Thune Statement on Passing of Harriet Pressler

Thune Statement on Passing of Harriet Pressler

“We are praying for the Pressler family and know that Harriet’s legacy will continue to live on through those she leaves behind.”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today released the following statement on the passing of Harriet Pressler, wife of former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.):

“Kimberley and I join South Dakotans today in mourning the loss of Harriet Pressler,” said Thune. “Harriet was a faith-filled woman who radiated grace and kindness to everyone she met as she and her husband Larry proudly served the state of South Dakota for many years. Kimberley worked for Senator Pressler and came to know Harriet as a tireless fighter for our state, and she has so many friends in South Dakota that are saddened to hear this news. We are praying for the Pressler family and know that Harriet’s legacy will continue to live on through those she leaves behind.”

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Attorney General Jackley Announces Two Men Sentenced in Connection to Fatal Shooting

Attorney General Jackley Announces Two Men Sentenced in Connection to Fatal Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that two men have been sentenced to prison after earlier pleading guilty for their actions connected to a 2021 fatal shooting that occurred at a Sioux Falls restaurant.

Isaac Mohammed Wali, 22, of Sioux Falls was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison, with 17 years suspended, after pleading guilty to two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Antoine Demetrius Richardson Jr., 30, of Sioux Falls was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended sentence of 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to Possession of a Firearm while having a felony drug conviction. The two men were convicted and sentenced after agreeing to plea bargains.

Both were charged in the November, 2021 fatal shooting at Giliberto’s Mexican Taco Shop. The shooting resulted in the death of 37-year-old Garang Hakim Aluong of Sioux Falls. Another person was injured.

“These sentencings hopefully bring some comfort to the one person who was injured and the two families involved,” said Attorney General Jackley. “Thank you to the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who brought these defendants to justice.”

The case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Prosecution was handled by the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

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Thune Highlights South Dakota’s Time-Honored Pheasant Hunting Tradition

Thune Highlights South Dakota’s Time-Honored Pheasant Hunting Tradition

 “Whether you’re gathered around a meal of fresh pheasant in our great outdoors or gathered around the Thanksgiving turkey, there’s a lot to be thankful for as a South Dakotan.”

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

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor about South Dakota’s time-honored pheasant hunting tradition and discussed the important role it has on the state’s economy and its dependence on effective conservation practices. Thune also spoke about the worsening security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and he called on the White House and Senate Democrats to prioritize a border security package that includes meaningful asylum and parole reforms.

2 new candidates file to run for the legislature in Sioux Falls

2 new candidates have filed Statements of Organizations to run for the South Dakota Legislature this week.

JR Anderson of Sioux Falls has filed paperwork to run for the House in District 12 for the seats currently held by incumbent Republicans Amber Arlint and Greg Jamison.  While no immediate information is available, it appears from his social media that Anderson is likely to run as a Democrat.

Erik Muckey of Sioux Falls has also filed a statement of organization to run, specifically in District 15. Muckey’s campaign chair is former D15 State Rep and Gubernatorial Candidate Jamie Smith, if we’re to take that as an indication of his party affiliation.

 

Representative Bethany Soye to seek re-election to District 9 House

Representative Bethany Soye to seek re-election to District 9 House

Sioux Falls, SD – Representative Bethany Soye has announced her intention to seek re-election to the South Dakota House in District 9. Soye is an attorney and full-time mom living in Northwest Sioux Falls. She was first elected in 2020 and has served on the House Judiciary, Education, and Redistricting Committees. Soye received her bachelor’s degree from North Central University and holds a J.D. and master’s in public policy from the College of William & Mary.

In addition to sponsoring and passing pro-life and pro-family legislation during her tenure in the House, Soye has helped school districts recruit quality candidates by offering signing bonuses, advocated for uninterrupted nursing home visitation, and reformed the civil asset forfeiture process. Last year she was the House Prime Sponsor of the state’s Help Not Harm legislation.

“It has been an honor for me to serve the people of District 9 for four years. I appreciate the trust you have placed in me and I will continue to work hard to earn your support in 2024 as I stand boldly for truth and conservative principles,” said Soye.

For more information visit bethanysoye.com.

Release: SD Residents Launch South Dakota Ag Alliance

SD Residents Launch South Dakota Ag Alliance

(Pierre, SD) Today, Jason Glodt and Rob Skjonsberg announced the formation of South Dakota Ag Alliance, a non-profit organization designed to mediate and advocate for reasonable solutions to difficult ag and rural development issues, such as the controversial CO2 pipeline proposal.

In regard to CO2 pipelines, the organization will urge the legislature to establish landowner guardrails that include 1) land survey reform; 2) liability protection; 3) minimum depth of carbon-capture pipelines; and 4) additional recurring compensation for landowners. In exchange for these concessions, they will also support improving legal and regulatory certainty for businesses.

South Dakota Ag Alliance is not associated with any company. The sole purpose is to discuss and propose reasonable guardrails for both South Dakota residents and prospective developers. Glodt and Skjonsberg are long-time friends and business partners who disagreed on the value of CO2 pipelines in South Dakota.

Skjonsberg, is a cow-calf producer in Jones and Stanley Counties and is a founding board member of the South Dakota Landowner & Outfitter Alliance. Skjonsberg doesn’t disagree with the value to corn ethanol that carbon sequestration will provide, but disliked the manner in which South Dakota landowners were being treated and the lack of certainty for landowners and developers alike.

“There’s a manner in which we do business in South Dakota. If you try to run over us, you won’t like the response. And, I think that’s what’s happened here. On one hand, I’m proud of the way landowners have banded together. On the other hand, if we don’t provide certainty for how these projects are going to work, we’ll be fighting these fights for the next 50 years. I think it’d be much wiser, to set the tone and create guardrails for landowners and certainty for investors in these types of projects. There’s precedent for handling these big projects.  We just need to be able to communicate.” stated Skjonsberg.

Glodt, an attorney from Pierre who also specializes in government relations and previously worked for the Navigator project said, “Our state’s ag economy took a big punch to the gut recently when Navigator CO2 Ventures announced the end of its Heartland Greenway CO2 sequestration project. That project was essential to keeping our ethanol industry viable. The project would have generated millions of annual property tax revenue for counties while increasing net farm income for South Dakota farmers.”

“Now that our state has lost the Navigator project and biofuel companies are re-evaluating their future investments in the state, we cannot afford to lose the Summit Project so we have to find a path forward,” said Glodt. “Unless South Dakota ethanol plants and, consequently South Dakota corn growers, have access to carbon sequestration opportunities, these South Dakota plants will not be able to compete with other states around us and we will be at risk of losing our ethanol industry- which would be devastating for our state’s economy.”

The opposing viewpoints is what led the two to create South Dakota Ag Alliance. “Jason and I were on entirely opposite sides when this fight erupted. Neither of us were interested in what the other had to say, and then over lunch we agreed – what this deal is lacking is certainty and a referee,” said Skjonsberg. “In hindsight, somebody should have put everyone in a room and said, ‘listen, this is how this is going to work, or it’s not going to work at all.  We have thousands of miles of pipelines in South Dakota, wind turbines and processing facilities – it’s not like we haven’t worked through those issues before.”

The mission of South Dakota Ag Alliance is to support landowner rights along with reasonable ag and rural development. The two believe that regulatory certainty can be obtained that prevents these types of fights from continually erupting and plan to discuss their proposal with stakeholders in the near future and hope to collectively agree on a solution for the legislature to consider. “We don’t expect either side to fully endorse what we’re proposing. But, if both sides put a little skin in the game and both sides have certainty, we’d like to see a workable environment for everyone,” said Glodt.  Skjonsberg added, “That starts with updated landowner protections and subsequently, the pipeline companies will have their certainty.”

South Dakota Ag Alliance will next announce an advisory committee comprised of South Dakota residents involved in farming and ranching operations. Long-time South Dakota ag advocate Lorin Pankratz will serve as the chair of the advisory committee.

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Gov. Noem Endorses Rep. Dusty Johnson’s Bill to Block State Investments in Communist China

Gov. Noem Endorses Rep. Dusty Johnson’s Bill to Block State Investments in Communist China

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced legislation to allow states to prohibit state funds from bankrolling the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); Governor Kristi Noem endorsed the legislation.

“I am grateful that Congressman Johnson sees the national security threat that China poses,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Protecting South Dakota from nations that hate America has been a priority of mine as Governor, and I am glad that he is doing the same in Congress.”

Throughout the summer, Governor Noem and Congressman Johnson held several conversations about this legislation and how it would benefit both South Dakota and the nation. In December 2022, Governor Noem wrote to congressional leadership calling for legislation like what Congressman Johnson is introducing.

“America should not help advance the CCP agenda, especially with state funds,” said Johnson. “My bill empowers states to divest their investment dollars from CCP-backed linked companies. South Dakota understands the threat of the CCP, and I am grateful for Governor Noem’s leadership and partnership to protect our state from their communist regime.”

The PRC Accountability and Divestment Act of 2023 allows states to make the decisions to divest taxpayer funds from China. Specifically, this bill:

  • Provides state and local governments with the authority to divest assets from and prohibit investments within the People’s Republic of China (PRC);
  • Provides state and local governments with a safe harbor for changes of investment policies related to the PRC; and,
  • States a fiduciary of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan may divest plan assets from the PRC.

Congress has previously passed similar legislation supporting state and local actions to divest from states that are a threat to the United States or committing human rights atrocities. In 2010, Congress passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act. In 2007, Congress passed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act.

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Johnson Leads Bill to Block State Investments in Communist China

Johnson Leads Bill to Block State Investments in Communist China 

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to allow states to prohibit state funds from bankrolling the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); Governor Kristi Noem endorsed the legislation.

“America should not help advance the CCP agenda, especially with state funds,” said Johnson. “My bill empowers states to divest their investment dollars from CCP-linked companies. South Dakota understands the threat of the CCP, and I am grateful for Governor Noem’s leadership and partnership to protect our state from their communist regime.”

Throughout the summer, Governor Noem and Congressman Johnson held several conversations about this legislation and how it would benefit both South Dakota and the nation. In December 2022, Governor Noem wrote to congressional leadership calling for legislation like what Congressman Johnson is introducing.

“I am grateful that Congressman Johnson sees the national security threat that China poses,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Protecting South Dakota from nations that hate America has been a priority of mine as Governor, and I am glad that he is doing the same in Congress.”

The PRC Accountability and Divestment Act of 2023 is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives John Moolenaar (R-MI), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Carlos Giménez (R-FL).

The PRC Accountability and Divestment Act of 2023 allows states to make the decisions to divest taxpayer funds from China. Specifically, this bill:

  • Provides State and local governments with the authority to divest assets from and prohibit investments within the People’s Republic of China (PRC);
  • Provides State and local governments with a safe harbor for changes of investment policies related to the PRC; and,
  • States a fiduciary of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan may divest plan assets from the PRC.

Congress has previously passed similar legislation supporting state and local actions to divest from states that are a threat to the United States or committing human rights atrocities. In 2010, Congress passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act. In 2007, Congress passed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act.

Read full bill text here.

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Get ready for the “Attack of the PACs.” Taffy Howard, Matthew Monfore, others on hard-right filing new committees.

As we’re down to little more than 30 days before candidates can start circulating petitions to run for office, many politicos are watching who might be filing statements of candidacy with the Secretary of State and preparing to launch their campaign for office, as a number of them have been filed in recent weeks.

But there have been other committees being filed as they plan to start operations during the campaign season. A number of new Political Action Committees have been popping up out of nowhere as well. And given who has their name attached to them, it’s clear that there’s an effort from the far-right thinking they have found a magic pot of gold to raise additional funds, or that they feel the need to create an astroturf buffer to separate themselves from attacks they plan to launch.

While not an all-inclusive list, here’s a sampling of the new state Political Action Committees that have formed in recent months:

Know the Voting Truth formed by Heather DeVries and Gretchen Weible on 4/2/23

HeatherDV PAC by Pat Powers on Scribd

Heather DeVries of Madison, who was utterly crushed by Casey Crabtree in the last District 8 Senate Primary (79-21%), and Gretchen Weible of Elkton, who served as Secretary of State Monae Johnson’s self-styled campaign manager.. until Johnson distanced herself from the Weibles, formed a political action committee in April of 2023 with the declared purpose of forming a “PAC to score voting records on candidates.”‘

It’s unknown whether this group will be raising money independently, rather it appears to be laying the groundwork as an astroturf group which will create scorecards to make their favored candidates look good, or to try to cherry-pick votes that make their targets look bad.

Given that both reside in District 8, it’s of note that Gretchen Weible’s husband Rick has announced he is running for the House in D8 against incumbent Representative Tim Reisch. So, don’t be surprised if this group is cranking out postcards for that purpose.

 

Under God the People Rule PAC formed by Matthew Monfore on 9/30/2023

Monfore PAC Sdcfdisclosure by Pat Powers on Scribd

Goofball religious scold Matthew Monfore who has announced his candidacy for District 30 House seems to think he can help his campaign for office by forming his own political action committee. Or maybe God told him to do so.   On September 30, Monfore formed his group with the stated Purpose or Goals to Promote and Support Christian Constitutional Laws, Accountability, Education, and Candidates.

Kind of at a loss for why Monfore would do that.  A political action committee is a mechanism where a PAC supporting a candidate can receive funds beyond what an individual legislator can accept from any one person during a campaign cycle. I can’t imagine ANYONE hitting their maximum donation with Monfore as a candidate, much less going beyond to the point they’d need to donate to Monfore’s PAC.

And if it’s for the purpose of supporting his brand of Christianity, which got him kicked off the reservation for inferring they were engaged in demon-idolatry, I think an endorsement by his PAC would be more of a liability than provide an assist.

 

Friends of Erica Douglas formed by Erica Douglas on 10/27/23

Erica Douglas Sdcfdisclosure by Pat Powers on Scribd

Do you need a Political Action Committee to tell people who your friends are?  Apparently Erica Douglas of Belle Fourche does.  Douglas, who is president of the Republican Women of Lawrence County, which should not be confused with the actual Lawrence County Republican Women’s group (Northern Hills Republican Women), now apparently needs a PAC in addition to her own Republican Women’s group. Her fake group was a group that arose in the last year to vex the local GOP for actually supporting Republicans, because Douglas and her followers are more interested in attacking elected officials and promoting election denial.

As per the filing, Douglas felt the need to form a PAC whose goal and purpose was to “spread liberty.”  Does one really need a PAC for that, especially when it’s dedicated to a person’s own name?

One of the newest PAC’s on the block comes from last election’s candidate who spent so much time trying to avoid votes she thought might hurt her that she skipped 14% of the job she was elected to do.. including weighing in on impeachment.  That’s right – none other than Taffy Howard has formed a PAC:

Conservatives in Action formed by Taffy Howard on 11/14/23

TAFFYPAC_sdcfdisclosure by Pat Powers on Scribd

Given the source, shouldn’t it be Conservatives Inaction?

Taffy Howard formed this Political Action Committee in the last couple of weeks, coming almost 4 months to the day she filed her Congressional Committee termination report showing that everything in her campaign kitty had been disbursed. The PAC has the stated purpose that she intends to “Raise funds for strong conservative candidates and causes.

Interesting that she states this as her goal, coming from the new State Chair for U.S. Term Limits, as she stated in her announcement back in April that “will work tirelessly in her role as South Dakota State Chair to see that South Dakota adopts a resolution for term limits.”

Because setting herself up first as a lobbyist and now as a bundler of campaign funds to leverage them into electing candidates favorable to her positions, it seems that she’s spending her time trying to cash in and become a power broker. Contrary to her complaint about people in politics setting themselves up for “a lucrative lifelong job rather than a public service.

Stay tuned, as we see how much these PACs can gobble up for their favored candidates.