Don’t know if this is across the fruited plain or if it is just a snapshot of local media where I live. That being the greater circle in a 100 mile radius from Chicago IL and 40 mile radius from South Bend Indiana. We are just about at the Michigan side intersection of the two circles.

Things that have diminished on national and local media (anecdotal but notable by their not being mentioned much).

Border invasion and fallout. Two weeks ago, daily reporting on the busing of illegals (by TX and FL) to Mass, NY, Chicago and so on. All but gone now. Not a peep about where the CBP and other federal agencies are sending thousands of others and have been for almost 2 years.

Lack of product on shelves, notably the infant formula continues scarce and an ever increasing number of common products once more not in evidence (shelves are partially empty and more “off brand” products are showing up, This is reported locally, and I think national media mentioned the infant formula once last Sunday.

Fuel prices, ,months back the changes upwards were on the news as was the small dip a week or so ago. Now they are going up again and the reporting has vanished on local media aside from a 2 minute report every morning on a local radio news station at 7 AM.

Local election signs – notable by how few are visible, mostly for local county and city races, almost nothing at State/Federal candidate level. I think I have seen all of 3 signs for Whitmer (D curent governor) and maybe 6 for Dixon (R Governor candidate). Past midterms were more promoted to the point of fields of signs.

Local crime and shootings are a staple, as are gun free zone shootings at schools or malls, but even these are 2 or 3 day exposure then go silent.

The J6 committee hearings that were front and center for months, fading away. Even the clown show surrounding Bannon and the raid on Trump’s home is muted. Gun grabbing, well, in Canada it is hot but not locally mentioned much, though there was a one day blip on Biden’s tirade against so called “assault’ weapons (wonder if this will include spears, lances, swords, trebuchet, crossbow and the mace?).

Running out of space for October surprises but what is being pushed ad nauseum is Ukraine/Russia/NATO/UK/Germany etc. Fills the void and does not require too much domestic political exposure.

Impression around here is of a muted electorate. Whether that means angry and looking for blood (not advertising it) or voter burnout, can’t tell.

2 weeks from today we will (maybe) find out.

Whatever your politics – go vote and best do it in person..

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Born in small country in S. America, U.S. citizen since '85, EE, Marketing, Sales, Shade Tree Mechanic, collector of things interesting including good friends from all walks, especially those that partake single malts.

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