But what about Stranahan…..? Possible avenue still exists to remove Haber from Ballot.

Chad Haber’s glee over being named to the ballot could be short lived, if someone files a specific challenge.

As I noted last week, according to the Libertarian Party bylaws…

libertarians“To be eligible for any party office, a candidate must be a member in good standing of the Party and must reside in South Dakota”  and “Nominations shall be made by Party members.”


SHHHH! Quit talking about it!

The certification of Chad Haber for the ballot don’t put to rest questions over Lee Stranahan’s residency and registration. There’s still chatter over making a challenge to the nomination itself, as I’m told that as of last Friday, Stranahan’s voter registration was not to be found on the Secretary of State’s web site.

If Stranahan was NOT a member in good standing of the Libertarian party at the time the nomination was made, it’s possible that a legal challenge could be made, and Chad Haber could still be knocked off the ballot.

According to KSFY, the South Dakota GOP has no interest in pursuing it:

The party said they want to focus on what each candidate stands for rather than whether or not they should be on the ballot.

“We believe it’s just a distraction right now about who should be on the ballot or not and it’s time to focus on the issues the voters deserve that,” said Rob Burgess with the South Dakota GOP.

Read that here.

But that doesn’t preclude a private citizen from taking up the effort.  Who knows if someone will, or whether they’ll just let it be handled at the ballot box.

Gant Certifies Haber to run for AG, but not Gaddy to run for PUC.

From the Secretary of State’s website – Haber, Yes. Gaddy, No.

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The language use by Gant notes:

Since Mr. Haber completed a voter registration form at an approved agency pursuant to § 12-4-2, prior to a voter registration deadline, his nomination is certified. Mr. Gaddy’s voter registration form was received after his nomination at the state convention, he was considered a Republican at the time of the nomination. Therefore, Ryan Gaddy cannot be certified as candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner.


Mwaaahahaha! You cannot defeat me this way!

Given that Haber registered at the DMV, I’m not surprised at the decision.  Law clearly allows that to happen and be considered as if it was performed at the Auditor’s office.  Clearly, he did it before the convention, if just.

That the question came up at all is testament to Haber’s skills of disorganization, lack of preparedness, and general idiocy of the campaign effort in the first place.

Gaddy, should he wish to contest the decision to not place him on the ballot, is going to have to take it to a judge.

As reported by other sources, it is possible that courts could overturn Gant’s decision in the matter of Gaddy if the challenge were brought. However, Gant is responsible to follow state law, not to interpret case law. That’s not his place, as it’s the sole providence of the judiciary.

If someone doesn’t like the decision, after they take it to court, they would then need to change the law to prevent a future occurrence.

Comedic quote of the day. Try not to shake in your boots.

I noticed today that as part of moving to South Dakota, Madville Times* author Cory Heidelberger offers us the comedic quote of the day. Here’s the set up….

If any doubt as to Weiland’s credibility as a candidate and a Democratic base booster, consider this announcement fresh from Team Weiland: Rick has just hired fiery Democratic consultant Steve Jarding as senior advisor and spokesman.

And here’s the punchline.

Jarding works for winners, and he’s working for Weiland.

Read it here.

Jarding works for winners, and he’s working for Weiland?”   Now that’s funny.   Now self-described “super-tough” Steve Jarding, the author of the “not worthy to debate stratagem,” only works for winners? When did that happen?

Let me  offer two words to shatter the ridiculous puffery being thrown about – “Scott” and “Heidepriem.”

With Jarding behind the wheel, Scott Heidepriem, one of the most centrist Democrats (who had formerly run statewide as a Republican) in modern history could not break 39% in the 2010 Gubernatorial race.

Let me repeat. Steve Jarding, who only works for winners, led a former Republican Scott Heidepriem to a 23% vote deficit against Governor Dennis Daugaard.  If that’s winning – BRING ON THE WINNERS!

Given that Jarding’s other electoral assistance in South Dakota this year is represented in the form of Corinna Robinson, who pundits say should expect to lose to Kristi Noem by anywhere from 15-20%, I’m not thinking that Cory’s bass-ackwards recollection of history is going to be up for revision anytime soon.

This November, despite the claim that “Jarding works for winners,” I’m a little doubtful of that boast.

In the meantime, try not to shake in your boots.


(* just a footnote. I'm reluctant to call the website Madville times, since when you type in the address, you're just as likely to see "Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted..." when you try to bring up the website.)

Pressler complicating electoral math in South Dakota. National Democrats throwing in the towel in #SDSEN.

From the Hill comes a good indication that Larry Pressler is complicating things for Rick Weiland, leading national Democrats to declare the seat lost to them:

Spoiler alert: As both Democrats Republicans calculate their odds of a Senate majority, several third party candidates are complicating their math.



Republicans were already in good position in this open seat race when Democrats failed to recruit a top-tier candidate. But the nail in Democrats’ coffin came when former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler’s decided to make an independent bid, and pivoted to the center-left to do so.

The few public polls of the race indicate that Pressler and Democratic candidate Rick Weiland are splitting Democrats and independents, giving former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) a huge lead.

“Even without Pressler it would have been hard. But he’s pulling the people we would have needed to have a shot,” admitted one national Democratic strategist.

Read it all here.

This is why National Democrats didn’t want someone as awful as Rick Weiland to run. Because when a third party anomaly gets into the race, even one who had formerly been a Republican as Larry Pressler, it’s not damaging the vote for Republican candidate Mike Rounds.

It’s splitting up the anti-Mike Rounds vote.

When you look at electoral math, each candidate is going to bring a certain amount of the vote with themselves. And, they’ll pick up a part of the vote against the other person, because even in a race where there’s just a “yes” and “no,”  you’ll always get a certain percentage who cast a “no” vote.

Look at uncontested Supreme Court judicial retention races.  There is a percentage of people who vote against them all the time.

The percentage of people Rick Weiland brings with him is very, very minimal. Nothing like you’d see from a Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, or a Brendan Johnson.

Why can’t Rick deliver?  Because Weiland is awful.  He’s won one election, and that was after a slash-and-burn campaign against his fellow Democrats:

In May of 1996, Andal resigned as chairman of the Minnehaha County Democrat Party, saying that Democrat congressional candidate Jim Abbott had both contributed money to the state Republican party and had accepted thousands of dollars from Republican sources for his congressional campaign. Twenty minutes after Andal released his resignation letter to the press, Democrat congressional candidate Rick Weiland issued a press release attacking Abbott’s Republican connections.

Read that here.

When the rubber hits the road, at best, all Weiland can deliver is a slim majority of the minority Democrat voters. So the “anti-vote” against Mike Rounds is a precious, precious commodity to him.  It’s impossible for him to win without it.  He needs everything he can muster from his liberal democrat base, PLUS the anti-Rounds vote.

But while Weiland pursued that “anti-Mike” vote, he didn’t realize that someone that they thought would be able to steal Pro-Rounds votes – Larry Pressler – would ignore chasing after Republicans and make a hard left turn, and go after Weiland’s own base.

There were hints, such as his amicus brief on gay marriage and his support for president Obama, but it became evident after the campaign started that instead of trying to court the GOP that the foppish Pressler had left behind decades ago, Pressler went straight for Weiland’s hard liberal base.

Despite Weiland campaign ties to the Obama campaign…

Rick Weiland has hired the national political consultants Democracy Partners to help run his U.S. Senate campaign, the Democrat announced at 6:17 p.m. on a Friday.

Mike Lux, the co-founder of Democracy Partners singled out in Weiland’s release, is a veteran Democratic political operative dating back two decades. He was recently a liaison for the Barack Obama transition team “to the progressive community.”

Read that here.

…he’s actively avoided embracing President Obama, going so far as to skip an Obama appearance on a ND/SD Indian Reservation.

But at the same time Weiland shuns Obama, Pressler can’t get enough of him:

In a seemingly counter-intuitive move, independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler is doubling down on his ties to President Barack Obama instead of distancing himself from a president unpopular in South Dakota.

Pressler will hold a news conference this afternoon in which he invites Obama to come to South Dakota to discuss “how the Affordable Care Act can be tailored and fixed to work in small-town, rural South Dakota.”

Read that here.

When it comes to Obama, or for that matter his liberal base, Weiland is like a nervous suitor. He gets to the door, and sometimes knocks. But before it opens, he runs away and hides in the bushes.

Compare that to Pressler banging on the door actively seeking the time and attention of the Liberal Democrat base. There comes a point when, as much as they might want want Weiland, they get weary of his timidity.

With Weiland’s unwillingness to give voice to any support of President Obama, Pressler is effectively making inroads into Weiland’s base.

And he’s making enough inroads to lead national Democrats – the ones who are monitoring the numbers – to give voice to the fact that for Rick Weiland, it’s over in South Dakota.

Governor Daugaard’s Weekly Column: Leading The Way In BioTechnology

Leading The Way In BioTechnology
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

daugaard2Next month, scientists, executives and investors from all across the globe will travel to Sioux Falls to attend the Livestock Biotechnology Summit. This is the second time South Dakota will have hosted the Livestock Summit, which is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Thanks to advancements in agricultural biotechnology, we have a better quality of life. With biotechnology, farmers can generate higher crop yields for less. They can use reduced amounts of chemicals and pesticides on biotech crops. Producers can even develop crops with enhanced nutritional value or without allergens and toxins.

Through biotechnology we’ve also improved medical treatments, reduced the rates of infectious diseases, improved the odds of surviving life-threatening conditions and created tools for disease detection.

With our state’s heritage of livestock agriculture, South Dakota is a good forum for the Livestock Biotech Summit. Livestock biotechnology research companies have a presence in our state, with SAB Biotherapeutics among those calling South Dakota home. Trans Ova Genetics and Exemplar Genetics also have a presence in South Dakota.

SAB Biotherapuetics, formerly Hematech, is well-known for developing the world’s first large animal platform technology to produce fully human antibodies. SAB Biotherapeutics, uses genetically modified cattle to produce human antibodies for prevention and treatment of human ailments like cancer, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. Scientists treat cattle by removing a bovine gene and inserting a human gene to enable the cattle to produce human antibodies. The cattle are then exposed to a virus, leading them to produce human antibodies to fight the disease. The antibodies are extracted from the animals’ blood and processed for use to prevent and treat diseases. As one application, for example, the cattle and process could be used to produce flu vaccines that are administered to millions of Americans annually.

Trans Ova Genetics has a satellite center located in Onida. The company provides ways to allow livestock producers to quickly expand more productive cattle lines and virtually guarantee a heifer or female calf. Their technology has helped breed development, improved the quality of beef and increased milk production.

Exemplar Genetics produces and houses miniature pigs and genetically modified pigs used by medical researchers. The company has genetically modified their pigs to develop a range of diseases. For example, their cystic fibrosis pig model is the first effective animal model. Exemplar Genetics has partnered with Sanford Research and other medical research organizations to develop these pig disease models. In the future the technology could potentially be used to produce new medical treatments. Animals like these can be used to test new treatments for specific diseases, before risking human subjects.

Beyond livestock biotechnology, South Dakota is also fostering increasing interest from other biotechnology companies, including startup firms such as Alumend, OmegaQuant Analytics, Inanovate, Med Gene, ImMutriX and Prairie Aquatech.

To support these South Dakota based biotechnology companies, and companies looking to locate in South Dakota, a pilot scale Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility has been developed in the GEAR Center at the University of South Dakota Research Park. The pilot scale GMP facility is used by companies such as Alumend and Elieson Pharmaceutics to produce small quantities of their drug or product for use in pre-clinical and clinical trials. Access to this facility significantly reduces the cost for these companies to move through the Food and Drug Administration approval process.

I’m looking forward to attending the Livestock Biotechnology Summit in mid-September, and for the opportunity to talk with biotech companies about how South Dakota is leading the way with the kind of technology that allows us to live longer, healthier lives.


(Editor’s note – duh on my part. I originally used a previous column. this is the correct one. -PP)

Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column – Returning to Campus: What we’re doing to keep students safe

Returning to Campus: What we’re doing to keep students safe
By Rep. Kristi Noem
August 15, 2014

kristi noem headshot May 21 2014We’re taking my oldest daughter back to college this week.  It’s hard to believe that she’s going to be a Junior already!  I hope and pray that she understands just how proud Bryon and I are of her and what she’s working to achieve.  We trust that she’ll make the right decisions, but it’s still hard not to feel uneasy sometimes because we just don’t have control over who surrounds her anymore.

South Dakota is extremely blessed to have college campuses filled with tremendous faculty, personnel and students.  While our campuses are much safer than many around the country, today’s college culture can sometimes put good kids in bad situations.

Nationwide, one in five young women and one in 16 young men are targets of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault while they are college students, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  The vast majority – about 89 percent – occur when the victim is incapacitated due to alcohol.  The independent Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network points out that college-aged women are four times more likely to face sexual assault than any other age group.

Schools have taken great strides in recent years to improve education and awareness on campuses to help guard students from putting themselves in a dangerous situation.  Reporting requirements have also helped better address complaints and deal with recurring problems.  There is more that can and should be done, however.

At the end of July, I helped introduce the House version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.  This is a bipartisan bill that takes aim at sexual assaults on college campuses by empowering students, strengthening accountability measures, and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with training and data standards.

More specifically, if passed, colleges and universities would need to designate Confidential Advisors to serve as a resource for victims.  This Advisor would help coordinate support services, provide information about options for reporting, and offer help in reporting the crime to campus authorities or law enforcement, if the survivor chooses to do so.

We’ve also created minimum training standards for on-campus personnel to ensure they are equipped to handle investigations and the disciplinary process as well as included stronger accountability provisions.  For instance, the bill prohibits athletic departments or other subgroups to handle complaints of sexual violence for members of that subgroup alone.  As such, there will be a uniform way of addressing claims of assault.  I’m hopeful this will ensure any potential bias is suppressed and that both campus authorities and local law enforcement can focus on solving the crime rather than debating jurisdiction, as has happened too often in the past.

I am very grateful to all those at our colleges and universities who help ensure our young people are safe as they work toward a college degree.  What you do is incredibly important.  With this legislation, I’m hopeful we can give you and the students you serve even more tools, resources, and guidance.


US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: Spotlight on Adoption

Spotlight on Adoption
By Senator John Thune

John_Thune_official_photoOut of any title a person can hold, the role of “mom” or “dad” may be the most important. While the title doesn’t bring you fame and notoriety, the role bears tremendous responsibility and brings with it great joy and rewards.

Each year, I recognize a South Dakota family who made a difference in the life of child by opening their hearts and homes through the process of adoption. This year, I nominated Scott and Jamie Nagy and their family from Brookings. While the titles of “mom” and “dad” didn’t bring them notoriety, the Nagy family knows a little something about the spotlight.

As the head coach for the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Men’s Basketball team, Scott has coached his team to the highest levels of college basketball drawing attention to the program and the school from around the country. Yet it is his work off the court that has helped build a loving home for their four biological children and their adopted daughter, Naika.

In 2006, Scott and Jamie adopted their daughter Naika from Haiti, joining their biological children Nick, Tyler, TJ, and Natalie. Through their adoption journey, the Nagys developed a heart for helping others navigate difficult transitions as families learn to unite. Following Naika’s adoption, Jamie collaborated with another adoptive family to create an adoption networking group in Brookings. Jamie, who was adopted as an infant, not only wanted to share the family’s experience but also found that the networking group helped her better understand her own adoption story.

The Nagys’ adoption experience also inspired Scott’s involvement in Samaritan’s Feet, an organization providing shoes to orphans and impoverished children in developing countries. In 2009, Scott was one of the first coaches in the country to coach barefoot during a SDSU basketball game to help raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet. Since then, Scott has taken the SDSU Men’s Basketball team to Haiti and Burundi to distribute shoes and conduct basketball coaching clinics.

Scott and Jamie’s story demonstrates how adoptive parents and families can foster patience, grace, and understanding to open their hearts and homes to a child in need. While the spotlight may remain on the court for Scott and the family, their work to help others understand the effect of overwhelming change in adoption, and their work to bring awareness to children in need will provide them with lasting joy and satisfaction. I hope the Nagys’ story continues to inspire other South Dakota families to make a difference in the life of a child.


Angelia’s Edits. The disappearing twitter posts.

You can tell Angelia Schultz is an author of Young Adult books. Because she’s in full editing mode on her twitter account.

Bob Mercer is noting this morning that Secretary of State Angelia Schultz’s twitter feed seems to have been purged of boneheaded statements:

A Democrat stating on Twitter about her candidacy that “I condone misogyny in all its forms” — and then wiping her Twitter account clean of the several tweets in which she said she condones misogyny, and showing nothing on her Twitter her account since July 16.

Read that here.

In case anyone can’t find it anymore, I saved a screen shot of it.

20140703-175126.jpgGlad to help.

On those days when you feel South Dakota has the monopoly on the circus…

Coming off of the heels of the GOP Primary,  Annette Bosworth’s arrest & press conferences, and the entirety of the Libertarian convention, if you worry that South Dakota has the monopoly on circus-like political campaigns, don’t.

For as bad as we’ve got it, there’s always someone worse:

Bleming’s career began with service in Vietnam. In the following decades he guarded white farms in Rhodesia, repaired Somali machinery, went shopping for weapons in the former Yugoslavia and worked to topple authoritarian governments in Suriname, Togo and Panama – where he was jailed for a failed assassination attempt against leader Manuel Noriega. He spent time with the Karen ethnic rebels in Myanmar in 2007-2008 and has flirted with retiring in West Papua – where anti-Indonesia rebels, he says, have offered him a position training troops.

“I assassinated a guy one time. I can’t say where, but he had it coming to him,” Bleming told U.S. News last year, after jumping into the race. “He was fairly easy. He was a bad guy. He was well-deserving of what he got.”

In 2012 Bleming lost to Barrasso with 5,077 votes to the incumbent’s 73,498, but he believes his chances have improved this time around.


“There’s so much hate in the world and a little bit of love won’t hurt anybody, he says. “I believe in total freedom and having a good time. My campaign’s all about that: There’s been so much stress and violence in this country, people are killing their neighbors kids are killing kids. Maybe they need a little marijuana cigarette, maybe that would help settle things down. And if you want to grow a garden full of it, be my guest.”

Read it here.

We did manage to get through the elections without any assassins. (As far as we know).

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