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Peterson, Smith not seen in Lyon Co.


Candidate Jason Lewis told Lyon County Republicans Tuesday it’s “game on” in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. During the Lyon County Republicans banquet Tuesday, he pointed out that several polls show the U.S. Senate race is now in a statistical tie. He feels his game plan of campaigning in Greater Minnesota, while his opponent campaigns in the metropolitan area, is paying off. It’s unknown for sure if his tactics will result in a win in November, but Lewis has shown his determination to earn votes in Lyon County. Both Lewis and congressional candidate Michelle Fischbach have made several campaign stops in Marshall. Meanwhile, Smith and Rep. Collin Peterson have kept their distance from Lyon County. Where is Collin and Tina?

Keep on counting until the job’s done


The Job of counting is not done. So it’s a good thing that a district judge in San Jose, California issued a temporary restraining order late Saturday against the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department. The order stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing is held next week. This is an important ruling because it temporarily stops the Census Bureau from attempting to not finish it’s important job. The census is only conducted every 10 years. The results of the count affects federal funding for cities, counties and states. It also affects Congressional districts. There is too much on line for the Census Bureau to not complete its task and continue the counting until the original deadline of the end of October.

Don’t hinder the U.S. mail


A report released by the Senate Democrats indicated that delivery of mail-order prescription drugs was delayed significantly this summer after the new postmaster general ordered major changes in U.S. Postal operation. According to the Associated Press, the report contradicts public claims by Louis DeJoy that the recent moves he imposed “should not have impacted anybody.” We find his answer troubling. One reader told the Independent her husband was waiting weeks for blood pressure medication. A number of states now are asking a federal judge to reverse changes at the U.S. Postal Service. While DeJoy already pledged to halt some of the changes, he needs to reverse many other changes he made that have crippled mail delivery throughout the U.S. This is not just about mail-in ballots. It’s a health issue as well.


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