KELO Report: Tribe bans Patrick Duffy from entering lands because of representation

Apparently if you’re hired to defend someone the Tribe is good and mad at, you get the honor of being shunned: A South Dakota tribe has barred a Rapid City-based defense lawyer from entering their land. Oglala Lakota Tribe officials passed a resolution banning Rapid City lawyer Patrick Duffy from the Pine Ridge Reservation, after Duffy hired on to defend a Philip man charged with disorderly conduct for behavior toward Native Americans at a hockey Continue Reading →

Press Release: AFP South Dakota Launches Patch-Through Call Campaign Against Sales Tax

AFP South Dakota Launches Patch-Through Call Campaign Against Sales Tax Calls Inform South Dakotans of Penny Sales Tax Measure, Offer To Connect Citizens Directly To Legislator’s Office SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Today, Americans for Prosperity South Dakota launched the latest installment in its campaign against the Penny Sales Tax proposal being considered by the State House Affairs Committee. AFP SD will be launching robocalls aimed at members of the State House Affairs Committee. The calls Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune Requested Report Outlines Rail Service Challenges in Upper Midwest

“Grain car backlogs, storage issues, and rail car premiums affect transportation costs and commodity prices, which are critically important to our agricultural producers in South Dakota,” said Thune. “This report is an important resource for understanding future vulnerabilities and the importance of maintaining strong rail service for our agricultural producers and other shippers.” Continue Reading →

Vets group fronted by South Dakota Attorney Joel Arends suing State Department over Hillary Clinton e-mails

Maybe Annette Bosworth shouldn’t have rolled Joel Arends under the bus so hard when she was arrested & charged for illegal petition signatures. He’s getting far more attention than her goofy surrogates have been able to gin up with hit pieces and fake press conferences. Why is Joel a media darling this week, and appearing on “the Blaze” and other national media? His group – Veterans for a Strong America – are suing the State Continue Reading →

Incoming US Attorney advocating for repossessing Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place because they owe money

Here’s a quiet little story out of the Pierre Capitol Journal that gets a little more interesting when you take notice who some of the players are: Heezen, contacted later by the Capital Journal, said the amount that is delinquent as of Dec. 31, 2014, for work at Wakpa Sica is $76,405. In addition, scheduled payments totaling $38,202 could become delinquent in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The payment due this year alone is $12,734. If Continue Reading →

Video Release: Rounds Presses EPA on Economic Impact of Regulatory Proposals

Rounds Presses EPA on Economic Impact of Regulatory Proposals WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPA) Committee, today had the opportunity to question Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy about the agency’s  process for determining the economic impact when proposing major new rules. In addition, he asked her to clarify EPA’s contradictory statements about the public comments received on the proposed Waters of the U.S. Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune, Noem sponsored Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Impact Aid Bill to Streamline and Improve Program

Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Impact Aid Bill Introduced to Streamline and Improve Program WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wa.) introduced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to modernize and streamline the federal Impact Aid program, which provides payments from the federal government to local school districts to make up for local taxes lost on account of federal land within their school districts, such as Continue Reading →

If you see site weirdness, hang on…

Hang on if the site isn’t loading for you, or other weirdness. I’m doing some housecleaning, back end upgrades, etc. I had a couple of errors that were generating some HUGE error logs. and getting rid of 2 gigabyte error files helped pep things up considerably. While I’m at it, I’m doing some more housecleaning, installing a few things I was having trouble with, and starting work on updating to a more dynamic header. FacebookTwitter

Press Release: Rounds Statement on NLRB’s “Ambush Election” Rule

Rounds Statement on NLRB’s “Ambush Election” Rule WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today supported a Joint Resolution of Disapproval, which he cosponsored, against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent rule on “ambush elections,” The rule is scheduled to take effect on April 14, 2015. “With this rule, the NLRB isn’t looking out for workers or employers—it’s looking to protect big unions,” said Rounds. “By dramatically cutting the time between a union petition to a Continue Reading →