Application for Writ of Prohibition filed against State Senator Lance Russell to stop his candidacy.

My friend State Senator Lance Russell just had a major bomb dropped in his return to the race for State Senate after he withdrew to run for Attorney General.

Jim Sword of Hot Springs, representing voter Heather Boche has filed for a Writ of Prohibition in the matter to preclude Russell from being placed on the November ballot:

Lance Russell Writ of Prohibition by Pat Powers on Scribd

Interestingly, State Democrats have weighed in early in this process, knowing they can’t win a seat in D30 with a Republican in the race (Exhibit 6):

Word I’m getting today is that the State GOP will be an interested party at the table for the legal proceedings.  Who knows how this could come out.

Watch for this to be fast-tracked, as they try to get it figured out before names are placed on the ballot.

Stay tuned!

40 Replies to “Application for Writ of Prohibition filed against State Senator Lance Russell to stop his candidacy.”

  1. anon

    I’m not a lawyer, but it sure looks to me like the guy that wanted to be the AG is doing illegal sh*t and my party is condoning it.

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    1. John T

      Or they only want the good ole boys club in office and if you ain’t a member you can’t be on the ballot.

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        1. Pat Powers Post author

          Just FYI, John Teupel called me tonight, and wanted people to specifically know that John T is not him.

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  2. Anonymous

    The people to blame here are the members of the GOP central committee in District 30 that showed up and re-nominated a guy who couldn’t legally be on the ballot. Everyone should call the people who put him back on the ballot and thank them for throwing away a senate seat.

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    1. Anonymous

      Maybe if the Secretary of State and/or the Attorney General would have provided guidance in this matter, this would not be an issue. Both of them have been AWOL since being rejected by the voters on June 5th. Guess they only step forward when they think it will get them elected to the next job they are seeking.

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      1. Anon

        There are these things called codified laws that provide all the guidance they need. It seems like you are somehow trying to turn Russell into the victim here. Which he is not.

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      2. Anonymous

        I agree. The party should have sought and explanation and the SOS and the AG then should have given one.

        My suspicion is that the party thought Russell wasnt valid but thought the best way to avoid a conflict was to let it play out.

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  3. enquirer

    just appoint bruce rampelberg and be done with it. come on people. i know his appointment would make hard core conservatives heads explode and i can live with that.

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  4. Anonymous

    The good news (I guess) is that Gideon Oakes is on the ballot as a libertarian. If Russell is disqualified, Republicans can support him.

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  5. a libertarian may win

    It looks pretty clear from Russell’s own withdrawal…he signed it saying he could not be on the fall ballot to me

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  6. Anonymous

    Gideon will be a great Senator. I appreciate Russell’s service. I like him as a legislator but Gideon is very capable of doing great things in the state senate from a very good position of freedom.

    The GOP should sit down with Gideon and do what they have to do to bring this lifelong TAR home.

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    1. career politicians, no thanks

      plus Russell should have sat out one term than ran again…looks like a career politician, we can’t live without him….

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      1. Anonymous

        Russell’s entire career is a career politician. He ran for two offices this year, that says it all. He needs to go.

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  7. Michael G

    Why is Stace Nelson on the ballot? How did he get away with running for Lt Gov without filing the proper paperwork to remove his name from the ballot?

    He’s so useless we might as well put a democrat in for a term and cycle that ole broke down “bird” out.

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      1. Anonymous

        One would think the Democrats are just waiting to file a challenge, once time runs out to replace him on the ballot.

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    1. Anon

      Stace is on the ballot because his constituents are afraid of him beating the snot out anyone that opposes him. He is the very definition of a bully.

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  8. Anon49

    My grandkids try to play the “well since I didn’t get that so I want this back even though I gave it up” game….if they can’t get away with it, a grown “man” shouldn’t….

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  9. Anonymous

    I can tell those of you paying attention realize how screwed up things have become.
    Maybe it’s time to seriously consider the Libertarian party.
    At this point, what do you have to lose?

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    1. Anonymous

      Libertarian party. pushing for the right to sell pipe bombs, prostitutes, 3D printed gun blueprints for some wacko or terrorist to slip in undetected, legalize all drugs and mayhem.

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      1. Anonymous

        Hahaha, that’s a huge dose of fear.
        Binary explosives are already legal in SD.
        Prostitution is legal in NV.
        “Shall not be infringed”
        The constitution does not authorize nor empower the government to prohibit people from ingesting any substance especially that which can be or is consider medicine including “experimental treatments”.
        Fear is irrational, everything will be ok.

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        1. Anonymous

          Libertarian philosophy is a free for all and is convenient for those that never want to be held accountable for their actions.

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          1. Anonymous

            Libertarian philosophy is also convenient for those who want to be held accountable, just not by big-government authoritarian control freaks.

            We’re all endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to liberty, and how people use that liberty is generally none of the government’s business. Or yours.

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            1. Anonymous

              The libertarian party is just like every other party. We agree on some things and disagree on others.

              Be principled. Join the party that you agree with for most and can use to increase the good done in the world. Don’t be a rubber stamp for anyone. Be true to yourself always.

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  10. Gideon Oakes

    Thank you for the kind words of support. They truly mean a lot! 🙂 We will continue to run the same consistent, steady race that we’ve been running since late March. It’s my hope that our message of Life, Liberty and Limited Government will be a unifying message that Republicans and Lance’s supporters can all get behind in the coming weeks.

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  11. Old Conservative

    Gideon Oakes seems like he’d do a pretty solid job if he got elected. Comes off as being very principled.

    People are obviously scared of the LP, and I don’t know why. All of the candidates that they have, in South Dakota, seem to be more conservative and more limited government than a vast majority of the Republican candidates. They could do a lot of good for this state and actually help protect the rights of their constituents.

    Don’t worry, the sky will not fall!

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  12. Troy Jones

    Said above: “One would think the Democrats are just waiting to file a challenge, once time runs out to replace him on the ballot.”

    They won’t oppose a quisling RINO. The Dems are glad to have him in the Senate.

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  13. Anon1

    If we have to concede the dems a couple seats in Pierre to get rid of Russell and his puppet Nelson, it would be worth it. Two new dems couldn’t come close to doing as much harm to the Republican Party than Russell and Nelson have!

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