May 14, 2020 2:55 PM

Baldetti: Still need more testing, but decisions closer to home would be better

Posted May 14, 2020 2:55 PM


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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti has not spoken to the local legislative delegation after the revelation yesterday that action is planned to limit the powers of Governor Laura Kelly as part of their work next Thursday in Topeka.

"I haven't had specific conversations with our local representatives or senator with regard to the actions or communication having come out in the last day or two," Baldetti said. "That being said, our local delegation has been very active locally in terms of local issues in response to COVID-19."

Baldetti, for his part, would like to see decisions made closer to home on COVID-19 policy.

"I think there's an application of regional data metrics that can be used to inform our decision making," Baldetti said. "I would generally advocate for a much greater leveraging of home rule and the ability of local jurisdictions to monitor their environment."

Baldetti says we're still not testing enough to rely on data points alone, but he likes that more information is coming and thinks the modeling that is happening is getting better.

"We are getting to a point where we can, in some respects, begin to model, based off of the real data that we have to this point to inform moving forward," Baldetti said. "The more we get real data, the more informed our modeling out in to the future becomes."

Right now, still under 2% of Reno County residents have been tested for COVID-19.

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May 14, 2020 2:55 PM
Lindstrom staying in campaign, still educating voters despite party pressure


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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Republican Dave Lindstrom is running for the U.S. Senate, but party leadership would like to see him and state Senate President Susan Wagle both drop out of the primary, as they fear the general election chances for the party if former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wins the nomination. Lindstrom isn't getting out.

"I thought the Chairman was less than honest when he released this to the media," Lindstrom said. "He and I had spoken to each other on the phone about the campaign. Never once was I asked to step down on the phone when I talked to the Chairman."

Lindstrom understands he has a hill to climb to get people to know who he is, but he'd like the opportunity to climb it without interference.

"What I believe that this was doing was taking away the right of the people of Kansas to vote for who they want in the United States Senate," Lindstrom said. "It was being conducted by party bosses. I thought we resolved this issue."

Lindstrom believes that he is someone who understands the process without becoming beholden to it.

"I'm a successful businessman," Lindstrom said. "I have experience in public service, but I'm not a career politician. People have encouraged me to do this because they believe and I believe that we're looking for someone that has the right combination of authenticity, of toughness, of temperament and of business experience. We don't need another lawyer or career politician serving in Washington, D.C."

Lindstrom was a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs for eight years. He retired in 1986.