Stace Nelson asked…. And LRC Answered. The Game of GOAC continues, and hilarity ensues.

In his pursuit for attention and headlines, Stace Nelson sent an e-mail to a number of people yesterday in an attempt to remove State Senator Deb Peters from the Chairmanship of GOAC in what seems like a bizarre parody of Game of Thrones.

(Copies of the e-mails are flying around among legislators, so someone was nice enough to share.)

If you recall, Deb Peters and Jean Hunhoff representing GOAC dared to ask Stace to produce the evidence he claimed he had, and gosh darn it, he didn’t like it.

So, Nelson fired back, requesting an impartial attorney, staffers, subpoenas, etc. (I’m surprised he didn’t demand a shrubbery):

As you’ll note, Nelson demanded of Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield that Peters be removed… for her audacity of asking for him to produce the evidence he claimed he had.

What Nelson probably didn’t expect was a reply from the Legislative Research Council that has got to be one of the funniest things I’ve read all week:

Sen. Nelson…

…I am in possession of the letter from the GOAC Chair and Vice Chair to you, requesting that you provide three things for GOAC at their next meeting – the sources of information you have regarding the investigation of the GEAR-UP program, any evidence of criminal activity, and any legislation in response to what GOAC has found related to GEAR-UP this interim.


The first two items requested by the GOAC Chair and Vice Chair, however, only ask you to provide any information which you already have.  LRC staff cannot help you with this, as we do not know what you know.  Only you know what you know.  I just don’t see how LRC or anyone else can help you answer these two questions.  There is no need for investigation, since the question only asks for what you already know.

But I don’t know what I know!

Only you know what you know…..There is no need for investigation, since the question only asks for what you already know.” Hilarious. And especially biting coming in the form of a nice e-mail from the Legislative Research Council.

Although, it may be making an improper assumption.

Senator Nelson may very much need help explaining what he already knows.

Especially if Frank Kloucek hasn’t helped him with that part yet.

38 Replies to “Stace Nelson asked…. And LRC Answered. The Game of GOAC continues, and hilarity ensues.”

  1. grudznick

    It is indeed the buffoonest goat rodeo the legislatures in South Dakota have ever seen ever. Mr. Nelson is a laughing stock across the state.

    1. Tara Volesky

      Check his fb page along with KELO Angela K.and the hundreds of comments He and Angela are getting. This is all about the story, not the glory.

  2. Anon1

    This is getting fun now. Stacy is running out of people stupid enough to believe that he actually has a point to make. He must’ve been totally ignored by his parents to be so desperately searching for attention at this stage of life.

  3. grudznick

    The current Flandreau casino odds on Mr. Greenfield removing the chairperson of the GOAC at this juncture opened at 3 to 1 in favor, but then moved to even after I put down some moola. I have heard it said that Mr. Greenfield really hates that pretty young gal but he would join the parade marshalls of buffoonery if he wades down that creek now.

  4. KM

    “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground” – Cersei Lannister.

    grudznick, you truly have a great sense of humor;)

  5. Anon

    If Stace had the skills, he might be helpful in this process. Of course he does not have the skills. He is a self-centered buffoon and con-man. South Dakota is a much worse place to live and work and raise a family because of this man.

  6. Troy Jones

    I’m so confused again.

    1) The email isn’t directly addressed to Majority Leader Greenfield (he is cc’d) yet almost half the words are directly intended for Greenfield.

    2) Why is he asking Marty Guindon, Tim Flannery and Marty Jackley for LRC resources to respond to a simple request for information in his possession? Asking Jason Handcock and copying Peters and Hunhoff makes sense to me.

    3) I’m curious why Nelson felt obligated to send this email to Kelo, Mercer, and two liberal bloggers . Do legislators commonly send LRC resource requests to the press and bloggers? (By the way, why isn’t Pat and Sibby copied? What does he have against conservative bloggers?)

    4) In the call for Peters to be replaced, Nelson says the Peters/Hunhoff request for information Nelson has of a crime or dishonest testimony is “an attempt to intimidate and distract.” Who is being intimidated? And how is Nelson providing information on the matter of the investigation a distraction?

  7. Charles

    Mr. Jones, you are confused because don’t share the same intellectual capacity as Stace. Only Stace knows what he knows . . . and thinks what he thinks.

  8. anon

    All of this stupidity about Stace must put directly on the shoulders of the moron Senator who appointed him to this committte..

  9. anon1

    I don not mean this in any way as an attack, but I frankly wonder about Stace’s mental stability and his fitness to serve.

    1. anon2

      I agree. But I don’t think there is any method for having a mental eval of a sitting legislator (can you imagine!). I think if you ask the old-timers, there were a few past legislators who might fall into the mentally unstable category.

      1. Tara Volesky

        You people must have taken a page out of the leftest playbook. First they tried to destroy Trump using Russia, then race, and now his mental condition. You folks taking after our State Senator is no different than the Leftest taking after our President….Bottom line, it all about losing control.

  10. Steve Sibson

    So now the LRC is part of the cover up. I don’t think it its funny that they do not want an investigation.

    1. Anne Beal

      Sibby I suppose a hypnotist might be able to help Stace recover his lost memory of whatever he knows.
      But the LRC doesn’t provide that service.

      1. Tara Volesky

        Here we go…..distraction by using mental health as a weapon to discredit an experienced NCIS agent that has quite a resume uncovering fraud.

    2. Pat Powers Post author

      They are already investigating. They’re just pointing out the request is for Stace to produce the evidence he claims he has.

      1. Steve Sibson

        And that evidence appears to include that map that was put together in Vermillion. It is not really a secret, but why is there so much resistance on including it in the so-called investigation? Why are so many refusing to come and testify under oath and that is acceptable, but then the chairman insists that a committee member has to testify in order to keep his seat in the legislature?

        This is how the system of legalized corruption operates. You allow me to profit, then you can profit too. But if you don’t let us profit from federal and state money, then we will retaliate. The GOAC agenda appears to be about white washing the protected class, and one member is not going along with it. So that member is currently under attack.

        1. Mark N.

          Where in the letter to Sen. Nelson does it state that he must testify in order to keep his seat in the Legislature? Like all of the other requests that were sent to other witnesses, he can choose to decline the request.

          And no one is resisting the inclusion of “the map” in the investigation, but there is no reason that the committee or anyone else has to meet on site to see it. The map itself is not evidence. It is only a display of evidence that already exists. Pictures of it would suffice along with copies of the documents used to make it. That doesn’t require a lawyer and two staffers to put together.

          Let’s not jump directly to conspiracy and cover up. Let’s see whether Sen. Nelson produces his evidence and if he does whether there is any substance to it.

  11. Troy Jones


    I agree the comments of Anon1 and Anon2 are distractions and inappropriate.

    I think Anne is making a joke of Stace asking for help with the committee request which is only what he knows. I suspect Stace might even be chuckling. We don’t have to take everything serious.

  12. Troy Jones


    First, since when did you give credence to Cory?

    Second, and more importantly, if Stace provides the information which contradicts prior testimony as he says he has, he has nothing to worry about. Like my mom said, tell the truth and you won’t get in trouble.

    Third, we have DCI looking into this. Are you asserting DCI isn’t credible/competant?

    1. Steve Sibson

      First I normally disagree with Cory, but I operate on the premise that nobody is right 100% of the time nor that nobody is wrong 100% of the time.

      Second, the degree of trouble one gets into for telling the truth says he has a lot to worry about, as we all do. Keloland has reports on fired employees and another who was in fear of losing their job over this issue.

      Third, DCI is only looking into criminal wrong doing. The legislators should be addressing the legalized corruption, where the truth is frowned upon. I would like to know who all got paid a salary within this nest of crony governmentalism. (I think I just invented a new word 🙂

  13. Anne Beal

    The joke is that Stace got so mad about being offered the opportunity to reveal what he knows to the committee.
    Why is this difficult? All he has to do is tell them what he knows. He is not a prosecutor presenting a case, and nobody expects him to be. He’s not the prosecutor, he’s a witness. All he has to do is testify as to what he knows. He is not expected to prove anything.
    Furthermore, this idea of holding the meeting in Vermillion is curious since it is not clear if the map still exists; it might be rolled up in a closet somewhere, or it might exist only in photographs and electronic files,
    but in the original news article about it, published over a year ago, it was not expected to be on display more than a few months. Why meet in front of a blank wall?
    With so little of what Stace says making any sense, the jokes write themselves.

    1. Steve Sibson

      Sad that you hate Senator Nelson more than you care about the kids that ended up dead over this issue. We should aggressively investigate this issue in honor of those kids so that they did not die in vain.

      1. Anne Beal

        Those kids died because their father was a family annihilator. Nothing is going to redeem their deaths. Grandstanding over their graves as Stace has been doing is disgusting. i wouldn’t be surprised if he announced his next political candidacy from the cemetery.
        Lora tried to run for governor on the grave of Richard Benda and we know how that worked out.

        1. Steve Sibson

          You need to take a breath, step back and look inward for a little while. Hopefully you will see your lack of grace.

  14. Anonymous

    He gets his shrubbery, Pat, and he’ll just ask the GOAC to cut down the tallest tree in the forest wwwwiiiiiiiittth. . . a herring!

    And now for something completely different.

  15. Anonymous

    I listened to Senator Nelson on WNAX this afternoon. Not always a fan, but he came across as very credible and he hammered Schopp, Peters, and Daugaard over the emails.

    It seems you got a big pi$$ed off elephant by the tail. The corruption is there, it appears Peters and others are covering it up, and Nelson isn’t backing down. If they continue to go after him? It makes Peters and the GOP look more dirty and makes him even more a martyr.

    Somebody needs to send Greenfield, Curd, Mickelson, & Qualm a wake up call. Peters is term limited out and a liability for the GOP with how she has mismanaged this. You are giving Nelson a platform to run for governor on. If he doesn’t do that, he’s earned major credibility with the press since he got back into office.

    My two cents. I recommend you listen to his WNAX interview.


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