KCCR News: Trial date set for the other petition scofflaw

From KCCR News, information on the trial date for the person in trouble for monkeying with their petitions who isn’t Annette Bosworth:

The once independent candidate for U.S. Senate, 34 year old Clayton Walker is facing nine felony charges related to his election petitions. He’s accused of fabricating names and addresses on the sworn documents, which placed him on the Senate ballot as an independent until being kicked off after a challenge.


In the Hughes County Courtroom Tuesday afternoon during a status hearing, Presiding Judge John Brown issued jury selection in this case to begin July 20th of 2015 in Hughes County. Jury selection will be done that Monday, and they will commence on the 22nd of July at 12:00 or 1:00 P.M. for the minimum three day trial.


Read it here.

Larry Pressler has now been baptized as a Mormon. Really.

I did a double take, as I thought someone was referring to him as a moron, but no. The Tweet was that Larry Pressler was now a Mormon.

Having observed him over the past few decades, if someone was referring to him as a moron, I could understand where they were coming from.  But, you got me with this one. Apparently, former US Senator Larry Pressler has now officially been baptized as a Mormon:

The announcement was ordinary and without fanfare. Larry Pressler would be confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the weekly services of the Chevy Chase congregation.

But those who know the man from his three terms in the U.S. Senate and who have shared in his spiritual journey count Pressler — whether referring to him as “senator,” “brother” or just “Larry” — as extraordinary.

On Sunday, April 19, Pressler was confirmed as a church member by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a Mormon who introduced him to the faith’s signature book of scripture. He was baptized earlier in the day by Clayton Christensen, whose conviction of the Book of Mormon detailed in The New Yorker magazine compelled the former senator to seriously study the book.

Read it here.

Ooookay.  Not something I expected to see. Or read in the paper.

His Wikipedia reference refers to him as a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, It had noted his religion as “Christianity” prior to it’s most recent change, and to be more specific, most bios note his religion as Roman Catholic.

It’s not often you see someone in his 70’s changing religions.

Since he’s leaving the Catholic faith, is this a bad time to ask if he’s going to hell?

Gordon Howie: The “Powerful Politician” Annette Bosworth is being Silenced.

Powerful Politician Silenced?

…One in particular is Annette Bosworth, who is facing 12 felony charges over alleged “petition violations”.

Read it here.


I’m not sure what’s funnier, Howie’s continued embrace of former Sado/Masochism pornographer Lee Stranahan as a valid news source, or calling Annette Bosworth a powerful politician?


2-time SOS Candidate Lori Stacey demands revote. And claims HIV is a complete hoax.

Before we start, I’d better present you with the bona fide, ironclad, tinfoil, official Lori Stacey disclaimer that any occurrences of voter fraud are done by people out of state, and are usually done without the participation, knowledge or consent of any of the candidates or local/state election officials. And if you say anything to the contrary, it will be met with official Lori Stacey legal action:

DISCLAIMER: Any findings of probable computer-programmed election fraud presented in this story are not to be assumed, represented or characterized as an accusation against any candidate or local/state public official by this author. In most cases, electronic manipulation of voting results is accomplished by parties outside of the state in which the election took place and are usually done without the participation, knowledge or consent of any of the candidates or local/state election officials. Any attempt to smear, harass, accuse or defame author with claims to the contrary will be met with legal action.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, earlier this month, South Dakota Constitution Party Secretary of State Candidate Lori Stacey wrote a story and put it on-line, partially on the basis that according to the results in her race, the US Senate ticket, as well as the Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel gubernatorial ticket, (if you jumble enough numbers together) it’s proof that they shouldn’t have lost by THAT much.

Of the alternative candidates, the ones that were most actively campaigning throughout the state were the Gubernatorial Independent ticket of Myers/Hubbel, US Senate Independent candidates Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie, Libertarian Attorney General candidate Chad Haber and myself, Lori Stacey, as a CP candidate for Secretary of State. Although Gordon Howie is a registered Republican that ran as an Independent, he was clearly the most conservative US Senate candidate in the race in a historically conservative state. Yet, he was obviously black-listed from so much of the media attention that numerous articles in the press reported the contest to only be a 3-way, rather than a 4-way race. Gordon Howie got a feel for what it is shamefully like for a 3rd Party candidate in America today, without even being one. In numerous speeches, Howie exposed that the Rounds campaign had on more than one occasion tried to pressure him into dropping out of the race. Mind you, all that effort directed toward a candidate that was supposedly only polling at 3%. His final vote count was……….you guessed it, only 3.03%. Not uncommon to have predicted this shocking result and the topic of one of Richard Charnin’s books about forcing vote counts to match fraudulent polls. In fact, the campaigns of Howie, Myers and Stacey all received calls from voters that had participated in a well-publicized poll and had stated that we were not even included in said poll for which we supposedly all got suspiciously low polling numbers.

Read that here.

Huh? What? So, help me understand this – In the most conspiratorial manner possible, Lori Stacey asserts that because Gordon Howie polled at 3%, and his vote count was 3.03%, it’s evidence that the vote count was forced to match a “fraudulent poll?”

Might it be possible – and arguably a more plausible explanation – that Howie polled at 3% and received that same portion of the vote because that’s all that would vote for him?  And this kind of nuttiness gets even better.

Not only is an increasing share of the total a problem but in the raw precinct data for the US Senate, Governor and SOS races, in a majority of cases in which the Republican candidates won the county, we can easily see that most of the other candidates had tremendously higher percentages of the votes in the smaller precincts and then absolutely plummeted in the largest precincts where very frequently only the Republican candidates skyrocketed. To get your head around this problem, imagine a precinct with only 30 votes cast. An alternative candidate that supposedly had a true vote of only 3% statewide somehow often found 6-29% in the smallest precincts but only 1-3% in the largest precincts. In a precinct with only 30 votes cast, a candidate receives a little over 12% or 4 votes. Yet a precinct of 1,000 voters, the same candidate only receives 1.5% or 15 votes leaving a whopping 985 votes up for grabs. This type of pattern seen repeatedly around the state defies logic and is statistically improbable. It is another key red flag in suspected election fraud as votes are usually flipped where there will be the most bang for the buck.

Lori attempts more conspiracy by claiming it’s evidence of election fraud that 3rd party candidates received higher percentages in small precincts, but smaller percentages in larger precinct. Maybe it’s a simple fact that a massive majority didn’t want to vote for candidates who didn’t advertise, or staged suicide reenactments. But there’s always a chance of one voter not paying attention.

And in conclusion…

In conclusion, taking into account all of the information that has been presented regarding various types of voter suppression, under votes, possible dropped/uncounted votes by a computerized, secretive vote count for which there is NO AUDIT of any percentage of votes via hand-counting, the outrageous re-creation of ballots, voters that did not receive their absentee ballots, ballots kept in someone’s home, press reporting results before polls had closed, voters that were not notified of changes in polling locations, statewide would-be candidates wrongfully denied ballot access, the mathematical analysis, etc,etc,etc. CONSIDERING ALL OF THE ABOVE, not even a hand recount could capture the true voice of South Dakota voters!

The only rightful remedy is to hold a new statewide election and hand-count the ballots in public view at the local precincts before the ballots ever leave the buildings which is exactly the only fully transparent and accurate way fair elections were to be conducted. Make sure everyone is properly notified of their correct polling location and that everyone requesting an absentee ballot receives one in a reasonable amount of time.

The only rightful remedy is to hold a new statewide election and hand-count the ballots in public view at the local precincts before the ballots ever leave the buildings.  Three etceteras in a row. She must mean business.

Is there anyone holding their breath until this demanded re-vote happens? Me neither.

But don’t intimate that any of this widespread fraud was done with “the participation, knowledge or consent of any of the candidates or local/state election officials.” Because you may face a Lori Stacey “legal action.”

Bonus Lori Stacey Moment – I saw this today which prompted me to go look at her examiner page. And just as you’ll note above, there’s some stuff you can’t unsee. Here, former Secretary of State Candidate Lori brings us new health care news that “HIV has been proven to be a complete hoax…”

LoriStaceyHoax…and, that while the HIV Virus is a hoax, the AIDS drugs that doctors put patients on is a “way for big Medicine and big Pharma to make a lot of money” and “then eventually reduce the population.”

It kind of makes you want to find the 10,258 people who voted for her in the 2014 Secretary of State elections, and ask them “What in the hell were you thinking?”

Senate Candidate Howie supported by liberal Democrat PAC cash, including Soros money.

League of Conservation voters. International Brotherhood of Teamsters. MoveOn. The Democrat’s House Majority PAC. AFSCME.   Sounds like a list of the people who were donating money to support RIck Weiland’s campaign, doesn’t it?  And they did. But they also spent over $100,000 to support another person running. The self-anointed ‘most conservative’ candidate in South Dakota’s race for US Senate, Gordon Howie.

This past year, a PAC was formed to support the candidacy of Gordon Howie, ran by Howie confederate Gary Coe, called “Many True Conservatives.” And if you look at their expenditures, in the FEC Report below, Many True Conservatives spent nearly every dime to promote the candidacy of Gordon Kenneth Howie.

Many True Conservatives 2014 4q FEC

Where did this PAC get their money? Well, if you look at the report, they took in nearly all of their money (Over $108,000 total) from a single source – Every Voice Action.

Don’t remember them? They came in late in the game, and were reported on briefly by David Montgomery at the Argus Leader. In reference to their support of Rick Weiland:

Every Voice Action received $1.58 million through Sept. 30. It’s received another $665,000 in the past two weeks.

Who are these donors? The biggest ones are other groups.

For example, the better-funded Mayday PAC gave $458,000 to its comrade in the fight against Mike Rounds.

Another group, “Friends of Democracy IE,” was even more generous. It gave $1.15 million to Every Voice. Donnelly is the treasurer of Friends of Democracy, another Super PAC founded “to end Super PACs.” Hopping over to Friends of Democracy’s FEC page, we can see it’s been primarily funded by a famous name: Soros.

In particular, it’s been given most of its money by Jonathan Soros, son of the famous financier (and liberal donor) George Soros. This election cycle, Jonathan Soros gave Friends of Democracy $1.5 million. George Soros gave it another $250,000; other George Soros children Andrea Soros and Alex Soros gave $250,000 and $375,000. It also got a lot of money from Napster founder and Facebook investor Sean Parker ($245,000), Google engineer Matt Cutts ($285,000), Kathleen McGrath of Encino, Calif. ($100,000), and John Pritzker of the Pritzker family.

Back to Every Voice Action. It’s also received $100,000 from CWA Working Voices, the independent expenditure arm of the Communication Workers of America; $100,000 from former Stride Rite president Arnold Hiatt; $50,000 from Cutts; $50,000 from private equity billionaire Jerome Kohlberg; and $50,000 from early Google employee David DesJardins. Other donors gave it less than $50,000; I’ll list them all at the bottom.

It also got an in-kind donation of $11,427.42 from the House Majority PAC, a PAC devoted to helping House Democrats. That was listed as being shared polling costs in districts where Every Voice Action is backing Democratic congressional candidates.

Read that here.

And if you’re interested in seeing where this liberal Democratic PAC spent their money, you can read at least one of the Every Voice Action FEC reports here. And I’d draw your particular attention to pages 24, 25, etc., where it says “Many True Conservatives:”

Every Voice Action FEC

What makes this even more bizarre is the rhetoric that came from Coe in his support of Howie:

South Dakota is a pivotal state in the US Senate race due to a need to defeat the liberal agenda. We must topple the Harry Reid empire before he totally destroys all our Judeo-Christian values and assists President Obama in plunging our nation into total financial ruin.

There is only one true conservative in the South Dakota Senate race. Gordon Howie, running as an independent, a man of no compromise, is that man. Gordon has continued to work for smaller government, fiscal responsibility, high moral values and has been a leader for many years in the fight to stop killing the unborn.


The Democrat Rick Weiland is very liberal and totally aligned with the Obama-Reid ideology. Larry Pressler, a one time liberal republican, based on his record and press releases, is now an Obama/Obamacare endorsing socialist.

Read that note from Gary Coe here at the Gordon Howie for Senate web site.

So, Gordon Howie and Gary Coe were deathly concerned about Liberals. Yet Coe’s “Many True Conservatives” were all about sucking up as much cash as they could collect from the liberal left. Somehow Gary Coe had no problem soliciting and spending Soros family money. And Union Money. And money from a PAC devoted to elect House Democrats.

All to get Gordon Howie elected.

Kind of makes you wonder who the true conservatives are. Because we sure know who they aren’t.

Annette Bosworth’s Latest fundraising plea. Marty Jackley runs DSS with his minions, Annette is 100% innocent, and other tall tales.

Is it February yet? I’m not sure it can’t come too soon, so the Bosworth circus can finally pack their tents up and break camp.

I was mentioning ‘Bosworthian’ fundraising pleas yesterday, when I was talking about Rick Weiland’s latest cash beg. Coincidentally, today brings us an ACTUAL new Bosworth fundraising plea.

Although it was dated for December, my correspondent received in the last few days. And as you might expect, it’s a bit much:

New Boz Letter

“That 8-page letter made it into the hands of Attorney General Marty Jackley as well as several of the other establishment politicians in South Dakota.

Well, no kidding. When you send out thousands of letters, a few are going to come back to SD for episodes of eye-rolling.   And people wondering exactly when all this alleged “preacher interrogation” took place that she keeps bringing up.  And if you thought that claim continues to be a stretch……..:

The Department of Social Services, run by AG Marty Jackley, receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money to care for them .

Did I miss it when the Governor handed over the Department of Social Services to the Attorney General?  No? Then I guess the letter would be lying here.

Which has an effect of impeaching it’s testimony in other places, such as where it claims – I AM 100 PERCENT INNOCENT.

The problem with this claim is that Bosworth has publicly admitted the conduct for which she’s been charged with. I’m not sure how that makes her 100% innocent.  Or even 75%.

Anyway, according to the letter, you can donate $500, $1000, or $2500 to Annette’s legal fund.  And even better, the donation form has a place for you to put all your credit card information on the donation form, including the CVV number for your card.

Oddly enough, much like many of the claims she makes in the letter, I’m not sure that I would be comfortable with that.

I’ve seen this before. Weiland sends post-election plea for money.

Apparently, Rick Weiland sent a message out this morning via e-mail blast. And the message was “send him money, despite being crushed in the election several months ago.”

Haven’t we seen someone else do the desperate “send me money after the election letter” recently?  Because Rick’s appeal does seem very “Bosworthian.”

 ———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rick Weiland <info@rickweiland.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 8:04 AM
Subject: We Sent a Message

The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Monday night to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and begin debate on the bill, by a vote of 63 to 32. The House passed the bill last week by a vote of 266 to 153. The final vote on the bill is expected to come in the last of week of January, so time is running out.

Nearly 1,600 people, in a matter of a just a few hours, agreed that building the Keystone pipeline is more about “big oil” and their “big money” influence over our Congress and elected leaders than it is about jobs or energy security, and signed our petition. You can view the signatures by clicking the button below:

Because of your support, our petition has been sent to President Obama, Senators McConnell and Reid, Speaker Boehner and Congresswoman Pelosi urging them to consider all the facts and environmental impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.

We are continuing to make South Dakota a demonstration project and a nationwide beacon for the fight against big money.  Thank you for your standing up and for your help at this critical time.

Rick Weiland

Paid for by People for Rick Weiland

People for Rick Weiland
PO Box 1488
Sioux Falls SD 57105 United States

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #3 Kristi Noem will kick your butt.

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #3 Kristi Noem will kick your butt.

2014 put an underline and an exclamation point behind Congresswoman Kristi Noem as she three-peated her election victories, and doubled down in turning away Democrat challengers to her position as South Dakota’s lone representative in Congress.  And she’s shown that each and every time she wins with a bigger margin.

kristi noem headshot May 21 2014In 2010, Noem managed a narrow win in a hard fought race against Democrat Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, arguably the top Democrat in South Dakota. Noem won 48.1% to Sandlin’s 45.9%.  Many considered that year a “wave” election which turned out many Democrats from office, but as time has passed by the wave assessment becomes more questionable, as the wave has never abated.

2012 was a race where Noem faced a prodigy of Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, Matt Varilek. Democrat critics chided Noem for missing meetings. Some thought Noem might be vulnerable and characterized Noem’s debate performances as “lukewarm.”  The farm bill had stalled in Congress, and 2012 looked to be a very anti-incumbent year.  Assessing the situation, Noem’s team hit Varilek first and hit him hard for his strong environmental activism, and support of the unpopular carbon credit cap & tax scheme. The Noem team was aggressive, and as noted by the Argus, ran “a vigorous, disciplined campaign,” and brought her margin of victory to an impressive 57% to 43%.

And then we arrived in the 2014 election cycle.  After the battle of 2012, Noem took a pass on a hard primary fight for the US Senate race in favor of remaining in her current position. And clearly, she made the most of it.   Early on, problems that Democrats criticized her for went away, with all of the bumps worked out of her office operation, allowing her constituent services and time spent in the state to shine and be more productive. Noem worked harder than ever to get the troubling farm bill passed, and went to war with her leadership when she needed to over the measure.

And the state’s media noticed:

The Noem who visited our offices was a different person from candidate Noem in 2010. Now a two-term Congresswoman, she is studied on top issues, and that gives her anger and passion justification. Once a freshman GOP leader, today she is comfortable taking her own party to task on top-of-mind issues for South Dakotans.

Read that here.

That 2013 editorial was effective notice that this scrappy fighter was the Kristi Noem going into the election in 2014. Noem’s attention to the farm bill landed her a place on the conference committee, something no South Dakotan had done in 2 decades. Noem also fought hard on saving the Hot Springs VA, introducing measures on campus safety, school lunches, and taking on human trafficking as a signature issue.

And it showed with who the Democrats put up against her. Democrat Consultant Steve Jarding, after laughably being labeled “super tough” in purchased ads in 2013 regarding a run against Noem took a pass. Democrats eventually found a candidate in Virginian Corinna Robinson, who moved to the state to run for Congress, having been a Rapid City resident until she left at age 17. She was to be their standard bearer. (Just as soon as she sold her house.)

As opposed to the early air war that Noem waged against Varilek in 2012, 2014 had a fully confident Congresswoman Noem fighting a ground war. Against Corinna Robinson she gladly and confidently took on debates, and won every single time.

It was quickly apparent that Noem was going to win the election. Her opponent was unknown, and unable to raise money on the basis of being competitive. The only question was going to be “by how much” would Noem win?

When it was all said and done, she beat her opponent on a 2 to 1 basis. 66.5% to 33.5%  And going into the 2016 election cycle, Noem has $820,000 left over in the bank to start with.

Noem is currently a top (if not the top) contender for moving to another office, should she elect to run for Governor in 2016, (or Senator Thune’s seat should he get tapped to be a VP candidate).  Or she may elect to remain in her current office.

But let it be said that whatever she may decide to do, if you think you’re going to try to take her on, there’s a good chance Kristi Noem will kick your butt.  And history has proven it.

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #4 Dennis Daugaard’s quiet landslide.

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #4 Dennis Daugaard’s quiet landslide.

For a politician, Governor Dennis Daugaard is not a flashy showman.

He tends to be quieter, and a bit more introspective in comparison to a politician such as Bill Janklow who led state government for many years. But make no mistake, Governor Daugaard has led government, and based on how South Dakota weathered and came back from the recession that the country faced, he has led it well.

He came into his first term governing frugally and conservatively. He was concerned with raising bond ratings, paying off the state’s credit cards, and all those things that people should do when they have money, but usually don’t.

In fact, Governor Daugaard has run South Dakota so well, South Dakota hit the top of many lists in 2012 and 2013. # 1 on Barrons Best Run State list for 2012. For 2013 #1 America’s Top State for Business for CNBC, #1 Best State for Business & Career for Forbes Magazine, #1 Business Climate for US Chamber, #3 best state to retire bankrate.com, #5 best volunteering state – Corp. for Nat’l & Community Svc. #2 low unemployment CNN Money, and for State Retirement System Funding as of 2013, South Dakota was at 103%.

When parts of the state were hit with flooding, Governor Daugaard knew when to lead, and also knew when to let others take the lead.  When faced with not enough qualified workers for jobs, Daugaard addressed the need for a skilled workforce through the South Dakota Workforce Initiative. He’s been on the road as a South Dakota promoter, as a presenter, and ambassador for offering South Dakota’s best for business and agriculture.

He’s been a tremendously steady hand at the wheel. So much so that when faced with challengers, they were utterly crushed. Within the GOP, The only one foolish enough to think of challenging him failed to break 20%. And Democrats fared about as well.

Democrats only interested parties were a former California Republican mayor as an outsider, and a third tier legislator as an insider for challengers. The insider won, and went on to lose to Daugaard who won  receiving a record 70.47% of the vote to the Democrat’s 25.43%

It was a complete landslide in every sense of the word, and broke nearly every record in the book, save for receiving the greatest number of votes in state history. But receiving the largest percentage of the vote in state history was still tremendous and noteworthy. Especially for a Governor who best can be described as introspective, and visionary in his competence, and attention to the bottom line.

The quiet landslide he received in the 2014 election is testament to the fact that such a strong majority recognized the job he was doing, and rewarded him in kind for his good works.

In politics, it’s kind of a nice change of pace.

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #6 The EB-5 issue that wasn’t.

The SDWC Top 10 Political stories of 2014: #6 The EB-5 issue that wasn’t.

Early last legislative session, I’m told that an e-mail went out from a South Dakota state legislative leader to his caucus… as well as mistakenly to a Republican legislator who received it when they sent it to them. The marching orders for the Democrats were clear – (As it was related to me) the Dem leader directly said that they needed to keep the EB-5 federal immigration visa issue in the public eye at least through the June primary.

Welcome to South Dakota politics.

The EB-5 immigration visa program was one used in several instances by the State of South Dakota to attract foreign investment to opportunities that might require the type of investment that you don’t receive from banks. A little more pie-in-the-sky. A little more risk. And when one of those investments went under, it attracted a bit of attention.

Along with that attention, it also caused a review of how the program was implemented in the state, as well as how a state employee slid from a job with the state into the company that had been handling the EB-5 program in South Dakota.

Tragically, that same employee committed suicide prior to an indictment being brought accusing him of grand embezzlement.The most significant charge from the indictment may never be conclusively proven that the manner in which he was paid $550,000 was conducted in an illegal manner.

The result was (and is) an example of how long and convoluted a financial investigation actually can be as people trace transactions in and out of rabbit-holes. The investigation possibly involved at least one bad actor, and still resembles a badly tangled reel of fishing line as the state and federal government attempt to untangle it.

Now try to make a mess like that sexy, concise, and direct enough to be used against a candidate who was a level or so of supervision above the potential bad actor(s) in the matter.

Democrats tried to raise the issue early. It was too confusing, and too little information was known. How seriously was it taken by them at the time? Democrats on the legislative committee looking into it either skipped meetings, or in the case of the Democrat Gubernatorial candidate…..

At a legislative hearing in March, at which state officials answered numerous questions, Rep. Wismer said the following to a state-retained auditor: “Your report takes up about an inch of this book or more. Could you talk – I didn’t read it. Could you talk a little bit about what else takes up the rest of the inch of paper?”

Read that here.

With that little understanding of what took place, Democrats were ill-prepared to turn it into anything resembling a sound-bite at that point.  And Republican opponents to Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard fared even more poorly as they attempted to raise the issue in the primary.

Post-primary, as more information came out and was released from the investigation into the death of Richard Benda, as well as the EB-5 investigation itself, opponents tried to latch onto nuggets and use them for political purposes.

Individually they failed, but each instance reinforced, or at least attempted to impress, one thing with the public – “EB-5 bad.”

The public couldn’t and largely still can’t pick out why it was bad or what was wrong with it. They just knew that all these people were making all sorts of accusations of unsavory behavior over it, whether truthful or not.

Democrats rallied publicly and made demands of the committee looking into it that went far beyond it’s statutory authority. They made demands which, if implemented, would have been violative of due process and 5th Amendment rights. But at this point in the campaign, it wasn’t about the rule of law – it had become full blown political theater.

And the issue remained completely confusing for most voters. After the issue had been railed on in the public eye for over a year, 79% of voters really didn’t care. As noted in the Argus Leader:

The Democratic campaign against Rounds has focused on his management as governor of South Dakota’s EB-5 program, in which foreign investors were recruited for South Dakota projects. After millions of dollars of ads attacking Rounds on the subject, around half of all voters say EB-5 has affected their vote. But most of them say it’s only had a minor impact.

Meanwhile 45 percent of voters say EB-5 has had no effect on their vote — driven by huge numbers of Rounds voters who don’t care about the issue.

“The only concern I have is that Weiland is making an issue out of it,” said Floyd Mills of Custer, a committed Rounds supporter.


Of the 21 percent who say EB-5 has had a major impact, Weiland wins 65-18 over Rounds, with Pressler at 12. It’s a mirror image among the larger group of voters for whom EB-5 hasn’t had an impact: Rounds wins 68-17 with Pressler at 6 percent.

Read it here.

After a year of a constant political drumbeat of the issue in a heated US Senate campaign, with millions of dollars spent attacking the Senate front runner Rounds over the issue, only 21% of voters cared enough that it mattered, and 20% percent of them sided with Rounds.

Considering that Mike Rounds won over Rick Weiland 50% to 21%, despite millions spent on advertising trying to convince people there was evidence of wrongdoing, the numbers in which it drove people away from the front runner Rounds could be said to be negligible. Considering that Dennis Daugaard won with a record setting percentage over his opponent who only was curious enough to request to know “a little bit about what else takes up the rest of the inch of paper?” it affected him even less.

There might be a lesson to be learned here. But ultimately it was that when it came to electoral politics, no matter how hard Democrats pushed the EB-5 issue few understood it, and even fewer cared.

Sometimes, it comes down to picking the right horse. And in the 2014 election cycle the EB-5 issue wasn’t it.