Service and Sacrifice

It would be hard to overstate the relief Americans felt in 1918 when they heard the “war to end all wars” was over. World War I, the deadliest conflict in history to that point, had ended.

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For months President Biden and Congressional Democrats have single-mindedly focused on pushing their tax and spending agenda across the finish line. While my Republican colleagues and I have made progress in keeping some truly terrible ideas, like repealing stepped-up basis, out of the package so far, our work against these proposals continues.

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“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” – President John F. Kennedy

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Now that the redistricting is over and we know what the boundaries are going to be, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The new 44th district will include the southwest quarter of Perkins County, all of Chase, Dundy, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier, Gosper, and now a new addition, Dawson County. I’m still certainly willing to continue my relationship with my former constituents in Red Willow, Furnas and Harlan Counties. Since I have served those counties for the past 7 years I don’t expect a change in boundaries to change my relationships with those individuals or groups. I certainly am not trying to do anything different in Dawson County. The individuals in Dawson County that have a good relationship with Senator Williams, I would expect they would continue with that relationship, but if they do wish to reach out to me, as their current senator, I am more than happy to visit with them and help them with any issues they may be bringing forward.

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It’s alarming to see halfbuilt, new farm equipment sitting idle, car dealerships vacant, and store shelves empty, but this is the harsh reality behind President Biden’s current supply chain crisis. Across the country we are seeing bottlenecks and cargo backups at ports and terminals, as well as an abundance of workforce shortages causing massive delays throughout our supply chain. It is critical we take action now to address the stalemates preventing American products from both being produced and reaching consumers before matters worsen.

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Greetings residents of Dawson, Custer, and northern Buffalo Counties. There has been lots of discussion recently about federal vaccine mandates related to COVID-19. COVID-19 continues to affect every one of us in our daily lives. Healthcare workers, teachers, business owners, and employees across our country have all had to make adjustments to their daily activities. I applaud our healthcare industry for coming up with a fully FDA approved vaccine in a very short period of time. It is clear the vaccine is the best line of defense for the continued outbreak and spread of COVID-19. I encourage everyone to make the choice to be vaccinated.

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Samantha Dorantes - Very brief. I volunteered to help clean the Zion Luther church and while in the rest room I heard a whisper calling me by name right next to my ear! Happy Halloween!

Redistricting

Greetings District 36. The Legislature’s Redistricting Special Session adjourned “sine die” on September 30th. The Special Session lasted for over two weeks. It was important to finish redistricting by October 1st, to prevent extending the date for next year’s election cycle. It was a difficult and sometimes contentious session, but in the end, Senators were able to compromise and find a solution that ensures compliance with the required constitutional one person-one vote principle.

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