There’s a new website that’s the talk of the political scene lately – sdrepublican.org.
If you’re not familiar with it, they just came out with rankings of legislators based on someone’s interpretation of the South Dakota GOP platform.
Betty Olson and Stace Nelson found themselves at the top of the Rankings in the House, and Tad Perry was dead last. In the Senate, Tim Begalka and democrat Jason Frerichs found themselves at the top, with Peters, Tiedemann and Haverly allegedly bringing up the bottom for their obedience to the GOP platform.
However, there are a few clues.
If you look at the source file for first page of the website, it shows that sdrepublican.org is not where the site is hosted. That’s actually a masked URL. It’s actual address is http://svn1967.fatcow.com/gop/
Digging a little deeper, if you look at the http://svn1967.fatcow.com/ website, that place on the Internet seems to be the home of the Dakota Territory Rangers, a monthly shooting club that throws lead around on select Sunday afternoons in Mitchell or Huron. It appears that whoever hosts this website has a lot to do with the rankings of republican-ness for legislators that has many of them rankled, as they’re hosting the website.
When I peeked at the picture gallery for the Dakota Territory rangers,
(http://svn1967.fatcow.com/id9.html) I did notice someone familiar who I’ve seen up at session before:
State Representative Stace Nelson is prominently featured on this website, which had me curious. Is Stace’s own website connected with sdrepublican.org website which ranks the republican-ness of our legislators and that of the Dakota Territory Rangers?
I’m not saying that Stace is involved in this ranking of Republicans, which has him at the top of the rankings in the house, aside from the fact that it appears that all three websites share the same web space at svn1967.fatcow.com.
But the State Representative born in 1967, whose initials happen to be SVN, might be the recipient of some pointed questions regarding this web convergence. His email is also an indicator of its own firstname.lastname@example.org.