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La Crosse Congressman Kind talks studying COVID, voting during town hall

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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass. right, talks with Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., left, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)

Should there be a federal investigation of what mistakes the government has made in handling COVID-19?

U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) wants to see it happen, speaking on the matter during an online town hall Tuesday.

“I’m actually encouraging the formation of a post-pandemic commission, kind of like after 9-11, so we can do a deep dive into what happened, why, what we did well, but more importantly, what mistakes were made,” Kind said.

The Congressman noted that the death toll from COVID in the U.S. has passed 600,000 people in 16 months. He encouraged citizens to be vaccinated to avoid further spread of the virus and its variants.

Kind also received a question about election security. He was asked about Wisconsin’s attempts to monitor an election audit being done in Arizona.

The 13-term House member responded that the Trump campaign already requested similar audits in the Badger State.

“That audit took place twice, actually, and it was very selective,” Kind said. “They wanted to audit the Democratic regions of the state … and those audits came back with a clean slate.”

Kind says it’s an “insult to county clerks” in the state to suggest that massive fraud was committed during the fall elections.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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