— SouthDakota2014 (@SouthDakota2014) April 16, 2014
Things aren’t looking that great financially for Corinna Robinson.
On the same day that Kristi Noem posts a strong 900k in the bank with nothing owed, her Democratic opponent posts a negative thousand between what she has in the bank, and what is owed by the campaign. Read it for yourself.
Not the kind of fundraising you want to post when you’re taking on one of the GOP’s rock stars, is it?
Thune Commends STB on Fertilizer Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement after the Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced tonight that it will direct the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company to report by April 18, 2014, their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting and provide weekly status reports beginning April 25, 2014, regarding the delivery of fertilizer on their respective networks:
“This is a step in the right direction for the STB and I am pleased that they acted so quickly after last week’s hearing to address some of the ongoing rail service issues in South Dakota and the surrounding region,” said Thune. “I will continue to press the STB and the railroads to do all they can to improve service across South Dakota during this critical time of year for our farmers. Continued rail service disruptions are not only having a direct impact on agriculture producers, grain handlers, and the ethanol industry, but also on manufacturers and main street businesses across our state.”
Last week, Thune addressed the STB at their public hearing on U.S. Rail Service Issues. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has jurisdiction over freight railroads and the STB. Thune is also a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Noem Hosts 2014 Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem today hosted the first annual Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference. Rep. Noem was joined by Rep. Aaron Schock, two-time WNBA Champion Olympia Scott, leadership coach Rich Chapman, social media professional Paul Ten Haken, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (via video) to teach hundreds of South Dakota students about the power of positive leadership.
Nearly 300 students across the state participated in the 2014 Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference. The event offered opportunities to hear the real-life leadership experiences of proven business, sports, and political leaders. Students also had the opportunity to learn about the responsible use of social media.
“I was incredibly impressed with the students I met with today,” said Noem. “The tremendous level of curiosity, integrity and ingenuity in the room showed that South Dakota’s future is in good hands. I’m excited to see where these students will take their communities, the state, and our nation.”
Congresswoman Kristi Noem isn’t messing around. If it wasn’t for a refund, she’d have over 275k in receipts this fundraising quarter. As it is, with what she has available, she’s ready for a fight.
With over $900,000 on hand, Noem is well prepared to turn away any comers for her Congressional seat, particularly Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson, who hasn’t made much of a splash yet in the media, nor in political circles.
Fresh out of my mailbox is a campaign update from former Governor Mike Rounds.
Our 4×8 highway signs are ready to put up! If you have property along a highway and would like a sign, email us at email@example.com or call our office at 605.494.2026, and we will get you a sign.
Rapid City Campaign Office is Now Open!
We are having the Grand Opening of our Rounds for Senate West River Campaign Office today, April 15.
The office is located at 1311 Main Street, between the Pennington County Republican Headquarters and Senator Thune’s Office. The office will serve as a volunteer center for the campaign.
The Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m and a reception will be held until 6:00 p.m. Governor Rounds will be at the office from at least 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
There are a lot of different ways you can volunteer to help with the campaign. If you haven’t already done so, click the volunteer link on our website and sign up so we can contact you about specific projects we are working on in your area. You can also encourage your friends and family to sign up to volunteer.
Thank you for your support; we appreciate your help! If you have any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact the campaign at any time.
Rounds for Senate
— Rep. Kristi Noem (@RepKristiNoem) April 15, 2014
Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s First Annual Youth Leadership Conference appears to have been a resounding success by any measure, with over 300 high school kids from across the state in attendance.
I’ll post more information as it becomes available. Good show, Congresswoman Noem.
— Augustana College SD (@AugustanaSD) April 15, 2014
From the Lakota Voice blog comes a report that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe passed a resolution opposing the Keystone Pipeline. And based on this resolution, they believe they have the ability to send armed tribal police to selectively pull traffic off of public highways.
Tonight, a small number of Sicangu Lakota Tribal members took a stand against the megaloads rolling through reservation lands.
Parked next to a gas pump with an over sized fiberglass tank, Chris Gianacopolos, truck driver for Hess Trucking, was confronted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police.
Police officers told Gianacopolos that not only was there a Resolution opposing any agreement to help the Keystone XL Pipeline, but that he needed to turn his truck around and go back the way he came. The company also needed to come pick up the rest of their oil field equipment that they had stored next to the casino, on tribal land.
Gianacopolos explained, “There’s an agreement between our company and the manager, Jeremy [Homan]. We buy our gas here and he lets us store our trailers here.”
When asked about the route through the reservation, the truck driver stated, “The state H.P. [Highway Patrol] gives us the permit to run our trucks through here.” The truck driver hauls for Zenergy, a subcontractor for KXL.
President Scott called the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Police Department and instructed them to turn the megaload around, due to the Resolution opposing any help to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe certainly has the right to control lands within it’s purview.
But it should immediately command our attention when they start making selective decisions to pull trucks off of US Highways because they don’t like what truckers are hauling.
Aside from interfering with interstate and intrastate commerce, it has a chilling effect on relations with the State of South Dakota, and creates an impression that reservations are a no-man’s land that people should shun.
I can’t imagine a more counterproductive and damaging thing for their own long term interests in creating jobs and prosperity in areas that are stigmatized in some people’s minds for impoverished conditions and lawlessness. Now, armed groups are pulling people off of US Highways and turning them away?
Aside from it having the potential to become a low point in State/Tribal relations, the main group they’re going to damage is not the builders of the Keystone pipeline. It’s going to be themselves and their own reputations.
U.S. Senate Candidate Nomination Petition Challenge Dismissed
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the lawsuit challenging the Secretary of State’s certification of the nominating petition filed by U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has been dismissed based upon lack of timeliness. The Court, much like the Attorney General, would not have the opportunity to address allegations before the ballots had to be printed and distributed to the county auditors. South Dakota state statutes require that the ballots must be delivered to the county auditors by Wednesday April 16th in order for absentee voting to begin on April 18th.
The Secretary of State’s Office originally certified Bosworth’s nominating petition on March 26th. On April 5th the Secretary of State rejected challenges again certifying the nominating petition.
If you’re wondering what a “Money Bomb” is, it’s a fundraising thing, usually to support a candidate for election by dramatically increasing, concentrating, and publicizing fundraising activity during a specific hour or day. It started out as a Ron Paul thing, and has been adopted by some of his followers.
Some people have used them to raise significant amounts of money during concentrated periods of time, but it is noteworthy to point out that the Nelson money Bomb has been stalled at about $1030 for the last several days. Previous Nelson “Money Bombs” have also topped out at about this amount as well.
Aside from it being noteworthy coming on tax day, April 15th also marks the day when the 1st Quarter reports are due for the reporting period of January 1 -March 31, 2014. Today, or shortly thereafter, we should see how the US Senate primary candidates look coming into the home stretch.
And whether they’ve had a money boom the last quarter, or they’ve just fizzled out.