Steve Allender comes off as a jerk in this morning’s Rapid City Journal.

It’s been a long and interesting campaign for Mayor of Rapid City this year. Early on, I think conventional wisdom was that Mayor Sam Kooiker might have a tough go of it this time around. I’d talked to people that thought that “Sam fatigue” had set in, as it does for many multiple term officials, and that Steve Allender was an attractive alternative. What a difference a few months make. Sam has always been known Continue Reading →

Brendan Johnson in middle of leadership spat on Lower Brule reservation.

The BIA Is sending a delegation amidst factions squabbling and vying for position in the vacuum left by the death of Michael Jandreau.  And one side is claiming part of the dispute is being fueled because former U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson was brought in: In a tribal court filing, Jandreau’s allies on the council – Orville Landeau and John McCauley Sr. – claim that the firing of Matz, lawyer Tara Adamski and tribal administrative officer Continue Reading →

Welcome NEWSMAX to the list of sponsoring advertisers

If you noticed a couple of additions to the right hand column, yes, the on-line equivalent to the conservative cable news channel NEWSMAX is now a sponsoring advertiser here at the SDWC. Please take a few minutes to click on their links, and show support. Don’t forget to do the same for South Dakota’s Senior US Senator John Thune,  Americans for Prosperity – South Dakota, Our Congresswoman Kristi Noem, Mayor Sam Kooiker and Rushmore PAC. Continue Reading →

US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: Bringing Transparency and Accountability to the EPA

The Real EPA Impact Reviews (REPAIR) Act would require the EPA to include an alternate scenario in its regulatory analysis process that would analyze the impact of the proposal without the influence of other proposed regulations. It’s important for the EPA to do this because the inclusion of proposed, but not yet finalized regulations may overestimate the benefit or conceal the actual cost of compliance. Moreover, proposed regulations might be subject to delay, modification, or outright dismissal. Continue Reading →

US Senator Mike Rounds’ Weekly Column: Honoring Those We Lost

Memorial Day is a special time for us to remember all the brave men and women who died defending our nation on the battlefield. They paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms. While they can never be repaid for their sacrifices, this weekend allows us to honor them posthumously. On Memorial Day, we remember who we have lost while serving this country. Continue Reading →

Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: Coming Together to Fight Trafficking

In February 2013, South Dakota law enforcement placed undercover ads on the webpage Backpage.com targeting folks in the Watertown area. They weren’t pretending to sell illegal drugs; they were pretending to sell people – young girls to be specific. Over the course of two days, more than 100 individuals responded to the ad – many of whom were hoping to buy these young women for sex. Similar operations were conducted in Rapid City and during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and all had similar results. Continue Reading →

Governor Daugaard’s Weekly Column: Appreciation For Law Enforcement

Appreciation For Law Enforcement A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: We are fortunate to live in a relatively safe state. We tend to leave our cars running in the winter; we let our kids play outside; and, in some places, people lock their car doors not worrying about theft, but because they don’t want their neighbors leaving them any more zucchini. It’s true that less populated places tend to be safer, but our public safety Continue Reading →

Light posting, but weekly columns up a day early.

Just an FYI, it will likely be light posting this weekend – I’ve got a Graduation party today, and the actual graduation tomorrow, so I’m going to be busy with other things. But, I’m making sure I don’t forget the weekly columns by our state’s leaders, and will have those up today instead of serving up as my usual Sunday Morning fare. Otherwise, enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. And don’t spend so much time on Continue Reading →