“The price of liberty is labor as well as vigilance.” (Carl Skovel)

Speaker of the House results: Boehner: 216 Pelosi: 156 Webster: 12 Others: 24 (I think 7 were Dem’s not voting for Pelosi) If I got the tally right, 29 GOP members voted for someone other than Boehner. Around 3-6 of the votes seemed grounded in a personal problem with Boehner. But, around 25 voted out of conviction and I think that took courage. If their conviction was grounded in an idea the Republic is served Continue Reading →

Obama will Veto Keystone Legislation if it hits his desk.

Wow. 6 years is not enough. President Obama just vowed to veto legislation meant to end his foot dragging on the Keystone XL pipeline: The White House on Tuesday said President Obama would veto Keystone XL pipeline legislation if it passes under the new Republican-led U.S. Congress. A bill that would have forced Obama’s hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday and Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune Welcomes Rounds to South Dakota Delegation

Thune Welcomes Rounds to South Dakota Delegation WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) welcomed U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to the South Dakota delegation following Rounds’s swearing in ceremony earlier today: “Mike is a solid, proven leader who will bring South Dakota common sense to the Senate and is a welcome addition to the South Dakota delegation. As the new Senate Republican majority takes over, South Dakotans stand to benefit from Republican policies that create Continue Reading →

Press Release: Gov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal

Gov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal PIERRE, S.D. – As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of a state Boards and Commissions Portal. “Government should be open and transparent,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This portal will serve as a central hub for many of our state’s gubernatorial appointed boards and commissions, where South Dakotans can easily find minutes, information on members and upcoming Continue Reading →

Proposed election changes coming this legislative session

Bob Mercer notes this morning what the specific changes being proposed for the 2015 Legislative session are, and how that could impact the way candidates do business: Their proposal calls for checking the validity of a random sample of 5 percent of the signatures on a petition. A would-be candidate found to have insufficient valid signatures after the spot check could appeal that adverse finding to circuit court. Currently the secretary of state doesn’t have Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune Calls on Obama EPA to Withdraw Backdoor National Energy Tax

Thune Calls on Obama EPA to Withdraw Backdoor National Energy Tax -Power plant rule will slam South Dakota rate payers- WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy calling on the EPA to withdraw its proposed regulations on exiting power plants, citing the significant financial burdens it will impose on South Dakota consumers, as well as technical infeasibilities that will drive up energy costs and Continue Reading →

The Final Term. Who is in the Legislature’s 2016 graduating class?

In looking up where Craig Tieszen was in term limits for a prior post, it had me looking at the LRC roster for the Legislators who are term limited out, and are starting their final term in their chamber.  This two-year stretch is their last opportunity to make their mark among their colleagues, especially if their intent is to run for higher office at the legislative or higher level. In a few cases, it also Continue Reading →

US Senator John Thune on what the Republican Majority will do

Nice opinion piece at cnn.com from South Dakota US Senator John Thune on what the new Republican Majority in the Senate will bring to Washington. Mainly forward momentum for the first time in years: The new Republican majority will get right to work on job-creating legislation, starting with legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which the President’s own State Department has admitted will support more than 42,000 jobs during construction. Keystone XL enjoys bipartisan Continue Reading →

West River Legislators detail legislative plans for 2015, including to help legislators make ends meet.

KOTA TV was interviewing legislators recently, and caught up with them on their legislative plans, which include fighting the pine beetle, education, and making sure legislators are paid enough to make ends meet. Wait, what?: Verchio plans to work $1.5 to $2 million dollars into the budget to continue fighting the mountain pine beetle fight. He says it is important to focus on privately-owned land. “We’re the money would go to small private-property owner to Continue Reading →

Only 10 No Votes for Boehner for Speaker. What do you think?

According to the newspaper “The Hill,” currently, only 10 Republicans have specifically noted that they’re going to vote against John Boehner to be Speaker of the House, with Louie Gohmert of Texas announcing a run against the Speaker, as well as Ted Yoho. One candidate below notes they’re supporting Daniel Webster. Like Yoho, both coming from Florida.. A small but growing number of Republicans say they will vote Tuesday to deny John Boehner a third Continue Reading →