Dusty Johnson endorsed by the Rapid City Journal

GOP Congressional Candidate Dusty Johnson has a nice surprise in the Rapid City Journal this morning, as the paper endorsed him in the Congressional race:

Johnson, meanwhile, is an energetic, old-style Reagan conservative, emphasizing individual responsibility, limited government and strength abroad.

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Some will reject Johnson as a career politician, but what he knows and does matter more. Johnson served as former chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and has gained experience implementing public policy. Knowing all aspects of the political game, he would use that to the state’s benefit. On a variety of issues, Johnson can quickly get into the technical weeds, the details upon which laws typically succeed or fail.

The Rapid City Journal gives its endorsement to Johnson on the strength of his administrative background, his understanding of policies at a granular level, and on his close reflection of the views held by most South Dakotans.

Read it all here.

43 Replies to “Dusty Johnson endorsed by the Rapid City Journal”

  1. JKC

    Dusty will make a great tour guide in DC with his magical “Willy Wonka Elevator,” that will take South Dakota tourists to a new height as he shows them the lights and sites of our nations capital.

    No need for new legislation or leadership either as long as one can continuely be re-elected due to his grand neighborly qualities….

    Like Wonka, who was a man of halves, with Dusty the “halve nots” will have no place in his candybar world accept the false dreams of a golden ticket.

    Fore, orange is in one could say (But maybe not for Noem). So with ‘Opie,’ we will soon enjoy ‘Happy Days,’ where a jukebox will somehow drown out our greater concerns as we munch on nothing more than a chocolate bar from grace….

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    1. Anonymous

      They probably believe Bjorkman is unlikely to win, so they’re endorsing a Republican early in an attempt to add credibility to their impending endorsement of Sutton.

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      1. Anonymous

        Agree that this was an easy way to set themselves up as ‘non-partisan’ when they endorse Billy the Kid. It will be all about the ‘nice guy’ syndrome and how open he will be to everything. Opening the door to democrat Billy Sutton means we’ve swung the door wide open to the crazy, wave of democrat liberalism. RCJ will sing his praises, while ignoring how strong Noem is and what she has accomplished. She has big plans for SD and knows how to get things done. Meanwhile Billy has sat in Pierre for 8 years and exhibited no desire to step up, stand out or create ways to improve our state. He’s the one who has been a Pierre insider and made ZERO difference in a Senate of only 35. Kristi has actually made a ‘difference’ as only one person of 435. She is the only candidate qualified to be governor, so if RCJ endorses the do nothing candidate and chooses Billy the Kid over Marshall Dillan to be sheriff, I’m done with them. He’s now going ‘really’ negative on her by being untruthful. But we know now the THAT’S WHAT DEMOCRATS DO. Her ads just point out the facts that people should know before they vote.

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  2. a friend of education

    All kidding aside, I’ve been impressed with the Rapid City Journal. It’s a really good paper for a community of 75,000. Not saying there’s zero room for improvement but, from my vantage, the RCJ punches above its weight.

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      1. Anonymous

        What? I thought there was some serious investigative journalism going on at the Argus? I read an amazing story that probably required weeks of exhaustive detective work… ‘A debate is coming over what to name the new SF high school’.

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        1. duggersd

          There is a debate? There shouldn’t be. It should be named Jefferson. That way, Rapid has the four faces and Sioux Falls has the four schools. We are the Rushmore state after all.

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  3. Anonymous

    Obvious choice over Bjorkman. Bjorkman is an angry lib. Talk about somebody without judicial temperament. He hollers, turns red, grits his jaw and can barely spit out the words.

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    1. Anonymous

      Trigger Warning:

      What you describe is noticeable during the debate in Huron. Democrats have a different set of rules, that’s until they are turned on. I wonder if feminists are aware of Bjorkman’s toxic masculinity?

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      1. Tara Volesky

        I think you folks are lashing out at the Judge because you can’t handle the truth. He dealt with disfunction everyday in court.

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        1. Anonymous

          Lashing out? An observation was made. Using the words ‘feminists’ and ‘lashing out’ together would be more appropriate. Do you think the woman who confronted Bjorkman for implying single-mothers aren’t capable of raising decent children was lashing out?

          Didn’t you praise Cory for how smart he was? Maybe you’re a little lost on what you know to be the truth and where you stand on the issues? Just an observation.

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          1. Tara Volesky

            I not going to judge single parents where I have no idea what their situtations are like. Judge Bjorkman did this for a living. I believe he is telling the truth. On to Cory….I think I stated that Cory was brilliant when it came to intelligence. Yes you are correct I did state that he is smart. I don’t think party registration discriminates. There are smart people along with stupid people from all walks of life.

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            1. Anonymous

              If he was so smart why did he do what he did? Doesn’t he have years of experience in politics?

              I do admire your attempt to walk back support for Cory’s level of intelligence.

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              1. Tara Volesky

                I am not walking back my comments about Cory. You can like him or hate him, but I would bet he has a genius IQ. Highly intelligent people do stupid stuff. It’s called being human.

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    2. Troy Jones

      This is about the third time I’ve heard Bjorkman has anger issues. Maybe he does. Maybe he is just passionate. I haven’t a clue. What I do know is he awareness of national issues is significantly lacking. And, instead of studying harder, he seems to just be covering up his lack of knowledge by using big words to look smart. This won’t end well.

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      1. Anonymous

        He’ll adjust, his team is taking in all the comments and feedback.

        Dusty is smart and knows the facts on issues, I like that most about him. Yes, Bjorkman is lacking knowledge on national issues, there are glimpses of that during the Huron debate. Dusty schooled him a couple times, cool and calm, it was epic.

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  4. Anne Beal

    I thought the AFP forum was interesting. Tim talked about a lot of issues which would best be managed at the state level, like drugs and sentencing guidelines, which made me wonder why he isn’t the one running for Governor.
    One of the things he talked about was the correlation between juvenile crime and absent fathers.
    This seemed to really annoy one woman there who confronted him after the forum about what did he mean intact families are important? I am not sure but I think she’s a liberal who objected to the idea that fathers are of significant benefit to children. This might be the latest thing to say to really annoy Democrats. Men are all evil now, it’s official ever since The Kavanaugh hearings.

    Then he told us something really interesting: we have the highest rate of unintended pregnancy. Don’t know where he got the numbers. He attributes this to a lack of access to “long term birth control.” (At this I realized he doesn’t really understand where babies come from.) Then he left before I could ask him if he was advocating compulsory contraception, because that’s the only way you are going to get young women to use it. I can’t imagine how it will go over if Depo-provera shots are added to the schedule of mandatory school immunizations.

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  5. Tara Volesky

    It appears to me that Tim is talking about a lack of personal responsibility. You have to give the man credit, he is not afraid of addressing uncomfortable issues that endanger thousands of families in our state. How can one solve problems if you don’t acknowlege them and deal with them. He doesn’t sugar coat anything. I am sure he is not getting any money from the drug companies. Fathers are very important in a child’s life. If there was long term birth control available, there would be a lot less abortions and babies born with addiction, fetal alcholism and learning disabilities, etc.

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    1. Anonymous

      What’s a child to do if they are forced to have two mothers? Tell lesbians that fathers are very important and they may attempt to destroy your life.

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      1. Tara Volesky

        They would agree. Most Lesbian mothers have father-figures in their child’s life. There are good and bad parents from all walks of life. Each situation is unique.

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        1. Anonymous

          From what lesbians and feminists have preached to me, there are no differences between women and men. They say mothers can provide for children the same way fathers can, they also say men are evil and they’re all rapists, so how does that work?

          And, I’m not sure it’s your place to be speaking on behalf of lesbians, your not a lesbian are you?

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          1. Tara Volesky

            No, I am not a lesbian, but I have lesbian friends that are very good with children. Many are highly educated and very successful. One of my college roommates is a lesbian. She is a wonderful person. The lesbian people I know are much more open-minded and conservative than the the people you are referring to.

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          2. Tara Volesky

            Sounds like you are the one speaking for lesbians and feminists. I believe each person can speak and think for themselves.

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  6. a friend of education

    Anne makes several good points. Women at or below the federal poverty line are 5x more likely to become pregnant by accident. Liberals say unplanned pregnancies cause moms to become/stay poor. Maybe. They don’t often become rich. Liberals say impoverished Americans lack “sufficient access” to contraceptives and/or sex education. Maybe. We’ve been handing out condoms and sex ed pamphlets for decades. The unintended pregnancy rate rose from 1992-2014 although, very recently, it dipped. Success? Proof of concept?

    Conservatives think poor people behave irresponsibly and (therefore) have more kids out of wedlock. That might be an oversimplification, but I suspect no one reading this website is so blind as to disagree entirely. Anyway, why argue? Unplanned pregnancy = a bad outcome. It hurts society and it hurts individuals. Most births resulting from unplanned/accidental pregnancies are taxpayer funded, and they aren’t cheap. Stats show kids from single-parent households fare less well over time than do children from duel-parent homes. Raising kids is a damn hard job. I couldn’t handle it solo.

    Can we reduce the unplanned pregnancy rate? That’s a tough question. I’ll state one fact unequivocally: Liberal abortion rules will NOT lower South Dakota’s rate of unplanned/unintended pregnancy. Offering free & unrestricted abortions would (marginally) INCREASE the rate of unplanned/unintended pregnancy as well as increase as the gross number of abortions performed here. You get more of what you subsidize.

    The good news (for us) is that Judge Bjorkman is wrong. According to 2015-2016 CDC and DHS, and even the hyper-liberal Huffington Post, South Dakota’s unintended pregnancy rate does NOT lead the nation:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/unintended-pregnancy-_n_3906668.html

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  7. a friend of education

    BTW, I prefer dual parent households over duel parent households, but I’ll take what I can get :>

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  8. Anne Beal

    What unintended pregnancy rate? True contraceptive failure is rare and is often the result of user error, such as when one fails to read the warning in the package inserts about taking antibiotics with birth control pills.

    Unprotected sex doesn’t happen by accident except in cases of rape. Having unprotected sex is a decision with known consequences. I have never had a client who didn’t know that what she was doing would result in pregnancy, hence she made the decision to get pregnant. Nothing accidental about it. If you weren’t taking precautions you were trying to get pregnant.

    There is long term birth control available, the girls all know about it and how to get it but they don’t. Their mothers also know about it and could drag their teenaged daughters to a clinic every 12 weeks for a shot of Depo-provera but they don’t do it. Preventing pregnancy in a teenager is no more difficult than preventing heart worms in a dog. If you can manage to give your dog a chewable treat every 4 weeks you can manage to get your daughter a shot every 12.
    Don’t like shots? There are Progestin-laced IUDs which are 99% effective for 3+ years. The women know about those devices too. They know about them, they know how to get them, but they don’t. Finding a woman who doesn’t know about contraception is like finding a man who doesn’t know how often he should get an oil change or where to go for one.

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  9. a friend of education

    Solid points, all. The CDC says: “unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that is reported to have been either unwanted (that is, the pregnancy occurred when no children, or no more children, were desired) or mistimed (that is, the pregnancy occurred earlier than desired). Unintended pregnancy mainly results from not using contraception, or inconsistent or incorrect use of effective contraceptive methods. Unintended pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of problems for the mom and baby.”

    That a government bureaucrat asserts something hardly makes it true & quite often the opposite. “Mistimed” is a howler to be sure. Nevertheless, I’m fairly sure this definition is what Bjorkman means when he uses the phrase.

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  10. Troy Jones

    If I shoot a gun into a picture window with curtains drawn when I can see lights on and kill someone, does my lack of “intention” absolve me from the consequences?

    If I drive 120 miles an hour through town, lose control and run over someone, does my lack of “intention” absolve me from the consequences?

    Of course not. So, when two people have sex without birth control, why do they think they are so entitled to be absolved from the consequences that someone innocent has to die?

    BTW, we have drunk driving laws to protect the innocent from being killed so why can’t we have laws to protect the innocent unborn from being killed?

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    1. Anonymous

      Some Republicans didn’t even vote for the pain capable bill.

      There’s an amazing story on keloland about an unborn baby who was expected to die at 16weeks, but didn’t. What amazing parents to continue with the pregnancy and now have a wonderful 4yo.

      Wouldn’t it be something if we could get that 20wk abortion ban passed?

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    2. JKC

      First of all, you are assuming that every abortion is the by-product of a consensual relationship, but we will ignore that issue for now, and so lets get to your birth control argument.

      Where is it that you have the right to control an other’s reproductive rights? Even Barry Goldwater understood the libertarian argument at hand here and that is why he voted against a constitutional amendment to ban abortions in 1983.

      And, you mention the innocent, too, but how many miscarriage funerals have you ever been too, and why haven’t you been to more or any, if you are the true advocate of the “innocent?”

      Oh, and I might also add, that your gun and speeding analogies are lacking because those acts alone are illegal, but having consensual sex with an other adult is not. And the potential result of the latter, is a private matter, which the government has no business intervening in, well, unless you live in communist China or a Taliban Afghanistan, that is….

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  11. Troy Jones

    JKC,

    While I have strong libertarian inclinations and do my best to defer to those inclinations, I’m not an ideologue. However, I believe no individual has the right to kill another person without justification. And, being unwanted and unplanned is not justification.

    Regarding miscarriages, while I’ve been to plenty and wish it they had been less, I have no idea what your argument or comment is intended to make but on the surface it looks like nonsense. And your inference and supposition again belies a really weird and warped world view.

    Those analogies aren’t perfect but I stand by the point I intend to make: If my action (legal or illegal) has potential outcomes which are reasonable to occur (and making babies is a reasonable outcome of having sex), I can not avoid responsibility for the outcomes because they weren’t my intent. To allow one to avoid responsibility for reasonable outcomes, do you suggest we shouldn’t have child support?

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    1. JKC

      So, “unwanted” and “unplanned” means that if a woman is raped, then abortion is still out of the question?

      And you have an other failed analogy, too. Because with “child support” you have a result. Fore, you are suggesting that ante is the same as post. As if the post Civil War South was much the same as the Antebellum South.

      Oh, you have actually been to a miscarriage funeral? Really?

      And I can’t help but notice that recently you refer to my comments as “warp,” or warped. Actually, I see them as recognizing a gravitional pull instead, which brings order to the Universe as we best know it…. 😉

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