At Brookings Co Lincoln Day Dinner

I’m sitting at my nearly empty table, tapping this out as people snake through the food line at the 2015 Brookings County Lincoln Day Dinner. Congresswoman Kristi Noem is the keynote speaker tonight, a speech I’m looking forward to hearing. Other constitutional officers are here such as Steve Barnett, Chris Nelson, and Marty Jackley. Very interestingly, State Rep Mark Mickelson is here visiting the city of his youth. I’m not sure of we should chalk Continue Reading →

Senate Approves Thune Budget Amendment Opposing Long-Eared Bat Endangered Species Listing

Senate Approves Thune Budget Amendment Opposing Long-Eared Bat Endangered Species Listing “This amendment puts the Senate on record opposing the FWS’s proposal to list the long-eared bat.” WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) praised the Senate’s bipartisan approval of his amendment to the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution putting the Senate on record opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposal to list the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Continue Reading →

The Complete List of Jeb Bush legislators. (Or I need to watch my e-mail more closely.)

Ugh. Too much on my plate, and too much spam in my e-mail box. I am only realizing a day later that I was sent the list of legislators who joined the South Dakota group for Jeb Bush. So, better late than never…. South Dakota State Legislators Join Draft Jeb Bush Group Senate Majority Leader Joins Group Urging Jeb Bush to Seek Presidency Sioux Falls, SD— March 26, 2015 — Today Steve Westra (R-SD) announced Continue Reading →

Press Release: Attorney General Jackley and other Attorneys General Call Upon EPA to Withdraw Proposed Greenhouse Rule

Attorney General Jackley and other Attorneys General Call Upon EPA to Withdraw Proposed Greenhouse Rule PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley and 18 other State Attorneys General today asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the Proposed Rule for the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Emissions from New Stationary Sources, this rule provides new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions for new fossil-fuel fired generating units. “Protecting the environment through reasonable regulation and Continue Reading →

GOP Passes Balanced Budget, Holds Federal Government Accountable to the American People

GOP Passes Balanced Budget, Holds Federal Government Accountable to the American People “This balanced budget resolution is a framework for the more efficient, effective, and accountable federal government that the American people deserve.”   WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a balanced budget resolution: “This balanced budget resolution is a framework for the more efficient, effective, and accountable federal government that the American people deserve. Not Continue Reading →

Rave, others sign on for Jeb Bush

The AP has a story this morning noting former GOP Chair, and current Senate Majority Leader, Tim Rave has signed on to support Jeb Bush for President: A South Dakota lawmaker who formed a group to back potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush is being joined by some top state legislators. Sioux Falls Republican Rep. Steve Westra says Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and seven others have signed on to his volunteer group. Read it here. Continue Reading →

Butte County GOP Aftermath, complete with threats of a “citizens grand jury.”

About 2 months ago, on February 1, I had written on the reformation of the Butte County Republican party organization, with the officially elected central committee members selecting county leadership with the assistance of the South Dakota GOP, and members of the Custer and Lawrence county GOP organizations were also on hand for technical advice: After correct elections were held with the people who were legally permitted under the bylaws to make the choice for Continue Reading →

Thune Ushers Through Final Approval of Critical Airspace Expansion

Thune Ushers Through Final Approval of Critical Airspace Expansion Final FAA approval of PRTC increases national security while saving taxpayers money Following nearly nine years of collaboration between U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and the Air Force to expand the military training airspace over South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, known as the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC), Thune today praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that it signed off on the Air Continue Reading →

Rounds Offers Amendment to Protect Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Rounds Offers Amendment to Protect Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud and Abuse WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced an amendment to the budget resolution requiring Congress to include findings from Inspectors General (IG) when examining ways to reduce waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies. “We owe it to South Dakota taxpayers to make certain their hard-earned dollars are spent wisely in Washington,” said Rounds. “I’ve already been working with IGs in my committee work Continue Reading →