Latest from SD Political Blogs http://feed.informer.com/digests/XMCC9FFOB5/feeder Latest from SD Political Blogs Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 06 Nov 2016 19:27:02 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Marty Jackley throwing out the first pitch at the Canaries Game http://dakotawarcollege.com/marty-jackley-throwing-out-the-first-pitch-at-the-canaries-game/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:00d29e2a-d169-49dd-2801-e9c0613aae93 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:29:49 +0000 It was an honor to throw out the first pitch at the @canaries game tonight. pic.twitter.com/2oCYAdb3o4 &#8212; Marty Jackley (@martyjackley) June 24, 2017 <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">It was an honor to throw out the first pitch at the <a href="https://twitter.com/canaries">@canaries</a> game tonight. <a href="https://t.co/2oCYAdb3o4">pic.twitter.com/2oCYAdb3o4</a></p> <p>&mdash; Marty Jackley (@martyjackley) <a href="https://twitter.com/martyjackley/status/878426382707064833">June 24, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers More proposed ballot measures from the people looking to get paid for proposing them in SD. http://dakotawarcollege.com/more-proposed-ballot-measures-from-the-people-looking-to-get-paid-for-proposing-them-in-sd/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:bf70dab6-54e4-a901-0217-31372a45e78c Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:25:58 +0000 In addition to the prior post describing the constitutional mess that they want to foist upon South Dakotans, it looks like the Samuelson/Weiland group is also taking two more possible runs at funneling millions into their pockets from out of state&#8230; ahem, I mean they have two more initiated measure proposals. The first one is a measure that Samuelson titles the &#8220;South Dakota Voter Accessibility, Integrity, and Efficiency Act.&#8221; Unfortunately, you don&#8217;t get the impression <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/more-proposed-ballot-measures-from-the-people-looking-to-get-paid-for-proposing-them-in-sd/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>In addition to the prior post describing the constitutional mess that they want to foist upon South Dakotans, it looks like the Samuelson/Weiland group is also taking two more possible runs at funneling millions into their pockets from out of state&#8230; ahem, I mean they have two more initiated measure proposals.</p> <p>The first one is a measure that Samuelson titles the &#8220;South Dakota Voter Accessibility, Integrity, and Efficiency Act.&#8221; Unfortunately, you don&#8217;t get the impression that it provides any of those, especially from the Legislative Research Council&#8217;s memos, as well as the massive amount of corrections they make, as Samuelson tries to shoehorn another state&#8217;s measure into South Dakota Law.</p> <p>In fact, it&#8217;s almost like he didn&#8217;t bother to even attempt to write it correctly, opting to have LRC do his legal work to point out what they need to change on the taxpayer&#8217;s dime:</p> <p style="margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View 2018 Im Lrccomments Vaie on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/document/352138193/2018-Im-Lrccomments-Vaie#from_embed">2018 Im Lrccomments Vaie</a> by <a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Pat Powers's profile on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/user/41567295/Pat-Powers#from_embed">Pat Powers</a> on Scribd</p> <p><iframe id="doc_98762" class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/352138193/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-KSlduyXtprxLvPlZZ1Fi&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.7694278394534586"></iframe></p> <blockquote><p>&#8230;.It appears that proposed laws were borrowed from another state and minimal  effort  was  made  to  revise  the document  to  the form and style used by the  State of  South Dakota. If  you are borrowing language from other states, it is requested that you follow the form and style for draft  legislation used in this state. The drafting manual  may be found on the website for the Legislative Research Council. If you need assistance  in  locating the manual, please contact our office. You could also review bills introduced in previous sessions to  provide examples for form and style&#8230;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p>Ouch.  If you scroll down, you&#8217;ll see that the corrections makes to this mess are almost endless.</p> <p>And an alternative initiated measure isn&#8217;t any better &#8211; just longer, and trying to cram more crap into it:</p> <p style="margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View 2018 Im Vaieava Lrccomments on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/document/352138554/2018-Im-Vaieava-Lrccomments#from_embed">2018 Im Vaieava Lrccomments</a> by <a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Pat Powers's profile on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/user/41567295/Pat-Powers#from_embed">Pat Powers</a> on Scribd</p> <p><iframe id="doc_30194" class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/352138554/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-lxvJXpBU5OZM4UVYzUnw&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.7700854700854701"></iframe></p> <blockquote><p>The proposed initiated measure has provisions that concern two subjects that address the conduct of elections by mail and provides for automatic voter registration. Each subject could easily be separated from the other and the combination of the subjects may not comply with the single subject requirement in S.D. Const. Art. Ill, § 21. Our suggestion is that the measure should be separated into two measures and our form and style comments reflect that separation. If you move forward with both subjects in one measure, you need to take care in the drafting of any cross references that may only refer to certain sections of the Act.</p> <p>It appears that proposed laws were borrowed from another state and minimal effort was made to revise the document to the form and style used by the State of South Dakota. If you are borrowing language from other states , it is requested that you follow the form and style for draft legislation used in this state. The drafting manual may be found on the website for the Legislative Research Council. If you need assistance in locating the manual, please contact our office. You could also review bills introduced in previous sessions to provide examples for form and style.</p> <p>and&#8230;</p> <p>The second part of the initiated measure concerns automatic voter registration which establishes procedures for registering voters when a person is obtaining or renewing a driver license. The sections for this subject refer to this program being administered by the Department of Motor Vehicles. There is no Department of Motor Vehicles in state government. There is a Division of Motor Vehicles that is in the Department of Revenue, however, that division does not manage the driver license program for the state. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the driver license program and pursuant to SDCL 12-4-6 the department already assists South Dakota residents with voter registration.</p></blockquote> <p>It&#8217;s pretty bad when they submit a measure that fails to accurately reflect the offices of state government on which they intend to impose the duties.</p> <p>Of course, that&#8217;s inevitable when you&#8217;re taking laws from elsewhere and just sending them in for a possible ballot measure because that&#8217;s what the liberal think-tank proposing your next payday wants.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Awash in a sea of red ink, Dem proponents of hiding party on ballot submit proposals to hide party affiliation again. http://dakotawarcollege.com/awash-in-a-sea-of-red-ink-dem-proponents-of-hiding-party-on-ballot-submit-proposals-to-hide-party-affiliation-again/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:4e486463-c66a-dddc-f0e2-de4f1c50ff4f Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:14:01 +0000 I guess they didn&#8217;t learn their lesson last time when South Dakotans told them they wanted full disclosure on the election ballot, not less. Because former Tim Johnson staffer Drey Samuelson has submitted a possible Constitutional Amendment for circulation possibly to be placed on the South Dakota 2018 election ballot: Supporter Drey Samuelson said Friday that they hope to start gathering signatures in August to put the proposed amendment to a vote. It would create <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/awash-in-a-sea-of-red-ink-dem-proponents-of-hiding-party-on-ballot-submit-proposals-to-hide-party-affiliation-again/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>I guess they didn&#8217;t learn their lesson last time when South Dakotans told them they wanted full disclosure on the election ballot, not less.</p> <p>Because former Tim Johnson staffer Drey Samuelson has submitted a possible Constitutional Amendment for circulation possibly to be placed on the South Dakota 2018 election ballot:</p> <blockquote><p>Supporter Drey Samuelson said Friday that they hope to start gathering signatures in August to put the proposed amendment to a vote. It would create nonpartisan primary elections for legislative candidates, remove their party labels from the ballot and establish an independent commission to redraw state legislators&#8217; districts.</p> <p>The proposal shares similarities with two constitutional amendments that voters rejected in 2016. Samuelson says the Legislature is unpopular among voters, who are ready for a change.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/amendment-backers-seek-big-changes-to-legislative-elections">Read that here</a>.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the proposed party-hiding amendment as reviewed by the Legislative Research Council. Just as previous amendments were proposed by Slick Rick Weiland and Drey Samuelson&#8217;s organization leading up to the last election, it&#8217;s just a mess, awash in a sea of red-ink corrections by the State Legislative Research Council:</p> <p style="margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View 2018 CA NonPartisanElectionsRedistrictingLegis LRCComments on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/document/352137708/2018-CA-NonPartisanElectionsRedistrictingLegis-LRCComments#from_embed">2018 CA NonPartisanElectionsRedistrictingLegis LRCComments</a> by <a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Pat Powers's profile on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/user/41567295/Pat-Powers#from_embed">Pat Powers</a> on Scribd</p> <p><iframe id="doc_91955" class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/352137708/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-9Ze7cjiu6Ytd9j1nXFWe&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.7775862068965518"></iframe></p> <p>Ignoring the policy issues that were rejected by voters in the last election, the Legislative Research Council&#8217;s letter does a good job in pointing out the many, many technical flaws that the measure contains:</p> <blockquote><p>The proposed constitutional amendment includes elements from two previous constitutional amendment proposals considered in the 2016 general election . The combination of the subjects from the two proposed amendments may  not comply with the related subject matter as required in S.D. Const. Art. XXIII, § 1.</p> <p>The draft of the initiated constitutional amendment submitted to this office is not  written  in a  clear  and  concise manner and does not conform to the form and style of other sections of the constitution. Parts of the proposed amendment are better suited for statute.</p> <p>and..</p> <p>Furthermore, section 7 conflicts with section 8 of the proposed constitutional amendment as submitted to our office. Section 7 proposes to amend S.D. Const. Art. Ill, § 5 and section 8 proposes to repeal the same section.</p> <p>and..</p> <p>Section 37 appears to require redistricting in 2019 and 2020 and does not  provide  for  redistricting  in  2021. Redistricting is a time consuming and costly use of resources. The redistricting requirements for 2019 and 2020 would be based on 2010 census data and would only apply to one election. This requirement appears to be an unnecessary use of state resources. Since there would not be an appropriation to fund the commission in FY 2019, the commission may have to wait FY 2020 to begin the redistricting process. The commission  must  purchase  redistricting software  and comply with the Voting Rights Act requirements. You should consider eliminating the 2019 redistricting requirement. <strong>The requirement  to redistrict again in 2020 is nonsensical.</strong> Redistricting should be required for 2021.</p></blockquote> <p>Oy. Like the prior proposals coming out of the Weiland/Samuelson shop, it&#8217;s just a mess.  Or we might term it just the first pile of manure to hide their party that Democrats are trying to shovel on to South Dakota Voters.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers A special thanks to the Noem Staff on behalf of my wife & daughter! http://dakotawarcollege.com/a-special-thanks-to-the-noem-staff-on-behalf-of-my-wife-daughter/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:ddf2d0c6-fa8d-713e-4605-5665af7b08b3 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:11:03 +0000 My senior who just graduated and her mother went to Washington DC this week as a graduation gift to my daughter, who had never gone, and wanted to see how things work in our Nation&#8217;s Capitol. Below, my #4 hams it up for the camera&#8230;. What did they do while they were there? In addition to a few museum visits, a Lincoln High classmate of my wife&#8217;s &#8211; I believe a Brigadier General in the <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/a-special-thanks-to-the-noem-staff-on-behalf-of-my-wife-daughter/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>My senior who just graduated and her mother went to Washington DC this week as a graduation gift to my daughter, who had never gone, and wanted to see how things work in our Nation&#8217;s Capitol.</p> <p>Below, my #4 hams it up for the camera&#8230;.<img data-attachment-id="69843" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/a-special-thanks-to-the-noem-staff-on-behalf-of-my-wife-daughter/img_0746-jpg/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0746.JPG.jpeg" data-orig-size="3000,2250" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_0746.JPG" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0746.JPG.jpeg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0746.JPG.jpeg" class="aligncenter wp-image-69843" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0746.JPG.jpeg" alt="" width="469" height="354" /></p> <p>What did they do while they were there? In addition to a few museum visits, a Lincoln High classmate of my wife&#8217;s &#8211; I believe a Brigadier General in the office of the Surgeon General &#8211;  took them on a tour of the Pentagon, and Congresswoman Noem&#8217;s staff was kind enough to take care of the wayward travelers, taking them on the Capital tour, as well as helping them visit some other locations in Congress.</p> <p>My wife wanted me to give a special shout-out to one of the interns in the Noem office, Chesney Garnos, who was kind enough to take them on the tour.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="69844" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/a-special-thanks-to-the-noem-staff-on-behalf-of-my-wife-daughter/chesney_garnos/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Chesney_Garnos.jpg" data-orig-size="750,1000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1497885791&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Chesney_Garnos" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Chesney_Garnos.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Chesney_Garnos.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-69844" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Chesney_Garnos.jpg" alt="" width="574" height="762" /></p> <p>If you don&#8217;t know of Chesney, you might remember her father, Cooper Garnos, who served 13 years in the State Legislature from the Presho area; from 1999-2006 in the House of Representatives, and from 2007-2011 in the State Senate.  Obviously, Chesney shares a similar interest in politics with her father.</p> <p>Brittany, Kristiana, Chesney, and Kristen (And Kristi, of course) as well as other staff members were all terrific in helping Michelle &amp; Sydney enjoy their visit, and my wife wanted me to make sure I thanked them all profusely.</p> <p>A special thanks to the Noem Staff on behalf of my wife &amp; daughter!  They had the time of their lives!</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Thune Statement on USDA Decision to Release CRP Acres to Grazing in Hardest-Hit Counties in Wake of Severe Drought http://dakotawarcollege.com/thune-statement-on-usda-decision-to-release-crp-acres-to-grazing-in-hardest-hit-counties-in-wake-of-severe-drought/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:865e6c37-6a4d-60c6-f339-88168819839d Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:50:40 +0000 Thune Statement on USDA Decision to Release CRP Acres to Grazing in Hardest-Hit Counties in Wake of Severe Drought “I’m glad to see USDA take these important first steps that will give our farmers and ranchers additional pasture as they cope with these tough conditions.” WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/thune-statement-on-usda-decision-to-release-crp-acres-to-grazing-in-hardest-hit-counties-in-wake-of-severe-drought/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><strong><img data-attachment-id="55876" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/thune-tax-day-not-a-happy-time-for-hard-working-americans/thuneheadernew/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thuneheadernew.jpg" data-orig-size="780,130" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="thuneheadernew" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thuneheadernew.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thuneheadernew.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-55876" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thuneheadernew.jpg" alt="" width="780" height="130" /> <img data-attachment-id="53470" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/moran-tester-thune-introduce-bill-to-preserve-rural-therapy-care/john_thune_official_portrait_111th_congress/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/John_Thune_official_portrait_111th_Congress.jpg" data-orig-size="2400,3040" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;U.S. Senate Photographic Studio&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1264628396&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="John_Thune,_official_portrait,_111th_Congress" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/John_Thune_official_portrait_111th_Congress.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/John_Thune_official_portrait_111th_Congress.jpg" class=" wp-image-53470 alignleft" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/John_Thune_official_portrait_111th_Congress.jpg" alt="" width="173" height="218" />Thune Statement on USDA Decision to Release CRP Acres to Grazing in Hardest-Hit Counties in Wake of Severe Drought</strong></p> <p><em>“I’m glad to see USDA take these important first steps that will give our farmers and ranchers additional pasture as they cope with these tough conditions.”</em></p> <p><strong>WASHINGTON </strong>— U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would release Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)-enrolled acres to grazing in counties reaching the D2 (severe drought) and D3 (extreme drought) categories in the U.S. Drought Monitor in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.</p> <p>“Portions of South Dakota are in the midst of one of the most severe droughts we’ve seen since the disastrous 2012 drought,” said Thune. “I’m glad to see USDA take these important first steps that will give our farmers and ranchers additional pasture as they cope with these tough conditions. While today’s decision is good news, there’s more than can be done, including opening up these lands to haying. I will continue to work closely with USDA to ensure all that can be done is being done.”</p> <p>Last week, Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a <a href="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=23CF73EA-8F2D-4E16-A9A6-979CA0787C80">letter</a> to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that emergency haying and grazing on CRP land in eligible counties be accelerated and that more than 484,000 acres of land enrolled in CRP considered environmentally sensitive be made eligible for emergency haying and grazing in eligible counties.</p> <p>Counties in South Dakota eligible for emergency grazing of CRP include: Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Corson, Ziebach, Haakon, Dewey, Stanley, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Hand, and Brown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Rounds Supports USDA Decision to open CRP Acres for Grazing http://dakotawarcollege.com/rounds-supports-usda-decision-to-open-crp-acres-for-grazing/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:3fc1f7c6-c2e5-329f-70e3-bbb2cabc2b7a Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:49:02 +0000 Rounds Supports USDA Decision to open CRP Acres for Grazing WASHINGTON – Showing support, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to open up South Dakota CRP acres for grazing in areas categorized as D2 (severe drought) or D3 (extreme drought) until September 30, 2017. Last week, Rounds and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to provide timely <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/rounds-supports-usda-decision-to-open-crp-acres-for-grazing/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img data-attachment-id="62621" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/rounds-easement-disclosure-provision-included-in-sportsmens-package/rounds-logo-2016/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" data-orig-size="839,177" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Rounds Logo 2016" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-62621" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" alt="" width="839" height="177" /> <img data-attachment-id="53011" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-mike-rounds-weekly-column-time-to-pass-keystone-xl-legislation/mikerounds-official-senate/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MikeRounds-official-Senate.jpg" data-orig-size="3402,4253" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;U.S. Senate Photographic Studio-&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1420551201&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="MikeRounds official Senate" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MikeRounds-official-Senate.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MikeRounds-official-Senate.jpg" class=" wp-image-53011 alignleft" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MikeRounds-official-Senate.jpg" alt="" width="176" height="219" />Rounds Supports USDA Decision to open CRP Acres for Grazing</strong></p> <p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – Showing support, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to open up South Dakota CRP acres for grazing in areas categorized as D2 (severe drought) or D3 (extreme drought) until September 30, 2017. Last week, Rounds and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to provide timely assistance to counties currently facing extreme drought conditions.</p> <p>“I thank Secretary Perdue for acting quickly to give ranchers additional flexibility to feed their herds,” said Rounds. “Opening up additional CRP acres for grazing will provide South Dakota producers with much-needed relief from the ongoing drought. It is a great first step, and I will continue working with my colleagues to make certain our producers are equipped with all the tools possible to manage these difficult conditions.”</p> <p>Counties in South Dakota eligible for emergency grazing of CRP include: Brown, Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Haakon, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Walworth and Ziebach.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers GFP answers questions about ‘Open Waters Compromise’ http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14598 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:a72c7544-0013-de6c-853e-233c8bdc683c Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:28:54 +0000 The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department published its Internet link Friday regarding the &#8216;Open Waters Compromise&#8217; approved by the Legislature and signed into state law by the governor June 12. You can go here and find the information at the bottom left corner under &#8220;Nonmeandered Waters Information.&#8221; The new law declares all nonmeandered waters as [&#8230;] <p>The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department published its Internet link Friday regarding the &#8216;Open Waters Compromise&#8217; approved by the Legislature and signed into state law by the governor June 12.</p> <p>You can go <a href="http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/?utm_source=iContact&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=GFP%20News&amp;utm_content=">here</a> and find the information at the bottom left corner under &#8220;Nonmeandered Waters Information.&#8221;</p> <p>The new law declares all nonmeandered waters as open for public use until the landowner closes the water. GFP officials also received authority under the new law to pursue agreements with landowners for public access to waters that landowners close.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer SD delegation joins Trump death panel; NM delegation outraged http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/sd-delegation-joins-trump-death-panel.html interested party urn:uuid:363341ea-95ba-71a4-6dc7-73ca315f4dd8 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:45:18 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">South Dakota's earth hater congressional delegation is circling the wagons around the failed policies of the Trump White House.<br /><br />The newest version of Trumpcare isn't a health care bill, it's a purge. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>In a statement, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said he has received more than 10,000 letters and emails urging him to oppose the bill, which would roll back some rules for health insurers and eventually reduce the number of low-income Americans covered under the government-funded Medicaid program. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called the bill a “train wreck” that “seems to be everything we feared it would be.” [<a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/health_and_science/heinrich-udall-say-gop-health-care-bill-would-be-devastating/article_6bb933b9-4392-5d30-88e1-5947f74b0621.html">Santa Fe New Mexican</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Mike Rounds is a sleaze bag. Anyone else notice he and fellow earth haters John Thune and Krusti Noem are calling for socialized agriculture for their donors as drought grips my home state? The state's governor says he believes slashing Medicaid will curb debt while putting more burden for indigent care on counties.<br /><br />The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reads like a bulletin from the South Dakota Republican Party. Sioux Falls and the Big Sioux River are dying in a toxic stew of chemically-infused feces while the South Dakota Republican Party gloats over cancer rates driving a medical industry. Rounds donor Denny Sanford is a billionaire and <a href="http://siouxfalls.business/s-d-has-3-trillion-in-bank-assets-heres-why-it-matters/">South Dakota is a $3 TRILLION tax haven</a>. <br /><br />Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/10/fischer-rounds-cutting-fat-hog-as.html">his brother was governor</a> and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.<br /><br />I like the idea of rolling the funding for Tricare, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included unconditionally just like the military does under Tricare.<br /><br />Which part of crony capitalism escapes South Dakotans? Why anybody lives in South Dakota remains a mystery.</div> I-25 sd politics larry kurtz New model coming to University Center-Sioux Falls http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14596 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:8264e542-7c56-24bf-d7a0-04a9caef3387 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:06:21 +0000 A consultant has recommended that state government&#8217;s Board of Regents proceed on a different model for University Center-Sioux Falls. You can read the report here. Essentially it calls for converting the focus to two-year associate degrees &#8212; a major switch for a system built on bachelor and graduate degrees, and, in some cases, doctorates &#8212; and [&#8230;] <p>A consultant has recommended that state government&#8217;s Board of Regents proceed on a different model for University Center-Sioux Falls. You can read the report <a href="https://www.sdbor.edu/the-board/agendaitems/2014AgendaItems/2017%20Agenda%20Items/June2717/8_H_BOR0617.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>Essentially it calls for converting the focus to two-year associate degrees &#8212; a major switch for a system built on bachelor and graduate degrees, and, in some cases, doctorates &#8212; and putting the campus under the supervision of the University of South Dakota.</p> <p>The consultant, by the way, is based in Nashua, New Hampshire. You can read the $90,000 state contract <a href="http://open.sd.gov/contracts/15/17-1520-111.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The regents, who govern South Dakota&#8217;s system of six traditional public campuses and three university centers, are scheduled to discuss the FutureWorks report during their meeting next week in Aberdeen. The topic is on the agenda for Thursday.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer South Dakota: Banned in California  http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-banned-in-california/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:98baf764-f012-6b0b-51a0-5e411d3c9eee Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:02:49 +0000 Apparently South Dakota has been added to a list of states now banned in California. From Red State Watcher: KCRA Reported: Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-banned-in-california/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>Apparently South Dakota has been added to a list of states now banned in California. From Red State Watcher:</p> <blockquote><p>KCRA Reported: Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.</p> <p>And&#8230;</p> <p>It&#8217;s unclear what practical effect California&#8217;s travel ban will have. The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017. A spokesman for Becerra couldn&#8217;t provide an example of travel that would be blocked. Becerra&#8217;s office also couldn&#8217;t provide information about how often state employees have visited the newly banned states.</p> <p>And..</p> <p>A request for a legal opinion on whether public university sports&#8217; travel is exempt from the ban has been filed with Becerra&#8217;s office, but no ruling has been issued.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=83132">Read that here</a>.</p> <p>Thoughts?</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Noem Urges USDA to Act Quickly in Delivering Livestock Forage Program Relief http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-urges-usda-to-act-quickly-in-delivering-livestock-forage-program-relief/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:e82f342f-7c1e-d6c9-7234-e7cc705f4969 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:25:27 +0000 Noem Urges USDA to Act Quickly in Delivering Livestock Forage Program Relief Washington, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem today issued the following statement after the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated six South Dakota counties had been categorized as D3 (extreme drought), triggering the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).  Ranchers in Campbell, Dewey, Walworth, Potter, McPherson, and Edmunds are eligible for three months of LFP payments. “This year’s drought conditions have led to extremely poor grass growth, resulting <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-urges-usda-to-act-quickly-in-delivering-livestock-forage-program-relief/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img data-attachment-id="53018" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/release-powder-river-decision-a-victory-for-ellsworth-and-the-air-force-says-noem/noem-press-header/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/noem-press-header.jpg" data-orig-size="620,225" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="noem press header" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/noem-press-header.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/noem-press-header.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-53018" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/noem-press-header.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="225" /> <img data-attachment-id="43407" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/house-passes-comprehensive-defense-policy-bill-with-noems-mom-amendment/kristi-noem-headshot-may-21-2014/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kristi-noem-headshot-May-21-2014.jpg" data-orig-size="2832,4256" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;Eric Connolly&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="kristi noem headshot May 21 2014" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kristi-noem-headshot-May-21-2014.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kristi-noem-headshot-May-21-2014.jpg" class=" wp-image-43407 alignleft" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kristi-noem-headshot-May-21-2014.jpg" alt="" width="145" height="217" />Noem Urges USDA to Act Quickly in Delivering Livestock Forage Program Relief</strong></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C. –</strong> Rep. Kristi Noem today issued the following statement after the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated six South Dakota counties had been categorized as D3 (extreme drought), triggering the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).  Ranchers in Campbell, Dewey, Walworth, Potter, McPherson, and Edmunds are eligible for three months of LFP payments.</p> <p>“This year’s drought conditions have led to extremely poor grass growth, resulting in feed shortages and limited grazing,” said <strong>Noem</strong>.  “Ranchers are being forced to sell yearlings and cow-calf pairs just to make ends meet.  It’s because of years like this that I fought so hard to preserve the Livestock Forage Program during the 2014 Farm Bill debate and why I’ll continue to do so as we prepare for the next Farm Bill.  With LFP now triggered, I urge the USDA to act quickly to provide producers relief.”</p> <p><a href="http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=69164C1E-5BCB-42DC-8A2F-A5E28381D6DE">Noem has also urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to immediately release all South Dakota CRP acres for haying.</a></p> <p>Noem served on the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee, which negotiated the Livestock Disaster Programs.  The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized and strengthened the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP).</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers From yesterday’s Politico Playbook Power Briefing – Dem Party Caucus is an Assisted Living Center http://dakotawarcollege.com/from-yesterdays-politico-playbook-power-briefing-dem-party-caucus-is-an-assisted-living-center/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:2d041ef6-3ac3-eeb6-a7fb-0e49bfa3c26d Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:00:34 +0000 Read it here. <p><img data-attachment-id="69832" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/from-yesterdays-politico-playbook-power-briefing-dem-party-caucus-is-an-assisted-living-center/screen-shot-2017-06-22-at-9-58-18-am/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.58.18-AM.png" data-orig-size="1374,282" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 9.58.18 AM" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.58.18-AM.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.58.18-AM.png" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-69832" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.58.18-AM.png" alt="" width="1374" height="282" /><a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/playbook-power-briefing/2017/06/21/scalise-listed-in-fair-condition-tonight-congressional-womens-softball-game-dems-try-to-rally-demoralized-troops-after-georgia-spotted-at-the-iraqi-ambassadors-house-220966">Read it here</a>.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Stolen from Facebook: Krebs in Hot Springs Parade http://dakotawarcollege.com/stolen-from-facebook-krebs-in-hot-springs-parade/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:eeb58df8-b1ca-f6b8-916a-b53e647add2a Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:37:09 +0000 As she makes preparations for her fundraiser with Tina Mulalley and State Rep. Lynn DiSanto in Rapid City tonight, I noticed that Congressional Candidate and Secretary of State Shantel Krebs put in an appearance at last weekend&#8217;s parade in Hot Springs, SD: <p>As she makes preparations for <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/shantel-krebs-fundraiser-coming-up-in-the-black-hills-on-the-22nd-craig-ericks-lynne-disanto-tina-mulally-etc/">her fundraiser with Tina Mulalley and State Rep. Lynn DiSanto in Rapid City tonight</a>, I noticed that Congressional Candidate and Secretary of State Shantel Krebs put in an appearance at last weekend&#8217;s parade in Hot Springs, SD:</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="69828" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/stolen-from-facebook-krebs-in-hot-springs-parade/screen-shot-2017-06-22-at-9-31-38-am/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.31.38-AM.png" data-orig-size="2924,1754" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 9.31.38 AM" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.31.38-AM.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.31.38-AM.png" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-69828" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-9.31.38-AM.png" alt="" width="2924" height="1754" /></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Governor makes six CDBG awards http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14594 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:cee7a0b1-495a-6453-cf4f-0e7dee77a43b Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:27:01 +0000 Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded Community Development Block Grant money to help six small cities with infrastructure improvements. The Governor&#8217;s Office of Economic Development announced the grants Thursday morning. &#8220;The CDBG awards include the following: &#8220;The city of Blunt will use a $515,000 grant to make improvements to the city&#8217;s wastewater infrastructure and treatment lagoons. &#8220;The [&#8230;] <p>Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded Community Development Block Grant money to help six small cities with infrastructure improvements.</p> <p>The Governor&#8217;s Office of Economic Development announced the grants Thursday morning.</p> <p>&#8220;The CDBG awards include the following:</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Blunt will use a $515,000 grant to make improvements to the city&#8217;s wastewater infrastructure and treatment lagoons.</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Faith was approved for a $515,000 grant to upgrade its wastewater system.</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Lake Andes was approved for a $750,000 grant to upgrade the city&#8217;s wastewater system.</p> <p>&#8220;The town of Langford will use a $565,000 grant for construction of a new drinking water storage system and increase the capacity of the city&#8217;s water infrastructure.</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Newell was approved for a $324,370 grant to assist with replacing the city&#8217;s water mains.</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Veblen will use a $765,000 grant to make improvements to its wastewater infrastructure and collection ponds.</p> <p>&#8220;The CDBG program provides local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions. The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.&#8221;</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Time for Truth: Hope, Reality and Bad Hot Takes from Special Elections https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/21/1673938/-Time-for-Truth-Hope-Reality-and-Bad-Hot-Takes-from-Special-Elections South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:f980c14f-e4a4-99c8-095e-43c3cb74fe60 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:43:12 +0000 <p>With South Carolina CD5 and Georgia CD6 in the books, many Democratic party members and commenters and pundits are advancing their own hot takes of what went right and wrong in these races. The DCCC is to blame. The candidate is to blame. Democratic members will never win again. All hope is lost. Hope is here and fantastic! We are on the verge of a landslide in 2018, etc.</p> <p>While we sort through the results on the ground, I want to put into perspective what is really happening with our party, not just in Georgia 6 and South Carolina 5, but nationwide. For the last few months, I’ve spent most of my time either on an airplane, in a state meeting, meeting with candidates or visiting states as the look toward the future. </p> <p>It’s time to talk about what that kind of future looks like. If you want a written piece full of hot takes about those two races — well, I’m going to spend far more time knocking down hot takes I find particularly wrong. </p> <p>The story of where our party is going, however, is one full of hope and promise, especially today, rather than sour lemons. </p> DCCC DNC Elections Georgia HotTake Kansas Montana Recommended SouthCarolina SouthDakota Utah rss@dailykos.com (Chris Reeves) Yankton wins best town, hosts Hobie regatta http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/yankton-wins-best-town-hosts-hobie.html interested party urn:uuid:7e40adcf-a14a-bf0a-fee8-9903973930aa Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:48:20 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--c6_o5vqHbA/Ti1svO6xKOI/AAAAAAAAAoI/bMchgK1fSY0/s1600/000_0113.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--c6_o5vqHbA/Ti1svO6xKOI/AAAAAAAAAoI/bMchgK1fSY0/s400/000_0113.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Only seven readers of interested party believe South Dakota has any good towns at all but Yankton won anyway.<br /><br />Hot Springs - 1(14%)<br />Spearditch - 1 (14%)<br />Yankton - 5 (71%)<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>"It’s a perennial favorite," said Ben Wells, the media coordinator with the Hobie Class Association, which will hold its Hobie 16/20 North American Championships at Lewis &amp; Clark Lake this week. Yankton has previously hosted Hobie Cat national events (in 2008 and 2013), but this particular championship is on a grander scale, according to Wells. "This will be one of the larger events we’ve hosted," Wells said. Wells said there will also be a couple of teams from Cuba. [<a href="http://www.yankton.net/community/article_67983f16-549a-11e7-9d6f-43f34d925cc4.html">Yankton Press &amp; Dakotan</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Fugitive Lyle Jeffs of FLDS fame was just apprehended in Yankton after pawn shop operators dropped a dime on him.<br /><br />Yes, this blogger still has a Hobie but sailing in New Mexico means long road trips. Elephant Butte is not very picturesque and Navajo is too far. Nearby Cochiti Reservoir at the confluence of the Rio Grande and Santa Fe River is a radioactive sewer.<br /><br />Above ip photo is from 2011 taken at Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena, Montana not far from the headwaters of the Missouri River.</div> I-25 ip pix sd politics larry kurtz Corn and bean farmers want money from grain company http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14588 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:89245cb0-670a-74c6-b84c-eaeb9efe48f7 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:07:43 +0000 Twelve people filed notices of their intent to sue H&#38;I Grain of Hetland in recent days over many thousands of corn and soybeans. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission scheduled a meeting for Friday on the commission&#8217;s intent to immediately suspend the company&#8217;s grain buyer license. H&#38;I operates in Hetland, Arlington and DeSmet. Each location [&#8230;] <p>Twelve people filed notices of their intent to sue H&amp;I Grain of Hetland in recent days over many thousands of corn and soybeans.</p> <p>The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission scheduled a meeting for Friday on the commission&#8217;s intent to immediately suspend the company&#8217;s grain buyer license.</p> <p>H&amp;I operates in Hetland, Arlington and DeSmet. Each location has a separate license from the commission.</p> <p>On June 16, the commission&#8217;s grain-warehouse division received a draft copy of the company&#8217;s fiscal 2016 balance sheet and statement on profit and loss.</p> <p>&#8220;The draft balance sheet shows significant deficiencies in working capital and equity,&#8221; commission lawyer Kristen Edwards said in a letter asking for a docket to be opened.</p> <p>She added, &#8220;We are specifically aware of acts of insolvency and stress an immediate suspension of the license at each of the three locations is the only way to prevent further potential damage to South Dakota producers.&#8221;</p> <p>The commission meeting is scheduled for Pierre at 9 a.m. CT Friday in the Capitol, room 413.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer SDRS elections marred by low participation w/updates http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14579 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:a9bb1b1b-06b8-f7dd-0750-db0d24e62347 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:05:23 +0000 Rob Wylie, the top administrator for the South Dakota Retirement System, said Monday he didn&#8217;t know why voter turnout was so low in four contests for seats on the SDRS board of trustees. The 2017 round of elections marked the first time SDRS offered on-line voting as an option, with the hope that participation would [&#8230;] <p>Rob Wylie, the top administrator for the South Dakota Retirement System, said Monday he didn&#8217;t know why voter turnout was so low in four contests for seats on the SDRS board of trustees.</p> <p>The 2017 round of elections marked the first time SDRS offered on-line voting as an option, with the hope that participation would increase, at least among the teachers, state employees and county employees with access to computers.</p> <p>SDRS also mailed approximately 50,000 paper ballots and informed those members whose classes had seats at stake in the elections that they could vote on-line or by paper.</p> <p>The return rates were far from great.</p> <p>Of 14,363 ballots sent to teachers, the company handling the election received 1,157 back, between on-line and paper, and counted 1,154. The response of 8 percent was the lowest for teachers since at least 1989. James Appl of Aberdeen won the four-candidate contest with 476 votes.</p> <p>There were 8,380 ballots mailed to state employees. They cast 1,089 and 1,079 were counted. The 13 percent response tied the 2013 turnout as the lowest since at least 1992. Incumbent Laurie Gustafson of Pierre won the four-candidate race with 487 votes.</p> <p>Retirees, who have one seat among the 15 voting trustees, were sent 23,445 ballots. They cast 7,704 and 7,660 were counted. The 33 percent turnout was lowest since at least 1989. Incumbent James Hansen of Pierre won the seven-candidate contest with 1,754 votes.</p> <p>County employees were mailed 3,622 ballots. They cast 468 and all 468 were counted. The 13 percent participation was the lowest since at least 1992. Winner in the two-candidate race was the Incumbent, Kathy KJ Peterson of Rapid City, who is the deputy auditor for Pennington County. She received 344 votes.</p> <p>Wylie said the SDRS trustees and administrative staff are &#8220;concerned&#8221; about the long-term trend of declining turnout. For comparison, turnouts were retirees 46 percent in 1989; teachers 36 percent in 1989; state employees 23 percent in 1992; and county employees 29 percent in 1992. All four have gradually but steadily dropped during the decades since then.</p> <p>&#8220;We had hoped that the electronic voting initiated this year would improve the vote count, though we knew the impact on the retiree election would be minimal.,&#8221; Wylie said.</p> <p>&#8220;We will take a closer look at this to determine if there are other steps we can take. I anticipate that we will discuss this matter in more detail with participating employers and members also.</p> <p>&#8220;In short,&#8221; Wylie concluded, &#8220;I do not think the electronic voting lowered the turnout, but the long-term trend of lower vote counts continued in this election.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>FIRST UPDATE: </strong>The electronic voting numbers, by the way, were teachers 251; state employees 240; retirees 853; and county employees 66.</p> <p><strong>SECOND UPDATE: </strong>The trustees appointed Roy Lindsay Jr., mayor of Madison, to the elected-municipal official seat. His term runs July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021. He succeeds Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, who didn&#8217;t seek re-election this spring. No one was a candidate for the seat.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer USD dean elected to medical schools board http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14577 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:b31e9ee0-5be4-61ea-113d-348ec73a0965 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:48:07 +0000 Mary Nettleman, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, was recently elected to the board of directors for the Association of Medical Colleges. USD announced her election in a news release Monday. The release stated: &#8220;The board of directors provides fiduciary and strategic oversight and direction to the work [&#8230;] <p>Mary Nettleman, dean of the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, was recently elected to the board of directors for the Association of Medical Colleges.</p> <p>USD announced her election in a news release Monday. The release stated:</p> <p>&#8220;The board of directors provides fiduciary and strategic oversight and direction to the work of the AAMC, a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.</p> <p>&#8220;AAMC, founded in 1876, is comprised of all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic and scientific societies.</p> <p>&#8220;AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians.&#8221;</p> SD Government Bob Mercer SDSMA: cannabis is bad because it's illegal http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/sdsma-cannabis-is-bad-because-its.html interested party urn:uuid:2f0ae207-ec9c-1626-ed49-76c9f4026756 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:55:23 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The South Dakota State Medical Association released its findings of cannabis as medicine on 2 June. Not surprisingly, it reads like a bulletin from the Republican Party's Drug Enforcement Administration. In fact, it relied on recommendations from Dr. Bertha K. Madras, of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.<br /><br />SDSMA contends that even though cannabis is effective for pain the pharmaceutical industry produces opioids that are legal.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Although there are different schools of thought concerning the efficacy of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions and concerning whether its possession and use ought to be decriminalized altogether, the fact remains that it is a violation of federal law and South Dakota law to possess or distribute it for any purpose. And while many states, including some close to South Dakota, have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, writing a prescription for marijuana, even to a patient living in a state where its use and possession is legal, could result in a disciplinary proceeding brought by the SDBMOE. Accordingly, it is recommended that the practitioner not prescribe (either using a traditional prescription or a certification) marijuana unless and until changes in the law make it clear that doing so is legal, and then only when it is medically-necessary and appropriate. [<a href="https://www.sdsma.org/docs/pdfs-new_site/Advocacy/medmarwhitepaper.pdf">Marijuana as Medicine</a>]</b></i></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Majority of Minnesota medical marijuana patients say treatment has provided “a great deal of benefit” <a href="https://t.co/18ybbn3ozx">https://t.co/18ybbn3ozx</a> <a href="https://t.co/HzGf9YZa7T">pic.twitter.com/HzGf9YZa7T</a></div>— The Cannabist (@cannabist) <a href="https://twitter.com/cannabist/status/876789061008207873">June 19, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> cannabis red state failure sd politics larry kurtz GOP Healthcare Reform Is A Magical Mystery Tour http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/06/l-ooks-like-u.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:e38d5511-4d65-8d66-b102-bd416180eeb4 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:45:08 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">L</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>ooks like the U.S. Congress is celebrating the golden anniversary of a great album by coming out with its own cover of it. &nbsp;</b>If there ever were such thing as a political "magical mystery <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e8/MagicalMysteryTourDoubleEPcover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="300" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e8/MagicalMysteryTourDoubleEPcover.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">AKA GOP&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Healthcare Reform</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>tour," our reps in D.C. have created it. &nbsp;I think they call this version of it "Obamacare repeal," but shrouded as it is in political mystery, I doubt that anyone really can put a title on it, much less define what it's actually supposed to accomplish. &nbsp;Our South Dakota congressional threesome, Noem, Rounds and Thune, seem to have a vague idea that they're tasked with repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act that sprang to life during the Obama administration, but so far no specifics have emerged. &nbsp;Actually, I don't think any generalities have emerged either. &nbsp;This is mysterious and magical, all right.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>"</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>urreal" might also apply. &nbsp;</b>Just last week, President Trump disavowed a House of Representatives version of Obamacare repeal that passed in early May. He <b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/06/13/trump-told-senators-obamacare-repeal-bill-he-once-celebrated-mean/102826114/" target="_blank">said</a></b> it was "mean."</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;Yet a month ago he was celebrating its passage in the House with a Rose Garden ceremony,&nbsp;<b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/04/donald-trump-health-care-lindsey-graham/101292316/" target="_blank">vowing</a></b> that "we want to brag about this plan." &nbsp;Trump's surrogate in South Dakota, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem voted for its passage, saying the bill <b><a href="http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=87B7C5BF-59BB-4F99-9166-711CDD4E2275" target="_blank">"reflected"</a></b>&nbsp;the vision based "on the proposal we've been working on with President Trump." &nbsp;Does Noem now share Trump's retrospective regrets about the bill and join in with the President, condemning the House product as "mean?" &nbsp;I imagine she'll clam up on this one, even though she's been reflexively following his lead and his rhetoric on ending Obamacare every step of the way.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">N</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>ow that repealing and replacing ACA has been defaulted to the Senate, there isn't much clarity about the contents of the proposal in that chamber, either. &nbsp;</b>Long promised by President Trump, he <b><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/24/its-true-trump-didnt-pledge-obamacare-repeal-in-64-days-he-pledged-it-in-one/?utm_term=.a13ed7c13b76" target="_blank">repeatedly vowed </a></b>to make that a "day one" priority, saying to a crowd in Florida just before the election "it's going to be so easy." &nbsp;And how easy has it so far been in its political incubator in the Senate? &nbsp;It's impossible to say. &nbsp;There's no public dialogue about what the Senators are considering. &nbsp;Our Senator John Thune <b><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/16/thune-health-bill-meetings-open-anybody/396608001/" target="_blank">claims </a></b>that the internal "working group" meetings are "open to anybody," which doesn't square with reports that numerous healthcare organizations (the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association--groups like that, about 120 of them) <b><a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-republicans-obamacare-secrecy-20170616-story.html" target="_blank">have been rebuffed</a></b> in their efforts to meet with Senators working on the bill. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">I</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>f the deliberations are as transparent as Thune claims them to be, why are these organizations that are clamoring to be a legitimate part of the conversation being turned away? </b>South Dakotans have every right and reason to expect a sense of how their essential healthcare options are likely to be affected by discussions in the Senate. &nbsp;Leaving all of us dangling like this is a poor excuse for representation.</span> John Tsitrian How "rhetoric" can get you shot http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/06/how-rhetoric-can-get-you-shot.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:5c026e9d-e98d-c1d7-c52b-b3f65f4e4c72 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:50:18 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The shooting of Republicans at the ball diamond this past week had its predictable result. &nbsp;Some folks engaged in and advocated a bipartisan bon homie. &nbsp;For others it intensified the blame-placing and angry invective against the party they detest.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">But &nbsp;a small group, those who study and try to&nbsp;explain what we loosely call rhetoric, simply shrugged their shoulders and said malice thrives. &nbsp;What is taught in colleges and some high schools as rhetoric is quite different than what is referred to as rhetoric in the media. &nbsp;[See <i style="color: #e06666;"><a href="http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2011/01/please-dont-call-it-rhetoric-shirley.html">Please Don't Call It Rhetoric, Shirley</a>.</i>] &nbsp;People who study and respect language know that words have consequences. &nbsp;Words form the mental environments in which we all live and operate. They form our perceptions. They precede actions and motivate people to act.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Those who study the great atrocities of the world, such as the Holocaust, point out that the use of language is both the producer and the defining characteristic of those episodes. &nbsp; They have predicted that the shooting at the Del Ray ball park in Alexandria, Va., was inevitable and more is to come.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Conservatives have taken delight in the fact that the now-dead shooter,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/virginia-shooting-suspect-james-hodgkinson.html?smid=tw-nytimes&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0" style="color: #326891; font-size: 17px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">James T. Hodgkinson</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-size: 17px;">, </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-size: 17px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">espoused &nbsp;"liberal" ideas. &nbsp;He lends example to the conservative contention that all the ills of the world are spawned by liberalism. &nbsp;As a group which until recently owned the threat of political violence, &nbsp;conservatives now try to shift that onto liberals.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"> &nbsp;For years the NRA and its conservative supporters have blared the message that&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">"you can’t fist fight tyranny,” and that liberal forces were conspiring to take away their guns. &nbsp;As a <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-the-nra-conquered-washington-and-abandoned-gun-owners-like-me/2017/06/16/e9374238-51e8-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&amp;utm_term=.f9f6586abfdd">gun-owning Washington &nbsp;Post columnist </a>says, "</span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">It should be no surprise that someone would shoot democratically elected representatives when we’ve been told for decades that that’s the patriotic redress to political grievances." &nbsp;Now the conservatives are trying to contend that liberals are the advocates of political violence. &nbsp;That contention is not supportable with facts, but the conservative advocacy of firearm violence as a political force has abundant evidence.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Nevertheless, experts in the study of the verbal environment have warned that the both sides of the political divide are arming themselves for prospective battle with their political opponents. &nbsp;This was evident a few years ago when the Colorado legislature passed laws restricting the sales of assault-type weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. &nbsp;The laws sparked a political backlash, but also a spectacular rise in gun sales. &nbsp;Dealers were running out of inventories. When asked about who was buying all the guns, &nbsp;one dealer &nbsp;said it was half-and-half between those who were arming against government tyranny and those who were arming against them. &nbsp;Liberals, too, were preparing for eventual combat.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The propaganda that Obama, who called for background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, was out to confiscate all guns was simply a dishonest statement meant to enrage those who are beyond the reach of facts. &nbsp;Scholars of rhetoric explain that rhetoric is the process of persuading through the logical analysis of facts through critical thought and accurate language. &nbsp;When people are mentally bound by their prejudices and hatred, they are invulnerable &nbsp;to facts, reason, and accurate language. &nbsp;Differences can be settled only by force. &nbsp;The Nazi takeover of Europe proves that malicious force can win and that tyrannical brainwashing can banish and vanquish knowledge and reason in the minds of people. &nbsp;Often a majority wants only to have their dark hatreds and intellectual and moral failures endorsed as the normal state of human affairs.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The hatred of liberalism and the debased mentalities that accept it as a creed have decades of evangelistic preaching behind its development. &nbsp;Rush Limbaugh is a loud, typical evangelist of liberal hatred. &nbsp;He maligns, defames, and espouses preposterous lies under the guise of entertainment. &nbsp; It is entertainment in the same vein as Romans executing Christians in arenas filled with <a href="http://www.jaysromanhistory.com/romeweb/christns/chrslion.htm">hate-enraged throngs</a> cheering for their agonizing death. &nbsp;No words of fact or reason can have any effect on such throngs. &nbsp;And so it is with conservatives and liberals in our current political climate. &nbsp;Valid rhetoric and productive discourse is not a consideration because it is not a possibility.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Enmity has a long and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/upshot/how-we-became-bitter-political-enemies.html?">carefully tended incubation</a> as a political weapon in the &nbsp;U.S. &nbsp;Significant portions of the population do not regard the opposite party as merely holding different views, but that it has malicious intentions. &nbsp;The nature of the propaganda that blankets the social atmosphere bears that perception out. &nbsp;The sources of the words we see and hear disgorge angry defamations as a matter of course. &nbsp;Attack inspires counter-attack. &nbsp; In a battle where the dominant intention is to inflict harm, &nbsp;facts and reason have no effect.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">The propaganda has urged the populace to arm itself against a takeover. &nbsp;And both conservatives and liberals have done just that.</span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">James Hodgkinson may have fired the first shot in a civil war that the "rhetoric" of our time has&nbsp;prepared us for and incited.</span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><br /></span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">You should not be surprised it you get shot for your political or social affiliation. &nbsp;The nature of our political discourse has made it inevitable.</span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #111111; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-size: 17px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-size: 17px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> David Newquist SEP071 – All About Joe Sneve http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep071-joe-sneve/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:88d694b0-6adc-238c-7fd7-9a82f479d7db Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:59:45 +0000 <p>My how the tables have turned on The Sioux Empire Podcast.  This week the reporter becomes the reported as the Sioux Empire Podcast interrogation team (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) break down Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter Joe Sneve.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep071-joe-sneve/">SEP071 – All About Joe Sneve</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My how the tables have turned on The Sioux Empire Podcast.  This week the reporter becomes the reported as the Sioux Empire Podcast interrogation team (</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) break down Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter Joe Sneve.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.  The Sioux Empire Podcast always starts the answer to any question with “That’s a great question.”</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-673 alignleft" src="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-300x191.png" alt="Parental Advisory" width="300" height="191" srcset="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-300x191.png 300w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-768x488.png 768w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-1024x650.png 1024w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-900x572.png 900w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-551x350.png 551w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-100x64.png 100w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Joe Sneve Links:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/Argus_Joe"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://twitter.com/Argus_Joe</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/joesnevereporter"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://www.facebook.com/joesnevereporter</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Story Tips Direct Line: 605-331-2318</span></p> <p><a href="mailto:jsneve@argusleader.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">jsneve@argusleader.com</span></a></p> <p><strong>Legislative Coffee Episode Referenced:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep029-trans-legislative-coffee/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep029-trans-legislative-coffee/</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster.png"><img class="wp-image-3633 size-large" src="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-1024x387.png" alt="SEP070 - Read All About it with Joe Sneve" width="1024" height="387" srcset="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-1024x387.png 1024w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-300x113.png 300w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-768x290.png 768w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-900x340.png 900w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-100x38.png 100w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster.png 1428w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tags and Topics:</span></p> <p>Argus Leader, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, Joe Sneve, Political Science, University of South Dakota, Mike Card Ph.D, William Richardson Ph.D, William Anderson Ph.D, Eric Jepsen Ph.D, Elizabeth (Betty) Smith Ph.D, Al Neuharth Media Center, Vermillion, Main Street Pub, The Hills Have Eyes, River People, Dumpster Diving, Pamida, Writing, Alcoholism, Al Neuharth Scholars, Journalism Careers, The Future of Journalism, Journalism, Established Media, Source Development, Work Experience, Steve Young, Stu Whitney, Greg Gianforte, Mike Huether, SiouxperCon, Highway Pig, Sarah Burchard, <span style="font-weight: 400;">Transgender Issues, Kansas, Nightcrawler, Legislative Coffee, Music, Motorcycle, Pearl Jam, John Thune, D-Days, Thomas Daschle, Alpine Valley Wisconsin, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Dave Matthews, Deftones, Radiohead, Print Media, New York Times, Sioux Falls, Boom Town, 5 year plan, Urban Indianz Podcast, Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Char Green-Maximo, Chaos Reigns, Ari Show, Dominic Wieneke</span></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep071-joe-sneve/">SEP071 &#8211; 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My how the tables have turned on The Sioux Empire Podcast.  This week the reporter becomes the reported as the Sioux Empire Podcast interrogation team (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) break down Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter Joe Sneve.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast. […] SD Bankers Association elects three http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14574 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:1593f008-2119-c315-58c2-67f94b9a4e93 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:37:39 +0000 Three South Dakota Bankers Association directors were recently elected and began current terms on May 1. They are Steven Bumann, BankWest, Pierre, second term; Shawn Rost, First Interstate Bank, Rapid City, second term; and Craig Davis, First National Bank, Pierre, first term. <p>Three South Dakota Bankers Association directors were recently elected and began current terms on May 1. They are Steven Bumann, BankWest, Pierre, second term; Shawn Rost, First Interstate Bank, Rapid City, second term; and Craig Davis, First National Bank, Pierre, first term.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Where to buy a pair of Dockers http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14571 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:b72695ea-0013-b1a4-2c78-328ecf3283e4 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:09:48 +0000 JCPenney is closing its department store in Pierre. I don&#8217;t know where I can go later this year, when I shop for the dressy Dockers and Stafford shirts that I want to wear for the 2018 legislative session. If there is somewhere else to shop for them in town, I&#8217;m not aware. Perhaps I need [&#8230;] <p>JCPenney is closing its department store in Pierre. I don&#8217;t know where I can go later this year, when I shop for the dressy Dockers and Stafford shirts that I want to wear for the 2018 legislative session. If there is somewhere else to shop for them in town, I&#8217;m not aware. Perhaps I need to change my look and go western. Suggestions?</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Cajete Fire expected to move into old Las Conchas, Thompson Ridge Burns http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/cajete-fire-moves-into-old-las-conchas.html interested party urn:uuid:3226a7fd-0282-1330-92e5-15007f7eadf4 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:21:57 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mk4IbnA5Mzs/WUUh-KvhGKI/AAAAAAAAFXc/AIFVIxnGGNMxt0l4X5kznsSnUUrdq2SvwCLcBGAs/s1600/DCedg58U0AAlcyl.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1024" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mk4IbnA5Mzs/WUUh-KvhGKI/AAAAAAAAFXc/AIFVIxnGGNMxt0l4X5kznsSnUUrdq2SvwCLcBGAs/s400/DCedg58U0AAlcyl.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />If the Cajete Fire moves beyond Los Griegos Mountain it will slow when it hits burn scars from the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire and the 2011 <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-post.html">Las Conchas Fire</a>.<br /><br />A Type I IC team took command of the incident at 0600 MDT this morning after active burning increased the size of the blaze to at least 700 acres. Extreme fire conditions have been observed. Gusty winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity continue today.<br /><br />The <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/11/bandelier-view-sheds-opened-by-fires.html">Las Conchas Fire</a> started in late June of 2011 when an aspen tree fell onto power lines in the Jemez Mountains then quickly spread and became one of the most disastrous forest fires in New Mexico history. The Thompson Ridge Fire was the inspiration for <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/06/ponderosa-pine-infestation-driving.html">this 2013 post</a>.<br /><br />Wildland fires in New Mexico are common by this time of the year and at least <a href="https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/32/">eleven wildfires</a> are burning.<br /><br />Yesterday's ip photo was taken from <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/casita-is-fully-functional.html">the casita</a>. So far, Baja Waldo has been mostly spared from smoke but Santa Fe and Los Alamos have been inundated causing air alerts.<br /><br />Black Hills-based Wildfire Today uploaded a map of the Cajete Burn to twitter. That bare spot to the upper right of the blaze is the <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/06/appeals-court-revives-nm-tribe-claim-to.html">Valles Caldera</a>.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Cajete Fire west of Los Alamos causes evacuations <a href="https://t.co/uGH2cnMTPb">https://t.co/uGH2cnMTPb</a> <a href="https://t.co/vpss9geSJZ">pic.twitter.com/vpss9geSJZ</a></div>— Wildfire Today (@wildfiretoday) <a href="https://twitter.com/wildfiretoday/status/875792257764515840">June 16, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> Earth I-25 pix larry kurtz ***Abourezk campaign poster http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/06/abourezk-campaign-poster.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:fb43b87a-43a8-7b5a-286e-c8692c82ea1e Sat, 17 Jun 2017 02:10:17 +0000 We have been digging through some old boxes and envelopes. One box had some political papers from the days I worked for the SD Democratic Party as a fundraiser. In the box were some SD state maps with greetings from Gov. Richard Kneip and also one with greetings from Gov. Bill Janklow. But perhaps more interesting was the campaign poster... All 2017 Elections History Photography Politics South Dakota 1972 History Jim Abourezk Politics SD Democrats South Dakota US Senate Campaign Poster Douglas Wiken Zero states want House GOP health bill http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14569 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:8b5b0eee-8d99-f288-c1ce-db38b0b038da Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:37:24 +0000 That is the conclusion of the New York Times in an Upshot article this week. The piece uses a combination of polling to arrive at the conclusion. Of specific interest is the finding regarding 15 of the 19 most-Republican states. The 15 include South Dakota and each of the 15 has two Republican senators. Just as the [&#8230;] <p>That is the conclusion of the New York Times in an <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/upshot/gop-senators-might-not-realize-it-but-not-one-state-supports-the-ahca.html?hpw&amp;rref=upshot&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=well-region&amp;region=bottom-well&amp;WT.nav=bottom-well&amp;_r=0">Upshot</a> article this week. The piece uses a combination of polling to arrive at the conclusion.</p> <p>Of specific interest is the finding regarding 15 of the 19 most-Republican states. The 15 include South Dakota and each of the 15 has two Republican senators.</p> <p>Just as the passage of Obamacare handed the U.S. Senate&#8217;s majority to the Republicans in the 2010 elections, the House-passed repeal of Obamacare could hand the Senate&#8217;s majority back to the Democrats. It depends most on the match-ups in each state, and the voters&#8217; perceptions in each state of the specific match-up.</p> <p>The U.S. House of Representatives approved big changes in the health-care legislation that most of its Republicans passed this spring. The Senate Republicans quickly took their deliberations behind closed doors. One reason might be the Senate Republicans&#8217; sensitivity to their party colleagues in the House. A Republican senator doesn&#8217;t need to be publicly pitted against Republican representatives.</p> <p>The spread in South Dakota, according to the estimate by the Times, is 15 points: 48 percent of South Dakotans oppose the House Republicans&#8217; measure, while 33 percent support it.</p> <p>The aye cast by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem might not affect her in the Republican primary contest for the nomination for governor against state Attorney General Marty Jackley and possibly other Republican candidates. We won&#8217;t know until the votes are counted after election polls close on the evening of June 5, 2018. She is South Dakota&#8217;s only member in the U.S. House.</p> <p>Her vote could have some effect in the November 2018 general election. The state Senate&#8217;s Democratic leader, Billie Sutton of Burke, recently declared his candidacy for governor next year. But that election is 17 months away.</p> <p>The U.S. Senate could (and probably will) pass a less-offensive version of the health-insurance law, perhaps later this year. That would put the Senate and the House on a path to negotiating the differences. The House and Senate roll calls that follow those negotiations likely would focus those voters who care most about this matter. That aye or nay will count.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Thune statement on Iran and Russia sanctions http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14567 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:99b1e10a-521f-a41f-c79d-2c841dd00a3e Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:02:37 +0000 A statement from U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, moments ago: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement regarding passage of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, legislation that provides the Trump administration with the tools necessary to pursue a comprehensive approach for deterring threats from Iran and expands [&#8230;] <p>A statement from U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, moments ago:</p> <p>WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement regarding passage of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, legislation that provides the Trump administration with the tools necessary to pursue a comprehensive approach for deterring threats from Iran and expands current U.S. sanctions on Russia.</p> <p>“Iran’s hostile behavior is a threat to our national security,” said Thune. “Time and time again, the Iranian regime has proved it cannot be trusted, and the flawed nuclear deal the Obama administration made is not an excuse for failing to hold Iran accountable. Iran remains the number-one state sponsor of global terrorism and is a principal supporter of the Assad regime in Syria. By imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its continued support for terrorism, prohibited arms transfers, and ballistic missile testing, this legislation sends a powerful signal that our nation stands firm against Iranian aggression.</p> <p>“The bill also expands sanctions against the government of Russia — a nation that continues to stir unrest in the Middle East. Russia’s continued aggression in Syria, its brazen cyberattacks and interference in elections, and its alarming human rights abuses must not go unchallenged. With passage of this bill, we ensure that Russia will face consequences for its actions.”</p> SD Government Bob Mercer New poll: what's the best town in South Dakota http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-poll-whats-best-town-in-south-dakota.html interested party urn:uuid:504e05f6-8405-33bb-9d74-01b123116d2b Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:34:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">According to readers of this blog Sturgis, Pierre and Huron are <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-poll-whats-worst-town-in-south.html">the worst towns in South Dakota</a>. So, to balance cynicism with something else interested party wants input on the best town. Vote now or leave your choice in the comments.<br /><br />The worst towns in my home state are listed below with your results. Mobridge should be on the list but missed the cut.<br /><br />Sturgis<br /><br />5 (25%)<br /><br />Watertown<br /><br />0 (0%)<br />Brookings<br /><br />1 (5%)<br /><br />Aberdeen<br /><br />2 (10%)<br /><br />Rapid City<br /><br />0 (0%)<br />Sioux Falls<br /><br />2 (10%)<br /><br />Mitchell<br /><br />2 (10%)<br /><br />Pierre<br /><br />4 (20%)<br /><br />Other<br /><br />4 (20%)<br /><br /><br /></div> red state failure sd politics larry kurtz Drought could make non-meandered lakes fix moot http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/drought-could-make-non-meandered-lakes.html interested party urn:uuid:b1757949-290e-8ab1-8168-c63c4a0be259 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:48:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cSYmRRtAqnE/WT6nP1hhy7I/AAAAAAAAFXM/ojNeeu_7hAoQwaFgYznjA4_CXIVu_yyNgCLcB/s1600/mdohomeweb.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="612" data-original-width="792" height="309" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cSYmRRtAqnE/WT6nP1hhy7I/AAAAAAAAFXM/ojNeeu_7hAoQwaFgYznjA4_CXIVu_yyNgCLcB/s400/mdohomeweb.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />The US Army Corps of Engineers has always had purview over water that flows into bodies that can support navigation. <br /><br />Nearly every moving stream, intermittent or not in South Dakota, has supported a pre-settlement human or European explorer pulling and propelling a canoe over it.<br /><br />In South Dakota, once it leaves its source, all surface water that flows from or through private property is owned by the state. <br /><br />Property owners can harvest and possess rainwater and with a permit can pump from aquifers; but, the moment runoff reaches another body of water outside that boundary, contaminated by whatever residue it encounters along the way, within state borders, it's the property of the State of South Dakota.<br /><br />Unfortunately, in South Dakota, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is governed by those same offenders and therefore effectively neutered.<br /><br />Rapid City environmental lawyer David Ganje is doing work for the South Dakota Farmers Union. He believes the legislature's fix is deeply flawed.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The summer committee of the Legislature voted approval of a nonmeandered waters bill June 2. The bill includes several workable and good provisions. Still, the committee opted for a bill that is unfinished, even for the limited, immediate issues the bill seeks to remedy. This use of public waters cannot be bought or leased by the state. If the purpose of the bill is to buy or lease property rights from private landowners, the bill does not achieve this purpose. [<a href="http://www.aberdeennews.com/outdoors/guest-column-nonmeandered-waters-bill-still-needs-work/article_d21da570-6b77-5501-8970-fc6a6ccdee40.html">David Ganje</a>]</b></i></blockquote>According to <a href="https://www.gowatertown.net/2017/06/12/south-dakota-lawmakers-meet-in-special-session-today-audio/">KWAT Radio</a> 2014 gubernatorial loser, Susan Wismer is supporting the fix.<br /><br />Ranchers and farmers who pump aquifers to water hay crops are out of hay after giving it to other <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/03/socialized-agriculture-driving-spring.html">ag welfare recipients</a> this Spring.<br /><br />South Dakota is banking on drought to coax relief from the Trump Organization.<br /><br />That's not self-reliance; <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/05/betty-olson-adopts-trumps-double.html">it's moral hazard</a>.</div> Earth red state failure sd politics larry kurtz SEP070 – Read All About it with Joe Sneve http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep070-read-joe-sneve/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:e6355be1-612b-fd9d-1a8c-15964ad78c08 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:59:59 +0000 <p>Extra!  Extra!  Listen all about it!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) sit down with Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter and motorcycle rebel Joe Sneve.  We talk with him about everything from Snapchat cabbies and rouge interns to goings on at Sioux Falls City Hall […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/sep070-read-joe-sneve/">SEP070 – Read All About it with Joe Sneve</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Extra!  Extra!  Listen all about it!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) sit down with Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter and motorcycle rebel Joe Sneve.  We talk with him about everything from Snapchat cabbies and rouge interns to goings on at Sioux Falls City Hall and lots of mental territory in between.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.  Stay tuned to the Sioux Empire Podcast for all your hard-hitting highway pig investigative journalism.   </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_.png"><img class="alignleft wp-image-673 size-medium" src="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-300x191.png" alt="Parental Advisory" width="300" height="191" srcset="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-300x191.png 300w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-768x488.png 768w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-1024x650.png 1024w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-900x572.png 900w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-551x350.png 551w, http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2000px-Parental_Advisory_label.svg_-100x64.png 100w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joe Sneve Links:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/Argus_Joe"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://twitter.com/Argus_Joe</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/joesnevereporter"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://www.facebook.com/joesnevereporter</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Story Tips Direct Line: 605-331-2318</span></p> <p><a href="mailto:jsneve@argusleader.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">jsneve@argusleader.com</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Farmers market shakedown </b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/05/24/farmers-market-concedes-state-collect-tourism-tax/343926001/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/05/24/farmers-market-concedes-state-collect-tourism-tax/343926001/</b></a></p> <p><b>Snapchat Cabbie:</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/06/08/snapchat-cabbie-clicks-millennial-bar-hoppers/370905001/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/snapchat-cabbie-cli…/370905001/</b></a></p> <p><b>Theresa Stehly: </b></p> <p><b>Lawn violation-</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/05/30/cou/356932001/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/news/city/2017/05/30/cou/3569…/</b></a></p> <p><b>God &#8211;</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/05/19/god-government-and-theresa-stehly-councilors-lonely-battle/100987062/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/god-government-and-…/100987062/</b></a></p> <p><b>Candidates and public input characters:</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/05/20/candidate-potluck-keep-mayoral-hopefuls-playing-nice/330385001/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/candidate-potluck-k…/330385001/</b></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/03/10/sneve-mount-rushmore-civic-rabble-rousers/98915332/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/sneve-mount-rushmore…/98915332/</b></a></p> <p><b>The plagiarizing intern</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/06/07/argus-leader-completes-review-removes-10-articles-website/377434001/"><b>http://www.argusleader.com/…/argus-leader-comple…/377434001/</b></a></p> <p><strong>iMediaEthics Story about Intern</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.imediaethics.org/south-dakota-argus-leader-newspaper-retracts-11-articles-fake-quotes-unverifiable-quotes-info/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.imediaethics.org/south-dakota-argus-leader-newspaper-retracts-11-articles-fake-quotes-unverifiable-quotes-info/</span></a></p> <p><strong>Hiway Pig</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/03/30/highway-pig-saved-slaughter-house/99732028/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/03/30/highway-pig-saved-slaughter-house/99732028/</span></a></p> <div id="attachment_3633" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-3633" src="http://www.thesiouxempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SEP070_71Poster-300x113.png" alt="SEP070 - 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Extra!  Extra!  Listen all about it!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) sit down with Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter and motorcycle rebel Joe Sneve.  We talk with him about everything from Snapchat cabbies and rouge interns to goings on at Sioux Falls City Hall […] Pathological lying destroys human possibilities http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/06/pathological-lying-destroys-human.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:07d7c351-b1b8-d59f-c326-4fb5f21c4d1a Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:42:03 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">During Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, he was&nbsp;credited by the<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/05/01/president-trumps-first-100-days-the-fact-check-tally/?tid=sm_fb&amp;utm_term=.26a64e724bdc"> Washington Post </a>with making 492 statements to the public that were false or misleading. &nbsp;Since he entered the political scene, &nbsp;mental health professionals have warned that he has all the symptoms of severe mental dysfunction. &nbsp;The latest warning was issued in an open letter by <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/opinion/mental-health-professionals-warn-about-trump.html">35 mental health experts</a>. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The resistance to Trump is not a&nbsp;political matter. &nbsp;It's a matter of him exhibiting behavior that violates all standards of intelligence, decency, &nbsp;and honesty. &nbsp;If Trump were not extremely wealthy with the ability to exercise the power that comes from money, &nbsp;he would be regarded as just another village idiot whose obsessive rants and prattle would be ignored. &nbsp;The culture of wealth worship that has burgeoned in Americans is the only thing that enables and sustains Trump. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump is remarkably incoherent. &nbsp;His words violate the basic rule of language. &nbsp;They do not refer to anything factual that can be perceived by others. &nbsp;They are noises that have no substance in the natural world or in recorded human experience. &nbsp;He speaks in hyperbole that names only his mental reactions, not anything that exists outside of himself. &nbsp;When he is displeased with people around him, &nbsp;he labels them "horrible." &nbsp;When they conform to his purpose of the moment, they are "fantastic" people. &nbsp;In using these expressions of approval and disapproval, Trump shapes the attitudes of the sucks who curry his favor because he is rich and powerful. &nbsp;His words do not supply an accurate description or appraisal of the world around him. &nbsp;They signal his sycophants whom to like and dislike, &nbsp;like the alpha mean girls shape the attitudes of their dupes. &nbsp;Trump's words are not in themselves significant as they have no validity in reality. &nbsp;Their only reality &nbsp;is the people who accept them and what those people mean for the future of democracy.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423003/trumps-superlatives-mark-antonio-wright">National Review </a>compiled some typical Trump expressions that appeal to his followers. &nbsp;They reflect a contempt for anything factual and the purpose of manipulating those of deficient cognitive skills who form his base. &nbsp;</span><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">1. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">2. “I’m really rich! I’ll show you that in a second. And by the way: I’m not even saying that in a brag.”</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">3. “I’m the most militaristic person ever.”</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">4. “I will build a great wall . . . and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.”</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">5. “Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States. Hillary was the worst. In the history of the United States there’s never been a secretary of state so bad as Hillary.”</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">6. “I would use the greatest minds. I know the best negotiators. I’m in New York –&nbsp;I know the good ones, the bad ones. I always say: ‘I know the ones&nbsp;people think are good.’ I know people you’ve never heard of that are better than all of them.”&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">7. “If you really love this country you have a very, very hard time convincing people that what you’re doing is right and that you’re really smart. And, like, a lot of us are really smart. I’m really smart –&nbsp;I went to the Wharton School of Finance.”&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;">8. “I would hit [ISIS]&nbsp;so hard your head would spin.”</span></span></blockquote><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The constant use of hyperbole detached from reality is symptomatic of a more serious aspect of Trump: &nbsp;his pathological lying. &nbsp;A pathological liar is a sociopath who lies to get his way, no matter what the effect on others. &nbsp;He is a compulsive liar, which means he lies about everything, even trivial matters for which lying has no point or objective. &nbsp;If the compulsive liar has a motive, it is to make all matters of the universe subject to his will. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;">Trump also lies as a way of inflicting vengeance.&nbsp; He makes defamatory false representations of people and he makes false accusations, such as accusing President &nbsp;Obama of wire-tapping Trump Towers. &nbsp;He began his political run by accusing Obama of not being born in America. &nbsp;Trump, &nbsp;partly because he is a part of it, understood the racist hatred that runs through Americans who look for any pretext to defame Obama without using the n-word. &nbsp;So, he launched his political career by appealing to the Jim Crow sector, which forms a large part of his base. &nbsp;He uses this technique of defaming perceived opponents to damage their reputations. &nbsp;This is a device common in corporate business life, a major tool in the CEO kit of gaining power. &nbsp;It damages people by branding them with false accusations, &nbsp;and it is &nbsp;effective in marshaling the loyalty of their knowing accomplices and their subservient dupes.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;">The most serious damage lying inflicts is on the language. &nbsp;When words are used to deceive, they become untrustworthy. &nbsp;An environment of lies makes the language useless in conducting any kind of human transactions. &nbsp;And when people cannot trust words, they cannot trust anything or anybody. &nbsp;The misuse and consequent mistrust of language spreads into documents and the laws that govern us. &nbsp;People realize that laws are construed to oppress some people and exempt others from any kind of responsibility. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;">I am among those scholars who believe that the depressed state of American Indians is caused in large part by fraudulent language. &nbsp;Native Americans signed treaty after treaty which was never adhered to by the U.S., and furthermore were openly devised to swindle the tribes out of their lands with no intention of honoring the "deals." &nbsp;One of the reasons that Native Americans are protective of their oral traditions is to keep a reservoir of language that they know honestly refers to something they can believe in. &nbsp;The language of America is counterfeit, &nbsp;used only to deceive and defraud. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;">The American population at large is now experiencing the demoralization and destruction that false language inflicts. &nbsp;When you can't believe anything said to you by a leader and his supporters, &nbsp;you can't believe in anything. &nbsp;Cynicism is the only sane reaction. &nbsp;When words themselves become inherent lies, &nbsp;the possibility for human good is destroyed. &nbsp;Literate people can retreat into books and other forms in which language is used with integrity, skill, and a regard for truth. &nbsp;An acknowledgment of the essential function of language may be preserved, &nbsp;but it is not operative in the way of life.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;">Trump is a cancer on language. &nbsp;Like cancer, his lies diminish the opportunities of life, leaving death as the inevitable prospect for our nation. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;;"><br /></span><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> </span><br /><div><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br /></span></div> David Newquist Kralj crashes Smith River forum, tells it like it is http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/kralj-crashes-smith-river-forum.html interested party urn:uuid:58a73137-d0f8-6d58-036f-44374c7a73fe Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:52:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FJessicaESena%2Fvideos%2F10155407113614265%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />Larry Kralj, a <a href="http://www.saveoursmith.com/">brother-in-arms</a> and icon of the Montana blogosphere. He's my alter ego. Jessica Sena is an earth hater lobbyist for the extractive industry who wants to mine on a tributary of the Smith River.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Environmental groups and anglers have lined up in opposition to the mine, arguing that it could harm water quality in Sheep Creek, an important spawning stream for Smith River trout. Tintina maintains that their operation will use the best mining techniques and won’t harm either stream. [<a href="http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/state-wants-more-detail-on-smith-river-mine/article_3afe0584-fd31-5a1f-aee8-ffdf587faecf.html">Bozeman Daily Chronicle</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Kralj owns the phrase "Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers" along with many other colorful colloquialisms.</div> Earth montana larry kurtz Anne Frank's betrayers, your friends and neighbors http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/06/anne-franks-betrayers-your-friends-and.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:e68c0862-8c79-63dd-66e9-63db7c7d4e0f Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:02:30 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">At some point the media and the people of America will have to face a fact--which is not a popular thing to do in today's political climate. &nbsp;The fact is that&nbsp;there is a big segment of the American people who are anti-democratic. &nbsp;Specifically, they are against American democracy with all its words about freedom, equality, and justice. &nbsp;Oh, they want those things for themselves, but find it intolerable to extend them to other people. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And that is the defining point of separation in what we call the political divide. &nbsp;It is not a divide between Democrats and Republicans. &nbsp;liberals and conservatives. &nbsp;It is a divide between people who want to live in &nbsp;a democracy and those who want some form of authoritarian rule in which they are aligned with the authority. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">As many observers have pointed out, &nbsp;the United States is replaying the politics of Germany in the 1930s. &nbsp;The same race-and-creed-based hatreds that drove the Nazi movement run like tidal currents through America. &nbsp;Muslims are the major target in the American neo-Nazi movement, whereas Jews were the predominant hate-objects in Nazi Germany, &nbsp;but they aren't being forgotten in America''s rage to hate. &nbsp;The impulse to denigrate, oppress, and harm is the same process of creating a subjugated class no matter what ethnic, cultural, or political group is in disfavor. &nbsp; &nbsp;The significance for humanity is not who is being hated but who is doing the hating. &nbsp;In Germany after World War I, when the people needed to place blame for the humiliation they had suffered, they found a someone who would voice and affirm their attitudes and lead them in the exercise of malice. &nbsp;Hitler provided that voice and that rule. &nbsp;Trump has provided that voice and affirmation for disaffected Americans, &nbsp;who have been in a peevish snit over the fact that their country actually elected an African America president. &nbsp;The racism which had lain dormant since the civil rights era boiled to the surface when a black man presided over the country. &nbsp;Trump vowed to insult and defame Obama and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-trump-doctrine-erasing-the-black-mans-legacy_us_5931705ee4b0649fff211835?utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&amp;utm_source=main_fb&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063">undo everything Obama did</a>. &nbsp;And that is his agenda. &nbsp;He has a loyal following of people.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">World culture has an anti-democratic tradition of restricting freedom, equality, and justice as a privilege for&nbsp;those allied with authority figures. &nbsp;As the idea of democracy in which people govern themselves circulated throughout the feudal system, &nbsp;it met with resistance. &nbsp; The overlords of the time, of course, opposed any idea that would make the serfs over whom they ruled equal to them. &nbsp;But, while many serfs were heartened by the prospect of leading their own lives, &nbsp;many others were fearful at not having an overlord on whom to depend and be ordered about. &nbsp; Dependency to them seemed to fit the chain of being which ranked people on a social order that designated them from slaves to royal rulers. &nbsp;To preserve their ranking over the lower orders, &nbsp;people were gladly subservient to those above them. &nbsp;They accepted inequality, restrictions on freedom, and arbitrary justice as a condition of their lives. &nbsp;They saw opportunity as the chance to grovel before their superiors. &nbsp;The idea of being able to standup and act as one's own person was frightening and repugnant to them. &nbsp;They detested those who thought in such terms and advocated democracy. &nbsp;America, however, was invented and built by by such advocates.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">But even in America, &nbsp;there are people who eschew equality, &nbsp;and think and speak in terms of superiors and inferiors, &nbsp;winners and losers, &nbsp;privileged white folks and disenfranchised minorities. &nbsp;They found a voice and an authority figure in Donald Trump. &nbsp;He is the anti-dote to the American ideal of freedom, equality, and justice. &nbsp;He has an unprecedented record of provable lies, &nbsp;not just for a president, &nbsp;but for any human being living on this earth. &nbsp;He sees power as the exercise of abuse, insult, and defamation, &nbsp;not respect. &nbsp;He is a person without a positive trait of character, &nbsp;a quintessential CEO whose profits come from how many people he can screw over and how much of the planet he can plunder. &nbsp;He expresses the ideals and values of many Americans. &nbsp;They do not want a president; &nbsp;they want a fuehrer. &nbsp;They got what they wanted.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">A &nbsp;high school student from a minority wrote an essay to qualify for advanced placement in college that impressed its evaluators. &nbsp;As an occasional such evaluator, &nbsp;my colleagues shared it with me as an example of the high level of thought and expression being engaged in by our young people.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The essay was on the subject of a book read by many high school students, &nbsp;<i>The Diary of Ann Frank. &nbsp;</i>The writer examined one of the mysteries with which the book left us as to who betrayed Ann Frank and her family to the Nazis. &nbsp;He made the point that it did not matter so much as to what person tipped off the Gestapo to her family's hiding place as to &nbsp;recognizing all the people who supported the regime that engaged in the Holocaust, &nbsp;and there are many such regimes. &nbsp;Detestable as the Hitlers and Nazi leadership may be, the people who enable them and in whose behalf they act are the real culprits responsible for such atrocities. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">After outlining all the words and actions that Trump put on the record during his campaign, the young writer said that the people who voted for Donald Trump are in the same classification as the betrayers of Ann Frank. &nbsp;And the people who are adversely affected by Trump's words and actions need to recognize &nbsp;that their enemy is not in the White House but in the houses of the people who put Trump there. &nbsp;The political divide between Trump supporters and anti-Trump people is a good thing because it identifies the enemies of democracy and gives people the chance to consider if they really want democracy.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Sometimes the young are exceptionally wise. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> David Newquist Hickey: Billie Sutton is anti-civil rights http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/hickey-billie-sutton-is-anti-civil.html interested party urn:uuid:134a63b1-e899-1782-f619-b91abf2cced8 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:48:47 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">"Prolife" is <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/01/south-dakota-driving-women-out-of-state.html">simply code</a> for white people breeding.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>My friend and former colleague Senator Billie Sutton is running for Governor. Pro-life, consistently. Christian, committed. I consider myself a Republican party defector in part because the SDGOP didn't steward its supermajority well. Billie bucked them and didn't fall in line either. And he's certainly not a Democrats dream candidate. I think he gets the South Dakota neighborliness that I've been saying it the way forward for the state. [<a href="https://www.facebook.com/steve.hickey.501/posts/10154742315663087">Steve Hickey, Facebook post</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Rich women don't have to put up with this crap: they have full reproductive freedom while women at middle and lower income levels experience chilling effects on their rights. Women in South Dakota who can afford it simply jump on a plane and fly to <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/07/lujan-grisham-immigrant-girls-being.html">Santa Fe</a>, Minneapolis or Denver for their procedures. Imagine a woman in Standing Rock or <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2012/10/indian-health-services-slow-to-stock.html">Pine Ridge</a> doing that.<br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/lalley-sd-dems-dont-have-prayer-without.html">Unless Sutton embraces</a> passing a corporate income tax, reducing the number of SD counties to 25, turning Dakota State University into a community college, ending video lootery and adopting my cannabis template he is just wheeling into the fray as an SDGOP-lite asterisk.</div> red state failure sd politics larry kurtz The Laffable Curve Flatlines In Kansas. South Dakotans, Take Heed http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-laffable-curve-flatlines-in-kansas.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:b76179dd-ee9a-93e5-b4b0-18d2026f86bf Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:17:27 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">I</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>n an eye-catching repudiation of the "Laffer Curve," the Kansas state legislature yesterday said "no thank you" to yet more of the economic self-flagellation that has driven that <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://dew59d0rnyuyr.cloudfront.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTQvMDYvMDUvMTEvMDMvNDUvMzc3L2RhcmthZ2VzLmpwZyJdXQ" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="246" data-original-width="470" height="167" src="https://dew59d0rnyuyr.cloudfront.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTQvMDYvMDUvMTEvMDMvNDUvMzc3L2RhcmthZ2VzLmpwZyJdXQ" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Take Heed, South Dakotans</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Brownback's A Huckster</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>state's economy into the ground. &nbsp; </b>The pain started in 2012, when newly elected Governor Sam Brownback turned his state into a laboratory for litmus-testing Economist Arthur Laffer's theory that tax-cuts have a stimulative effect on the economy. &nbsp;Laffer's "curve" reputed to show that <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-the-laffer-curve-explanation-3305566" style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">lower tax rates boost economic growth</a>, a dogma that is the centerpiece of trickle-down, Tea Party-ish economics. &nbsp;Often dubbed a <b><a href="https://spectator.org/59441_kansas-miracle/" target="_blank">"miracle" </a></b>by Brownback's devotees, the result after 4 years has been so disastrous for Kansas that Brownback's plan was trashed by his own heavily-Republican legislature. &nbsp;State reps&nbsp;<b><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/07/kansas-tax-cuts-sam-brownback-trump-plan" target="_blank">yesterday</a></b> overrode the governor's veto of their plan to roll back those tax cuts, which have left a $1 billion hole in the state's budget. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: xx-large;">B</b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>rownback's claims that his plan has boosted the Kansas economy are just as dubious as his promise that cutting taxes would increase state revenues. &nbsp;</b>Last October <b><a href="http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article111182802.html" target="_blank">The Wichita Eagle</a></b> did an item-by-item refutation of the governor's bragging points, which showed that the state's economy has been limping along, its economy <b><a href="http://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/kansas-tax-cut-experience-refutes-economic-growth-predictions-of-trump-tax" target="_blank">growing at about half</a></b> the national rate. &nbsp;To me the final proof in that pudding is the sharp drop in anticipated tax revenues, which should have gone the other way if the state's economy was indeed doing well. &nbsp;In any event, yesterday's legislative override couldn't be a starker assessment of how even devoted Republicans realize the futility of trickle-down economics. &nbsp;There is no evidence, none, that shows tax-cuts having a stimulative effect on the economy and subsequent tax revenues. &nbsp;In fact, using President George W. Bush's cuts as an example, exactly the opposite transpired. &nbsp;Some say Reagan's worked well, but <b><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/04/10/rand-pauls-claim-that-reagans-tax-cuts-produced-more-revenue-and-tens-of-millions-of-jobs/?utm_term=.11a8d073619f" target="_blank">private sector job growth and tax revenue growth during the Reagan years were so-so at best.</a></b></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">F</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>rom our South Dakota perspective we should be wary of this nonsense on two levels. </b>First, <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.farrismarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Dorothy_and_Toto-560x300.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://www.farrismarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Dorothy_and_Toto-560x300.jpg" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="560" height="171" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">We're Not In Kansas Anymore</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">We're In Brownbackistan</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: right;"></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">given our propensity for shortfalls in state revenues that occur because of our regressive sales tax/no income tax structure and its dependence on high commodity prices to stimulate our economy, we need to think about reforming our tax system in a way that doesn't rely on swings in world market prices for grain and livestock. &nbsp;Next, our congressional delegation should be wary of jumping on President Trump's promise to supercharge the economy with tax cuts for high earners. &nbsp;Last Fall our Congresswoman Kristi Noem <b><a href="http://ksoo.com/kristi-noem-claims-that-lower-taxes-is-the-answer/?trackback=tsmclip" target="_blank">breezily and uncritically touted a tax reform package </a></b>of tax cuts that she claimed would result in a 9.1% growth rate, which showed that she knows neither History, nor Economics, nor what she's talking about. &nbsp;Given that the Laffer Curve has been a floppola at both the national and state levels, &nbsp;this notion that cutting taxes automatically does all of some good is the kind of snake oil that sells well to rubes but in the end only makes its hucksters some money. &nbsp;</span></span> John Tsitrian Casita is fully functional http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/casita-is-fully-functional.html interested party urn:uuid:92836307-910b-768e-3a04-63e9c7688d69 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:50:55 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_07g_TPDSkU/WTahnOo_MwI/AAAAAAAAFVk/Em21Mt6YRf4bxURWdePLozz-apv2mHIJgCLcB/s1600/18881864_1339722896093786_5603598444659964695_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_07g_TPDSkU/WTahnOo_MwI/AAAAAAAAFVk/Em21Mt6YRf4bxURWdePLozz-apv2mHIJgCLcB/s400/18881864_1339722896093786_5603598444659964695_n.jpg" width="400" height="300" data-original-width="526" data-original-height="395" /></a></div><br />Here's a photo of the the array before the pump house was built.<br /><br />The cost of subsidizing, manufacturing, transporting, erecting and maintaining just one wind farm turbine bat and bird killer would take a thousand subscribers off the grid. Craigslist, barter and four golf car batteries powers our new investment property for about $1200. Anyone who can afford to get off the grid do it now.<br /><br />Propane is a waste byproduct of natural gas wells and is usually flared off. Why not tap it instead?<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j4mq7J8wUDs/WTah-w_8tgI/AAAAAAAAFVo/6BOVVS7RJWMcsUqad7_P7XQ7tJgKh5eVACLcB/s1600/18839304_1339715856094490_600603887021486508_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-j4mq7J8wUDs/WTah-w_8tgI/AAAAAAAAFVo/6BOVVS7RJWMcsUqad7_P7XQ7tJgKh5eVACLcB/s400/18839304_1339715856094490_600603887021486508_n.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="526" data-original-height="701" /></a></div><br />This is a Bosch LP gas tankless water heater without its cover. The exhaust is taped for now but it runs great after getting the regulators figured out.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBfYSOHqPag/WTaiPBkncdI/AAAAAAAAFVs/SlqERcS2ZuQf_h3ch6jkbTk012ERHDDwgCLcB/s1600/18893138_1339712256094850_519676262298244460_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBfYSOHqPag/WTaiPBkncdI/AAAAAAAAFVs/SlqERcS2ZuQf_h3ch6jkbTk012ERHDDwgCLcB/s400/18893138_1339712256094850_519676262298244460_n.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="526" data-original-height="701" /></a></div><br />The water system features the pressure pump in top of image, pressure tank lower left and the filter on the right. Water source is a 1600 gallon tank filled by a 100 year old windmill. Neighbor Kosta gave us the 12V pump motor for letting him use an air stapler but the brass pump itself has been remanufactured.<br /><br />I did all the plumbing and interior wiring but our guru electrician, Bob wired the array, the 120 and 12V panels, batteries, charge controller and pressure switch on the tank.<br /><br />A cheap one inch drill bit 10 inches long went through the adobe for pipes and wire.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCss9MXuQJY/WTaij7ve27I/AAAAAAAAFVw/y56J8hU5gvQMVw8LkS6w6k3jShBOBF7kQCLcB/s1600/18882181_1339698992762843_4423689136350792117_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZCss9MXuQJY/WTaij7ve27I/AAAAAAAAFVw/y56J8hU5gvQMVw8LkS6w6k3jShBOBF7kQCLcB/s400/18882181_1339698992762843_4423689136350792117_n.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="720" data-original-height="960" /></a></div><br />Upper left is the charge controller, upper right is the 12V breaker box, on the counter is the inverter and underneath the counter are four 6V golf car batteries wired as two 12V. Note gray conduit holding cables coming from the rooftop array going into the breaker box.<br /><br />The workhorse inverter is a Trace 2000W 12V but a dinosaur by today's technology. We traded neighbors Lynn and Steve some dirt work for it.<br /><br />On Craigslist Our Lady of the Arroyo found three Solarland 100W panels, a mount and the 2015 model year charge controller for $625. Delivered! That cost is nearly a third of their new value from someone going to a 24V system.<br /><br />The four batteries came from Sam's Club at $85 each but we had two old cores worth $18 apiece lowering the final bill.<br /><br />Interior photos are coming soon. <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/02/casita-update-posted.html">Prior images threaded here</a> and <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/12/casita-nearing-completion.html">here</a>.<br /><br />The rest of you still trapped in South Dakota are simply idiots.<br /></div> Earth I-25 manifesto pix larry kurtz Could Trump Be Any Worse For South Dakota? http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/06/s-outh-dakotans-who-went-2-to-1-for.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:ccd0111d-db2b-da04-ef46-c9b41b3a2fd6 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:32:47 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>outh Dakotans, who went 2-to-1 for Trump last November in an outburst of euphoric infatuation, will soon be sobering up as they consider what the Trump administration's budget <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://boonecountydems.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Trump-Barn-Oops.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://boonecountydems.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Trump-Barn-Oops.jpg" data-original-height="472" data-original-width="800" height="188" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Indeed</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Buyer's Remorse, &nbsp;Anyone?</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>has in store for rural states like ours. &nbsp;</b>We rank 4th among states in terms of <b><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/South_Dakota_state_budget_and_finances" target="_blank">how much of our state's revenues</a>&nbsp;</b>come from the federal government (at $1.6 billion, about 40% overall, amounting to nearly $2 thousand apiece in 2013, the latest year I could find). &nbsp;This is a fine how-do-you-do, considering Trump's hostility toward international <b><a href="http://tradepartnership.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SD_TRADE_2013.pdf" target="_blank">trade deals that have been a boon</a></b> for our farmers and ranchers during the past few decades, South Dakota's ag economy has much at stake in the world's markets for grain and livestock as new and severely constricted trading relationships evolve in coming years. &nbsp;Major farm groups are already reacting with "shock and dismay" toward that possibility in <b><a href="http://tradepartnership.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SD_TRADE_2013.pdf" target="_blank">reports</a></b> from ag information giant DTN. &nbsp;The recent fall of commodity prices will probably extend farther into the future if our NAFTA trading partners, Mexico in particular, turn to other sources for their grain imports should Trump's threats to dismantle that agreement play out. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">A</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>s if that "drop dead" attitude toward our state's largest industry isn't enough to compel serious concern, the Trump administration's proposed budget looks to be a real kick in the rear end to South Dakotans. &nbsp;</b>If you're cheering the possibility of severe cutbacks in most areas of federal spending in order to raise extra money for the Defense Department, you should know that much more than our ag sector will be affected by Trump-o-nomics. &nbsp;The <b><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/msar.pdf" target="_blank">budget cuts for rural programs </a></b>overseen by the Department of Agriculture are more than mere snips. &nbsp;In some cases (rural water and waste disposal, direct loans for single family housing are examples) the funding disappears altogether, amounting to amputation. &nbsp;In others the cuts are merely severe: rural utilities will lose billions, rural business owners tens of millions. &nbsp;Trump, who <b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/24/donald-trump-nevada-poorly-educated/80860078/" target="_blank">"loves the poorly educated"</a>&nbsp; </b>will continue on his quest to expand that element of his base by zeroing out programs that fund community learning centers, literacy development, and other educational opportunity grants.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: xx-large;">I </b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>suppose that some devoted guns-over-butter Trumpistas are willing to trade these programs in on another aircraft carrier or two, but for most of us rural denizens a bit of consideration seems to be in order at this point. &nbsp;</b>Our generally kowtowing Congressional reps are likely to feel some heat over their champion Trump's priorities, which is why the phrase "dead on arrival" is frequently applied to Trump's budget as it moves toward Congress for consideration. &nbsp; Worthy outcome as that would be, there's a much more practical aftereffect, disclosing as it does the indifference that the Trump administration has for the impact of his rhetoric on the day to day lives of millions of rural Americans. &nbsp;</span> John Tsitrian ***The real Sutton for Governor site http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/06/the-real-sutton-for-governor-site.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:5bb0b402-cb26-090d-d691-d9e9201e0e26 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:39:12 +0000 According to an Argus Leader story, Pat Powers has purchased web sites including the names of several SD candidates and redirecting them to his blog. Following is a non-Powers actual link: Billy Sutton for Governor, Some nice photos and video, but still not much issue detail. Urge Billy to get out on the road and campaign as soon as possible.... All 2017 Current Affairs Links Politics SD Blogosphere South Dakota Taliban Republicans Toxic Republicans Billie Sutton Pat Powers dirty tricks South Dakota Sutton for Governor Douglas Wiken *** Peonies finally bloom in Winner http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/06/-peonies-finally-bloom-in-winner.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:676b0c41-04a8-e23d-1d3b-b763e805083b Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:13:01 +0000 The Winner, SD weather and for that matter most SD weather this spring has been a bit strange going from near unseasonable lows to near record highs. The recent 90F plus degrees caused flowers of all kinds to burst into blossom. Below is a my wife's old peony plant. Another with nearly all white blossoms had about a dozen blossoms,... All 2017 Photography South Dakota Weather Winner,SD peony photography SD Winner Douglas Wiken New poll: what's the worst town in South Dakota? http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-poll-whats-worst-town-in-south.html interested party urn:uuid:7a72d909-951f-90a0-07fc-780e54b985e8 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 22:46:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZlfXc0Tc6D0/WTSNnrMaTlI/AAAAAAAAFVU/Z6l79O-lyTcR57ltVdn5qsU5SskoEiNCQCLcB/s1600/southdakota_90.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="951" data-original-width="1530" height="249" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZlfXc0Tc6D0/WTSNnrMaTlI/AAAAAAAAFVU/Z6l79O-lyTcR57ltVdn5qsU5SskoEiNCQCLcB/s400/southdakota_90.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Of course there are many from which to choose. Please vote at the sidebar.</div> catholics sd politics larry kurtz Lalley: SD Dems don't have a prayer without hope and change http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/lalley-sd-dems-dont-have-prayer-without.html interested party urn:uuid:b9beec32-5ac8-f6ce-14a6-06ca886de112 Sat, 03 Jun 2017 14:20:53 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ec6CbNTWmQU/WTLDAX1r7hI/AAAAAAAAFVE/ghw3anNCpaoFWbhUtQfxzguNRtVXPVr7QCLcB/s1600/DBB3StRUAAIBFNu.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="680" data-original-width="1024" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ec6CbNTWmQU/WTLDAX1r7hI/AAAAAAAAFVE/ghw3anNCpaoFWbhUtQfxzguNRtVXPVr7QCLcB/s400/DBB3StRUAAIBFNu.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />With the <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/10/lalley-sacked-for-not-deleting-bloggers.html">Argus Leader</a>, KSOO Radio and every other media outlet in my home state in the tank for the South Dakota Republican Party Patrick Lalley's job might indeed be better held by someone from Iraq but unfortunately Tariq Aziz is no longer available.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>To be blunt, the Democrats introduced Billie Sutton to the state by putting him up on a barren stage in the middle West River ranch country. But it doesn’t look forward. Democrats haven’t held the governorship since Dick Kneip in the mid-70s. They need to change and refocus the core issues they are built upon. They need to find some way to attract middle class households from Harrisburg to Hartford to Brandon. [<a href="http://ksoo.com/south-dakota-aint-all-cowboy-hats-coffee-klatches-opinion/">Patrick Lalley</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/11/heidelberger-full-of-shit-cannabis-on.html">Blunt.</a> <br /><br />Exactly, Pat. Sutton is a fart in a haboob who bought Susan Wismer's mailing list now bombing my inbox begging for money. The South Dakota Democratic Party apparently learned nothing from the failure of a cowboy running for Montana's At-large congressional seat. <br /><br />Unless Sutton embraces passing a corporate income tax, reducing the number of SD counties to 25, turning Dakota State University into a community college, and adopting <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/10/south-dakota-mired-in-past.html">my cannabis template</a> he is just wheeling into the fray as an SDGOP-lite asterisk. No SD Dem gets a dime from me until the county chairs are filled. <br /><br />Having said all that, a few leaks about Kristi Noem's dalliances could make the difference in the earth hater primary where Marty Jackley is out-financed by a factor of ten.<br /><br />Primaries are expensive and allow far too much mischief: since turnout is so pathetic especially during midterms the drain-circling South Dakota Democratic Party should end them and choose candidates at the state conventions.<br /><br />As progressive activist Chaz Jewett said, "Again we are given a shiny penny by the South Dakota Democratic Party. When is enough enough? Options are wanted."<br /><br />In the above ip photo Heck on Wheels Billie Sutton and another ineffectual legislator review the script for a skit during the 2014 Democratic SD State Convention.</div> red state failure sd politics larry kurtz *** Runnings Construting New Building in Winner, SD http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/06/-runnings-construting-new-building-in-winner-sd.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:19123bb0-1a60-36a4-233a-94c5b886cf86 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:56:37 +0000 Runnings has operated out of a relatively small building compared to the other buildings used by the chain, That is changing. The business will likely be moved into a new building now being constructed NW of the existing Shopko store. I think they expect to be in the new building by October if the weather cooperates. A few rains have... All 2017 Economics Photography South Dakota Winner,SD new construction photography. Runnings Stores South Dakota Winner SD Douglas Wiken Today's intersection: Afghanistan and Indian Country http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/06/todays-intersection-afghanistan-and.html interested party urn:uuid:e3884595-6071-bdb3-8864-652845ae8d30 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:01:52 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4SWKaIxIREQ/WTAdYjKFdBI/AAAAAAAAFUo/O_f53aH3Q_8v2eG8IfO3xxDrY7tNPWFkwCLcB/s1600/soldiers-guarding-opium-fields.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="685" height="175" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4SWKaIxIREQ/WTAdYjKFdBI/AAAAAAAAFUo/O_f53aH3Q_8v2eG8IfO3xxDrY7tNPWFkwCLcB/s400/soldiers-guarding-opium-fields.gif" width="400" /></a></div><br />Eighty percent of the world's heroin comes from Afghanistan's poppy fields. <br /><br />It's a place where dropping the Earth's largest non-nuclear explosive has not only resulted in blowback, an attack in Kabul that killed a hundred people and injured many more, it's driving a formidable native insurgency. The Republican-led wars there and in Iraq have cost American taxpayers some $6 TRILLION.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>On March 28, 2017, the Afghan Ministry of Defence fired 1,394 officials for corruption. In 2016, 35 per cent of the Afghan security forces were killed: 6,800 soldiers and police. It is unlikely that even an increase of 5,000 U.S. troops will have an impact on the Taliban’s rush towards Kabul. The style of U.S. warfare is likely to increase civilian casualties, and the deterioration of the Afghan National Army will not raise the population’s confidence. [<a href="http://www.alternet.org/world/americas-afghan-war-16-years-many-one-million-killed-and-war-machine-keeps-rolling">AlterNet</a>]</b></i></blockquote>South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base has slaughtered countless civilians during the actions to protect the heroin trade keeping the Russian mob and the American Central Intelligence Agency in cash. <br /><br />An editorial at Rapid City-based Native Sun News lambasted the Trump Organization saying in part, "...Indian reservations could have used a tiny percentage of the money wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan..." <br /><br />A recent <a href="https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-firms-counterterrorism-tactics-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/">Intercept article</a> on the American Indian and Canadian First Nations' insurgency chronicled the cash relationship between Energy Transfer Partners, builders of the Dakota Excess Pipeline, and mercenary group TigerSwan hired to quash the demonstration <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/03/canada-us-facing-indigenous-insurgency.html">forecast by interested party</a>. <br /><br />Desperation in Indian Country has long been exacerbated by the cost of American imperialism and addiction has begun to look like <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/09/south-dakota-sucks-so-badly-meth-looks.html">a gift from God</a>.</div> sd politics tribes us politics larry kurtz Morning Digest: Horse-riding paraplegic legislator launches Democratic bid for South Dakota governor https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/1/1667739/-Morning-Digest-Horse-riding-paraplegic-legislator-launches-Democratic-bid-for-South-Dakota-governor South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:45f7a596-9364-1447-c0c0-6c9f81884fe4 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:01:18 +0000 <h4>Leading Off</h4> <p><a href="#1" name="1">●</a> <strong><span>SD-Gov</span></strong>: Republicans have controlled South Dakota's governor's office in this conservative state since the 1978 elections, the longest gubernatorial winning streak in the country. Still, state Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton is hoping to break through, and he announced on Wednesday that he <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/30/south-dakotas-top-dem-announce-2018-plans/354393001/">would seek the Democratic nomination</a>.<span>​</span></p> <a href="/campaigns/form/get-the-daily-kos-elections-morning-digest-over-email" class="dk-action-link" data-action="form" data-slug="get-the-daily-kos-elections-morning-digest-over-email" data-src="https://actionnetwork.org/widgets/v2/form/get-the-daily-kos-elections-morning-digest-over-email?format=js&amp;source=widget&amp;can_widget_id=can-form-area-get-the-daily-kos-elections-morning-digest-over-email-885617" data-href="/campaigns/form/get-the-daily-kos-elections-morning-digest-over-email">Campaign Action</a> <p><span>​</span>Sutton has a very tough job ahead of him, but he does have an <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/paralyzed-south-dakota-senator-still-lives-the-ranch-life/article_e4105859-f37b-58f0-9a3d-f57a7d03d8ea.html">interesting background</a>. Sutton was a well-known rodeo rider in college (in a 2013 profile at the <em><span>Argus Leader</span></em>, David Montgomery described him as "arguably the greatest rodeo rider the University of Wyoming had seen"), and he aimed to become a professional. However, just before graduation, Sutton was paralyzed after the horse he was riding threw him into a wall. Sutton instead became an investment banker, and while he remains in a wheelchair, he still is able to ride horses.</p> <p>Sutton, a self-described "conservative Democrat," also does have one other noteworthy distinction. During the 2010 GOP wave, Sutton managed to win a conservative state Senate seat, and he's continued to hold it. (Sutton's grandfather also represented south central South Dakota in the legislature in the 1970s.) Sutton's <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YZRfFiCDBEYB7M18fDGLH8IrmyMQGdQKqpOu9lLvmdo/edit#gid=189583632">seat backed Romney 66-33</a>, and it's very likely that Trump did even better. However, Sutton won re-election 59.5-40.5 in 2012, and he <a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Billie_Sutton">had no GOP opposition in 2014 or 2016</a>. Winning statewide is a far tougher proposition than winning one state Senate seat, but Sutton at least may be able to run a viable campaign if conditions are finally right for a Democratic win.</p> <p>However, Sutton's task certainly won't be easy. Two well-known Republicans, Rep. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Marty Jackley, are competing here. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether recently left the Democratic Party to become an independent, and he's been <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/4/25/1655966/-Morning-Digest-Colorado-Democrats-might-flip-the-state-Senate-in-2018-and-regain-unified-control#12">flirting with a run here</a>. Team Blue has very little room for error, and if Huether gets in and vacuums up too many Democratic votes, Republicans won't have much to worry about next year.</p> AL-Sen AnzaloneLisztGrove ArchieParnell AubreyDunn AZ-07 AZ-Gov BenJealous BetsySweet BillieSutton CA-21 CarlaNelson CatherineMiranda CathyGlasson CO-06 DavidMcKinley Deaths DKEDailyDigests EmilioHuerta FL-27 FL-Gov GA-06 GA-Gov IA-Gov JeffBeals JeremyRing JohnChrin JonOssoff JoshuaCooperRamo KenRussell LeviTillemann LutherStrange MarkHackel MD-Gov ME-Gov MI-Gov MikeGibbons MN-01 MN-Gov NelsPierson NJ-Gov NM-Gov NRCC NY-19 NY-22 OH-Sen Ohio PA-07 PatrickMorrisey PhilMurphy Pres-by-LD RalphNorman RichardHanna SC-05 SC-HD-84 SD-Gov SergioBendixen StaceyAbrams TomPerriello VA-Gov WV-Sen rss@dailykos.com (Daily Kos Elections) The Final American Clarion Article http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/06/01/the-final-american-clarion-article-48222/ American Clarion urn:uuid:fdc8acd8-a596-2450-2bf3-33227cb30f75 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:43 +0000 After 12 and a half years, American Clarion and its parent company/website Dakota Voice are coming to an end. No more articles will be published here after this one, and in all likelihood, the website will be completely shut down when the current web hosting subscription expires in early September.<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=rZm1aw_uR3Q:_EzxzXoe1co:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/rZm1aw_uR3Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National conservatism contact@americanclarion.com Murder Incorporated: Taking Stock of the Culture of Death http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/05/31/murder-incorporated-taking-stock-of-the-culture-of-death-48232/ American Clarion urn:uuid:bbb20566-5773-632c-a819-d0b3ebd5da30 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:25:42 +0000 There is an untold side of the tragic murder of Richard Wilbur Collins III by Sean Christopher Urbanski. In 2012 Richard graduated from Annapolis Area Christian School where he was taught to view all of life through the lens of God’s Holy Word. He was taught that God created the Universe and...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=tBkOopW5SRU:x2IByWggyFI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/tBkOopW5SRU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National abortion Christianity culture contact@americanclarion.com Democratic NM gubernatorial candidates pondering legal cannabis http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/05/democratic-nm-gubernatorial-candidates.html interested party urn:uuid:342ce9c6-ba52-27cd-e56b-da8697cb8001 Tue, 30 May 2017 13:51:06 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nVYP6m052Sg/WS12JyhPlmI/AAAAAAAAFUY/nV5QZ_nJ2KI4ar1yaDFV4qwSKobDCkv9gCLcB/s1600/1495744983_b529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="385" data-original-width="740" height="207" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nVYP6m052Sg/WS12JyhPlmI/AAAAAAAAFUY/nV5QZ_nJ2KI4ar1yaDFV4qwSKobDCkv9gCLcB/s400/1495744983_b529.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson lives in Taos. According to a poll conducted by Military Times had military personnel been the only voters in the 2016 presidential election he would have won. He has said he buys cannabis in Trinidad, Colorado.<br /><br />Under term-limited Republican Governor Susana Martinez New Mexico unemployment rates are the worst in the United States while enrollment in New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program has just gone over the 40,000 member threshold. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>So, legalization initiatives have a clear Democratic benefit. Democratic-leaning voters, who otherwise might have stayed home, could turn out to vote on marijuana reform. Some may leave other parts of the ballot blank, but Democrats could see a meaningful benefit overall. In a race that is close, a few thousand votes here or there could force an incumbent Republican Senator to pack up his office or shift a state’s electoral votes from red to blue. [<a href="https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2016/10/28/cannabis-coattails/">Brookings Institution</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Democrats Jeff Apodaca, Peter DeBenedittis, Joseph Cervantes and US Representative for New Mexico's First District, Michelle Lujan Grisham are expected to run in next year's primary to replace Martinez. They all laud the state's cannabis initiative.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Apodaca’s father, former governor Jerry Apodaca, was governor when New Mexico became the first state to legislate the medical use of cannabis in 1978 through Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act. But Apodaca says cannabis could be more than a driver of jobs: It could also be an area where New Mexico’s universities lead other states in research and development. “If they can create 34 different strains of green chiles, are you telling me we can’t lead the world, the country, in [cannabis] research from our university?” [<a href="http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-13457-looking-ahead-gubernatorial-candidates-on-nm%E2%80%99s-cannabis-future.html">Santa Fe Reporter</a>]</b></i></blockquote>The Santa Fe Reporter's Peter <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/04/nm-weighing-cannabis-profits-with-local.html">St. Cyr won a lawsuit</a> that opened New Mexico's cannabis growers to journalism's watchdog spotlight saying the state's Department of Health was violating public records law by keeping producers’ names secret.<br /><br /><a href="http://taosnews.com/stories/medical-cannabis-revenues-grow-in-new-mexico,40690">Revenues from therapeutic cannabis</a> in the first quarter of 2017 reached $19 million, an 86 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016 and are projected to exceed $83.5 million.</div> cannabis I-25 larry kurtz Q For SD Senators Thune And Rounds: Why Do You Hate A Free And Open Internet? http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/05/q-for-sd-senators-thune-and-rounds-why.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:a07a1a49-6d68-7232-a9ec-65473215a7cb Tue, 30 May 2017 13:50:36 +0000 &nbsp; <span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;">W</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">ith their recent votes against implementation of an internet privacy rule that would have barred service providers from selling our browsing histories, S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">enators John Thune and Mike Rounds (both R, SD) confirmed their &nbsp;support for assaulting the neutrality of the internet. &nbsp;A couple of years ago, when he lost his battle against maintaining the </span></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">internet's status as a public information highway, meaning the flow of information had to remain open and unfettered by service providers, Thune<a href="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=0196a541-b063-41a7-b140-7a86d59a8896" target="_blank"> called a decision</a> to retain oversight of the internet by the Federal Communications Commission "partisan . . . a power grab . . . and regulatory overreach." The telecom industry, which has provided Thune with $220,000 in <a href="https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2016&amp;cid=n00004572&amp;type=I&amp;newmem=N" style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">direct campaign contributions since 2011&nbsp;</a>(placing the industry among his top ten contributors) took the political hit. &nbsp;Its champion Thune dutifully responded. &nbsp;Why Thune thought that allowing ISPs to create various channels of information with separate pricing for each of them would benefit us ordinary South Dakotans is still kind of a mystery to me. &nbsp;The status quo lets us turn on our browsers and watch all the content that's out there without having to pay more for some information that's deemed "premium." I wish Thune would explain how his new set-up would be better for us. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large; font-weight: bold;">I </span><span style="font-family: inherit;">know the industry, via its new commissioner, Trump-appointee Ajit Pai, claims that investment and innovation are stymied by the requirement that content should be provided on an equal-access basis. &nbsp;Pai has <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-explains-wants-scrap-net-neutrality/" target="_blank">repeatedly made</a> that case over the years, and now that his political benefactor Donald Trump has ascended to power, Pai has his best chance ever at turning the internet into an online version of cable television. &nbsp;When our Senator Thune (along with our Senator Rounds, whose <a href="https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2016&amp;cid=N00035187&amp;type=I&amp;newmem=N" target="_blank">$30k from Verizon </a>makes that company his 3rd largest contributor) last month&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blackhillsfox.com/content/news/Thune-supports-internet-privacy-repeal-bill--418545963.html" target="_blank">voted to repeal </a>internet browser privacy rules set to go into effect (but delayed by the courts), the first shots were fired across the bow of consumer interests. &nbsp;As to the lack of investment argument, it's really a bunch of hooey. &nbsp;The telecom "group" &nbsp;as of 2016 was by far the leading industry in terms of &nbsp;spending, with the financial information giant <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets-economy/062716/capex-report-telecom-leads-spending-tvz.asp" target="_blank">Investopedia noting </a>that in 2015 the industry "broke </span></span><br /><div style="text-align: right;"></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">out from the crowd" in terms of capital spending. &nbsp;Meantime, using publicly available SEC data, <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-fcc-has-begun-its-attack-on-net-neutrality/" target="_blank">The Nation notes </a>that overall spending by the industry is up 5% in the past two years, with some areas of spending up as much as 50%. This is not an industry that lacks for growth and development opportunities. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large; font-weight: bold;">W</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">hat the industry lacks, and apparently sorely desires, is the chance to wrest control of the internet from public watchdogs like the FCC and turn it into their private universe of varying contents and speeds. &nbsp;I don't get how allowing service providers to control content is an improvement on the status quo, and would like an explanation from our Senators Thune and Rounds as to why they believe it is.&nbsp;</span></span> John Tsitrian