Congressman Dusty Johnson Votes to Prohibit Central Bank Digital Currency

Johnson Votes to Prohibit Central Bank Digital Currency

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voted to pass legislation to prohibit a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act passed the House and will protect the financial privacy of all Americans.

“The Chinese Communist Party uses a central bank digital currency to track the transactions of their citizens, and in Canada, the Trudeau Administration froze bank accounts of individuals involved in trucker protests,” said Johnson. “This type of surveillance and restriction is wholly un-American. I’m glad the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act passed the House to protect the financial privacy and liberty of our citizens.”

Unlike decentralized cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, a CBDC is a digital form of sovereign currency that is issued, monitored, and managed by a central bank. In short, a CBDC is government-controlled programmable money that, if designed without the privacy protections of cash, could give the federal government unilateral authority to surveil Americans’ transactions and restrict politically unpopular activity.

In March 2022, the White House issued Executive Order #14067 urging for CBDC research and development. The corresponding report made it clear that the Biden Administration is not only wanting to create a CBDC, but they are willing to trade Americans’ right to financial privacy for a surveillance-style CBDC.

Specifically, the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act:

  • Prohibits the Federal Reserve from issuing a CBDC directly to anyone, ensuring the Fed can’t mobilize itself into a retail bank.
  • Prohibits the Federal Reserve from issuing a CBDC indirectly to individuals through financial institutions or other third parties.
  • Prohibits the Federal Reserve from using a CBDC as a tool to implement monetary policy and control the economy.
  • Requires authorizing legislation from Congress for the issuance of any CBDC.
  • Protects innovation that reflects American values.

The CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act is led by House Republican Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN). Johnson cosponsored the bill in February 2024. Read full bill text here.

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Jordan Youngberg wondering “Where’s the Beef” when it comes to his opponent

From Facebook:

Why is Butte Co GOP paying for advertising to fight the landowner bill of rights?

From Facebook.

I had a note today asking me “do you know why the Butte County GOP continues to push this?  I thought the State Party has repeatedly said they don’t have a position on this?”  My reply was very simply, “because they’re insane.”

Once again, we have a GOP county group spending money to benefit an outside organization that could care less about the Republican Party.

Way to NOT support those Republican candidates with money donated for that purpose.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Lawsuit Against Biden’s Plan for Development Projects 

Attorney General Jackley Joins Lawsuit Against Biden’s Plan for Development Projects 

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined a 20-state Attorney Generals’ lawsuit opposing the Biden Administration’s new environmental standards regarding infrastructure projects. 

The lawsuit states that the plan forces adherence to the administration’s green agenda. The Attorneys General said that agenda would require developers to meet undue social, environmental, and race-based regulations

“These federal regulations put undue burdens on developers building new homes, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure,” said Attorney General Jackley. “It would mean costly delays and placing some projects at risk.”

Other Attorney Generals joining the lawsuit are from: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The lawsuit can be found here:

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Rounds, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Local News Overcome Persistent Postal Delays, Surging Rate Increases

Rounds, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Local News Overcome Persistent Postal Delays, Surging Rate Increases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today introduced the bipartisan Deliver for Democracy Act, legislation that would help rural newspaper delivery by incentivizing reliable postal service and limiting excessive rate increases.

In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has consistently raised rates for periodicals under the guise of increased efficiency and improved service. However, local news has yet to receive those benefits and instead continues to face persistent postal delays.

“Local journalists work hard every day to deliver news on a timely basis, and the U.S. Postal Service should too,” said Rounds. “Periodical rates have cumulatively increased by over 40 percent since August 2021. Meanwhile, the Postal Service’s on-time delivery performances have not improved, leaving local journalists to pick up the slack by handling delivery on their own in order to make certain their readers receive their papers on time. Our common sense bipartisan legislation helps protect rural newspapers and consumers from unjustified price hikes by making certain USPS is held to a standard for on-time deliveries.” 

“A vibrant and healthy local press has always been a defining feature of American democracy. Today, local news offers a crucial alternative to online information ecosystems, which are too often distorted by algorithms that amplify disinformation and confine readers to inescapable echo chambers. But surging rate increases and poor service jeopardize local news outlets’ ability to reach readers and supply the information so essential to an engaged citizenry and a vibrant democracy. It’s time for USPS to remember its mission and meet the media’s basic needs,” said Welch. “The Deliver for Democracy Act would help local news stave off extinction by requiring USPS to meet reasonable on-time delivery standards before raising rates.”

In addition to Rounds and Welch, the Deliver for Democracy Act is cosponsored by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

The Deliver for Democracy Act is endorsed by the South Dakota NewsMedia Association, the National Newspaper Association and News/Media Alliance:

“The members of South Dakota NewsMedia Association are appreciative of Senator Rounds for sponsoring this important legislation,” said Dave Bordewyk, Executive Director of the South Dakota NewsMedia Association. “SDNA members view the U.S. Postal Service as a strategic partner in delivering their newspapers to readers. However, declining delivery and service coupled with double-digit rate increases over the last few years are unsustainable for our members.  We need the Postal Service to succeed, and we fully support Senator Rounds in this legislation to help make that happen.”

“Our members are being forced to cope with unsustainable rates from the monopoly postal system. If something doesn’t change soon, they will be put out of business and residents will see more news deserts and an even greater loss of quality news and information. We thank Senator Welch for his leadership and support the Deliver for Democracy Act,” said Danielle Coffey, President & CEO of News/Media Alliance.

“NNA applauds the introduction of the ‘Deliver for Democracy Act.’ This bill highlights the responsibility of the USPS to accurately measure the service newspapers receive and will hold it accountable for failing to meet its service standards. For publishers who are struggling to keep their papers in circulation due to excessive rate increases, this bill is an important first step towards making the USPS a viable distribution partner again,” said John Galer, Chairman, National Newspaper Association.

BACKGROUND

In January 2021, the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) adopted regulations that established three additional forms of rate authority, including one for non-compensatory classes of mail such as periodicals and package services. Under the new regulations, USPS is provided an additional two percentage points of rate authority for any class or product of mail where costs exceed revenue. Since then, USPS has maximally exercised this authority and, if a recent notice goes into effect, will have raised periodical postage rates by over 40%.

Despite such significant rate increases, however, the Postal Service has routinely failed to meet periodicals’ basic needs and achieve the 95% on-time delivery performance standard outlined in Postmaster General DeJoy’s 10-year plan. As a result, local news outlets, which must already navigate other existential challenges, are simultaneously subject to high distribution costs and poor service.

The Deliver for Democracy Act would:

·         Require the USPS to either achieve at least a 95% on-time delivery rate for periodicals or an improvement of at least 2 percentage points to unlock its 2% surcharge authority for that class of mail;
·         Direct the USPS to annually report to the Postal Regulatory Commission on its progress in including on-time delivery data for newspapers in its periodical service performance measurement; and
·         Instruct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study and submit a report to Congress on options for alternate USPS pricing schemes to improve the financial position of periodicals.

Click HERE for full bill text.

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Gov. Noem Appoints Rick Vallery to the Transportation Commission

Gov. Noem Appoints Rick Vallery to the Transportation Commission

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Rick Vallery to serve on the Transportation Commission.

“South Dakota’s Transportation Commission is dedicated to keeping our citizens safe as they travel,” said Governor Noem, “Rick has worked with me for years both in Congress and as part of my administration, and I am confident that he will serve this state well in this new role.”

Rick Vallery was raised on a ranch near Nisland, South Dakota. After graduating from Mitchell Vocational Technical School, Vallery farmed and ranch with his dad and brother for twelve years. He then began a career with the South Dakota Farm Bureau. Over the years, Vallery has worked with South Dakota Wheat, Inc., the South Dakota Oilseeds council, the South Dakota Pulse Council, the Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

“I am honored, humbled, and very appreciative to be considered by Governor Noem for this appointment,” said Rick Vallery. “It is my hope that my years of experience of working with various state agencies and my strong desire to serve the citizens of South Dakota will be put to use in serving on the Transportation Commission.”

Rick Vallery lives in Fort Pierre with his wife Carrel. He is very active in Community Bible Church. Vallery’s hobbies include spending time with his grandkids, traveling, touring state capitols, touring different history museums, reading, and big game hunting.

A photo of Rick Vallery can be found here.

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SDDP May Federal Account FEC Filing – $44k raised, $44k spent, $53k Cash on hand. Compared to SDGOP’s $3420.40 raised.

While the Free-dumb caucusers spend their time attacking the GOP and trying to unseat it’s officeholders, someone should pay attention to the wolf at the door as Democrats are quietly in the background getting ready for the Fall.

Sddp Federal May 2024 by Pat Powers on Scribd

SD Dems are revenue neutral in their federal account with $44k raised, $44k spent, and $53k Cash on hand, but that’s more than 10x the amount raised in the federal account by the State GOP this last month.

Not sure we’ve reached a tipping point yet, but it’s like the Badlands when you drive past Belvidere heading west on I90.. it’s visible on the horizon.

Dems aren’t facing the level of toxicity that Republicans are, which is shifting vital funds over to candidates directly and away from going to the party to act as a broad support mechanism for all Republicans.

Who is going to suffer for it? Candidates who need the broad support and help.

Hate to be the canary in the coal mine. But the message is there.

It’s just a question if people are going to notice the signs before they drive off the cliff.

Weible’s D8 Senate campaign definitely wobbly.. Crabtree CRUSHES him with over 10x the amount raised, giving him just shy of $100,000.

From the Secretary of State, while Rick Weible might try to talk the talk about campaigns, he certainly is showing he has no clue how to walk the walk:

Rick WeIble Pre Primary by Pat Powers on Scribd

Weible managed to raise a so-so $6k from an apparent island of misfit toys..

including $1000 from himself, and $1000 from D7 Candidate Jeff Struwe, who is doing worse than Weible, despite Weible running his campaign. He did get $1000 from maybe-Republican Justin McNeal, and $1000 out of team Assman in S Central SD, but they seem to be donating to any anti-establishment cause.   But even the Free-dumb Caucus only slipped Weible $100.

Compared to his opponent Crabtree? It’s just not pretty.

Crabtree Sdcfdisclosure by Pat Powers on Scribd

Starting with $30,808.40 in his campaign account, after Weible announced his run, Senate Majority Leader Crabtree raised another $68,550.00 – 10x the amount Weible managed to scrape together.  Casey might want to thank Weible for being so obnoxiously offensive to… well, darn near everyone… and making it so groups were chasing after Crabtree to send him money to put him near the $100,000 mark.

With 2 weeks left, even 10 miles down the road, I don’t think Casey is letting off the accelerator while Weible is still in the station, claiming his life is in danger because he knows secrets behind the gas pump (a substitution for voting machines in our moral tale).