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/ Merry Xmas from Senator Thune – 2017 Thune Christmas Card http://dakotawarcollege.com/merry-xmas-from-senator-thune-2017-thune-christmas-card/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:792905cb-df4a-760b-3454-82b54a21f87b Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:17:21 +0000 Senator John Thune&#8217;s Christmas card is out, in case you&#8217;d like to see it: <p>Senator John Thune&#8217;s Christmas card is out, in case you&#8217;d like to see it:</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="72030" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/merry-xmas-from-senator-thune-2017-thune-christmas-card/thunexmas_2017_front/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Front.jpg" data-orig-size="2098,1526" 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="Thunexmas_2017_Front" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Front.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Front.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72030" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Front.jpg" alt="" width="2098" height="1526" /></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="72028" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/merry-xmas-from-senator-thune-2017-thune-christmas-card/thunexmas_2017_middle/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Middle.jpg" data-orig-size="2040,2962" 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="Thunexmas_2017_Middle" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Middle.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Middle.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72028" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Middle.jpg" alt="" width="2040" height="2962" /></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="72029" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/merry-xmas-from-senator-thune-2017-thune-christmas-card/thunexmas_2017_back/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Back.jpg" data-orig-size="2142,1486" 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="Thunexmas_2017_Back" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Back.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Back.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72029" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thunexmas_2017_Back.jpg" alt="" width="2142" height="1486" /></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Tester blasts GOP giveaway to Trump donors http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/tester-blasts-gop-giveaway-to-trump.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:1c2df112-5f95-de3e-5da3-a23b0d2bf6a8 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:55:55 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Montanans are making their voices heard. I stand with them and will continue to vote against a tax giveaway to the rich that saddles future generations with more crushing debt, while hurting hardworking Montana families. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mtpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mtpol</a> <a href="https://t.co/Wgmb1v2vKI">https://t.co/Wgmb1v2vKI</a></div>— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorTester/status/939601658295848965?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 9, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There is a desperate need for real tax reform in this country, not a tax giveaway to the wealthy. Montanans need tax reform that gives a break to working class families and small businesses, without adding to our debt. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mtpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mtpol</a><a href="https://t.co/0puJFDpQCW">https://t.co/0puJFDpQCW</a></p>&mdash; Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorTester/status/939177395617230849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> larry kurtz Heitkamp: How to Sign up for Health Coverage during Open Enrollment http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/heitkamp-how-to-sign-up-for-health.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:22a84903-492a-1234-33b2-14e248efc854 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:52:44 +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/-uZkrwzU-Hv0/Wi10X4JMBYI/AAAAAAAAFys/dEevqdpTh9oySzyu45KwOEzJOrd2BPDNQCLcBGAs/s1600/220px-Heidi_Heitkamp_official_portrait_113th_Congress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="279" data-original-width="220" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uZkrwzU-Hv0/Wi10X4JMBYI/AAAAAAAAFys/dEevqdpTh9oySzyu45KwOEzJOrd2BPDNQCLcBGAs/s200/220px-Heidi_Heitkamp_official_portrait_113th_Congress.jpg" width="158" /></a></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>I’ve long said the health reform law isn’t perfect, and I’ve been pushing to make it work better for North Dakota families and small businesses. But there are many pieces in it that are helpful and I want to make sure you take advantage during open enrollment. Every individual and family should be able to get access to affordable, quality health care, and no one should have to go bankrupt to pay for health care for a child with disabilities, a sick family member, or just an emergency that you never thought could happen. Please make sure you sign up for health coverage.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Timeline: Open enrollment is a month and a half shorter this year than in previous years. You must take action by December 15, 2017 or you’ll risk not having coverage for 2018 and have to pay a penalty. If you miss this deadline, the only way to get coverage in 2018 is to have a qualifying life event </b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>If you already have a plan: Even if you have health insurance through HealthCare.gov already, it’s worth checking out plans again, as plans and prices can change each year, and there may be a more affordable plan available that meets your needs. HealthCare.gov – known as the health insurance marketplace -- makes it easy to shop and compare the plans available in your area. You can compare plan benefits and coverage prices and find out if you qualify for financial assistance.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Most people qualify for financial assistance to afford plans: Most North Dakotans who sign up for coverage through HealthCare.gov qualify for federal assistance to help you afford coverage. As a result, 8 out 10 people qualify for financial help lowering monthly premiums to between $50 and $100.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Changes to in-person help: The administration cut federal funding for in-person assistance to help you sign up for coverage. Unfortunately, as a result, this year Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board doesn’t have enough funds to operate and won’t be able to help North Dakotans sign up for coverage as it has done in previous years. Minot State University will still continue to help North Dakotans sign up for coverage, even though its federal funds were cut by 96%, and Family HealthCare in Fargo will still operate. </b></i></blockquote><br /><a href="https://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=how-to-sign-up-for-health-coverage-during-open-enrollment">Read more here.</a></div> larry kurtz Ellison Statement on Sen. Al Franken's Resignation http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/ellison-statement-on-sen-al-frankens.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:565fcca2-bf5f-99e5-050f-6162668bb54d Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:47:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>"I commend the brave women who have come forward in recent weeks to share their experience of sexual harassment and assault. Their courage is immense, and has sparked a long overdue national reckoning with persistent inequities and injustices in our society.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>"I am grateful for Al Franken’s progressive record of accomplishment over the years—from his forceful advocacy for a free and open internet, to his important work helping to shape the Affordable Care Act, to his support for policies that improve the lives of women, including championing the Violence Against Women Act. Still, as elected officials, we must stand for safe communities and work environments for everyone. Sen. Franken's decision to resign shows a strength of character that other elected officials haven’t. Al’s decision is the right one, and will bring us one step closer towards a society of true justice and equality for all."</b></i></blockquote><br /><div style="text-align: center;">###</div><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">How Democrats win the future (Opinion) - CNN <a href="https://t.co/HRJoIOINwV">https://t.co/HRJoIOINwV</a></div>— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithellison/status/939265818612903936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Statements from Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith on the Resignation of Senator Al Franken http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/statements-from-governor-mark-dayton.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:3ed7c32b-2d4b-4edc-7536-27b0544dd3a7 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:44:31 +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/-Xz4fcNu_Ulo/Wi1ycUPlUsI/AAAAAAAAFyg/A_9Idb_rEQEjPMFpqaVL0q7L8PfInWvJACLcBGAs/s1600/rankings_table_cell_kids_women.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="432" height="167" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Xz4fcNu_Ulo/Wi1ycUPlUsI/AAAAAAAAFyg/A_9Idb_rEQEjPMFpqaVL0q7L8PfInWvJACLcBGAs/s400/rankings_table_cell_kids_women.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken. As a personal friend, my heart also goes out to Al and his family during this difficult time.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“In other respects, Al Franken has been an outstanding Senator. He has been, as Senator Paul Wellstone used to say, ‘A Senator from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.’ He is very smart, very hard-working, and very committed to Minnesota. I wish him well in his future endeavors.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“Events have unfolded quickly; thus, I have not yet decided on my appointment to fill this upcoming vacancy. I expect to make and announce my decision in the next couple of days.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“I will have no further comments on this subject until that time.”</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith:</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“Senator Franken has been a servant to the people of Minnesota, and a champion for working people during his time in the Senate. I thank him for his service. On this difficult day, I am holding Senator Franken, his family, and those who have worked beside him over the last decade to make this country a better place, in my thoughts.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“I also am thinking today about the many women around the country who have come forward in recent months to share their stories about sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can never be tolerated in our politics, our businesses, or anywhere else.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>“Now, it is on all of us to come together and make the progress necessary to live up to the values we believe in. Governor Dayton and I remain committed to ensuring that Minnesota is a place where everyone has the opportunity to realize their full potential.”</b></i></blockquote><br /><div style="text-align: center;">###</div></div> larry kurtz US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: We’re Standing at the Doorstep of History http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-john-thunes-weekly-column-were-standing-at-the-doorstep-of-history/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:1a7ec8ab-4562-9fd1-5cec-5cf43eb7c029 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:09:42 +0000 We’re Standing at the Doorstep of History By Sen. John Thune The term “historic” is a bit of a relative term, I suppose. In most cases, it’s in the eye of the beholder. “History,” on the other hand, is far more finite. It either is or it isn’t. All of the actions we take in Congress eventually become part of history, and many of them, to one degree or another, are historic. With Congress poised <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-john-thunes-weekly-column-were-standing-at-the-doorstep-of-history/">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="size-full wp-image-55876 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/thuneheadernew.jpg" alt="" width="780" height="130" />We’re Standing at the Doorstep of History<br /> </strong><em>By Sen. John Thune<br /> </em><br /> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j5qfMhvDzw0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The term “historic” is a bit of a relative term, I suppose. In most cases, it’s in the eye of the beholder. “History,” on the other hand, is far more finite. It either is or it isn’t. All of the actions we take in Congress eventually become part of history, and many of them, to one degree or another, are historic. With Congress poised to pass the first major tax reform legislation in more than three decades, I believe we’re about to take one of those historic steps that will mark a critical point in America’s history, and I’m excited about what it means for South Dakotans.</p> <p>The idea of reforming the U.S. tax code is not new. Since I joined the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee in 2011, we’ve held nearly 70 hearings on tax-related issues. In 2015, I chaired one of the Finance Committee’s bipartisan working groups that made recommendations on how to reform the tax code. When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was in the Finance Committee, we spent nearly 24 hours over several days debating and voting on 63 Democrat amendments to the bill. We spent nearly an entire legislative week debating the bill on the Senate floor, considering amendments and motions from Republicans and Democrats. I’m proud that this process has been open and that it followed regular order.</p> <p>Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act perfect? No, it’s not. But in my experience in Congress, the legislative process very rarely, if ever, yields a perfect outcome. Whether we like it or not, that’s how our democracy works. The bill does, however, represent some of the best ideas we’ve considered over the years, and it would go a long way in providing relief to low- and middle-income Americans throughout the country.</p> <p>The Senate bill would double the standard deduction, which would expand the “zero tax bracket” for low-income Americans and significantly reduce the tax burden for other filers. It would double the child tax credit – welcome news for families that are struggling to make ends meet – and it would cut taxes for taxpayers in all income groups. The bill also makes important reforms to the business side of the tax code that would spur economic growth and create more opportunities for American job creators and their employees.</p> <p>The House and Senate have both passed tax reform bills that reflect the same broad principles I’ve just described. It’s now time for the two chambers to negotiate a final bill that we can pass and send to the president. I’m humbled to have been selected as one of only a handful of members to help merge the two bills and, by doing so, get us closer to the finish line. I’m looking forward to the work that’s ahead.</p> <p>Hours before the Senate passed its bill on December 2, I went to the Senate floor to share some thoughts with my colleagues, and I think there are a few points worth repeating. America may have been through a rough patch lately, but she is coming back stronger than ever. America led the world in the 20th century, and this tax bill makes it clear that she is going to do the same in the 21st century. I was reminded of Ronald Reagan’s presidential ad quoting that it was morning in America again. It may not be morning yet, but the dawn is peaking over the horizon.<strong><em> </em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers US Senator Mike Rounds’ Weekly Column: Broken Budget System Wastes Taxpayer Dollars, Hurts Military http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-mike-rounds-weekly-column-broken-budget-system-wastes-taxpayer-dollars-hurts-military/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:0f722304-065d-c823-8ebe-5c9b140ecbbf Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:07:43 +0000 Broken Budget System Wastes Taxpayer Dollars, Hurts Military By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) The federal government’s budget process hasn’t worked in more than four decades. I have been a vocal critic of the current system, which largely rubber-stamps federal spending with very little debate or discussion. I recently voted “no” on a continuing resolution, which funds the government for two weeks, through December 22, 2017. This is not a decision I take lightly, and <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-mike-rounds-weekly-column-broken-budget-system-wastes-taxpayer-dollars-hurts-military/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><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="size-full wp-image-62621 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" alt="" width="839" height="177" />Broken Budget System Wastes Taxpayer Dollars, Hurts Military<br /> </strong><strong>By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)</strong></p> <p>The federal government’s budget process hasn’t worked in more than four decades. I have been a vocal critic of the current system, which largely rubber-stamps federal spending with very little debate or discussion. I recently voted “no” on a continuing resolution, which funds the government for two weeks, through December 22, 2017. This is not a decision I take lightly, and I’d like to take this opportunity to explain what led me to this decision.</p> <p>This year, working within this broken system, we gave negotiators extra time to work out a compromise on spending. Rather than getting to work on a compromise package during that period, a day before the extended deadline of Dec. 8, Congress was forced to vote on another extension because no progress had been made in the nearly three months when the original deadline was extended. This new deadline comes just before the holidays, hoping it will add pressure for Members to accept conditions they may otherwise disagree with. This is not a good policy.</p> <p>A number of us have worked on proposals to modify our current budget ‘process’ – a term I use loosely – so that we can actually do the work we were sent here to do: make informed policy decisions and make certain the federal government is being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Yet Congress continues this pattern of passing short-term, stopgap spending bills.</p> <p>I cannot, in good conscience, lend my support to this continuing resolution that merely continues federal spending and whose lone policy change could actually end up hurting South Dakota families. If we are ever to get our spending under control, eliminate wasteful programs and provide much-needed stability for our military, we must reject the status quo.</p> <p>As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am concerned about the impact continuing resolutions have on military readiness. Military leaders have repeatedly warned our committee of the dangers that these short-term, stopgap spending bills have on their ability to adequately train, equip and maintain the force.</p> <p>In particular, under continuing resolutions, the Defense Department is restricted from starting new programs, which is deeply concerning in today’s rapidly-changing threat environment. One example is the mounting cyber threat to our armed forces and our civilian critical infrastructure. If we are to adequately recover readiness levels that were lost over the last eight years, as well as modernize our armed forces in this increasingly dangerous and complex world, we must give them the funding stability and certainty that continuing resolutions fail to provide.</p> <p>The federal government has an obligation to the American people to be good stewards of their hard-earned dollars. We simply cannot continue to allow spending to run on auto-pilot, without a genuine opportunity for Congress to manage and debate the merits of individual programs. This practice will not change until more of us send the message that we must either repair this broken system or we get our work done on time. The American people expect no less.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: Our Way of Life http://dakotawarcollege.com/congresswoman-kristi-noems-weekly-column-our-way-of-life/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:88ebb797-756d-9c9b-fb12-d26c2cd78fb8 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:05:41 +0000 Our Way of Life By Rep. Kristi Noem   Our Constitution makes it clear: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” For much of American history, that point was understood. Maybe that’s why the right to bear arms is one of the least debated constitutional amendments in Supreme Court history. In fact, the landmark 2008 Heller decision was the first time in 50-plus years that the Court weighed in <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/congresswoman-kristi-noems-weekly-column-our-way-of-life/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><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="kristi 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="size-full wp-image-53018 aligncenter" 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" />Our Way of Life<br /> </strong><strong><em>By Rep. Kristi Noem </em></strong><em> </em></p> <p>Our Constitution makes it clear: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” For much of American history, that point was understood.</p> <p>Maybe that’s why the right to bear arms is one of the least debated constitutional amendments in Supreme Court history. In fact, the landmark 2008 Heller decision was the first time in 50-plus years that the Court weighed in on the Second Amendment and examples of cases before 1939 are few and far between.</p> <p>I believe that’s because for most of American history, firearms were integral to the way we lived. People understood how to use them and taught their children how to as well. In South Dakota, that way of life still exists. I’m really proud of that, and I will always fight to protect it.</p> <p>This December, the House passed legislation to further secure our Second Amendment rights. More specifically, the package included the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which I cosponsored. If this legislation is signed into law, those permitted to carry a concealed handgun will be able to bring it to other states that permit concealed carry. We have a similar reciprocity agreement on the books in South Dakota that lets non-residents carry in the state, but I believe that right should be protected nationwide.</p> <p>This was the second major bill I’ve helped pass to protect the Second Amendment this year. Under President Obama, the Social Security Administration had overstepped its mission and discriminated against certain Americans with disabilities. More specifically, federal bureaucrats barred some Social Security beneficiaries who don’t manage their own finances from purchasing guns. I cosponsored legislation reversing this decision, which Congress passed and President Trump signed into law this February.</p> <p>The Second Amendment is as important and relevant today as it was when the Founding Fathers wrote it into our Constitution more than 250 years ago.</p> <p>I live just down the road from Kones Korner in Castlewood. It started as a gas station in the 1920s, but over the years the owner turned his gun hobby into an extension of the business. He now carries an inventory of more than 2,500 guns. He’s built a livelihood around the way we live in South Dakota, around the Second Amendment. And he isn’t the only one.</p> <p>Hunting is a huge contributor to our state’s economy. In 2016, hunters spent $683 million in the state, supporting thousands of jobs and creating countless opportunities for folks to thrive in South Dakota. I know when our kids were little we started a hunting lodge, which I managed for a number of years. It was rewarding work that helped us make ends meet when yields were down.</p> <p>I am proud of the way we live in South Dakota – of our hobbies and our traditions. Many of us grew up with a shotgun in the pickup, learning gun safety from a young age. We celebrate the liberties and freedoms we’re entitled to under the Second Amendment – constitutionally protected liberties and freedoms that should not be infringed upon.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Governor Daugaard’s Weekly Column: Confronting the Realities of Another Lean Year http://dakotawarcollege.com/governor-daugaards-weekly-column-confronting-the-realities-of-another-lean-year/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:daa68c35-8c86-1059-8114-ac9533e90956 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:03:39 +0000 Confronting the Realities of Another Lean Year A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:  The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual Budget Address. They packed the state House early that afternoon to hear about our current economic situation and my proposal for the upcoming budget year. With revenue trending below projections, I doubt legislators were surprised when I explained we face another lean year. The projected <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/governor-daugaards-weekly-column-confronting-the-realities-of-another-lean-year/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><strong><u><img data-attachment-id="41657" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/daugaard-to-announce-re-election-plans-on-tuesday/daugaardheader/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" data-orig-size="600,150" 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;}" data-image-title="daugaardheader" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41657 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="150" />Confronting the Realities of Another Lean Year<br /> </u></strong><strong>A column by <em>Gov. Dennis Daugaard</em>:</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual Budget Address. They packed the state House early that afternoon to hear about our current economic situation and my proposal for the upcoming budget year.</p> <p>With revenue trending below projections, I doubt legislators were surprised when I explained we face another lean year. The projected tax revenue for this budget year will leave us $20 million short. To compound that, we have 450 more students enrolled in our schools than anticipated. This is a good problem. Higher student enrollment means our state is growing. But it’s a problem that adds another $10 million to the gap for this fiscal year.</p> <p>The revenue shortfall and enrollment growth must be combined with emergency costs that will need to be covered. Unaddressed, this would leave us $34 million in the red this year. We need to fill that hole to balance in fiscal year 2018, and then adopt a balanced budget for the 2019 fiscal year.</p> <p>I am proposing we fill the current year gap by reducing expenses where we are able, and using one-time cash sources, including funds from our reserves. This would still leave our reserves at a healthy level of 10 percent of our general fund spending.</p> <p>For the upcoming fiscal year, I cannot recommend inflationary increases for education, Medicaid providers or state employees. Inflationary increases would cost about $58 million and we have only $32 million in new recurring revenue.</p> <p>Still, although we cannot afford inflationary increases, I am proposing we dedicate the majority of new recurring revenue to those three priority areas. I am recommending the largest funding increase go to K-12 education to cover next year’s higher enrollment.</p> <p>Second, I propose we complete a plan, begun two years ago, to better reimburse community-based Medicaid providers for actual costs. This will allow us to keep our promise to those who serve the most vulnerable in our state.</p> <p>And for state employees, I am recommending a very modest amount to keep some employee pay, which is already lower than market, from falling even further behind.</p> <p>Although the situation is not ideal, we must remember that our state has been through tougher times. It was just seven years ago that we were facing major shortfalls because of the recession and had to balance the budget with across-the-board cuts. Our situation is not as dire today and I am not calling for cuts.</p> <p>Also, this experience is not unique to South Dakota. Many governors and legislatures across the country are seeing soft revenues. Recently, Montana and Oklahoma have had to call special sessions to address budget shortfalls.  Moreover, others have not been willing to confront their fiscal reality. According to Moody’s, nearly a dozen states began their fiscal year without a budget in place.</p> <p>In South Dakota, we have been willing to make the difficult decisions and that has put us in an enviable position. We have structural balance, a healthy level of reserves, AAA status with all three credit rating agencies and one of the strongest pension plans in the nation. I’m very proud of these achievements. They reflect the discipline and maturity that South Dakotans expect of their elected officials. We should never take that for granted.</p> <p align="center">-30-</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers December brings red flag warning to West River http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/december-brings-red-flag-warning-to.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:a5940c68-4326-c91b-d612-0c73cc27f78d Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:11:17 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Just a hundred and fifty years ago bison would have cleared most of the grasses fueling today's red flag warning in western South Dakota. Whatever grasses remained were set ablaze by the indigenous cultures.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE</b></i><br /><i><b>National Weather Service Rapid City SD</b></i><br /><i><b>252 AM MST Sun Dec 10 2017</b></i></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT TODAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW</b></i><br /><i><b>RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE BLACK HILLS AND FAR WESTERN SOUTH</b></i><br /><i><b>DAKOTA...</b></i></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>.Unseasonably warm temperatures and very dry air are expected</b></i><br /><i><b>today, with relative humidity values dropping to around 15</b></i><br /><i><b>percent. West to northwest winds are expected to increase to 15</b></i><br /><i><b>to 20 mph with frequent gusts of 25 to 30 mph. This will result in</b></i><br /><i><b>critical fire weather conditions.</b></i></blockquote><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Grassland Fire Danger rating 12-10-2017 **Extreme**! Open Burning and burn barrels prohibited! + red flag conditions! <br /><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onelessspark?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onelessspark</a> PLEASE<br /><a href="https://t.co/tZqT5eQm7D">https://t.co/tZqT5eQm7D</a> <a href="https://t.co/1nVElPSoQK">pic.twitter.com/1nVElPSoQK</a></div>— penncofire (@penncofire) <a href="https://twitter.com/penncofire/status/939826127681581057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Spearditch to lose Bay Leaf Café http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/12/spearditch-to-lose-bay-leaf-cafe.html interested party urn:uuid:47496e64-c198-073f-721e-4baa39610d4d Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:50:06 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">1993 was the beginning of the end of my marriage but it was the year Taffy Tucker, her ex-husband French Bryan and his boyfriend, George Huck began rebuilding the old Queen City Hotel.<br /><br />I ultimately contracted the drywall installation and finish of the building that would become the Bay Leaf Café.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“Getting the building rehabbed, it was a much bigger undertaking than we ever anticipated,” Bryan said. Even though there were times during the rehabilitation of the building they questioned what they got themselves into, that work remains one of his favorite memories of owning the business. “It was two or three official documents from being condemned,” he said of the rough conditions. The closing date for the pending sale of the building is Dec. 29. It has sold to another restaurateur who declined to elaborate on her plans for the business at this time. [<a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/bay-leaf-caf-to-close-dec-after-years-as-spearfish/article_692a5534-dc68-11e7-8947-1b20e4c95ef3.html">Black Hills Pioneer</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Taffy is a Deadwood girl and Orville (French) Bryan grew up in rural <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2010/04/spearditch-western-south-dakotas.html">Spearditch</a>, attended <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2010/12/spearfish-boy-saddened-by-hometown.html">Spearditch High School</a> then graduated Black Hills State College. They married then with Bill Walsh and Mike Trucano bought Deadwood's Franklin Hotel. French served as Deadwood's mayor for a time. French and Taffy divorced after he came out.<br /><br />Before gambling came to Deadwood in 1989 <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/08/democrats-struggling-to-remain-relevant.html">the Franklin</a> got deeply into debt to <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/04/paul-miller-walks-on.html">Twin City Fruit</a> so French served as our sales manager to settle the arrears.<br /><br />After gambling French left the area for a time but returned to buy the Queen City Hotel. The Franklin later sold to become part of the Silverado complex. </div> ip larry kurtz How Molded Fiber Glass Co. got the shaft from Donald Trump http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/12/how-molded-fiber-glass-co-got-shaft.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:f7e7483d-19b6-2024-97b2-03009a0b16a7 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:12:36 +0000 <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFIYpyiRjQ0/Wit1T2MwgrI/AAAAAAAADQM/FR0_P3x0muMuxoVgs64_YC5HZtHnoErJACLcBGAs/s1600/595d09bc39a69.image_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1200" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFIYpyiRjQ0/Wit1T2MwgrI/AAAAAAAADQM/FR0_P3x0muMuxoVgs64_YC5HZtHnoErJACLcBGAs/s640/595d09bc39a69.image_.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Molded Fiber Glass built the onion domes and minarets for one of Trump's great failures for $3 million. &nbsp;They had to sue to get their money, but only got $1 million<br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;Molded Fiber Glass Co. is preparing to close its Aberdeen plant in&nbsp;February, putting 409 employees out of work. &nbsp;While it enters history as one of the transient companies &nbsp;that had a brief use for Aberdeen, &nbsp;its own history includes being a dupe in one of Donald Trump's &nbsp;perfidious bilking schemes.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The story is recounted in an&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/trump-taj-mahal-bankruptcy-still-angers-small-contractors/article_62268f76-3d56-11e6-a1fc-739151d091fb.html" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Associated Press story</a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;">which ran most prominently in the Atlantic city newspaper, which is where Trump built his Taj Mahal casino, a failed enterprise which demonstrated just what kind of '"businessman" Trump was. &nbsp; He opened his $1.2 billion casino in April 1990. &nbsp;It field for its first bankruptcy in July 1991. &nbsp;Trump was trying to corner the casino business in Atlantic City, but his finanancing was shaky and fraudulent. &nbsp;The</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-trump-atlantic-city.html" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">New York Times</a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;reported&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">that </span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">"</span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 17px;">Mr. Trump assembled his casino empire by borrowing money at such high interest rates — after telling regulators he would not — that the businesses had almost no chance to succeed. " He raised additional capital be offering junk bonds. &nbsp; During its run, the&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;">casino violated almost all of the&nbsp;financial&nbsp;rules, among which was </span><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/22/politics/trump-taj-mahal/index.html" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 17px;">money laundering</a><span style="font-size: 17px;">. &nbsp;Tump managed to divest himself of the property by 2009 after a&nbsp;constant history of bankruptcy proceedings and it was&nbsp;taken over by fellow billionaire Carl Icahn. &nbsp;Trump left behind a<a href="http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/trump-taj-mahal-bankruptcy-still-angers-small-contractors/article_62268f76-3d56-11e6-a1fc-739151d091fb.html"> number of contractor</a>s and other businesses who he did not pay. &nbsp;Defaulting on bills was the art Trump used in his deal-making. &nbsp;Molded Fiber Glass was one of his victims.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;">In early 1990, Trump was pushing contractors to finish their work so the casino could open for business. &nbsp;But in February, they became concerned the payments foe work that had been completed stopped. &nbsp;The <a href="http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/trump-taj-mahal-bankruptcy-still-angers-small-contractors/article_62268f76-3d56-11e6-a1fc-739151d091fb.html">AP story</a> takes up the story of Molded Fiber Glass:</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;"></span></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; background-color: #cccccc;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Five hundred miles away, in Ashtabula, Ohio, Robert Morrison of the Molded Fiber Glass Co. was pressing his workers to finish the domes and minarets and other faux Moorish ornaments in time for the April opening — and worrying about who was going to pay for all of it. An invoice sent a few weeks earlier for $1.4 million still hadn't been paid.</span></span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="background-color: #cccccc;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">"<span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Naturally, you assumed you'd get paid," Molded Fiber Glass CEO Morrison wrote in a book about the Taj published in 1994. "Donald Trump was flamboyant, but he was an immensely successful contractor who paid his debts.”</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="background-color: #cccccc; color: #444444;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Many contractors didn't know what to think. Trump was denying he was in financial trouble: "I have a tremendous amount of cash," he told the Washington Post that March. Far from being overstretched, he told Newsweek, he was looking to expand: "I think the people with a lot of cash —and I have a lot of cash — are going to be able to make beautiful deals in the next few years."</span></span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #cccccc;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: #cccccc; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Morrison of Molded Fiber Glass was getting desperate for his money and so he turned to Irwin Tobman, a field supervisor in Atlantic City overseeing the installation of the domes and minarets. Tobman had been told earlier by a Trump official that the delay in sending the check was due to a "slight glitch.”</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; background-color: #cccccc;"></span></span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="background-color: #cccccc;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">On June 12, Molded Fiber Glass sued for the $3 million it was owed. A few days later, its lawyers ratcheted up the pressure; they threatened to remove the domes from the Taj and cart them away. The New York Post headline: "The Taj May Go Topless.”</span></span>&nbsp;</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="background-color: #cccccc;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Molded Fiber Glass never removed its domes, choosing instead to join with Lundy and 46 others in a negotiated settlement with Trump for cash equal to 33 cents of each dollar owed, plus 50 cents in convertible bonds, according to Morrison's book. Trump also threw in a "right of first refusal," meaning the contractors would get future work at the Taj if they matched the best bid from others. The bonds would eventually pay in full, but the holders had to wait at least several years.</span></span></span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; background-color: #cccccc;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Strapped for money, some contractors sold them immediately, getting a fraction of what they were worth at maturity. Among the sellers was Morrison of Molded Fiber Glass, according to Tobman, his man in Atlantic City. Morrison ended up having to write off $2 million of the $3 million that Tru</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">mp owed him, according to his book. The company refused to comment.</span></span></blockquote><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(68, 68, 68); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; color: #444444; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; background-color: #cccccc;"></span></div><div style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="color: #444444; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: small;">A telling line in</span><a href="http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20020919/NEWS/309199999" style="color: #444444; font-family: helvetica; font-size: 16px;"> Robert Morrison</a><span style="color: #444444; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: small;">'s account is,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #444444; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-kerning: none; font-size: small;"></span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3; color: black; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">"Donald Trump was flamboyant, but he was an immensely successful contractor who paid his debt</span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3; color: #444444; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 16px;"><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3; color: black; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">s</span><span style="background-color: #cccccc; color: black; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Morrison, who died in 2002, wrote a book&nbsp;about the entire affair titled&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>High Stakes to High Risk: The Strange Story of Resorts, International and the Taj Mahal.</i>&nbsp; A search on the Internet turns up no reviews or accounts of the book, but the overall impression is that Morrison, the founder of &nbsp;molded Fiber Glass, regards the Taj Mahal&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #111111; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">affair as corporate business as usual. &nbsp;He calls Trump who had already earned &nbsp;reputation for bilking contractors "an immensely successful contractor," and any who checked knew that Trump did not always pay his debts.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(68, 68, 68); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 19px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></div><div><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 17px;"><br /></span></span><br /><div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot;; font-size: 17px;"><br /></span></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table> David Newquist South Dakota Governor Daugaard Calls Me Out In Today's Rapid City Journal. He's Mistaken. There's GDP, And Then There's GDP Per Capita. http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakota-governor-daugaard-calls-me.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:ae57c483-b1c3-01a2-588c-66f62842326c Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:37:05 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">D</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>augaard doesn't address the difference between GDP and GDP per capita in a piece directed at&nbsp; me in this morning's Rapid City Journal.&nbsp; </b>In his op-ed <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/columnists/daugaard-sd-lawmakers-have-earned-a-pay-raise/article_63d11374-d303-53cc-895c-3dd9b404d040.html" target="_blank">column</a></b> Daugaard claims that I erred in comparing U.S. GDP <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://sd.gov/governor/img/daugaard2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://sd.gov/governor/img/daugaard2.jpg" data-original-height="290" data-original-width="235" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Governor Daugaard</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Not Seeing Eye To Eye With Me</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>with South Dakota's GDP in my own RCJ <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/columnists/tsitrian-lawmakers-should-earn-a-pay-raise/article_59f0a004-9203-5b0e-ba6e-c65ca0ea6ae8.html" target="_blank">op-ed piece last week</a></b>.&nbsp; He's mistaken.&nbsp; I compared <i>per capita&nbsp;</i>&nbsp;GDPs, which are a vastly different and far more informative depiction of economic growth.&nbsp; It takes into account population changes.&nbsp; For example if GDP growth is 2%, but population growth is 3%, <i>per capita </i>GDP has actually declined because economic growth hasn't kept pace with the growth of the population. Here's a concise definition&nbsp;of why the <b><a href="http://www.differencebetween.net/business/difference-between-gdp-and-gdp-per-capita/" target="_blank">difference is important</a></b>:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">"</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , &quot;times&quot; , serif; font-size: 12.8px;">GDP <i>per capita i</i>s a measure that results from GDP divided by the size of the nation’s overall population. So in essence, it is theoretically the amount of money that each individual gets in that particular country. <i><b>The GDP per capita provides a much better determination of living standards as compared to GDP alone.</b></i>"&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , &quot;times&quot; , serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">I</span>t's wonkish, I know, but Daugaard's correct cite of GDP growth has nothing to do with my comparison of GDP </b><b><i>per capita</i></b><b> growth.&nbsp; </b>Using the Commerce Department's <b><a href="https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=200&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=sic&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1200&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels#reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=1000&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=naics&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=11000&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels" target="_blank">Bureau of Economic Analysis data</a></b>, Daugaard would clearly see that U.S. GDP <i>per capita</i> growth has vastly outperformed South Dakota's, with the U.S. figure coming in at about +6%, and South Dakota's declining a bit.&nbsp; I stand by my characterization of South Dakota's performance as "pathetic" and my belief that holding the state's governing class to an objective standard when it comes to issuing pay raises seems reasonable and consistent with many private sector benchmarks for performance.&nbsp; The Governor himself even applies the principle.&nbsp; In his <b><a href="https://bfm.sd.gov/budget/rec18/Employee%20Compensation.pdf" target="_blank">budget message </a></b>from a few days ago, Daugaard delayed until next year a state employee pay-for-performance component available to some "due to lack of available funding" and no pay increase for all other state employees.&nbsp; A no-growth economy resulting in a drop of government revenues means nobody gets a raise, which is basically the point I made in the first place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">A</span><b>lso, Governor Daugaard in the course of his piece noted that I often refer to myself as a Republican, but that my "op-eds and blog demonstrate his liberal bent on most issues."&nbsp; </b>That's accurate. As a practical matter, living out here in the Black Hills, which is so heavily Republican, I find that the primary elections are often effectively the general elections, so I've maintained a GOP registration to make for a more meaningful vote in the primaries. I've changed my mind on that, so for the record, I converted my South Dakota party registration a few weeks ago to Independent.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">I </span>appreciate that Governor Daugaard has given my work his time and attention, especially in a forum like The Rapid City Journal.&nbsp; </b>Our differences are obvious and profound, but in the long run everybody's awareness and understanding are elevated by public conversations like this. I wish the Governor well as he comes into the concluding year of his administration.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span> John Tsitrian State workers blame Daugaard, SDGOP for budget shortfall http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/state-workers-blame-sdgop-for-budget.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:4c7fa66d-a429-10d9-9a37-3223e44103bc Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:54:39 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">After South Dakota's governor signed a bill into law that discriminates against some couples who want to adopt a California-led boycott has led to lower revenues.<br /><br />South Dakota State Employees Organization Executive Director Eric Olilla says they will lobby legislators for wage concessions and that no increases for the second year in a row sends <a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-south-dakota-state-workers-come-up-short-again/">a bad message</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels says they know some upward adjustments are needed. Most state workers didn’t get a raise last year, and with increasing health insurance costs, may have gone backward. Michels says they are taking other steps that will help employees now, and in the future. Michels says finding more money for state workers is a priority.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-pay-raises-for-sd-state-workers-a-2018-priority/">Get the story at WNAX.</a><br /><br />A South Dakota earth hater with political aspirations wants to end the rights of state employees.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Republican Rep. Mark Mickelson said Monday that he doesn’t think collective bargaining “serves the mission of educating our kids.” Faculty at the state’s six public universities and at schools for the blind and deaf have union contracts.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.gowatertown.net/2017/11/14/mickelson-says-legislature-will-consider-ending-collective-bargaining-at-south-dakota-public-universities/">Get the story at KWAT Radio.</a><br /><br />Many employees in the state's law enforcement industry are union members.<br /><br />Out of <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/13/mickelson-urges-school-accountability-board-deal-tough-message-districts/858171001/">the other side of his mouth</a> Mickelson wants to lower the boom on school districts not raising teacher salaries.<br /><br />Mickelson is a glaring <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/03/ellis-jackleys-hypocrisy-on-conflict-of.html">example of white privilege</a> in the red moocher state.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The bottom line for South Dakota is this: If we don’t have enough money and don’t want to raise taxes, we need to develop new sources of revenue. We have to broaden our perspective. Otherwise, the headlines will never change, and our budgetary belt will eventually strangle our prospects altogether. </b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.yankton.net/opinion/editorials/article_671dfe4a-dbd1-11e7-83b3-b7b72edb057f.html">Read that here.</a><br /><br />Your thoughts?</div> larry kurtz Poor ranching practices exacerbating drought http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/poor-ranching-practices-exacerbating.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:bceb5226-7c1e-0921-52d5-6356f8f43a70 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:53:05 +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/-u9jQyioP2fo/WiqYzO4a5mI/AAAAAAAAFx8/sxTfgJlgCZkw2AsDZLoNL8Yb4kXPWU_2wCLcBGAs/s1600/fd_cls_f.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="607" data-original-width="815" height="298" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u9jQyioP2fo/WiqYzO4a5mI/AAAAAAAAFx8/sxTfgJlgCZkw2AsDZLoNL8Yb4kXPWU_2wCLcBGAs/s400/fd_cls_f.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Abnormally dry conditions have spread eastward and are now reflected in the first drought monitor release of December. <br /><br />Extreme drought continues in Montana and western South Dakota. <a href="https://t.co/T43u6IfZn4">pic.twitter.com/T43u6IfZn4</a></div>— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSSiouxFalls/status/938895562564362241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 7, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Sutton continues 'listening tour' http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/sutton-continues-listening-tour.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:90009762-dcdf-7375-9166-274853a182cd Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:47:49 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">2,210 miles, 29 counties, and 7 cities later, we are bringing the Sutton for South Dakota Governor "Listening Tour: For a Stronger South Dakota" online. Share your concerns with Billie here: <a href="https://t.co/8f3mlR8fpp">https://t.co/8f3mlR8fpp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SouthDakotaStrong?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SouthDakotaStrong</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sutton4SD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sutton4SD</a> <a href="https://t.co/8tAHtfIS9O">pic.twitter.com/8tAHtfIS9O</a></div>— Billie Sutton (@billiehsutton) <a href="https://twitter.com/billiehsutton/status/938913128380805121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 7, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><br /></div> larry kurtz Democratic lawmaker will draft bill to fund disaster cleanups http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/democratic-lawmaker-will-draft-bill-to.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:4a288a63-bbee-a771-74d1-8ba6f04e8c1d Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:16:57 +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/-yl7MlZ8zgR4/U63MzbaGZmI/AAAAAAAAEhE/-hjKVFL_QRs/s1600/DSC_0090.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yl7MlZ8zgR4/U63MzbaGZmI/AAAAAAAAEhE/-hjKVFL_QRs/s400/DSC_0090.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />Democratic South Dakota State Senator Jason Frerichs of Wilmot was part of a group getting an update on a pipeline that gushed diluted bitumen into a Marshall County ecosystem.<br /><br />South Dakota has no contingency money for cleaning up such disasters and because it is an international project ecoterrorist Trans Canada doesn’t pay into a reclamation fund.<br /><br />Frerichs said he still has questions about the breach, preventing future ones and <a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-legislation-needed-following-oil-pipeline-leak-in-northeast-south-dakota/">pledged to introduce bills</a> in the 2018 legislative session dealing with spill clean ups and assessing future repair costs.<br /><br />A former TransCanada engineer says the pipeline is destined to break again.<br /><br />Photo: Frerichs and gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton rehearse for a skit during the 2014 Democratic State Convention in Yankton.</div> larry kurtz Sioux Falls, Rapid City turn out to save net neutrality http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/sioux-falls-rapid-city-turn-out-to-save.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:88a18bb4-5726-b4b1-5ec1-9a5341cd7e0f Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:38:20 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">During a speech to donors in Sioux Falls US Senator John Thune (earth hater-SD) said access to telecommunications is just too hard for some rural areas.<br /><br />Despite the winter weather protestors in Sioux Falls and Rapid City turned out to add their voices to those who want to save net neutrality from the earth haters.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Even the freezing cold can’t stop 16-year-old Will Howes from fighting for what he believes in. “It’s like open internet as we have it now will cease to exist,” said Howes.Protesters are heading to Verizon stores because Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai once worked at Verizon. </b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.kdlt.com/2017/12/07/net-neutrality-sioux-falls-speaks-up/">Read it here.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>I’ve come to the conclusion that removing net neutrality rules would be bad for the consumer and the small business owner — innovation would be stifled and creativity would be hampered. Recently, I’ve had to help clients with dropped calls, one-way conversations, network latency and packet loss. It’s frustrating to say the least, and I fear that if Internet Service Providers are given more freedom, we will suffer more.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/letters/dec-letters/article_98beca3f-f924-5bf4-b86c-b74c80a8cc00.html">Read that here.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The end of the regulation will mean that Internet Service Providers like AT&amp;T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will have few worries about being penalized for engaging in paid prioritization, slowing service or curbing access to certain websites. In other words, broadband providers will have practically free reign to monetize the internet, which they certainly are anxious to do. In return, the gatekeepers of the internet that have spent freely to lobby lawmakers like Sen. John Thune — whose PAC and campaign have received $366,000 in telecom contributions since 2013 — promise consumers transparency when they roll out new plans that offer various levels of service at different price points.</b></i></blockquote>Read the <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/editorial/ours-public-hearings-needed-on-net-neutrality/article_a8f76992-04a9-5ac3-8821-54d14db5a159.html">editorial at the Rapid City Journal</a>.<br /><br />John Thune advances telecom for whites but <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/thune-advances-telecom-for-whites.html">thumbs his nose at tribes</a>.<br /><br />Telecom <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-deal-program-puts-16m-into-south.html">improvements have roots in the New Deal</a> and was strengthened in South Dakota by <a href="https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2010/08/26/usda-recovery-act-broadband-funding-provide-broadband-service-south-dakota">Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin</a>.</div> larry kurtz SD congressional delegation support wage slavery http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/sd-congressional-delegation-support.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:8b68a8d6-28e3-62bf-56a1-b94d89ff4b55 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:17:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Earth hater President Scott VanderWal of the South Dakota Farm <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/farm-groups-split-on-disastrous-gop-tax.html">Bureau says</a> tax deform will benefit the farmers and ranchers in his group.<br /><br />Now, he wants South Dakota's white congressional delegation to import brown wage slaves from other countries.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>"We need a stable, legal workforce that can be used for agriculture," VanderWal said. "Farm Bureau is very concerned about the number of workers in our country and South Dakota as well." South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation, Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem, has expressed support for changing the visa program to ensure workers can participate in other agricultural sectors. The New American Economy campaign on Thursday kicked off a 50-state effort to highlight the importance of immigrant labor on the U.S. economy.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/07/south-dakota-ag-advocates-call-congress-reform-work-visa-program/930239001/">Read it here.</a><br /><br />So, instead of raising wages for Americans earth <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/04/south-dakota-dairies-bring-habitat.html">haters want to pay brown people less</a> to do more.<br /><br />The crony capitalism that keeps South Dakota the 8th worst state for the working class is destroying lands promised to native peoples by treaty and my home town of Elkton is struggling to find enough housing for migrant workers often living in squalor. <br /><br />Your thoughts?</div> larry kurtz South Dakota Dems run essay contest on ethics, where they’re going to “use any or all of the ideas submitted without attribution or compensation” http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-dems-run-essay-contest-where-theyre-going-to-use-any-or-all-of-the-ideas-submitted-without-attribution-or-compensation/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:9b6deffd-44a5-4ad0-9c9b-64bdb26c1b7c Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:30:52 +0000 A reader sent me this flyer and the accompanying letter which was sent out to public schools this fall where Democrats are using the opportunity to paint a false impression, as well as admit they plan on stealing the ideas of high school kids: Democrats are trying to press a message that South Dakota State Government is somehow corrupt because we don&#8217;t have certain programs that Liberal think-tanks demand for good ratings in their studies, <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-dems-run-essay-contest-where-theyre-going-to-use-any-or-all-of-the-ideas-submitted-without-attribution-or-compensation/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>A reader sent me this flyer and the accompanying letter which was sent out to public schools this fall where Democrats are using the opportunity to paint a false impression, as well as admit they plan on stealing the ideas of high school kids:</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="72013" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-dems-run-essay-contest-where-theyre-going-to-use-any-or-all-of-the-ideas-submitted-without-attribution-or-compensation/sddp_attacksd_1/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_1.jpg" data-orig-size="2685,3992" 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;1512473057&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="SDDP_attackSD_1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_1.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_1.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-72013" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_1.jpg" alt="" width="2685" height="3992" /></p> <p><img data-attachment-id="72014" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/south-dakota-dems-run-essay-contest-where-theyre-going-to-use-any-or-all-of-the-ideas-submitted-without-attribution-or-compensation/sddp_attacksd_2/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_2.jpg" data-orig-size="2594,3441" 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;1512473076&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="SDDP_attackSD_2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_2.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_2.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72014" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SDDP_attackSD_2.jpg" alt="" width="2594" height="3441" /></p> <p>Democrats are trying to press a message that South Dakota State Government is somehow corrupt because we don&#8217;t have certain programs that Liberal think-tanks demand for good ratings in their studies, as they conveniently overlook<a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/seeing-through-the-lies-of-im22-campaign-south-dakota-actually-among-the-least-corrupt-of-states-according-to-harvard-study/"> the fact that a Harvard study has ranked South Dakota as among the least corrupt of states</a>.</p> <p>And they&#8217;re also overlooking the fact that <a href="http://ksoo.com/south-dakota-lawmakers-suing-over-initiated-measure-22/">Initiated Measure 22 was blocked by a judge</a> on the basis that it was unconstitutional, and it was <a href="http://www.plaintalk.net/local_news/opinion/article_efb5a526-10f4-11e7-a86d-1bf4235aba1f.html">a bipartisan effort to replace the flawed IM22 measure with one that would survive a court challenge</a>.</p> <p>But the best part?  As it solicits essays, Democrats disclaim that one of their two objectives expressly notes that &#8220;<strong>A note in the online instructions will point out that South Dakota Legislators may use any or all of the ideas submitted without attribution or compensation.</strong>&#8221;</p> <p>So&#8230; <strong>they&#8217;re telling high school kids up front that they&#8217;ll plagiarize</strong> any and all of their ideas, if they think there&#8217;s something good in there.</p> <p>Quite the lesson they&#8217;re trying to teach.  So much for improving ethics.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Thune Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Critical Drought Information Program http://dakotawarcollege.com/thune-introduces-bill-to-reauthorize-critical-drought-information-program/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:da2b4edb-4f3d-abc3-6d39-c9219b428177 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:09:41 +0000 Thune Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Critical Drought Information Program “This updated legislation improves current law while complementing the subseasonal provisions of my weather bill that was enacted earlier this year, keeping South Dakotans better informed and prepared to handle potential droughts.” WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, this week introduced legislation (S. 2200) to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which provides <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/thune-introduces-bill-to-reauthorize-critical-drought-information-program/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p style="text-align: center;"><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="size-full wp-image-55876 aligncenter" 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="172" height="217" />Thune Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Critical Drought Information Program</strong></p> <p><em>“This updated legislation improves current law while complementing the subseasonal provisions of my weather bill that was enacted earlier this year, keeping South Dakotans better informed and prepared to handle potential droughts.”</em></p> <p><strong>WASHINGTON </strong>— U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, this week introduced legislation (<a href="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/f4dacaec-4965-4a24-baa1-3737bf6b9e2a/6F6B560EC417D5DB6A88BF8667464C5F.s2200-nidis-reauthorization-act.pdf">S. 2200</a>) to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which provides vital drought information to farmers, ranchers, and other industries affected by severe weather conditions. This legislation would encourage important partnerships with the private sector, integrate seasonal and subseasonal drought and water forecasts, and support ongoing soil moisture monitoring to better aid farmers.</p> <p>“As South Dakota farmers and ranchers recover from devastating drought conditions, it’s important that Congress stays on the ball when it comes to updating critical drought tools like NIDIS,” said Thune. “This updated legislation improves current law while complementing the subseasonal provisions of my weather bill that was enacted earlier this year, keeping South Dakotans better informed and prepared to handle potential droughts.”</p> <p>NIDIS was established by Congress in 2006 with an interagency mandate to coordinate and integrate drought research and create a national drought early warning system. The early warning system utilizes new and existing partner networks to optimize the expertise of a wide range of federal, tribal, state, local, and academic partners in order to make climate and drought science readily available, easily understandable, and usable for decision makers. It would also improve the capacity of stakeholders to better monitor, forecast, plan for, and cope with the impacts of drought. The NIDIS program is a function of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of which the Commerce Committee has jurisdiction.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Rounds Opposes Continuing Resolution http://dakotawarcollege.com/rounds-opposes-continuing-resolution/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:ecb79bcc-d57d-1233-7635-aa88acfca072 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:07:11 +0000 Rounds Opposes Continuing Resolution WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after voting no on the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 22, 2017: “The federal government’s budget process hasn’t worked in more than four decades. I have been a vocal critic of the current system, which largely rubber-stamps federal spending with very little debate or discussion. This year, working within this broken system, we gave negotiators extra time to <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/rounds-opposes-continuing-resolution/">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="size-full wp-image-62621 aligncenter" 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="174" height="217" />Rounds Opposes Continuing Resolution</strong></p> <p><strong>WASHINGTON—</strong>U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after voting no on the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 22, 2017:</p> <p>“The federal government’s budget process hasn’t worked in more than four decades. I have been a vocal critic of the current system, which largely rubber-stamps federal spending with very little debate or discussion. This year, working within this broken system, we gave negotiators extra time to work out a compromise on spending. Now we are one day from their extended deadline and yet no closer to a deal than they were three months ago. So they are asking for more time to negotiate, with a new deadline just before the holidays, hoping it will add pressure for Members to accept conditions they may otherwise disagree with. This is not good policy.</p> <p>“A number of us have worked on proposals to modify our current budget ‘process’ – a term I use loosely – so that we can actually do the work we were sent here to do: make informed policy decisions and make certain the federal government is being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. Yet Congress continues this pattern of passing short-term, stopgap spending bills.</p> <p>“I cannot, in good conscience, lend my support to this continuing resolution that merely continues federal spending and whose lone policy change could actually end up hurting South Dakota families. If we are ever to get our spending under control, eliminate wasteful programs and provide much-needed stability for our military, we must reject the status quo.</p> <p>“This practice will not change until more of us send the message that we must either repair this broken system or we get our work done on time. The American people expect no less.</p> <p>“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am concerned about the impact continuing resolutions have on military readiness. Military leaders have repeatedly warned our committee of the dangers that these short-term, stopgap spending bills have on their ability to adequately train, equip and maintain the force. In particular, under continuing resolutions, the Defense Department is restricted from starting new programs which is deeply concerning in today’s rapidly-changing threat environment. An example is the mounting cyber threat to our armed forces and our civilian critical infrastructure. If we are to adequately recover readiness levels that were lost over the last eight years as well as modernize our armed forces in this increasingly dangerous and complex world, we must give them the funding stability and certainty that continuing resolutions fail to provide.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Neighbor Nancy's happy bosque bird-day http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/12/neighbor-nancys-bosque-happy-bird-day.html interested party urn:uuid:860d11d4-e20a-b4c6-f1c0-c4dfe62deba6 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:07:37 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is about 135 miles south of the ranch on I-25 and it's Neighbor Nancy's favorite birthday trip. Click on any image for a better look.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5c0YjV0Ww0w/WimTRjZLXYI/AAAAAAAAFxQ/RT_rVdYAQSUMD3Uf4iEjEvgG-RXHt6hlACLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0047.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5c0YjV0Ww0w/WimTRjZLXYI/AAAAAAAAFxQ/RT_rVdYAQSUMD3Uf4iEjEvgG-RXHt6hlACLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0047.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />There were tens of thousands of snow geese there again this year but the water was more abundant closer to the main channel of <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-mexicans-drink-beer-pee-in-rio.html">the Rio Grande</a>.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSSXnBQQv4w/WimTlkNoHjI/AAAAAAAAFxU/nACY2ZX52XIdes2Pf9wd-T5gK1Sk6HXaACLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0010.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSSXnBQQv4w/WimTlkNoHjI/AAAAAAAAFxU/nACY2ZX52XIdes2Pf9wd-T5gK1Sk6HXaACLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0010.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Canada goose numbers seemed way down from <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2012/12/audubon-us-bird-count-at-risk-to.html">previous years</a>. The rangers said budget cuts meant fewer people to collect data on counts of each bird species.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHLQq0QFrKQ/WimT1R21UAI/AAAAAAAAFxc/zEyHfr-YHOc7toyuDUKxKAy1JuxsQ_y_QCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0033.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHLQq0QFrKQ/WimT1R21UAI/AAAAAAAAFxc/zEyHfr-YHOc7toyuDUKxKAy1JuxsQ_y_QCLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0033.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wc5mzEs_Yg0/WimUy3D5MlI/AAAAAAAAFxs/ww7IV7p99RUyoKbuA3RZ8Fn6iF-5qttMQCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0029.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wc5mzEs_Yg0/WimUy3D5MlI/AAAAAAAAFxs/ww7IV7p99RUyoKbuA3RZ8Fn6iF-5qttMQCLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0029.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />We saw two huge flocks of Sandhill cranes and many other smaller groups of them scattered throughout the refuge. There were certainly tens of thousands.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8sFE6tV6f24/WimUFZvL1iI/AAAAAAAAFxg/-cxlAAggczEjkw_iuUcJl3gYFYSz6am1QCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0036.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8sFE6tV6f24/WimUFZvL1iI/AAAAAAAAFxg/-cxlAAggczEjkw_iuUcJl3gYFYSz6am1QCLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0036.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">The mule deer had plenty of cover and fields of ear corn.</div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oJt-gGrfSqc/WimUP4cuyvI/AAAAAAAAFxk/jWNSZ-c8fOAwysiDekECkB0hLSvlsWcWwCLcBGAs/s1600/DSC_0041.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1064" data-original-width="1600" height="266" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oJt-gGrfSqc/WimUP4cuyvI/AAAAAAAAFxk/jWNSZ-c8fOAwysiDekECkB0hLSvlsWcWwCLcBGAs/s400/DSC_0041.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />This red tail and some marsh hawks were the four raptors we saw this year. There are usually <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/12/bosque-birds-delight-visitors.html">bald eagles</a> all over the refuge but not this trip.</div> Earth I-25 ip pix larry kurtz SD-Gov: Kristi Noem (R) Tries &amp; Fails To Lie About How The Estate Tax Hurts Families https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/12/7/1722184/-SD-Gov-Kristi-Noem-R-Tries-Fails-To-Lie-About-How-The-Estate-Tax-Hurts-Families South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:9a646664-93ff-4416-a02c-a2f0cbe2b646 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:28:50 +0000 <p>Here’s a Governor race I haven’t had the chance to write about until Tea Party Rep. Kristi Noem (R. SD-AL), who is running for Governor gave me a good reason. So Noem has been justifying her vote for Trump’s tax scam because the <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/08/rep-kristi-noem-death-tax-must-go-this-is-smart-tax-reform-for-our-generation-and-next.html" target="_blank" title="">Estate Tax, or “Death Tax”</a>, hurt her family:</p> <blockquote> <p>I know there are folks who want to keep the Death Tax in place, who say it doesn’t really impact families. That’s simply false. Our family was hit by the Death Tax when my dad died suddenly in a farming accident.</p> <p>A few months afterward, we got a letter from the IRS telling us we owed the Death Tax. We were still reeling from the loss of the powerhouse in our family, and already, the government was reaching out its hand to take part of our American Dream. We had a tough choice: sell off a portion of our family farm or face a decade in debt. We took a decade in debt and struggled to keep our heads above water.</p> <p>From that experience, I learned firsthand how awful and immoral the Death Tax is, but ultimately, the justification for its repeal rests in the fact that it’s a double – sometimes triple – tax. Families hit by it have already paid taxes on their land, machinery, and cattle. Now, because they experienced a tragedy, the federal government forces them to fork over a substantial amount of that hard-earned success.</p> <p>By eliminating the Death Tax, we’ll eliminate one of the most unfair, un-American taxes on the books – a tax that has threatened second- and third-generation businesses for far too long.</p> </blockquote> <p>Luckily, <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kristi-noem-estate-tax_us_5a28638de4b0b185e5392b78?section=us_politics" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a> called out Noem’s lies:</p> <blockquote> <div> <p><span>Republican leaders have appointed Noem, who is running for governor of South Dakota, to the powerful conference committee that will resolve differences between the different tax reform bills passed by the House and Senate in recent weeks. The House bill repeals the estate tax, while the Senate bill keeps it in a weakened form. Noem will have a chance to kill the tax that she said hurt her family.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>But Noem’s case is probably not a good example of how the estate tax works.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>“Estate” is a legal term for a person’s possessions at death. Under current law, the estate tax kicks in when a person dies only if their estate is worth more than $5.49 million after deductions. In 1994, only the first $600,000 of a taxable estate was exempt, so the tax has gotten a lot less stringent in the years since Noem’s father died.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>Another important feature of the law, both now and in 1994, is that the full value of the estate can be transferred to a surviving spouse tax-free. Noem’s mother was still alive when her father died, but the family may have missed out on the unlimited marital deduction due to bad luck.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>“My dad had done estate planning, he had had a will completed, but he hadn’t gotten it signed before he was killed,” Noem told HuffPost on Wednesday.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>Under South Dakota law in 1994, if a decedent hadn’t signed a will, then only one-third of the estate would transfer to the spouse, while two-thirds would go to the children, according to Dan Donohue, a South Dakota attorney who has specialized in estate, trust and probate law for more than 40 years. </span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>“As that relates to the federal estate tax, the two-thirds that did not pass to the spouse, that would essentially constitute for federal estate tax purposes the taxable estate,” Donohue said.</span></p> </div> <div> <p><span>In other words, Noem and her three siblings could have had to pay taxes on their portion of their father’s estate above the $600,000 exemption, with a one-time tax of between 18 percent and 55 percent, depending on the estate’s value. (Today, the tax has a flat rate of 40 percent.) Noem hasn’t disclosed how much her father’s estate was worth, but said the family took out a loan to cover the cost.</span></p> </div> <div></div> <div> <p>When HuffPost asked Noem why the estate hadn’t transferred to her mother, she said she was “not going to keep talking about that.” A spokesperson did not respond to a subsequent request for comment.</p> </div> <div> <p><span>South Dakota changed its “</span><span><a href="http://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&amp;Statute=29A-2" title="">intestacy” law the very next year, in 1995</a>,</span><span><span> </span>so that in the absence of a will, the surviving spouse would automatically receive a decedent’s full estate so long as the surviving children are children of the spouse. Beth Kaufman, president of the tax law firm Caplin &amp; Drysdale, said that most states have adopted similar laws.</span></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Noem is just one of four Republicans running for Governor in deep red South Dakota. But Democrats might make a surprise flip with State Senator Billie Sutton (D. SD) who has an incredible back story. <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/31/archives-billie-sutton-state-senator-and-working-cowboy/358978001/" target="_blank">Click here to read about it.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.suttonforsd.com/" target="_blank">Click here to learn more, donate and get involved with Sutton’s campaign.</a></p> 2018 2018Election 2018Midterms AltRight BillieSutton deathtax Democrats Election Election2018 EstateTax GOP GOPTaxPlan GOTV KRISTINOEM Populists Progressives Republicans Resistance SD-Gov soutdakota TaxCuts Taxes TeaParty Vote Vote2018 rss@dailykos.com (poopdogcomedy) New Video: Noem fights for the 2nd Amendment http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:f2c6947d-887a-28ce-1318-556996057efb Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:27 +0000 NEW VIDEO: NOEM FIGHTS FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT Sioux Falls, S.D. – Rep. Kristi Noem today launched an online video campaign highlighting her lifelong defense of the Second Amendment. An avid hunter and sportsman, Noem once owned and operated a hunting lodge near her home in northeast South Dakota. She has been a stalwart defender of the Second Amendment, fighting against Obama-era regulations that limited gun rights and strongly supporting policies such as national right-to-carry <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><img data-attachment-id="72005" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/logo-3/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-orig-size="360,180" 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="Kristi Noem logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-72005" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="180" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>NEW VIDEO: NOEM FIGHTS FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT</strong></p> <p>Sioux Falls, S.D. – Rep. Kristi Noem today launched an online video campaign highlighting her lifelong defense of the Second Amendment. An avid hunter and sportsman, Noem once owned and operated a hunting lodge near her home in northeast South Dakota. She has been a stalwart defender of the Second Amendment, fighting against Obama-era regulations that limited gun rights and strongly supporting policies such as national right-to-carry reciprocity, which passed the House of Representatives this week. Noem has an &#8216;A&#8217; rating from the National Rifle Association and is a lifetime member of the organization.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/khWtrgWAIQs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>&#8220;I grew up in a family that always had a shotgun in the pickup,&#8221; Noem explains in the video. &#8220;Our kids need to grow up recognizing the Second Amendment is a statement on what the government&#8217;s role in our lives should and should not be. This right to bear arms gives us an opportunity to talk to our kids about the values that our country was founded on.&#8221;</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers South Dakota cannabis activist posts letter to AG Jackley http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakota-cannabis-activist-posts.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:7a5daba3-c7c3-038d-ad4c-980d0377b971 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:07:16 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="303" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbob.newland%2Fposts%2F10154831039356230&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe><br /></div> larry kurtz Noem, Rounds tap ag subsidies http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/noem-rounds-tap-ag-subsidies.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:445b89bb-a743-0e3c-bc3b-f63505daa93c Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:35:44 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Small government US Representative Kristi Noem (earth hater-SD) has taken <a href="https://cdn3.ewg.org/sites/default/files/u352/EWG_MoCChart2_C12.pdf?_ga=2.259603402.1979999675.1512663232-203341265.1512663231">nearly $3.5 million</a> in federal agricultural subsidies since 1995 according to the Environmental Working Group.<br /><br />South Dakota's junior US Senator took more than $30,000.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Thirty-three members of Congress and their immediate family members collected at least $15.3 million in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2016 according to data from <a href="https://farm.ewg.org/?_ga=2.20648056.1979999675.1512663232-203341265.1512663231">EWG’s Farm Subsidy Database</a>. Most of these lawmakers grow crops that are also eligible for crop insurance subsidies. But because these subsidies are not disclosed to the public, it’s not possible to determine whether some legislators are “<a href="https://www.ewg.org/research/subsidy-layer-cake#.Wh1WLLQ-d-U">double dipping</a>."</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.ewg.org/agmag/2017/11/federal-lawmakers-harvest-15-million-farm-subsidies#.WiltmrhBGt9">Get the story here.</a><br /><br />Seventy four percent of South Dakota's <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/wismer-calls-out-noem-for-lying.html">ag and livestock aristocracies</a> receive <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/03/noems-caucus-pushing-bundy-driven-anti.html">assistance from the federal government.</a> Yackley Ranches of Onida topped the list. Sully County is in the top ten of America's richest counties.<br /><br /><a href="https://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=46000&amp;progcode=totalfarm&amp;yr=2016&amp;regionname=SouthDakota">Read the shocking news here.</a><br /><br />South Dakota holds <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/marty-jackley-wouldnt-know-tax-fairness.html">40% of US bank assets</a>. Kinda <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/02/ewg-voluntary-conservation-efforts.html">makes you want to puke</a>, init?</div> larry kurtz Noem wants to kill plan to curb zebra mussels http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/noem-wants-to-kill-plan-to-curb-zebra.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:057b379b-8c63-47e7-d6f6-79362b173dbf Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:52:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Under President Obama the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/05/epa-wants-to-test-for-glyphosate-residue.html">US Environmental Protection Agency</a> had been taking steps to reverse the effects of <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2014/12/dakotas-prairie-pothole-region-at-risk.html">nitrogen pollution</a> in the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/06/noem-cuddling-with-donors-flips-off.html">Prairie Pothole Region</a>; but, South Dakota's Republican At-large US Representative <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/04/plowed-under-nail-being-pounded-into.html">Kristi Noem</a> says to hell with that.<br /><br />Diving ducks like the Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup and the Common Goldeneye feed on <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/hunhoff-wins-trivia-tuesday.html">invasive zebra mussels</a>.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Met with <a href="https://twitter.com/DucksUnlimited?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DucksUnlimited</a> today. Tried to convince them to go hunting with me. larry kurtz South Dakota revenue sources causing problem gamblers http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakota-revenue-sources-causing.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:76122156-01eb-92a7-2e89-68a1d06c2b4f Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:22:49 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">South Dakota raises revenue off those least able to pay.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>In partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling, the South Dakota Lottery is reminding citizens that scratch tickets are not suitable gifts for minors, it was announced in a news release. Research shows that problem gambling can be established at a young age and lottery play is sometimes an introduction to these activities. Gift givers are reminded to ensure that any recipient of a lottery product is 18 or older.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.capjournal.com/community/south-dakota-lottery-has-holiday-responsible-gambling-campaign/article_195f0b1c-db14-11e7-88f5-ff3128bc89fe.html">Read it here.</a><br /><br />Due to video lootery communities throughout South Dakota are being drained dry and becoming <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/video-lootery-driving-sioux-falls.html">increasingly violent</a>.<br /><br />Despite lies from SDGOP <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/04/cops-lives-suck-south-dakota-falling.html">video lootery</a>, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.</div> larry kurtz SD Dems slam Daugaard budget choices http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/sd-dem-slams-daugaard-budget-choices.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:df7d0982-b95a-dc52-2c5b-bad6f6b23175 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:18:18 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Democratic Yankton State Senator Craig Kennedy is questioning South Dakota's earth hater governor's priorities.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Questions and concerns are following South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget speech this week. He outlined a spending plan with no increases for state workers or schools, due to lower than expected tax returns.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-sd-legislators-question-state-budget-priorities/">Get the story here.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Senator Reynold Nesiba, Democrat from Sioux Falls, says the Governor didn’t show any vision, especially in education. Nesiba says it may be time for a complete study of the state’s tax structure.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.hubcityradio.com/2017/12/06/leaders-react-to-governors-budget/">Read that here.</a><br /><br />After Daugaard signed a bill discriminating against some couples seeking to adopt a California-led <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakota-gdp-in-freefall.html">boycott has cut into state revenues</a>.<br /><br />Your thoughts?</div> larry kurtz P&D: which South Dakota earth hater will win the gubernatorial primary? http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/p-which-south-dakota-earth-hater-will.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:fe16ce26-d906-a869-8a4c-b212667c9409 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:13:44 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A reader poll is being hosted by the <a href="https://www.yankton.net/poll_43b5028e-d92c-11e7-9876-db9d174fc984.html">Yankton Press &amp; Dakotan</a>. <br /><br />Who do you support in the South Dakota earth hater primary race for governor?<br />Marty Jackley - 28.1%<br />Kristi Noem - 30.4%<br />Lora Hubbel - ~3% <br />Terry LaFleur - ~4% <br />Undecided/Other - 18%<br />Don’t care - 17.3%</div> larry kurtz Tester: Franken accusers are a distraction http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/tester-franken-accusers-are-distraction.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:ed325a42-99be-27f8-ff10-2527c1a89bca Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:56:47 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Al Franken is expected to step away from the US Senate today after realizing he's become a distraction.<br /><br />Democrats raising the bar for Senators disqualifies paedophile Roy Moore of Alabama and puts additional pressure on America's current president to leave office.<br /><br />Minnesota's Democratic governor will appoint <a href="http://www.startribune.com/gov-mark-dayton-likely-to-tap-lt-gov-tina-smith-as-franken-replacement/462412193/">a successor</a> even more progressive than Franken. Senator Franken has ample opportunity to rebound from his accusations and run for higher office in 2020.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Elected officials must be held to a high standard, Al Franken is no exception. It’s time for him to step down.</div>— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorTester/status/938509408631508997?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> larry kurtz Heitkamp: The Truth about the Senate Republican Tax Reform Bill http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/heitkamp-truth-about-senate-republican.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:634059a2-2c90-3105-628c-fed58b4a8a3b Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:54:50 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>FACT: The Senate Republican tax reform bill will explode our country’s debt, adding nearly $1.5 trillion on the nation’s credit card – and that’s in the best-case scenario.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i><i><b>WHAT THIS MEANS: The bill will put our kids on the hook to pay for its exorbitant cost without substantially growing the economy. We need to have an honest conversation about what American families are getting for that $1.5 trillion, because that’s a really big bill to put on our kids’ shoulders. And it will have a huge impact on their futures. [CBO, 12/2/17]</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i><i><b>With $1.5 trillion, there are so many better, smarter ways the Senate could invest that money that would actually support working families and stand up for our kids’ futures. With this same amount of money, the Senate could give every taxpayer making less than $200,000 per year a $9,000 tax cut, rather than disproportionately helping the wealthy as this bill does. Or the Senate could invest that money, in priorities such as finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and cancer, rebuilding our country’s degraded infrastructure, expanding opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs, or fixing the country’s pension crisis. All of these priorities will be crowded out by the Senate’s deficit financed tax bill.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=267DAC98-7CB3-4671-A9E0-282379853F3C">Read the rest here.</a></div> larry kurtz Bullock blasts GOP tax, monument plans http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/bullock-blasts-gop-tax-monument-plans.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:11fcab00-7f11-63dc-2d2e-54ebd9c9693d Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:41:47 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Governor Steve Bullock today issued the following statement on the Republican-led push in the United States House and Senate to pass federal tax reform legislation.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i><i><b>“Republicans in Congress are increasing the national debt to give huge tax breaks to corporations and the very wealthy, leaving the rest of us with table scraps. This isn’t tax reform, it’s a tax scam that hurts workers and families,” said Bullock. “Montanans – and our kids and grandkids – deserve better.”</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i><i><b>Since taking office, Governor Bullock has cut the business equipment tax for every small business in Montana and eliminated it for two-thirds, put more money in the pockets of workers and families by successfully passing the state’s first-ever Earned Income Tax Credit, and put forward proposals to make sure the wealthiest Montanans pay their fair share of taxes.</b></i></blockquote><div style="text-align: center;">###</div><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">An attack on public lands anywhere is an attack on public lands everywhere. This isn’t an issue that divides us. This is an issue that unites us. <a href="https://t.co/qJQTRn7WLm">https://t.co/qJQTRn7WLm</a></div>— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovernorBullock/status/937792818763857920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 4, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Councilor Kiley’s response to Councilor Starr’s Request for Apology http://dakotawarcollege.com/councilor-kileys-response-to-councilor-starrs-request-for-apology/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:1d29907c-6ff2-fa27-11e8-112c65455de6 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:54:55 +0000 Earlier today, the Argus Leader had an article about Sioux Falls City Council member Pat Starr who got up and walked out of last night&#8217;s meeting and abstained from the vote on the newly approved City of Sioux Falls mixed-use parking structure as part of a political protest over how the debate. I&#8217;m not sure how leaving ever accomplishes anything, but that&#8217;s what happened. This afternoon, City Council Chairman Rick Kiley sent out a statement <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/councilor-kileys-response-to-councilor-starrs-request-for-apology/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>Earlier today, the Argus Leader <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/12/06/councilor-starr-wants-apology-mayor-huether-council-chai/928455001/">had an article about Sioux Falls City Council member Pat Starr who got up and walked out of last night&#8217;s meeting and abstained from the vote on the newly approved City of Sioux Falls mixed-use parking structure</a> as part of a political protest over how the debate.</p> <p>I&#8217;m not sure how leaving ever accomplishes anything, but that&#8217;s what happened.</p> <p>This afternoon, City Council Chairman Rick Kiley sent out a statement in regards to Starr&#8217;s press release sent out to the media about the incident demanding apologies:</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Councilor Kiley’s response to Councilor Starr’s Request for Apology</strong></p> <p><img class="alignleft size-medium" src="https://d229l5sflpl9cp.cloudfront.net/canphoto/160941.jpg" width="110" height="135" />“Councilor Starr requesting an apology is really just a concerted effort by him to deflect responsibility for this public spectacle, and failing to uphold a Councilor’s basic responsibility to represent his/her constituents by voting yes or no on challenging issues.”</p> <p>“It is unfortunate that Councilor Starr elected to leave the Chambers last evening.  Once he left Chambers he was no longer in a position to represent the citizens that elected him to represent them and to make the hard decisions required of a Council member.”</p> <p>“Councilor Starr could have appealed the Mayor’s decision by making a motion to override the chair which he has successfully done in the past. Why he decided to avoid voting instead is beyond me.”</p> <p>“I want to emphasize that public input was taken on all six of the remaining items associated with the mixed use parking ramp project.  It is unfortunate that Councilor Starr was absent for this additional public input.”</p> <p>“It is a dangerous precedent to not make the hard vote.  It is my hope Councilor Starr will elect to exercise a greater degree of professionalism in the future.”</p></blockquote> Uncategorized Pat Powers South Dakota GDP in freefall http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakota-gdp-in-freefall.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:df49ee9f-f41e-bf2b-def9-e4655879b8bc Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:49:25 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">South Dakota's gross domestic product fell in the second quarter down 0.3% from the prior quarter.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Iowa and South Dakota’s GDP have dropped four out of the six previous quarters. Overall, GDP across the seven states of the Great Plains also dropped four out of the six previous quarters.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2017/12/06/low-food-prices-are-hurting-farm-state-economies/">Read it here.</a><br /><br />In response to the Trump Organization's war on renewable energy Molded Fiber Glass Companies is closing its wind turbine blade in Aberdeen where some four hundred people are employed.</div> larry kurtz Lake Mitchell pollution goes unchecked http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/lake-mitchell-pollution-goes-unchecked.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:32b7f794-c62b-6e07-916f-0828eee17373 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:29:51 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Back <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/07/letter-sddenr-dropped-lake-pollution.html">in 2015</a> the US Environmental Protection Agency stepped in after the state's Republican-owned Department of Ecocide and Natural Ruination (DENR) discovered a California man's damming of Bear Butte Creek violating federal Clean Water rules.<br /><br />But if you think DENR is going to come down on GOP donors you have <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/kloucek-industrialized-agriculture.html">another think</a> coming. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Two separate estimates, one for $87.01 million and another at $31.218 million, were the guiding proposals offered Tuesday at City Hall to the restore algae-stricken Lake Mitchell in the coming years. Nutrients and phosphorus are major contributors to algae growth within the lake — algae which turned Lake Mitchell's bays into a thick, green, odorous soup last summer.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/4369870-lake-mitchell-restoration-report-arrives">Read it here.</a><br /><br />As South Dakota's GOP congressional delegation seek to block efforts by EPA as it works to identify the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/01/waters-of-state-meet-cafo-debate.html">sources of pollution</a> Mitchell's residents are getting scared.<br /><br />Career Republican dupe, Bob Mercer, is oohing and aahing over a Mitchell resident's quixotic call for a sculpture walk downtown but has done exactly zero stories about the city's pathetic response to its eutrophic lake.<br /><br />But another Mitchell homeboy, earth hater candidate for South Dakota's lone US House seat, <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/mitchell-dying-as-dusty-johnson-raises.html">Dusty Johnson</a>, isn't talking about it, either.<br /><br />Now, the red moocher state is again begging the feds to find available conservation programs that could reduce nutrient loading in the Lake Mitchell watershed.<br /><br />Your thoughts?</div> larry kurtz Iowa Native And Great Friend Diane Grant Reacts To Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley's Patronizing And Disdainful Remarks About Ending The Estate Tax http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/12/iowa-native-and-great-friend-diane.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:a944503e-5d99-7f5b-cad7-d3f3067ea851 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:52:46 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; <span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<span style="color: #1d2129;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Here's what Grassley said</b></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px;"><i>"I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on booze or women or movies,"</i></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px;"><i><br /></i></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px;"><i><br /></i></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><i style="font-size: 17px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</i><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Here's Diane's reply:&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span></span><i><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129;">Despite the fact that Iowa is often characterized as backwards and full of country bumpkins, and that I haven't lived there for more than 40 years, I have always been proud that I am a native Iowan. The state consistently ranks in the top ten for education, it has a healthy two-party system where one's vote counts for something, and the general quality of life is high. But Mr. Grassley, you have diminished my pride. I have refrained from commenting on recent political actions</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="color: #1d2129; display: inline;">, but this time I could not stay silent.</span></span></i><br /><div class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; display: inline;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;"><div style="margin-bottom: 6px;">My father considered you his friend. He campaigned for you. He entertained you in his home a few times. He had the highest regard for you, and since I respected my father's opinion, I also held you in high esteem, even though I did not concur with you on many issues. My father passed away almost a year ago, and I can't help but wonder how he would view you now.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">Mr. Grassley, would you please define for me just exactly who those people are "just spending every darn penny they have, whether it's on booze or women or movies?" Many of us would like to know. Please explain to me how you can justify your vote for a tax bill that truly only benefits the top 1%, that essentially raises taxes for the lower and middle classes, that takes away medical coverage for 13 million people, and increases the deficit by more than 1.4 trillion dollars. Who are you really serving? In my view, it is not your constituents; it's not the majority of the American populace. Is it the narcissist who currently occupies the Oval Office?</div><div style="margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px;">You are not alone - I am just as disgusted and disappointed in the South Dakota senators who also put party ties, class and nepotism&nbsp;ahead of conscience and what they know is morally right. I am utterly discouraged by the current divisive partisan politics. However, I am a believer in karma - what goes around, comes around. Eventually - and I hope sooner than later - a reckoning will come.<br />- Diane Rasdal Grant</div></span></i></div> John Tsitrian Farm groups split on disastrous GOP tax boondoggle http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/farm-groups-split-on-disastrous-gop-tax.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:01a5940f-1515-8805-eedb-09a973f547d8 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:06:41 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says the GOP tax giveaway to the country's richest may actually end up costing ag producers financially.<br /><br /><a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-south-dakota-farmers-union-leader-says-tax-bills-will-hurt-farmers/">Sombke says</a> the Senate tax bill will add to the deficit, means less money for farmers and the House bill is at least as destructive.<br /><br />But earth hater President Scott VanderWal of the South Dakota Farm <a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-sd-farm-bureau-supports-senate-tax-reform-bill/">Bureau says</a> tax deform will benefit the farmers and ranchers in his group.<br /><br />Repeal of the estate tax would grease about twenty Republican donors in South Dakota and the only taxable ag estate is that of Neal Wanless, a Powerball winner.</div> larry kurtz Me, too. Caught between a rock and a hard on http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/12/me-too-caught-between-rock-and-hard-on.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:0355993b-c7c5-6274-0cf9-978de9f3d2cb Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:59:09 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Sexual matters are a fact of academic life. &nbsp;They include sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, &nbsp;and sexual assault. &nbsp;And some more positive aspects. &nbsp;Harassment and assault often happen in conjunction. &nbsp;But there are other matters of consensual sexual misconduct that break societal rules, &nbsp;and there are marriages that fail for reasons having little to do with sex. &nbsp;I have witnessed affairs that ended marriages and careers. &nbsp;On the campuses where I have worked, &nbsp;sexual misbehavior has happened, frequently, but it has not disrupted the ability of the colleges to carry on with their primary work. Most faculty and students tend to the business of higher learning and do not get distracted or diverted by other people's libidinous peccadilloes.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">I was aware of incidents, but carefully avoided circumstances where they might occur. &nbsp; I knew about the dean who was fired because he could not leave a young oriental professor alone. &nbsp;I heard the narrative of another dean and advisor to student government, the father of seven, who was shacking up with the president of the student association, also married. &nbsp;I worked with a number of drama coaches who were suddenly let go because they couldn't resist the attractions of student actors, male and female. &nbsp;At the institutions where I have worked, I was ignorant of lesser transgressions which did not make such good tales. But my aloofness ended late one Friday afternoon when a faculty member, his wife, and a lawyer from the Twin Cities came to my office.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">As an officer of the faculty collective bargaining organization, &nbsp;I became sort of the go-to person in matters of due process. &nbsp;I was a negotiator for the contract with the Board of Regents and was proud of the provisions for due process that we had hammered out. &nbsp;I often served as the grievance officer for people who were responding to or using due process to settle some matter.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">For those who are not familiar with due process, &nbsp;it is a set of procedures to be followed anytime a faculty member is involved in some kind of disciplinary action. &nbsp;The procedures insure that any such actions adhere to the standards established in the Fifth Amendment. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The contract requires that any person to be charged with a transgression be provided with </span><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 16px;">notice of both the names of those who have made allegations against the faculty unit member and the specific nature and factual basis for the charges; a reasonable time and opportunity to present testimony on any disputed issue of material fact; and a hearing before an impartial decision-maker. &nbsp; In addition, the contract provides a grievance procedure for anyone who thinks a disciplinary measure was wrongly or incompetently imposed.</span></span><br /><div><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The three persons who came to my office were irate because the professor had been called in and served with a notice that a sexual harassment complaint had been made against him, and he was informed that the matter was being investigated and he would be advised of the outcome. &nbsp;The notice did not name the accuser, the specifics of the complaint, or provide &nbsp;any opportunity for him to obtain the information or any opportunity to respond. &nbsp;He was told that the procedure was in wide use on campuses so that women would not feel humiliated or intimated for fear of retaliation if they reported incidents of harassment and abuse. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The professor, his spouse, and the lawyer came to see me as the union president and the person most familiar with due process matters. &nbsp;Their first question was</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 14px;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">why did the union allow such a violation of what was stipulated in the contract? &nbsp;My answer was that the notice they were given was the first that I, or any other union officer, was aware that a special procedure was being applied to sexual harassment cases. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">It turned out that the university attorney had been instructed to formulate a procedure for handling sexual harassment cases. &nbsp;He apparently devised one from <a href="https://www.aaup.org/report/due-process-sexual-harassment-complaints">procedures used on other campuses</a>. &nbsp;The attorney of the professor outlined actions he was prepared to take against both the university and the union if the case was pursued any further using the procedure with which it was served. &nbsp;For reasons I have never understood, the administration decided to go ahead despite the fact that the collective bargaining contract required a careful observance of due process.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">As the case continued, &nbsp;there was some background information regarding the professor &nbsp;I became aware of. &nbsp;He had applied for a much better position at a more prestigious university and had been accepted. &nbsp;Any accusation of misconduct could jeopardize his new job. &nbsp;Furthermore, &nbsp;his wife hated Aberdeen, and was clearly dedicated to seeing that nothing would interfere with the new opportunity at a place she much preferred. &nbsp;Her parents told her to hire a lawyer, and they would pay all the legal fees involved in behalf of the professor. &nbsp;When the professor, his wife, and their lawyer came to my office, &nbsp;they were already building a case in the event that they had to take the matter to court.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The administration said it would follow the procedure it informed the professor about. &nbsp;The professor's lawyer was not a member of the South Dakota Bar, &nbsp;so he hired a lawyer who was to represent the professor before the state judicial system at his direction. &nbsp;Very quickly the university administration learned that the lawyers appeared before a judge to obtain a <i>writ of mandamus</i> which would order the university to &nbsp;follow the due process procedure required in the collective bargaining contract. &nbsp;When the administration realized that the professor and his lawyers were playing hard ball, it began to make conciliatory gestures, &nbsp;but the lawyers were adamant and demanded the name of the complainant, the specific complaint and the factual basis for it, and the schedule of hearings for processing it. &nbsp;During the fury of actions generated by their demands, it became clear that the lawyers were gathering information for a civil suit in the professor's behalf, if it came to that.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">By this time, my role was that of a bystander, a union representative who monitored the proceedings to insure that they met the due process terms of the contract. &nbsp;When the full complaint against the professor was finally presented as required, it identified a non-traditional student in the professor's class who was irate at receiving a low grade on an examination. &nbsp;The lawyers and their investigators immediately assembled a narrative of what happened.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">When the student received her exam back, she went to the student union with other students from the class and launched into a tirade about what a terrible professor the man was. &nbsp;Other students suggested that she make an appointment with the professor to talk over the grade. &nbsp;She did so and the professor talked with her at a table in the outer office with the departmental secretary present. &nbsp;(He later explained that he always had a witness present when meeting with an irate student.) &nbsp;He went over the examination with her, which included both multiple choice and essay questions. &nbsp;On the multiple choice part, there were four versions given out to discourage copying answers from a neighbor's paper. &nbsp;On some of the questions the student had marked ridiculous answers, which would indicate that they were copied. &nbsp; In his explanation of her errors on the exam, he pointed out that she had chosen the worst possible answers on some of the questions. &nbsp;He told her that she could submit a set of reading notes for extra credit to raise her grade for the course.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The meeting set off another rage on the part of the student, and she told a group of students that the professor accused her of cheating and announced that he was going to be taught a big lesson. &nbsp;As one of the students she complained to explained it, &nbsp;"She had a real hard on for the professor."</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Her initial complaint was that the&nbsp;professor discriminated against her because she was a woman. &nbsp;Later she claimed that the professor made sexual advances on her. &nbsp;However, as the&nbsp;professor never had a meeting with the woman without a witness present, her claims were refuted &nbsp;by witnesses during the hearings on the matter. &nbsp;And as an aggressive lawyer represented the professor, the&nbsp;administration followed the rules of due process and finally determined that the complaint had to be dismissed as having no factual merit. &nbsp;At the end of the school year, the young professor and his spouse happily moved to his new job.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">As the professors I worked with agreed, the episode proved two things: &nbsp;due process depends a lot on having a determined lawyer and the money to pay for one. &nbsp;A dean later told me the student had transferred, and he expressed relief that the episode was over. &nbsp;We took up a case in behalf of a dishonest, vindictive person and could have been sued out of existence, he said.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">While that incident was taken care of, &nbsp;the matter of how to deal with sex issues become a topic of urgent and <a href="https://www.aaup.org/report/due-process-sexual-harassment-complaints">intense discussion throughout higher education</a>. &nbsp; i was asked to join among others who dealt with due process to analyze the matter and come up with recommendations that would encourage women to report instances of harassment and abuse and seek recourse without violating any rights of due process. &nbsp;We weren't very successful. &nbsp;The committee was largely composed of department heads, many of whom were women. &nbsp;They agreed that flagrant instances of harassment and assault in which the evidence was clear and unmistakeable could be taken care of through due process, &nbsp;but many cases involved clashes of personality which are all but impossible to solve to anyone's satisfaction. &nbsp; Acts of harassment are often defined by how a complainant and an accused person choose to interpret them. &nbsp;The case I cite above was driven to resolution by the fact that it would eventually be tried in court and the university had no case against the factual one the professor's lawyer had assembled. Cases where there are no witnesses or evidence, just one person's word against another's, &nbsp;can be impossible to resolve to the satisfaction of anyone involved. &nbsp;The people asked to offer ideas about resolving sexual harassment complaints generally agreed that they would prefer to avoid them because they would inevitably make some dedicated enemies, no matter how hard they tried to be impartial and fair, and would end up with a toxic work environment. &nbsp;Many such complaints arise from animosities that have non-sexual histories.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The issue that embroiled higher education was one that has dogged sexual harassment situations since Anita Hill accused now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings. &nbsp;Anita Hill and a number of women who were in Congress at the time still think that Joe Biden, who chaired the confirmation hearings, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/anita-hill-and-her-1991-congressional-defenders-to-joe-biden-you-were-part-of-the-problem/2017/11/21/2303ba8a-ce69-11e7-a1a3-0d1e45a6de3d_story.html?utm_term=.2ee858e09507">did not handle the proceedings well</a>. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Women want to be able to report instances of harassment and assault without fear of retaliation or the embarrassment of humiliating details. &nbsp; &nbsp;They complained that their accusations were met with skepticism and disbelief. &nbsp;In order to demonstrate that sexual harassment reports would be believed, many organizations treated allegations of harassment or assault as established fact, and fired or took other disciplinary actions against accused faculty members without &nbsp;due process. &nbsp;Faculty on campuses where such actions took place saw these actions encroaching into matters of promotion and tenure and academic freedom. &nbsp;Calls to investigate the actions and place sanctions against the offending institutions became too numerous for professional faculty organizations to handle. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">A few institutions worked out procedures that protected women who reported&nbsp;instances of harassment while giving the accused full access to due process while the complaints were investigated. &nbsp; Those institutions were often cited for their efforts. &nbsp;<a href="https://www.aaup.org/report/sexual-harassment-suggested-policy-and-procedures-handling-complaints">But the procedures they followed did not stop the constant criticism and complaints</a>. &nbsp;The hostile attitudes between those who contended that allegations were sufficient proof of misconduct and those who thought all disciplinary actions should follow a meticulous due process created sense of despair about confronting sexual harassment. &nbsp;People in leadership positions in some cases resigned their jobs rather than try to deal with it.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">One organization obtained some foundation grants to do a study on how harassment cases were handled to see if it could identify the best methods of resolution. &nbsp;It assembled panels of people who were knowledgeable and experienced in d</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">ue process to review the records of cases to determine how carefully and effectively procedures were followed, the kinds of misconduct charged, and the appropriateness of the resolution of the cases. &nbsp; I was asked to serve on a review panel.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">For about half of the cases, there was no question that&nbsp;harassment or assault had&nbsp;occurred. &nbsp;The resolutions ranged from corrective actions to dismissal.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The other half of the cases were an incredible mess to sort through. &nbsp;Many involved things said to women that men said they did not say. &nbsp;Or that women took as sexual when they were not, according to the men. &nbsp;The complaints came at a time when academe was in retrenchment, promotion and tenure was scarce, and the competition for tenure and advancement was fierce. &nbsp;Many complaints were made by women and other men against rivals for advancement. &nbsp;An accusation of sexually aggressive behavior could take a person out of the competition, it was thought at some institutions. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">A significant number of the cases were not matters of sexual harasssment, but arose from personal animosities, much like the case &nbsp;I cited above. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">They were treated as sexual harassment largely because both genders were involved and administrators used the sexual harassment designation to move the problems to someone else's responsibility. For the panels reviewing the cases, the files reflected a record of how vile and unscrupulous people can be and to what depths of behavior they can sink when in competition with others. &nbsp;An example was a case of two professors, one male and one female, who had a history of detesting each other for years. &nbsp;The case became a sexual harassment issue when the female professor complained about her department being dominated by old, white men. &nbsp;The male professor said it was unfortunate that advancing age &nbsp;and declining sexual interest limited the opportunity to screw your way into a job you weren't qualified to hold in the first place. &nbsp; Reading those case files back then was like reading Donald Tump's tweets now. &nbsp;They were illustrations of the petty treacheries that characterize the culture of some institutions.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The panels concluded that the cases where sexual harassment was established as fact were undercut by the cases where was doubt or differences of opinion about what had actually occurred. &nbsp;They also concluded that all parties, both the accused and accuser, deserved the full application of due process.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Of the current accusations, &nbsp;the ones in Minnesota involving Garrison Keillor and Al Franken emphasize &nbsp;the need for due process in which facts, evidence, and witnesses get thorough examination. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.mpr.org/press/2017/11/29/statement-from-minnesota-public-radio-regarding-garrison-keillor-and-a-prairie-home-compa">Minnesota Public Radio </a>went excessively ballistic in its eradication of Keillor, to the point that indicates that some maliciously resentful souls were waiting for some pretext to vaporize him. &nbsp;Keillor seems to know who his accuser is, at least. &nbsp;Franken who has apologized for any potential offense he created is in a situation where he doesn't know his accusers, except the first one, and does not remember the occasions, &nbsp;which involve him posing for photographs with the accusers. &nbsp;The <a href="http://www.twincities.com/2017/11/30/senate-ethics-panel-announces-it-has-opened-preliminary-inquiry-into-al-franken-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations/">Senate Ethics Panel has convened</a> its inquiry, as Franken has requested, and the accusers, Franken, and the public all deserve the full application of due process with the examination of evidence and witnesses.</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;"><a href="https://www.aaup.org/report/sexual-harassment-suggested-policy-and-procedures-handling-complaints">A detailed explanation David Newquist DLSF: South Dakota Democrats less irrelevant http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/south.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:40a98d3d-7d95-857a-c206-565700108a9f Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:55:15 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls is noting South Dakota Democrats have bottomed out and turned voter number upwards.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>They appear to be making progress. I note that according to the SD Secretary of State's web site they made voter registration gains against Republicans in November, losing 33 fewer voters than the 1403 voters the Republicans lost. The Democratic voter registration deficit against Republicans now stands at 84,198, an average deficit of 2400 in each of South Dakota's 35 Legislative Districts.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://livingliberally.org/chapter/blog/5734">Read it here.</a><br /><br />Earth hater Pat Powers is trying to make some hay over Billie Sutton's slow release of emails he's accumulated in the legislature but no one seems to be biting.<br /><br />The fact remains Sutton won't draw any earth haters but if he supported legal cannabis he could tap into the growing numbers of unaffiliated voters.<br /><br />Your thoughts?</div> larry kurtz NPR: police abuse drug dog laws http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/npr-police-abuse-drug-dog-laws.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:9b04f921-64a6-8080-1fa3-254d74fd5916 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:05:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">NPR is reporting this morning the law enforcement industry abuses laws to seize assets whether a crime has been committed or not.<br /><br />Listen here:<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="290" scrolling="no" src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/568510278/568527373" title="NPR embedded audio player" width="100%"></iframe></div> larry kurtz South Dakota's Budgeteers Are In A Self-Induced Hypnotic Trance. http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/12/south-dakotas-budgeteers-are-in-self.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:f47e14d5-c52b-7417-93d6-bb443615c18d Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:33:43 +0000 &nbsp; <span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">&nbsp; &nbsp;S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>elf-hypnosis seems to be the governing style that defines how South Dakota keeps ignoring some fundamental causes of the state's persistent shortfalls in tax collection.&nbsp; </b>Governor <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://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b39e22489f600999525d67f05329aee21b9c7764/c=171-0-3653-2618&amp;r=x404&amp;c=534x401/local/-/media/2016/12/09/SiouxFalls/SiouxFalls/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="401" data-original-width="534" height="240" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b39e22489f600999525d67f05329aee21b9c7764/c=171-0-3653-2618&amp;r=x404&amp;c=534x401/local/-/media/2016/12/09/SiouxFalls/SiouxFalls/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Daugaard</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Costs Are Up, Revenues Are Down</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>Daugaard last month <b><a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/gov-daugaard-administration-anticipates-lean-state-budget-year/article_2a0eabe2-c517-11e7-ab3d-5b64ec822569.html" target="_blank">announced </a></b>that we're headed for another lean</span>&nbsp;budget year because of lower than expected receipts from sales and contractor excise taxes.&nbsp; As if hypnotically transfixed into denial of the obvious, Daugaard <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/governor-plans-to-show-legislators-how-state-sales-tax-base/article_ac9cec9c-c3c1-5b13-a2a3-e32ccdfaf67b.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2" target="_blank"><b>blames a trend</b> </a>toward more spending on medical expenses, which are exempt from sales taxes, noting that healthcare takes 20% of consumer spending, up from 15% in 1997.<br /><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">T</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>his is a new excuse and it doesn't wash.&nbsp; </b>There's no reason to doubt its conclusions about the growth of healthcare spending, but why it was suddenly discovered and declared to be the whipping boy for our state's anemic showing on tax receipts is open to question.&nbsp; For one thing, the growth of healthcare as a portion of South Dakota's economy <b><a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.TOTL.ZS?locations=US" target="_blank">matches closely</a>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;with the national trend, so there's good reason to wonder why it seems to come as a surprise to our state's leadership.&nbsp; The trend has been clear and well-known for decades.&nbsp; Daugaard's revelation of it merits a big "duh."&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">T</span>he national economy, which has performed vastly better than South Dakota's,&nbsp;</b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>has successfully absorbed the shift in consumer spending toward healthcare. </b></span></span><b style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</b><span style="font-family: inherit;">Why hasn't South Dakota's?&nbsp; It's a compelling question, and Daugaard needs to address it.&nbsp; The fact is,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">South Dakota's economy hasn't come close to matching the overall growth of the U.S. economy, which on a per capita basis has grown 30 times more than South Dakota's.&nbsp; Ours<b><a href="v-https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=200&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=sic&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1200&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels#reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=1000&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=naics&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=11000&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels" target="_blank">&nbsp;actually has a declined a bit during the period</a></b>&nbsp;since Daugaard's first year in office, 2011.&nbsp; It's little wonder that the increased spending on healthcare has had such a major impact on our state's revenues while the more robustly growing national economy hasn't been hampered by it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">A </span>rising share of healthcare spending and it's effect on South Dakota state revenues only exposes the inefficiency and inadequacy of our state's tax system.&nbsp; </b>82% of <b><a href="https://ballotpedia.org/South_Dakota_state_budget_and_finances" target="_blank">SD's revenues </a></b>are generated by sales and gross receipts taxes, which are disproportionately paid by lower income earners, leading <b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/02/15/247-wall-st-worst-taxes-average-earners/23361553/" target="_blank">USA Today to rank us the 4th worst </a></b>state in the country when it comes to regressive taxation.&nbsp; Turns out that <b><a href="https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-5/household-healthcare-spending-in-2014.htm" target="_blank">healthcare spending</a></b> hits lower income folks<b>&nbsp;</b>disproportionately harder also, so if Daugaard is contemplating slapping a sales tax on healthcare goods and services, South Dakota's lower-earning households will be more burdened than their higher-income neighbors.&nbsp; T</span>he contempt for our poor and lower-income-bracket citizens that is built into South Dakota's tax system would only have its meanness intensified by taxing healthcare services.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">M</span>eantime, as long as we're looking at sales tax-exempt goods and services, a scan of how much those tax exemptions cost South Dakota is long overdue.&nbsp; </b>The SD Department of Revenue in 2015 calculated that <b><a href="http://dor.sd.gov/Taxes/Business_Taxes/Forms/PDFs/FY18TaxExpenditures.pdf" target="_blank">all exemptions, if taxed, </a></b>would yield $1.1 billion to the state.&nbsp; Our agriculture sector receives about 15% of those breaks while healthcare gets about 12%. The rest of the list is long and studded with special interest categories.&nbsp; Unfair as the system is, there's a way to spread out some of the burden by putting those interests on to the sales tax rolls.&nbsp; It probably amounts to a short term fix, but it might be a way to get South Dakota on the road to real tax reform.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; <br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></div> John Tsitrian Take the Voter Registration Pledge https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/12/3/1720706/-Take-the-Voter-Registration-Pledge South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:6301d043-7e1c-dee6-7145-e4a5e27429f4 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:52:24 +0000 <p>Massive voter registration is the most effective antidote to voter suppression. Over 21% of eligible voters are not registered, and a majority of them are likely Democratic votes.</p> <p>Here is a proposed Voter Registration Pledge:</p> <blockquote> <p><em><strong>Today I will:</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>1. Make sure I am registered to vote. (Can be done on line in most states)</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>2. Ask five friends to do the same.</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>3. Ask five friends to take the Pledge</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <p>Groups like <a href="http://www.90for90.org/" target="_blank">90 for 90</a> are doing great work on this.</p> <p>Please let me know your suggestions for improving the pledge.</p> 90for90 VoterRegistration rss@dailykos.com (Bethesda 1971) Saturday's roundup: a week on cannabis http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/12/saturdays-roundup-week-on-cannabis.html interested party urn:uuid:e3df3e6c-f15c-22ac-fa48-85d546aeb35f Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:07:32 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Minnesotans suffering from autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be able to seek relief with therapeutic cannabis starting next July.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the additions following a state and public citizen review of medical research. Ehlinger selected autism and apnea due to "increasing evidence for potential benefits."</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.startribune.com/autism-sleep-apnea-added-to-minnesota-list-for-medical-marijuana/461063283/">Get the story here.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should allow players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. His girlfriend's nephew is autistic, and Towns has seen how some of the new treatments involving properties of marijuana have helped the young boy and his family deal with the condition.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21421763/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-nba-permit-use-medicinal-marijuana">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Researchers recently published findings <a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0187795">cannabis is an effective therapy</a> for opioid use disorder.<br /><br />Some Minnesota counties are suing opioid manufacturers alleging a decades-long campaign convinced doctors and patients that opioids were safe and not addictive.<br /><br />Democratic Minnesota Senator Al Franken has promised to bone up on the law as his state liberalizes its cannabis policy.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Now, the senator is on a bit of a marijuana bill cosponsorship spree, and some observers think it's good politics -- in addition to good policy -- at a time when Franken's name is being floated as a possible 2020 presidential candidate.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/09/20/sen-al-franken-is-evolving-on-marijuana/#1de6bbdc3c76">Read the rest at Forbes.</a><br /><br />An Iowa company will be the first in that state to develop therapeutic cannabis for patients there.<br /><br />Better late than never, the Moody County Enterprise is rubbing Marty Jackley's nose in his inability to get a conviction in a tribal sovereignty cannabis case. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Jonathan Hunt, 44, was sentenced Nov. 21 in Moody County Circuit Court after having agreed to testify in the case against his boss, Eric Hagen, earlier this year. Hagen, who was president and CEO of Monarch America, was found not guilty in a jury trial. More than a year earlier, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee had entered into a five-year agreement with Monarch America to design, construct and develop a 10,000-square-foot marijuana grow facility to supply a 15,000-square-foot retail recreational marijuana consumption lounge, according to court papers.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.moodycountyenterprise.com/article/pot-case-defendant-gets-suspended-sentence-fine">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Flandreau has a long history of racism and a crooked law enforcement industry.<br /><br />South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is growing interest in cannabis as therapy.<br /><br />North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and this year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The North Dakota Department of Health has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February 1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the legislative Administrative Rules Committee. </b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/ND-Dept-of-Health-proposing-rules-for-Medical-Marijuana-Program-455616523.html">Read more here.</a><br /><br />God might not be enough for northern tier religious states: they lead the nation in anti-depressant use.</div> cannabis us politics larry kurtz GOP's hypocrisy on Indian Health Service coming to a head http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/11/gops-hypocrisy-on-indian-health-service.html interested party urn:uuid:6cfec487-5cc2-29b3-9490-651a3f4b74b6 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:38:35 +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/-jsSefTR88D4/WgRrbJjFxPI/AAAAAAAAFsk/hqE-3nL7jAkWjntBkB8wD2D7OifSeN7agCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1157.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jsSefTR88D4/WgRrbJjFxPI/AAAAAAAAFsk/hqE-3nL7jAkWjntBkB8wD2D7OifSeN7agCLcBGAs/s200/IMG_1157.JPG" width="150" /></a></div>Guess <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/10/fischer-rounds-cutting-fat-hog-as.html">who stands to benefit</a> if the Indian Health Service is privatized.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>From Indian Health Services emergency rooms that have been shut down because they pose a threat to the health and safety of patients to others that don't meet the requirements established by Medicare and Medicaid, Sen. Mike Rounds says the health system is a disaster.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/politics/rounds-calls-for-external-audit-of-indian-health-services">Read the rest here.</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/2013/03/rounds-brother-brother-in-law.html">his brother was governor</a> and when his banker, <a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Larry_Deiter">Larry Deiter</a> was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“We are obviously concerned about the impact that Wellmark’s decision will have on consumers,” South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter told the Public Opinion this week. “The current environment under federal health care reform is causing companies to either raise premiums, narrow networks, or cease marketing of products.” Lonnie McKittrick, who heads up the Health Department at Fisher Rounds and Associates, echoed those comments. “ACA is just not working,” he said. “People are getting hammered. Everybody on the inside knew this is what could happen. You crossed your fingers and hoped it wouldn’t, but it did. It’s a system that was set up to fail, especially in a small state like ours.” [<a href="http://www.thepublicopinion.com/news/local_news/looking-for-health-insurance-good-luck/article_70d7d214-8bdf-11e6-9dfb-5fbeff517925.html">Looking for health insurance? Good luck</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/09/governors-club-made-rounds-daugaard.html">And:</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Forty-three states and the District of Columbia require insurance commissioners to file some kind of personal financial disclosure report. All but two of those jurisdictions — Hawaii and Vermont — make the documents available for public inspection. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/mercer-rounds-staffers-helped-pass-law/article_fb1ac46d-8be9-542a-b505-7b1515218290.html">South Dakota</a>, Utah, and Wyoming have no such disclosure requirements. [<a href="https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/10/02/20020/drinks-dinners-junkets-and-jobs-how-insurance-industry-courts-state-commissioners">Drinks, dinners, junkets and jobs: how the insurance industry courts state commissioners</a></b></i>]</blockquote><a href="https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=Career&amp;cid=N00035187&amp;type=I">Here's Mike Rounds' career donor page at Open Secrets</a>.<br /><br />Here is how Mike <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/08/13/how-south-dakota-took-money-and-ran/88563764/">Rounds took federal money</a> then <a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/rounds-awarded-million-in-future-funds-while-governor/article_167773f6-a8d9-11e3-8e2a-0019bb2963f4.html">gave it to SDGOP donors</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/09/obama-john-thune-bad-for-south-dakota.html">From 2015:</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Specifically, the CBO determined that maintaining sequester-level cuts would lead to 500,000 fewer jobs and 0.4% less growth in 2016, and 300,000 fewer jobs and 0.2% less growth in 2017. Many Americans have been led to believe the emerging crisis is solely about Planned Parenthood funding, and that may be somewhat true. However, at the rate Republicans love killing Americans’ jobs and retarding economic growth that the CBO warned is the result of not addressing sequester cuts, pundits should consider the real impetus for the looming crisis is the GOP’s rejection of eliminating their precious sequester.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.politicususa.com/2015/09/20/cbo-confirms-presidents-claim-maintaining-sequester-destroy-jobs-growth.html">Read that here.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The “unimaginable horrors” comment came from U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., during testimony to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington about his bill to force the Indian Health Service to undergo a wide-ranging audit. The tribe is alleging that the federal government has failed to uphold its legal obligation to provide health care to tribal members, in part by temporarily closing the Rosebud emergency department in 2015.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/rounds-unimaginable-horrors-at-indian-hospitals/article_4dc23bbd-5df2-571b-a392-081b6be11820.html">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Rounds' donors Sanford, Avera and Rapid City Regional have virtual medical industry monopolies in their markets.<br /><br /><a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/03/udall-shines-light-on-ihs-crisis.html">Kinda makes you sick, init?</a><br /><br />I like the idea of rolling the funding for Obamacare, 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 with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.<br /></div> red state failure sd politics us politics larry kurtz South Dakota Legislators Need A Pay Raise, But It Shouldn't Be Automatic http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/11/south-dakota-legislators-need-pay-raise.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:7ddea931-da06-8611-307d-debf0dc3f552 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:34:43 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">T</span><span style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: bold;">hough it shouldn't necessarily be automatic, S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>outh Dakota legislators need a pay raise.&nbsp; </b>As it is now, the salary that state reps and senators get is $6,000 a year plus $142 per diem for each <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://d2q79iu7y748jz.cloudfront.net/s/_logo/94d8e850d47676a812569bf7088c3174" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="160" data-original-width="263" src="https://d2q79iu7y748jz.cloudfront.net/s/_logo/94d8e850d47676a812569bf7088c3174" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">For This Kind Of Money?</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">I Don't Think So</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>legislative day and some compensation for work done away from the legislature. Sessions last from around January 10 through late March, each containing either 35 or 40 (depending on even or odd numbered years) legislative days.&nbsp;The salary has been fixed for 20 years while the per diem is adjusted by the legislature itself.&nbsp; &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;"><b>T</b></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>his kind of money is actually awful for the time and effort our elected officials put into their work</b>.&nbsp; Calculated on a daily or hourly basis, it's roughly entry-level compensation by private sector standards. Though the number of "work" days when the legislature is actually in session seems limited, the fact is that legislators (at least every one I've ever known) are tied up in the process for virtually the entire 70 or so days that it takes to get an annual session completed.&nbsp; Then there's the year-around commitment to their positions that require attention to matters of state government, including a lot of constituent contacts that go with the job.</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;"><b>O</b></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>ur state's legislative compensation has fallen so far behind inflation that it's probably keeping a lot of good people from running for office.&nbsp; </b>They simply can't afford to.&nbsp; With good reason, the Legislature's Executive Board two weeks ago <b><a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-dakota/articles/2017-11-13/south-dakota-legislators-want-a-pay-raise" target="_blank">advanced a plan</a></b> to increase pay via a constitutional amendment that will be up for debate in the coming session.&nbsp; The plan would immediately raise the salary to $10,200/year, using a formula based on the growth of South Dakota's median household income.&nbsp; Historically, that matches up with an average<b> inflation rate of 2.75%</b> during the past 20 years, so it's reasonable enough.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: times, times new roman, serif; font-size: x-large;">B</span><span style="font-family: inherit;">ut as</span></b><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>&nbsp;the need and request for a raise are overdue and merited, the automatic aspect of it from this point forward can be called into question.&nbsp;</b>Given the nature of the job, I'd be more inclined to use an incentive-based system than one tied to household incomes or inflation<b>.&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;By using changes in our state's Gross Domestic Product as the measure by which legislative incomes are set, our elected officials would have a performance-based standard for setting their wages. On that basis, long term growth justifies an immediate increase.&nbsp;The last six years, however, have been slow-growing, averaging less than 1% a year since 2011, Governor Daugaard's first year in office.&nbsp; &nbsp;During that period, U.S. per capita GDP has gone <b><a href="https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=200&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=sic&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1200&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels#reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=1000&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=naics&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=11000&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels" target="_blank">up at 30 times the rate</a></b> of South Dakota's.&nbsp; This is pathetic.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">T</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>he feebleness of our state's agriculturally-based economy only highlights the failure of our elected leadership to find avenues of economic growth that would offset the poor grain and livestock prices of recent years.&nbsp; </b>Legislators should be held accountable for that failure by seeing their salary growth remain as listless as South Dakota's economy.&nbsp; Tying compensation to performance would certainly be consistent with the business-like model for running our government that many extol, <b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/davidmontgomery/2014/12/08/daugaard-budget-analysis/20109667/" target="_blank">including Governor Daugaard himself</a>.&nbsp; </b>Let's adjust for the past 20 years, but remember that pay raises are earned, not automatically granted.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> John Tsitrian Sioux Empire Podcast 091 – 2017 Post Mortem https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-091-2017-post-mortem/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:5804416a-8060-93d5-5b4b-ebe31ad567ab Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:00:27 +0000 <p>This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. In their last episode of 2017, the Sioux Empire Podcast crew looks back at the lessons we’ve learned about life, news, podcasting, and more from the previous year.  They also talk about the flagrant hypocrisy on both political sides when it comes to the recent scandals.  This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-091-2017-post-mortem/">Sioux Empire Podcast 091 – 2017 Post Mortem</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/357722087&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.</span></i></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In their last episode of 2017, the Sioux Empire Podcast crew looks back at the lessons we’ve learned about life, news, podcasting, and more from the previous year.  They also talk about the flagrant hypocrisy on both political sides when it comes to the recent scandals.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, featuring “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  “Chaos Reigns” podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke, “Queers after Beers” podcast with Emily Gheorghiu and Jeni Mc, and “The South DaCola” podcast with Scott L. Ehrisman.  Thank you so much for a fantastic 2017, and I can’t wait to see you all again in 2018!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To Stand or to Kneel Forum</span></p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/yyaYeAV9jvE"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://youtu.be/yyaYeAV9jvE</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">KSFY Focus Group</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Can-we-talk-KSFY-focus-group-discusses-politics-in-the-Trump-era-456535303.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Can-we-talk-KSFY-focus-group-discusses-politics-in-the-Trump-era-456535303.html</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-091-2017-post-mortem/">Sioux Empire Podcast 091 &#8211; 2017 Post Mortem</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> Art Comedy History Opinion Podcast Politics Pop Culture Sioux Falls South Dakota TheSiouxEmpire.com Top Stories Travel TV US 1990’s 2017 Americans First Task Force of Aberdeen Argus Leader Bubbles Donald Trump Fake News KSFY Natasha Estes National Anthem News Cycle Podcast Guests Podcasting Rick and Morty Robert Mehling Roy Moore Seth Glover Stalkers Video walmart Youtube The Sioux Empire Podcast 53:27 This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. In their last episode of 2017, the Sioux Empire Podcast crew looks back at the lessons we’ve learned about life, news, podcasting, and more from the previous year. This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. In their last episode of 2017, the Sioux Empire Podcast crew looks back at the lessons we’ve learned about life, news, podcasting, and more from the previous year.  They also talk about the flagrant hypocrisy on both political sides when it comes to the recent scandals.  This […] Pipeline resister: US an apartheid government vs. oppressed minority http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/11/pipeline-resister-us-apartheid.html interested party urn:uuid:7a7a4748-02db-1da9-d34f-033c131f4a67 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:08:51 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://keystone-xl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Keystone-XL-Pipeline-South-Dakota-Map.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://keystone-xl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Keystone-XL-Pipeline-South-Dakota-Map.jpg" height="360" width="480" /></a></div><br />After Manape LaMere renounced his citizenship, disenrolled from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and gave up his Social Security number he joined the resistance to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline at the <a href="http://www.nativesunnews.today/news/2017-11-15/Top_News/Blocking_the_pipeline_on_Lower_Brule.html">Wiconi Un Tipi Camp</a> near Lower Brule.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>He describes the current state of American-tribal relations as that of an apartheid government toward an oppressed minority. To break free from that dysfunctional relationship, tribes must break free from America completely in order to be treated as equals, LaMere said.</b></i></blockquote>Read the <a href="https://www.indianz.com/News/2017/11/20/wiconi-un-tipi-camp-rises-to-fight-back.asp">Kevin Abourezk story</a> at indianz.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Launching a $30,000 fundraising drive for a kitchen at Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, the No KXL Dakota Alliance announced a November 21 signing ceremony for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred Against Tar Sands and the KXL Pipeline. The camp in Lower Brule is strategically located to block the path of a proposed power line that TransCanada Corp. has slated to carry electricity to a pumping station on the Keystone XL tar-sands crude pipeline route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.indianz.com/News/2017/11/16/native-sun-news-today-tribal-activists-r.asp">Read that here.</a><br /><br />Crews from TransCanada shut down its Keystone pipeline after 5,000 barrels of <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/04/racial-tensions-dominate-sdpuc-kxl.html">diluted bitumen</a> (dilbit) spilled near Amherst in Marshall County, South Dakota.<br /><br />An assessment and investigation are underway after the leak was detected around 0600 local time. Hackers with nefarious intent have been stepping up attacks against American infrastructure recently and overloading sensors that control pipeline pressure has not been ruled out.<br /><br />The Nebraska Public Service Commission has just approved an alternate route for the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/section-of-keystone-pipeline-leaks-in.html">planet-killing pipeline</a> but anti-KXL leader Jane <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/kleeb-lobbying-to-overturn-keystone-xl.html">Kleeb says</a> an appeal of the decision is expected.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Pipeline opponents already had planned to appeal the commission's decision in court. They say the panel's decision on Monday brings up new issues that could be challenged in court. Ken Winston is an attorney representing environmental groups. He says the vote, "opens up a whole new bag of issues that we can raise."</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.aberdeennews.com/wire/politics/the-latest-keystone-opponents-say-vote-gives-them-options/article_517fa7ab-29b9-530f-9b22-8929f65089ab.html">Read more here.</a><br /><br />The spill came just days before <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/kleeb-lobbying-to-overturn-keystone-xl.html">Nebraska ruled on</a> a permit for the Keystone XL.<br /><br />Human error is cited as the cause in a Sunday spill in North Dakota that leaked 270 barrels, or 11,340 gallons of saltwater mine waste because crews there failed to close a valve.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that the tribes' proposals aren't needed. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline's impact on tribal interests. While that's done, the tribes want additional protections such as emergency equipment staging at the pipeline's Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, which is their water source. [<a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Tribes-make-renewed-push-for-pipeline-protections-458036793.html">KSFY teevee</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/01/chris-nelson-without-federal-permit-kxl.html">In 2016</a> even earth hater South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson said the Keystone XL won’t happen without State Department approval.<br /><br />Despite the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Excess Pipelines <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/despite-construction-of-dakota-excess.html">fuel costs in the region are soaring</a>.<br /><br />The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is expected to take up two water rights settlement bills next month.<br /><br />Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Chairman Dave <a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Nebraskas-Keystone-XL-vote-may-not-be-a-clear-yes-or-no-458779783.html">Flute said</a> his tribe will stand with other tribal nations and oppose the KXL pipeline.<br /><br />The same West River geology that thwarts railroad improvements in South Dakota makes <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/09/geology-thwarts-railroad-makes-kxl.html">KXL untenable</a>.</div> Earth red state failure sd politics tribes us politics larry kurtz Al Franken gets caught with his skits down http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/11/al-franken-gets-caught-with-his-skits.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:3350dba4-d369-f361-a484-fc6521fe3e48 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:01:37 +0000 <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-miMAImmLA/WhBuDmXtSNI/AAAAAAAADPc/s0cwXIq9QYEoymGr93yTu24iXSbggBWoQCLcBGAs/s1600/franken-breasts.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="314" data-original-width="600" height="334" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-miMAImmLA/WhBuDmXtSNI/AAAAAAAADPc/s0cwXIq9QYEoymGr93yTu24iXSbggBWoQCLcBGAs/s640/franken-breasts.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Al Franken revived a boob routine and it fell flat</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EKiQGGWZTiA/WhBybp7FB8I/AAAAAAAADPo/NtdOmx7aGa88mAsUR1aaf61yVdS5VZsKACLcBGAs/s1600/Unknown-1.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="219" data-original-width="230" height="380" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EKiQGGWZTiA/WhBybp7FB8I/AAAAAAAADPo/NtdOmx7aGa88mAsUR1aaf61yVdS5VZsKACLcBGAs/s400/Unknown-1.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Those of us ancient enough to remember Minsky's recognized&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">burlesque routine in&nbsp;the photo of Al Franken about to make an adjustment with Leeann Tweeden's knobs. &nbsp;Hooters, &nbsp;boobs, knockers, the human female mammaries referred to in some way were the focus of many comedy routines in the old burlesque houses of which Minsky's was a chain.. &nbsp;The lines that would be said with the routine recreated by Franken could be any such as,</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">"Stand by. &nbsp;I'm about to turn it on."</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">"I'll keep tuning; I think I'm getting Hong Kong."</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">"Let's see if we can&nbsp;get the news."</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">"How much do you have to turn 'em to get the eyes open?"</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And on and on.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Burlesque houses featured strip-tease acts, but also&nbsp;vaudeville and comedy routines. &nbsp;Many famous comedians honed&nbsp;their comic skills in burlesque theaters. &nbsp;The kinds of shows that were featured in burlesque houses found a lucrative home in &nbsp;Las Vegas in later years. &nbsp;</span><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Oh2EVRbqtEc/WhHBWbF7UuI/AAAAAAAADP8/od-euucN_fgnYNdiKq1F5qYlAa7LVExqQCLcBGAs/s1600/Unknown-2.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="225" data-original-width="225" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Oh2EVRbqtEc/WhHBWbF7UuI/AAAAAAAADP8/od-euucN_fgnYNdiKq1F5qYlAa7LVExqQCLcBGAs/s1600/Unknown-2.jpeg" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/14/burlesque-photos_n_6142560.html">Burlesque</a> is &nbsp;form of parody that often descends into crudeness. &nbsp; &nbsp;It strips away the pretenses of humankind and puts on display the things that motivate it. &nbsp;Satire is a mode of exposing the phony and the oppressive, and it often leads to a higher sensibility. &nbsp;An example is illustrated through the carer of Richard Pryor. &nbsp;One of his best known and best selling routines was recorded in an album called &nbsp;"That Nigger's Crazy." &nbsp;Black comedians used the N-word as a parodic way of reflecting the minds of white bigots. &nbsp;But as Pryor realized how much blacks were hurt by use of the word, &nbsp;he vowed to stop using it in his later years.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I don't know about the kissing part of the accusations against Al Franken, but I recognize an old routine whose time is gone. &nbsp;A woman's body is not a stage prop and the time when anyone can get by using it that way is gone. &nbsp;We are dealing with the process of extending equal rights and respect. &nbsp;In his <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/full-text-al-franken-apologizes-for-allegedly-groping-woman-244978">apology to Ms. Tweeden</a>, Franken acknowledged that. &nbsp;But maybe too late. &nbsp;There seems to be more interest in banishing Franken than in the working on a just society.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9TCZcYqC2TY/WhByg23klfI/AAAAAAAADPs/6z_6fG7aW7QnoxvYm8sICLpp4MtrjboCwCLcBGAs/s1600/Unknown.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="196" data-original-width="257" height="488" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9TCZcYqC2TY/WhByg23klfI/AAAAAAAADPs/6z_6fG7aW7QnoxvYm8sICLpp4MtrjboCwCLcBGAs/s640/Unknown.jpeg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The Rialto in Chicago, long gone, was a Minsky burlesque theater. &nbsp;While it featured striptease, it also featured elaborate costumes and dances and classic comedy routines. &nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><br /> David Newquist