Thune on iPhone to Apple – you broke it, so why didn’t you fix it?

US Senator John Thune is in the news today for asking Apple why they didn’t fix iPhone batteries if they knew they were bad, instead of making iPhones slower:

Among other things, Thune wants to know if Apple made any effort to notify its customers that its recent software updates would make several types of iPhones released before 2017 slow down when their batteries weakened.

Thune also asked Apple whether it considered replacing the batteries for free, instead of the current discounted charge of $29 that it began offering in late December after acknowledging how its updates affected older iPhones. He also inquired whether Apple plans to throttle aging iPhones in the future and whether it plans to let consumers know what it’s doing.

Thune demanded a response by Jan. 23. Apple declined to comment.

The inquiry represents the latest backlash against Apple’s decision to slow down older iPhones, a move that the company says is designed to prevent the devices from abruptly shutting down when older batteries are running low or operating in cold weather.

Read that story here.

House Passes Noem-Backed Provisions to Protect Tribal Sovereignty on Labor Issues

House Passes Noem-Backed Provisions to Protect Tribal Sovereignty on Labor Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem today led the U.S. House of Representatives in passing provisions to protect tribal sovereignty on labor issues. The legislation, which many South Dakota tribes have long supported, would clarify that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) does not have jurisdiction over tribally owned and operated businesses.

“In 2004, the National Labor Relations Board unilaterally decided that it needed to meddle in the affairs of tribally-owned businesses on tribal lands, threatening the foundation of Indian law, the principle of tribal sovereignty, and the limits that ought to be placed on the federal government,” said Noem. “Subjecting Native American tribes to National Labor Relations Board rules is yet another sign that some still want the federal government to interfere in tribal decision making. I’m proud to see provisions pass the House that withdraw the government’s heavy hand and again reinforce our commitment to tribal sovereignty.”

In 2004, NLRB unilaterally determined that the National Labor Relations Act applied to tribally owned businesses on tribal lands.  Tribes have expressed great concerns over the impact of this ruling.  In 2011, Noem introduced the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, which would clarify in law that tribally owned businesses on tribal lands are not subject to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act.  As a result, NLRB would not have administration and enforcement powers on reservation land for tribally owned businesses.

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act was included in S.140, which passed the House of Representatives today.  The provision was endorsed by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.


More on Tapio Congressional campaign…. Does Former Rapid City Broadcaster Shad Olson have something to do with it?

And the tips keep rolling in.

An eagle-eyed reader noted to me this afternoon that some of what State Senator Neal Tapio has put out, including what’s on the possible website indexed by Google, seemed to have a bit in common from what he’d seen from former Rapid City area broadcaster (KOTA, KNBN) Shad Olson.

In looking, I caught an interesting note posted to Shad Olson’s facebook page between State Representative Tim Goodwin and Olson:

If someone is asking about a press release, it’s typically a conversation between the person writing it, such as the press secretary and a person asked to sign it.  While it’s not proof, it seems like there’s a possibility of an association between Olson and Tapio. (In addition to a possibility of Rep. Goodwin announcing his preference for “Team Tapio.”)

Stay tuned as more information develops.

It might not have been so unified, after all… Argus reporting some friction between Tapio and Interfaith group.

While Neal Tapio attended the Interfaith gathering held in the State Capitol Rotunda this Morning, and posed for a picture with the group in attendance, it sounds like there may have been some friction between Tapio and the group:

Members of the group invited Tapio to join them for a group photo. Tapio, looking uncomfortable, stood with them as cameras clicked and flashed.

Then he turned his back to the cameras and began yelling at those around him, “I don’t like being called a racist.”

The former state director for President Donald Trump then launched into a speech he’s frequently made before. He stressed the need to ban travel to the United States by Muslim individuals, particularly from Muslim-majority countries where groups have supported Sharia law.


As Tapio stepped away from the group he told reporters that the interfaith day was a “political movement.”


In weeks prior, U.S. House candidate Shantel Krebs expressed her support for implementing a national registration system similar to one set up after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Tapio also supported the registration system and on Monday called for the creation of a legislative work group to assess the cost of immigration and refugee resettlement in South Dakota.

Read it all here.

It sounds like this is starting off to being an explosive legislative session! Stay tuned for more fireworks!

Draft of “Tapio for US House” Campaign website snapshot grabbed by Google

You all know I love a great campaign scoop… And courtesy of Google, we have one this afternoon on the plans of Republican Neal Tapio as he prepares to run for Congress.

In doing a search for Tapio information, I stumbled across this recent screenshot of, which appears to be at least an early draft of his campaign website dated December 27, 2017..

In the lower left corner, you can see that it’s noted as “Copyright 2017 Neal Tapio For House.”

Is this an authentic offering from the campaign? The signs point to “very possibly.”

The header of the page is the same as an image that was prominently included in a press release he issued yesterday regarding the Interfaith rally he was in attendance at today. You’ll note it’s the same image at the top of the website as where he notes on page 1 – “This is the root cause of Islamic terrorism”:

Tapio Press Release by Pat Powers on Scribd

I’m sure there will be more to come as State Senator Tapio moves closer to making an announcement official. But in the meantime, you can read it here, courtesy of Google.

Tapio, Hubbel join Interfaith group’s prayer event after criticism

After expressing some criticism of the event ahead of time, upcoming Republican candidate for Congress Neal Tapio and Republican Candidate for Governor Lora Hubbel were shown by Dana Ferguson of the Argus Leader to be in attendance of an Interfaith group’s prayer in the Rotunda of the Capitol this AM.

In fact in looking at the pictures, it appears that they joined them from the side in a show of faith:

Here, Tapio joins the group for a photo:

As noted in the State GOP Party Platform:

We support our nation’s heritage of religious freedom and personal responsibility and recognize we must be proactive in defending freedom at every level. We believe in equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or ability.


We recognize our country was founded in faith upon the truth that self-government is rooted in religious convictions.

Read that here.

It’s good to see that people of differing opinions can come together to worship.

Thune: Military Readiness Should Be a Bipartisan Issue

Thune: Military Readiness Should Be a Bipartisan Issue

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that the security of our nation – our ability to live as a free people – depends upon the strength of our military.”

Click here or on the image above to watch the video.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) this week addressed the current national security challenges facing the United States and the importance of making sure our military is well-equipped to meet those challenges. Thune also previewed an upcoming hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, of which he is chairman, that will examine the steps social media platforms are taking to combat the spread of extremist propaganda over the internet.