Tapio campaign staffer Shad Olson attacks Republican Legislative Leadership, Lora Hubbel has her legislative badge from 2011

Shad Olson, who is Republican Congressional Candidate Neal Tapio’s campaign majordomo participated in a podcast from some dude’s basement this past week.  And I don’t think he did the Tapio campaign any good in a discussion which took place with the participation of maybe-Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel, who was live on location:

Takeaways from the interview?

  • Shad Olson claims colonialism is “alive and well,” but it’s the third world who is “invading the United States.”  And the third world is “dismantling the first world” as part of “Agenda 21.”
  • Lora Hubbel apparently still wears her State Representative legislative badge from 2011. Really. I’m not kidding:

  • Hubbel equates workforce development to Germany categorizing people to figure out who to eliminate.
  • Shad Olson went on a fairly pointed attack claiming that “RINOs end up running the herd in Pierre” and that it’s a “vomit inducing phenomena” to see “cowardly democratic liberal idiots posing as Republican leadership in the House and Senate.

I’m sure GOP House and Senate Leadership will appreciate the shout-out from Tapio’s campaign person.

On a personal note, my favorite portion of the interview must have been when Olson had a bizarre fantasy tale claiming he knows how this website (SDWC) came to be, claiming it was some big conspiracy with the Republican Party calling him trying “to start a statewide blog promoting the principles of the Republican Party.” “He turned them down” and “then they called a man by the name of Pat Powers, and the rest is history.” And that apparently I “may not realize it,” but apparently I “was at least second pick, if not 3rd or 4th.”

Suuuure….. Aside from the fact that the SDGOP didn’t always appreciate what I had to say, and they didn’t start advertising until 2011 or 2012.  If in 2005 the GOP got me to write my website as Olson claims, I sure got the raw end of that deal.  I should probably take some pride in the fact that a person can consider that ‘they’ve made it,’ when other people try to take credit.

The other takeaway I had is that of the hour Shad Olson was on the interview, he spoke about himself the entire time. Not about his boss Neal Tapio, and certainly not about the campaign.  He didn’t mention Neal’s background. He didn’t mention his policy positions. He didn’t mention his efforts in the legislature. He literally didn’t mention his boss Neal Tapio at all until maybe 1 hour and 4 minutes into the interview as he was signing off.   In fact, I think he actually spent more time talking about co-interviewee Lora Hubbel than he did the campaign he was working for.

If I was Neal Tapio, I think I’d be having some strong words with my campaign staffer as they’re coming down to 16 days until petitions are required to be turned in. ESPECIALLY if Neal doesn’t make the ballot.

Campaign staffers like Shad spend time engaging in self-aggrandizement instead of promoting the person he’s supposedly working for?

If that happens, and Tapio is unable to make the ballot, I’m sure everyone will be glad to let Shad take the credit.

Bruce Whalen climbs aboard Hubbelcraft as first mate. (Whalen to run for Lt. Gov. with Lora Hubbel)

From the Mitchell Daily Republic, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel has named former Republican Congressional candidate Bruce Whalen as her running mate.

Despite not having the signatures to get on the ballot yet:

Bruce Whalen, who challenged then-U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in the 2006 midterm election, was announced as Hubbel’s running mate. Hubbel, a Republican, is the first candidate to announce a candidate for lieutenant governor.

“It is a great honor for Lora to consider me as a running mate,” Whalen said in a press release. “Lora knows of my advocacy for increasing quality of life on Indian Reservations and my views that federal policy induces a void of jurisdiction between state and federal governments with federally recognized tribes.”

Read it here.

Hubbel had previously hinted at the Whalen pick via facebook at the time she was trying to claim she was not being racist for calling Democrat State Senator Troy Heinert “Pocahontas” and “A Dutchman pretending to be an Indian.

So, Bruce Whalen decided to climb aboard the Hubbelcraft to join Lora as the spaceship’s first mate? Well, good luck with that.

Candidate for Gov/Former Constitution Party Chair on the air. At least through Sunday

Republican Candidate for Governor Lora Hubbel has apparently gotten her credit card out, and is putting herself on the airwaves. At least for the balance of the weekend on KELO AM, according to the FCC:

2018-kelo-am-state-governor-lora-hubbel-328247-20180131-222750920-pdf by Pat Powers on Scribd

What’s the Hubbelcraft flying this weekend? Apparently this former chair of the constitution party is out parroting her paranoid fantasies in a 1 minute radio ad claiming that “a person registered as an Iowa Democrat until last year” is chair of the State GOP, so people should sign her petitions.

Really. I’m not kidding.

Hubbel is spending $384 on the radio advertisement which is actually $284 more than she reported raising in all of 2017.    I was just interviewed on this whole thing, so there’s more to the story coming out.

Can a candidate jump the shark before they’re a candidate?  We’ll see.

Lora Hubbel quote of the day.

“I think every kid who won’t listen to his parents should stick a knife in an outlet once in their life…we all did! Its part of growing up!”  – Lora Hubbel, Republican candidate for Governor. 

every kid who won’t listen to his parents should stick a knife in an outlet once in their life…we all did?” That actually might explain a lot.

No word on whether she was finally able to find a sober notary.

Hubbel makes it worse. And the Editor of Lakota Country Times responds to offensive Hubbel comments on Sen. Heinert and race.

On her Facebook page, GOP Gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel illustrated that she does not know that throwing gasoline on a fire makes it worse.. as she did in the case of her offensive racial comments towards Senator Troy Heinert and Native Americans in general:

And it goes on, including from those who have supported her in the past. But the most pointed response comes from Brandon Ecoffey, Editor of the Lakota Country Times:

“Tribal citizenship is not based off of race. We are not dogs bred for purity.” Ouch. And he continues…

“Her post is absolutely newsworthy and I am sure every Indian paper in the Region will cover it. We will for sure.” Looks like Lora earned some publicity this week. Too bad it’s for “Nazi-era blood quantum politics,” as Ecoffey noted.

And what I noted earlier continues to remain my opinion. She needs to resign from the race.

Heinert responds to Gubernatorial candidate Hubbel calling him “Pocahontas,” and “a Dutchman pretending to be an Indian.”

State Senator Troy Heinert had some choice words for Lora Hubbel under the comment section of the original post where her fairly racist comment against him was noted:

My name is Troy Heinert and I am a proud member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, my enrollment number is 345U37928. My parents are Margo Heinert and the late Harold Heinert.

My mother is Dutch and my father was Lakota and German who lived his entire life on the Rosebud Reservation on the same land that has been passed down through our family since the original allotment act that established Reservations for Lakota’s.

My 87 year old Lakota grandmother still lives on this place and would be ashamed that there are still people in our State that show that kind of ignorance and racism towards her own blood.

Read it all here.


Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel calls Dem. State Senator Troy Heinert “Pocahontas,” claims he’s “a Dutchman pretending to be an Indian.”

It seems we have a morning every once in a while where we find ourselves going “Oh God. Lora Hubbel really did that,” and we’re recoiling in horror over her saying something horribly insane or horribly offensive. Or as we’re finding this morning, both.

This morning, courtesy of GOP Candidate for Governor Lora Hubbel, some racism to kick off the Christmas Holiday:

SD’s Pocahontas – the man is a Dutchman pretending to be an Indian”  Jesus wept. She’s trying to insinuate he isn’t Native American?

He is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, lives on the Rosebud Indian reservation, and represents them in the legislature. I’m a Republican, and anyone besides Lora can easily say that there’s nothing false about his heritage.

South Dakota Republicans should not have to apologize for the horrible things Lora Hubbel has a tendency to say.  Especially in cases such as this. It’s indefensible.

Hubbel needs to abandon running for Governor on the Republican ticket now.  Not tomorrow, not after petitions are gathered.  She needs to leave the race now.

GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Lora Hubbel has called no Republicans gay…. except when she did.

In case you were wondering, GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Lora Hubbel announced today (just for the record) that she has called no Republicans gay….

So, despite CNN being on the TV and an emphasis on a BIG TENT Republican Party, Lora officially announced today that she has “called NO ONE gay.”

That is, she has “called NO ONE gay”…except for the time that she did (from June 20, 2016):

Read that here.

I swear, you can’t make this kind of stuff up. Yes, that was Lora claiming the “SD Republican State Party” is “led by gay men” after the 2016 primary. Despite today’s pronouncement.

Here’s a thought for Lora: If in trying to explain away old Facebook crazy, you end up making new Facebook crazy, next time you might want to quit while you’re ahead.

SDSU Prof: Hubbel, LaFleur don’t stand a chance, Sutton as well

From the SDSU Collegian:

Compared to the other two GOP candidates in the race, Wiltse said former state legislator Lora Hubbel and attorney Terry LaFleur “don’t really stand a chance.” This is because of the lack experience in government and funding for their campaigns compared to Jackley’s and Noem’s, according to Wiltse.


Wiltse said Sutton running as a Democratic candidate alone is enough of a determining factor that he has no shot at winning the election.

“There’s no Democrats here. We haven’t had a Democrat in the governor’s mansion in about 35 years or so,” Wiltse said. “It’s just so overwhelmingly Republican here.”

Read it here.