Animal Rights groups looking at state ballot measures. It’s time to end paid petition circulators.

The Humane Society of the US and anti-Ag groups allied with them seem to be changing tactics, and ratcheting up the rhetoric in order to further their own goals to shut down Ag producers across the country. Why should we care? They’re here in South Dakota to actively pursue legislation, and it’s usually ag producers who they’re going after.  They were active in pushing to make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, and now Continue Reading →

Governor Daugaard’s Weekly Column: Christmas Comes Early In South Dakota

Christmas Comes Early In South Dakota A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: The Christmas season is a time of giving. We give of our time to volunteer for worthy causes. We give of our money through donations to charitable efforts. And of course, we give Christmas gifts to our loved ones. This year, South Dakota has received two generous Christmas gifts that will have a lasting impact on our state. One gift will look to the Continue Reading →

Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: Joy of Giving

Joy of Giving By Rep. Kristi Noem December 19, 2014 I am the epitome of your last-minute shopper.  Bryon and I usually know what we’re getting the kids weeks in advance.  But between going to school Christmas programs, decorating the house, addressing Christmas cards, and finishing up legislative work for the year, the purchases are typically made just in time to get the gifts wrapped.  As parents know though, the joy of watching your kids Continue Reading →

US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: A Christmas Frame of Mind

A Christmas Frame of Mind By Senator John Thune In the Christmas movie classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” Kris Kringle wisely says, “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it is a frame of mind…” The Christmas season is truly a frame of mind; it’s a time of memories, tradition, and generosity shared with family and friends. From picking out the Christmas tree, to baking for the neighbors, nearly every family has their own customs and Continue Reading →

Good article in the Rapid City Journal exploring the slow demise of the Democratic Party in SD

Seth Tupper has a good article in the Rapid City Journal about the Plains Political Tradition, a collection of essays on why Democrats seem to be destined for a place on the endangered species list in South Dakota: During the 1970s, Muenster was chief of staff for Democratic Gov. Dick Kneip. Muenster has seen some bad elections for Democrats since then, but perhaps none worse than Nov 4. “The Democratic Party in South Dakota is Continue Reading →

It’s good to hear he has a fallback! Sen Maher’s Diner named as one of best in America.

The popular Business Insider Web Site recently put out an article about the best Diners in each of the 50 states. And in South Dakota, Republican State Senator Ryan Maher, who was just termed out of office, can take consolation that he’s could be a bit busier, as his “Sparky’s Bar & Grill” was just named as the best diner in South Dakota: Diners are an American tradition, and everyone thinks his or her hometown’s Continue Reading →

And is it little wonder why the GOP said Pressler & Weiland were basically the same vote?

From an observant reader: An interesting tidbit. I was just having lunch at the Sioux Falls VFW with co-workers and saw “independent” Larry Pressler go into the Minnehaha County Democrat Forum that they hold down there. If Mr. Pressler were to have won the election, I don’t think that there is any doubt who he would have caucused with. I wonder if he will end up filling some role in the Dem party in the Continue Reading →

Northwestern Energy forced to raise rates because of federal government. When will the war on energy end?

Catch the latest release from Northwestern Energy in Huron: NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE) today filed a request to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC) to increase electric rates later in 2015. The company’s request to increase revenues by approximately $26.5 million dollars equates to an increase of about $16.76 dollars per month for a typical residential electric customer or about 56 cents per day.   However, the actual impact of the requested Continue Reading →