Which dumpster fire will the court extinguish in the game of Survivor – Constitution party Island?

The Constitution Party….. Parties… Well, one of the Constitution party factions has named it’s candidates for the fall. From KELO Radio:

One convention nominated Terry LaFleur and Rick Gortmaker as the Constitution Party’s governor and lt. governor candidates.

The other convention nominated Lora Hubbel and Tara Volesky as the standard bearers for governor and lt. governor.

However, it’s possible that neither set of candidates makes it onto the General Election ballot.

Read it all here.

Much like the emcee on Survivor extinguishing someone’s torch, tomorrow, the judge in the court case is going to extinguish at least one of the factions’ dumpster fires when she determines the fate of the request of the Republican Party, who has sought a writ of prohibition against Secretary of State Shantel Krebs from placing either of the questionable party factions on the ballot.

Or if the GOP wins it’s arguments, it could be a double elimination, since neither faction really has a definitive claim to the mantle of the Constitution party.

Dr. Terry Lee, or Lora Hubbel?  It kind of makes it an easy decision, doesn’t it?

One wing of Constitution Party has met and made their selections. LaFleur changes his mind about withdrawing.

That was a quick change in direction. Last week we heard from Dr. Terry Lee LaFleur that he was not running:

I apologize to all of my supporters out there because all I have ever wanted to do was create a better, stronger future for the Good of all South Dakotans! However, the corrupt politicians of this sorry State want all of us under their thumbs until the day we all die.

Wherefore, the last act of my campaign is to endorse Billy Sutton as the next governor of South Dakota.

Read it here.

But in the meantime, that facebook post has mysteriously disappeared. And now we have a new post.  From Facebook:

Apparently LaFleur withdrew his withdrawal, and endorsement of Sutton, and is running on the Constitution Party Ticket. If they manage to get it to get past the judge later this week.

Judge denies motion to remove Lance Russell from ballot

I’m hearing that the challenge to State Senator Lance Russell being placed on the ballot was successfully defended. I’m told that the Judge gave ruling and denied Jim Sword’s request.

Stay tuned for more on this..

Update – I’m hearing that in denying the application for a writ of prohibition, the judge relied on the GOP successfully arguing SDCL12-6-64. What does that say?

12-6-64.   Liberal construction of primary election laws. The laws of this state pertaining to primary elections shall be liberally construed so that the real will of the voters may not be defeated by a mere technicality.

Read that here.

Release: Sex Trafficking Operation Results in Arrests

Sex Trafficking Operation Results in Arrests

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Ron Parsons, Pennington County States Attorney Mark Vargo, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations have conducted investigations into sex trafficking in Rapid City.

“Law enforcement has joined together in a cooperative operation that focuses on removing sexual predators from our streets. Our operations continue to protect children and send a message that South Dakota is off-limits to anyone seeking to harm our children,” said Jackley.

The investigation resulted in the following felony arrests for sex crimes:

Robert Bungert, 55, Sturgis, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Zam Mung, 29, Rapid City, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Jeremiah Stertz, 30, Yankton, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Paul Heib, 50, Rapid City, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Connor Harmon, 20, Sturgis, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Adam Myosky, 38, Port Clinton, Ohio, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

All these individuals are presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty

Duelling Constitution Party Conventions are today. Supposedly.

Don’t forget what’s scheduled to be going on today.

Both the Lora Hubbel and the Lori Stacey (Now Mike Gunn) factions of the Constitution Party are allegedly holding party conventions this morning.:

The Hubbelcraft convention supposedly takes off at 9 am at the Ramkota, and the other one is at 11 am at the Governor’s Inn. Given how many people are likely to attend a political convention on a Tuesday morning in Pierre, I’m sure that will take all of 10 minutes.

That’s assuming they hold them, in light of the fact that the elections for either faction are both in question.

Mercer: Judge to issue ruling today on Russell candidacy

From Bob Mercer, it appears that in the case of the candidacy of State Senator Lance Russell, the judge will be issuing a ruling in the case by noon today. And it may be more convoluted than people think:

State Circuit Judge Patricia DeVaney said Monday evening she would have a decision by about noon CDT today whether state Sen. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs, can be the Republican candidate for his legislative seat on South Dakota’s November general election ballot.

and…

Russell didn’t attend the hearing in the Hughes County Courthouse. Russell’s attorney, former state Rep. R. Shawn Tornow of Sioux Falls, told the judge the three central committees needed to meet rather than automatically deferring to Rampelberg.

and…

Contrary to the statement in Boche’s affidavit, she didn’t vote in the June 5 primary, according to Tornow. “I believe she’s sworn falsely,” Tornow said.

Replied Jim Sword, the Fall River County state’s attorney who’s representing Boche: “She kinda did.” Sword acknowledged she didn’t vote June 5, but participated as a delegate at the July 27 meeting of the central committees.

Read the entire story here.

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear what’s going on in this one.

Former GOP Legislator endorses Democrat for Governor. Again.

In a shocking announcement today, the Democrat nominee for Governor announced his endorsement for Governor by a former Republican Legislator:

“I have decided that I must endorse the person, regardless of party, who can best govern the state of South Dakota. That person is Scott Heidepriem,” Adelstein said.

and..

Adelstein, who is pro-choice, said abortion was a consideration as well.

Adelstein said he was endorsing the Democratic candidate out of concern that Daugaard “will not rule out another attempt to ban abortion for victims of rape or incest or to protect the life of the mother, despite the voters having definitively rejected such an extremist approach.

Read that here.

Oh wait… was that last time there was an open seat for Governor? Oh, here’s the current one:

“This just in! Adelstein endorses Sutton in govenor race!”

Deep breaths, everybody, deep breaths — or try not to doze off, as the case may be.

It’s not that former state Republican Sen. Stan Adelstein’s endorsement of Democratic state Sen. Billie Sutton over GOP Congresswoman Kristi Noem on Friday wasn’t news. It was. It still is, kind of. It’s just that it isn’t much of a surprise.

Read that here.

As much as the world changes in these turbulent times, It’s good to see there are some constants. Like Stan Adelstein supporting Democrats.