Gas is Too Cheap

Gasoline is too cheap. Wait!  Don’t turn the page!  This is not another tree-hugger train-guy rant. Hear me out. President-elect Biden has made the argument for weaning us off fossil-fuels, mostly for environmental reasons.  Anybody who remotely believes in science or has witnessed the cataclysmic changes in our weather, knows we must do something to stop global warming. But I still drive a car (albeit a hybrid) and am not ready to give it up for a bicycle or skateboard like some crazed Gen-Z’er.  We need cars to get around in Connecticut despite our meager attempts at mass transit… especially

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Why ‘Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Are Hurting You And Your Local Pharmacy

So, just who are ‘Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ or ‘PBM’s as they’re more commonly known. They’re the quiet middlemen that stand between drug manufacturers and your local pharmacy and even though you’ve never heard of them, they know all about YOU. Pharmacy Benefit Managers were originally created to assist the healthcare industry by acting as a liaison between parties and administering costs and procedures that actually helped everyone. But over the years they have morphed into a super powerful group of organizations that now dictate how much YOU as a consumer pay for your prescription drugs. And it doesn’t end there.

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Bits and Pieces

But before I go, a little advice for candidates and would-be candidates next go around…. For campaign materials shared across social media, I really would encourage you to avoid shooting your portraits in portrait mode, and shoot your portraits in landscape mode instead. A horizontal aspect is nearly always better across a variety of social media platforms. But as a rule of thumb, if your materials are roughly twice as wide as tall, you’ll rarely, if ever, lose your head.

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Pharmacy Group Warns Over Anti-Competitive Partnership

If you’re taking prescription medication and if you have Medicare Part D Drug coverage, you know how expensive it’s become. But according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, which calls itself the “voice for independent pharmacy” for 21,000 pharmacies across the United States, a pending partnership between two pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s) — Express-Scripts and Prime Therapeutics “will squash local pharmacies and ultimately limit consumer choices.” According to Doug Hoey, CEO for the group, “these two companies operating separately already exert tremendous downward pressure on independent pharmacies. By joining forces, they can put many out of business and steer their

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Treasure Hunt

The headline a few days ago was encouraging:  “CT gets $400K grant to study improvements to Metro-North lines”.   But what’s $400,000 going to tell us that we don’t already know?  Any rider of Metro-North knows the infrastructure is crumbling, the station parking and seating on trains (until COVID) are inadequate and, on the branch lines, the service is terrible.  So why another study? Turns out, this Federal grant is different, as Francis Pickering, the Executive Director of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCOG) explains:  “We know what needs to be fixed.  We just don’t know how to pay for

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Essex Resident Questions Accuracy of Voter Rolls

With the Secretary of State’s significant changes to the voting process for November 3rd, a group of us as concerned voters in Essex performed a full audit on the voter rolls in Essex, Connecticut.  Our volunteer group was apprehensive that with the mass mailing of absentee ballot request forms, there might be an opportunity for either extra ballots distributed or duplicate voting. We checked every name on the Voter Roll against “People Finder” apps, Town Land Records, and Obituaries ahead of the November 3, 2020 elections.  Our findings were disturbing. There are 6,082 registered voters on the Registered Voter List

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Carney a ‘Champion for Health Care’

As a nurse, healthcare is clearly an important issue for me. Devin Carney has always been a champion for health care and has supported reducing burdensome costs. Looking at his record, you will find someone who has supported lower costs for tomosynthesis, insulin, breastfeeding supplies and many vital medications. He co-sponsored legislation that preserves protections for those with pre-existing conditions in Connecticut. He has been a staunch advocate for veterans’ healthcare — including veterans with PTSD and brain injuries and veterans affected by Agent Orange. He has stood up for seniors against elder abuse, for reduced costs on hearing aids,

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Carney ‘the Only Candidate Keenly Aware of the Local Economy’

As the chair of the Old Saybrook Board of Finance and a financial advisor, I am constantly focused on Connecticut’s fiscal health. To me, it is vital that we have a Connecticut legislature that will keep an eye on taxes and spending and will work to bring people and industry to Connecticut. Devin Carney has always been fiscally responsible and constantly tries to find ways to make it more affordable to live and do business in Connecticut. With many retirees leaving or thinking about leaving the state, Devin understands that the state needs to do a better job by reducing

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Comparing Carney and Rubino on the Environment

In response to Mr. Noel Bishop’s endorsement of Devin Carney as per his letter to the editor on Oct. 29: Mr. Bishop fails to acknowledge that Carney is a member of the party that denies climate change, mistrusts science, and works to viciously undo legislation that preserves and protects wildlife and conservation sites. He cites some of Carney’s recognitions in the environmental and land preservation space, but they are not the result of a proactive agenda, nor one that is particularly informed by the biggest threat to our nice beach/boating/fishing lifestyles: Climate change. Carney’s opponent, Dave Rubino, on the other

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Leave D.C. to our Congressman and Senators, Vote Carney For Our Local Needs

I believe it’s important that we have local elected officials that are focused on issues that affect us here. For federal issues, we have a Congressman and two Senators who were elected to represent us in DC. Our State Rep, Devin Carney, has consistently been there for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook and has been focused on our needs. As an Old Lyme Selectman, I want a representative who will not support giving additional power to the State of Connecticut. I think we run things well in Old Lyme – our property taxes are low, our schools are

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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 down and the tragedy immediately struck me as the Pearl Harbor of my lifetime as nearly 3,000 people died. Now, with 1,000 people dying nearly every day, we have a 9/11 scale fatal event every three days due in large part to the monumental mishandling of the pandemic by Donald Trump and Republican elected officials everywhere. Many Republican governors and legislators resist

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Rubino a ‘Champion for the Downtrodden,’ Will Stand Up for Women

There are some people who just bring out the best in everyone.  They can work with anyone, they do what they say they will and they genuinely care.  David Rubino is one of those people.   He cares about us, listens to us.  More than that.  He cares about our community and wants to work to make it the best it can be, for us.  He is also someone who is a fierce advocate for what he sets his mind to. He has been a champion for the downtrodden and he has shown up for the vulnerable, again and again.  His

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Carney a ‘Staunch Advocate,’ Environmentalist, Says Bishop

As the First Selectman of Westbrook, I have had the pleasure of working alongside State Representative Devin Carney for the past six years. He has been a staunch advocate for Westbrook residents and businesses and has always worked to ensure our voices are heard. Devin looks out for Westbrook’s precious environmental resources and was recognized by the “Friends of Westbrook Barrier Islands” for his work supporting Salt Island, Duck Island, and Mennunketsuck Island. He was also recognized by the League of Conservation Voters as an “Environmental Champion” for his preservation efforts, which are vital to our community. The Connecticut Marine

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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 him over his past terms of service. He is well-respected by his colleagues and is laser-focused on issues that effect all us here in Old Saybrook. As a former member of the Connecticut General Assembly from Plainville, New Britain, and Southington prior to retiring here in Indian Town Beach, I am so proud  and thankful for Devin’s contributions to our

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Rubino Brings ‘Fresh Perspective,’ Right Kind of Experience

I am writing in strong support of Dave Rubino for State Representative for Connecticut’s 23rd District, which includes the towns of Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.  Dave will bring a unique background and a fresh perspective to the work he will do on our behalf in Hartford. He is an attorney and small business owner in Old Lyme with a lengthy career in promoting democracy in other nations. This is the kind of experience the constituents in the 23rd District need to navigate the challenges of a state suffering through a pandemic and the aftermath of these circumstances.

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Rubino a ‘Leader Who is Not Afraid to Tackle the Difficult Issues of our Times’

Dave Rubino is a newcomer to the 23rd District, but he brings an extraordinary range of experience as a human rights attorney who has committed his life to the values and principles of democracy. As an attorney, his work abroad focused on fair election process, legislative reforms, anti-corruption policies, human trafficking, and gender inequality. These experiences have enriched his view of the world and reinforced his commitment to improve the quality of life for others through the legislative process. He would be a tremendous asset in the Connecticut General Assembly! Let’s face it. It takes guts to relocate your family,

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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, is primarily interested in serving and making richer. This has been made abundantly clear to me in recent years through personal experience.  Since 2015, I have lived in a senior community in Old Lyme, where 70% of the residents are enrolled in Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program, which helps pay Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and prescription drug costs for

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Griswold: Carney ‘Knows the Ropes,’ Effective in Hartford

As the Chief Elected Official of the Town of Old Lyme, I am pleased to endorse the re-election of Devin Carney as our State Representative.  Devin has several important attributes that make him an extremely effective voice for us in Hartford. Experience:  Devin is a six year incumbent who, despite the political imbalance in Hartford, has a firm grasp on how to get things done for his constituent towns.  He serves on important committees and knows the key issues that affect Old Lyme. Commitment:  Devin devotes significant time to representing the four small towns in his district, as evidenced by

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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 in his approach to governance and always works hard for the people he represents.  For us, we like that Devin has actively worked to find bipartisan solutions by forming both the Young Legislators’ Caucus and the Clean Energy Caucus. He actively engages with legislators of both parties in order to find a compromise that will move Connecticut forward. He’s even done

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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 ever that we elect Devin Carney for Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Old Lyme and Lyme. Devin is a champion for our towns at the state capitol. He never misses a vote and is always asking for input from his residents. I find Devin to be highly educated on the issues and not boxed into a corner on how he approaches the

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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 $15 by 2023 or ensuring all employees will have the ability to pay into the Paid Family and Medical Leave by 2021 or taking on the millionaires at Eversource who have been ripping off customers and forcing unsafe work conditions for linesmen. I have personally seen the change he has created and the impact it has made on working mothers

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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 base, and women’s reproductive rights. Connecticut can put up a firewall to protect and enhance those rights in our state, but we need someone with Dave’s experience to do that. Dave is a once-in-a-generation candidate, with a breadth of knowledge and work experience that few state candidates have been able to claim. He also has strong roots in our communities

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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 District 20 State Sen. Paul Formica.  I know both of these public servants through their effort to contact me as a local business owner to discern how the state could better support small business employment.  Both of these men are pro-business , pro-environment, pro-worker rights and favor keeping taxes lower in Connecticut to foster economic growth.  Both men know the

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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 by Red Jahncke and printed by CT Examiner. Anyone who has put even the minimal amount of effort necessary into researching this billionaire funded think-tank knows that their only goal is to strip working class people of the pay and benefits they work hard for in an attempt to line their own pockets.  It has come out numerous times since

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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: not the one-off votes on foregone conclusions that his opponent is touting.  Dave worked promoting the rule of law and human rights globally with funding from the U.S. Government.  His work was supported first by the Bush administration, then Obama, and finally even Trump. Devin Carney’s Republican supporters are working hard to frame him as someone who works well with

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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 on a national level imposes many challenges to our legislators in Connecticut. That is why I am supporting Dave Rubino for state representative in the 23rd district. I believe we need leaders in the Connecticut General Assembly who are well versed in the law, who have valued experience on issues affecting the residents of Connecticut, and who will protect us

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‘Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary People,’ Vote Rubino

Our Valley-Shore towns and families are faced with formidable challenges in the unforeseeable future. Our tax bases will hit the wall in 2021. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people running for office. Now, more than ever, we need representation in Hartford with contemporary skills, creative problem-solving expertise, and the fortitude to take complex issues. We can no longer live with the “status quo”. Setting ourselves up for a successful recovery from this pandemic crisis requires voting for people who are strong, serious leaders. David Rubino, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 23rd District, is a person who can think outside

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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 attended every important meeting.  She did her homework.  And she made things happen.  During her tenure, Clinton moved forward.  And, as a sign of her goal of strengthening Clinton rather than her own ambitions, she promoted and succeeded in changing the town’s government to a town council structure.  She was proud to say she’d be the last First Selectman of

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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 the table a broader perspective and fresh ideas after having experienced a range of cultures and approaches to complex issues. Especially in these challenging times, we need the kind of creative, collaborative, dynamic leadership Dave Rubino will give us. Rubino for the 23rd! Chloe CarlsonOld Saybrook CT

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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 Selectman she led the way in restructuring the Board of Selectmen into a Town Council and created a professional Town Manager role to expertly conduct daily town business. I’ve seen Christine work hard for the greater good in both our state and Clinton where she serves on the Town Council. As a woman, I am eager to see women like Christine

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