Noem to Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

Noem to Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will deliver her 2019 Budget Address to a joint legislature on Wednesday, January 23 at 1pm CT in the state House Chamber.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio, and the app, and re-air the address on SDPB1 TV at 10pm CT and be archived online at and the PBS Roku, AppleTV, and FireTV apps.


Municipal League Executive Director banned from floor for calling legislators “Wackies”

From the South Dakota Municipal League 1-17-19 weekly legislative update, it sounds like a battle is brewing:

From: Yvonne Taylor []
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:55 PM
Subject: 1-17-19 Update

Attached and pasted below, the update this week. Sidewalk draft is also attached. – Y

Something very disturbing has happened this week. On Monday, I was called into the office of the Speaker of the House, Representative Steven Haugaard (R), Sioux Falls, asked to close the door, and a conversation ensued about a column I wrote for our magazine, SD Municipalities, in May, 2018. The Speaker told me that I had made the Legislature look like “a bunch of buffoons” and that I was allowed to think the thoughts expressed in the column, but that I could not publish them. He then asked me to not be on the House Floor during the times it was open to the public until further notice.

Yesterday, after consulting with multiple attorneys, I had a letter delivered to the Speaker saying I disagreed with the premise of his action, and stated that I wanted to have a written justification of his authority to ban me from the floor by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16. I received no response.

This morning at 9 a.m., I approached the Sergeant at Arms and asked if I could come onto the floor. I was told he had been instructed not to let me on the floor. I asked who had given that order, and he replied “The Speaker.” He further handed me a section of Mason’s Rules that refer to Contempt and maintaining order.

I am unable to adequately represent you without being able to speak to members on the Floor of the House when it is open to the public. I am seeking legal counsel on this situation, but if you would like to communicate with your legislators on this issue, I would appreciate your support.

I’m thinking this isn’t the last we’re going to hear of this. in fact, this might be the opening salvo in a battle between the legislature and the lobbyist corps.

However, Yvonne’s article that triggered the action from the Speaker wasn’t exactly what you’d expect from someone who is supposed to convince legislators to vote their way:

I’m sure Legislators didn’t appreciate a blanket statement being called “Wackies” in the State’s Municipal League newsletter.

What are your thoughts?

SDGOP Chair & Vice-Chair announce they are all in for another term after successful 2018 election

While the Democrats are trying to figure out who gets to be in charge of chair rearrangement on the Titanic after the 2018 Election cycle, after a successful year winning all of their statewide races, and once again returning historic high numbers of South Dakota Republicans to the State Legislature, the State Republican Party’s Chair Dan Lederman and Vice-chair Linda Raisch announced their re-election bids today.

Also noted in the e-mail is that that the other members of the GOP’s leadership team (Secretary Marilyn Oakes, and Treasurer Justin Bell) are also planning on running again:

Thune: Grateful for Those Who March for Life

Thune: Grateful for Those Who March for Life

“I can think of few greater things than to defend the defenseless, to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today expressed his gratitude for the thousands of people who travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life, a peaceful rally to standup for the unborn.

Thune’s speech below (as prepared for delivery):

“Mr. President, this Friday, as they do every year, individuals from every corner of the United States will come to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national March for Life.

“As usual, South Dakotans will be among them.

“Tens of thousands of individuals will march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court to bear witness to a simple truth: that unborn babies are human beings and that they deserve to be protected.

“Mr. President, it can be easy sometimes for human beings to turn their backs on injustice.

“We don’t want to get involved.

“We’re reluctant to speak out.

“And it’s particularly easy to turn our backs in the case of abortion, because the injustice of abortion is hidden.

“It happens out of public view, behind closed doors.

“But we must not forget that every day in the United States, unborn babies are being killed.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compiles data on the number of U.S. abortions, reports that there were more than 638,000 legal induced abortions in 2015. 


“That is roughly equivalent to three-quarters of the population of South Dakota.

“That is an incredible number of lives lost.

“An incredible amount of joy lost.

“An incredible amount of love lost.

“And it’s all too easy to forget, because we don’t see it happening.

“But, Mr. President, we can’t forget.

“We can’t forget injustice.

“We can’t let fear or discomfort stop us from speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

“And fortunately, there are tens of thousands of men and women and young people around this country who are committed to speaking up for the unborn.

“And who travel to Washington, D.C., every year to remind us of the truth about abortion.

“To remind us that abortion is the destruction of an innocent human life.

“That every abortion kills an innocent human being, with her own DNA and her own distinct identity.

“Mr. President, I can think of few greater things than to defend the defenseless, to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

I am grateful for all those who will march through the streets of D.C. on Friday to speak up for the innocent unborn.

“I thank them for reminding us of this great injustice.

“And I join them in praying that one day every child will be safe from abortion.”


Rounds to Wheeler: Finalizing Year-Round Sales of E-15 Before Summer Driving Season Crucial to South Dakota Corn Producers

Rounds to Wheeler: Finalizing Year-Round Sales of E-15 Before
Summer Driving Season Crucial to South Dakota Corn Producers

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today questioned Andrew Wheeler, the president’s nominee to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during Wheeler’s confirmation hearing.

“I appreciated the opportunity to reiterate the urgent need for year-round sales of E-15 to Mr. Wheeler during his confirmation hearing. Allowing for year-round sales of E-15 would be a huge win for corn and corn ethanol producers and could result in approximately 700 million additional gallons of ethanol sold. E-15 also lowers evaporative and tailpipe emissions when compared to 10 percent ethanol fuel, so it’s better for the environment.

“President Trump has said multiple times that he supports year-round sales of E-15. I’m pleased Mr. Wheeler agrees—he said the EPA is committed to getting E-15 done before the summer driving season. I intend to hold him to that commitment and I look forward to supporting his confirmation.”

Wheeler has served as acting EPA administrator since July 2018. Prior to that, he served as deputy administrator of the EPA. Rounds met with Wheeler last week to discuss a number of the issues brought forth during today’s confirmation hearing.


State Senator Stace Nelson put in time-out from GOP Senate Caucus.

One of the things I’ve been hearing over the past week regarding this years’ State Legislative Session is that Senator Stace Nelson – who formed his own ‘Conservative Caucus’ last year with later defeated State Representative Liz May – has gained the time to caucus exclusively in his meeting of one.

The word I got when I hit town Tuesday night is that Senator Nelson had been… disinvited to participate in the Republican Senate Caucus until a point to be determined later.

Both sides are keeping somewhat mum about it, but I’ve had people confirm the time-out is in effect, and Stace has been put in the corner until he can work better with others.

It shouldn’t come as a shock considering the attacks Nelson has continuously and repeatedly heaped on his fellow Senators, not to mention on Republicans as a whole. If anything, it represents a return to a firm approach by legislative leadership to Nelson’s antics.

During his time in the State House, Nelson clashed with Leadership and many others, culminating in allegations that Nelson may have threatened a fellow Legislator, resulting in a ban from caucus at the time.  With the next session, Nelson was back in Caucus, and his plans for running for US Senate were afoot, muting his behavior at the same time a new leadership team brought different opinions on how to deal with his antics.

After his crushing US Senate primary loss, Nelson moved over to the Senate in 2017, where his antics began anew, attacking his fellow Senators, and being a general pain which culminated in his formation of his “conservative caucus.”

With a new leadership team in the State Senate post-election, it appears that the group decided to bring a return to the firmer hand previously exercised in the House when Nelson’s antics started becoming untenable.

If we’re looking for Nelson to concede he was put in the playpen, last week on Facebook Nelson shares a post where his ally Shad Olson wrote about the banishment:

Nelson’s acknowledgement provides additional confirmation that he has been put in timeout until he can learn some manners and to treat others with civility and respect.

Who knows. It might be a nice change of pace.

State House of Representatives rejects silly request to continue beating dead horse

South Dakota’s House of Representatives defeated a motion this afternoon to continue beating the stupid and already decided issue of State Representative Pourier’s residency into the ground:

The South Dakota House of Representatives defeated a motion Tuesday questioning the residency of Rep. Peri Pourier, D-Pine Ridge.

The vote was 62-5 against the request from Rep. Steve Livermont, R-Martin, to form a special committee to look into the matter.


Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, said evidence “suggests” Pourier was a resident “at all times” even though she lived elsewhere for part of the time.

Read it here

Voting in favor of the measure were representatives Livermont, Brunner, Mulally, Marty, & Frye-Mueller.

Proving conclusively that no matter how dead a horse might be, someone will always be there to continue beating it into the ground.

Senate State Affairs Committee shoots down solution in search of a problem

From US News and World Report/Associated Press, apparently Stace Nelson is still going to be refused “vote for me” shirts at the polling place:

South Dakota legislative panel on Monday rejected a bill that would have let voters wear political attire while casting their ballots.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously against the measure, which would have allowed voters to wear political clothing and buttons while retaining a prohibition on campaign posters and signs inside polling places or near their entrances.


The bill came after a Supreme Court ruling last year striking down Minnesota‘s broad restrictions on voters wearing political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls.

Read the entire story here.

This measure, which no one asked for, really didn’t attempt to solve any problems pervasive in South Dakota.

Moving on…