is a clear example that our overworked frontline nurses are not

A “Wartime President”

Whatever one’s political leanings, we all agree that the primary job of any President is to protect American lives.  Everything else is secondary.  So let’s see just how our self-declared “wartime president” has done in this regard. Since the Corona Virus killed

Somers ‘Not a Puppet of any Party’

I am a young woman, a registered Independent, and I generally vote Democrat. I am absolutely disgusted by the sexism on display from state senate candidate Bob Statchen. I know nothing of what he stands for, and only see posts

“Norm Needleman is a Fighter”

Norm Needleman is a fighter — whether it is against COVID-19, or whether it is against the mismanagement and abuse of Eversource.  We hope Norm is returned to the State Senate on November 3rd to continue the good fight, on

Needleman Brings Sensible Solutions to the Table

Norm has been steadfast in his support of our communities through this very trying time. Emails, phone calls, in-person visits — he has kept us informed and worked hard on our behalf. Passing on factual information and valuable resources,  the

Christine Goupil Has Record of Caring for Seniors

In 2017, as the newly elected Clinton First Selectman, Christine Goupil quickly identified areas of potential need in the community, and set out to address them.  Regarding seniors, who make up more than 17% of the population, she wanted to

Christine Palm Helped With Health Coverage

I had to make arrangements for new health insurance recently. I was informed by a broker that my previous insurance ended mid-month, which would result in me not having insurance coverage for two weeks before my new plan became effective.

Vote Carney for Help Opposing Forced School Regionalization

Last year, Governor Lamont and Senate leaders Martin Looney and BobDuff proposed legislation that opened the door to state forced schoolregionalization. These proposals included creating massive schooldistricts of many towns and one proposal included a map that broke upLyme and

In Just Two Years Goupil Achieved Significant Results

Our district needs an intelligent, experienced leader who gets timely results to represent us at the state level. For this reason I am writing to encourage readers to vote for Christine Goupil for State Representative of the 35th House District for

Vote Goupil for Experienced and Inclusive Leadership

For over 40 years and now 5 generations, Clinton has been a wonderful home that our family has been fortunate to enjoy. To foster enhanced prosperity for all in Clinton and the other 35th House District towns of Killingworth and

Vote No On Extra Money for Public Safety Building

“And I’ll state this again, this renovation project will come in on budget and will not be cheapened in any way.  Our goal was to move our emergency departments into this facility with a total renovation of $2.2m.  The plan to meet

Health Care is a Human Right — Vote Rubino

“Health Care is a Human Right,” states David Rubino, who is running against the Republican incumbent Devin Carney to become the state representative of the 23rd House District – my district. As a medical professional and a scientist, I recognize

Leadership and Results — Re-elect Heather Somers

What Hartford needs is a proven record of leadership and results, and that’s why we must re-elect Senator Heather Somers. Before her two terms as our state senator for the 18th district, Heather Somers served on the Groton Town Council

‘I urge you to do the right thing in November’

Dear America, In less than two months you have a choice and an opportunity. You can elect a leader who will begin to bridge our differences, fix our woes, and preserve our democracy. Or you can choose a bumbling fool

An Upbeat Industry Summit in a Downbeat Climate

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association hosted a virtual summit on Friday offering an optimistic picture of the state’s industry’s ability to weather the COVID pandemic.  “Some industries are down 30, 40, even 50 percent when it comes to revenues

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A WPA Project for Transportation

Here’s a possible solution to Connecticut’s transportation and infrastructure problems and the state’s current unemployment woes:  a WPA style building project. You do remember the Works Progress Administration, right?  It was FDR’s plan that put millions of unemployed Americans to work building public projects like roads, water mains, firehouses and dams.  Look around you and you’ll still see us benefiting from that investment. But fast-forward 80 years… Any reader of this column is all too familiar with the need for transportation investment in our state: our 7000 miles of roads and bridges in “poor condition”, the $4.6 billion needed for

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Cuts to Education Smack of False Economy

In a letter addressed to faculty and staff union leaders dated September 23, 2020, Ben Barnes, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities chief financial officer, requested help in identifying savings from current collective bargaining agreements. Barnes’ letter followed a September 17 directive from the CSCU Board of Regents. The Regents asked Barnes to find cuts that would resolve a projected $91 million deficit. If there is one lesson we should take from 2020 it is that predicting the future is not easy. The prediction of a deficit was conjured by Barnes himself. I studied forecasting in graduate school. Even after

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