Dems claiming no national affiliation on Women’s March. But.. then why do locals have suggestions for avoiding controversy?

South Dakota Democrats are moving quickly to try to weasel away from the controversies over allegations of anti-Semitism and other allegations of bigotry involved with this years’ Women’s March, proclaiming independence from the national Women’s March:

If that’s the case… then why is the local group posting tips from the national group on how to avoid the controversy:

That seems like a lot of effort of State Democrats to not do what they should be doing.  Wouldn’t it be easier for local Democrats to reject the anti-Semitism of the national leaders of the Women’s March group, such as the national Democrat Party has done, and drop their co-sponsorship?

Why won’t State Democrats do the easy thing to reject and distance themselves from what their former National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has cited as “anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric?

Probably because South Dakota Dems are hip deep in tomorrow’s rally:

Democrat State Reps. Kelly Sullivan, Linda Duba, and Erin Healy are all on the just-released list of speakers at the rally.

Ah. No wonder they won’t join the national Democrat Party and do the obviously right thing.

GOP Chairman calls on State Democrat Party to cease promotion of Women’s March over anti-Semitism and bigotry

GOP Chairman calls on State Democrat Party to cease promotion of Women’s March over anti-Semitism and bigotry

South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman has issued the following statement, calling on the leaders of the South Dakota Democrat Party to reject the anti-Semitism being endorsed by the movement’s leaders, and to cease their endorsement and promotion of tomorrow’s event.

Lederman cited the National Democrat Party dropping sponsorship of the Women’s March this week over the troubling associations that leaders of the movement have had with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan, refusing to disavow and denounce Farrakhan’s statements when called to do so this week.

“Frankly, I’m somewhat shocked that after the National Democrat Party rejected their association with the Women’s March group this week over the racism and bigotry being tacitly endorsed by the group’s leaders to find that the South Dakota Democrat Party had not only NOT followed suit but is still actively promoting the event through e-mail and social media,” Lederman said.  “I’m not sure why South Dakota Democrat Chairwoman Ann Tornberg hits the mute button when it comes to the state’s Jewish Community.”

Lederman continued, “one leader of the Women’s March attends Farrakhan’s speeches – a man who said that Hitler was a great man –  and posts her support for him on social media. Another leader throws out the dog whistle of complaining about people who choose “allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy.”  As a voter, and a member of South Dakota’s small but proud Jewish community, it’s hard to fathom why the State Democrat Party refuses to ‘get it.’”

After the State Democrat Party brought in Keith Ellison in 2017, hosting a dinner speaker with a previous association with Farrakhan, and now continuing their advertising of this year’s Women’s March despite national outrage, Lederman called on the State Democrat Party to respond “whether they will continue in their current policies, or they will finally recognize that the Jewish community is part of South Dakota’s electorate?”

SD Dems still advertising Women’s March, despite national dems dropping sponsorship over anti-semitism.

Former National Democrat Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has taken up a public position on some big problems with the National Women’s March:

While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.

Instead, this weekend, I will join a movement of women around the nation who are participating in local marches that have distanced themselves from those national Women’s March leaders who still ally with bigotry.

I am not alone. Teresa Shook, who launched the movement with her viral Facebook post, has publicly called for the co-chairs to resign, writing that Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory “have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform” of the march.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, EMILY’s List and the Democratic National Committee I once led are among the groups distancing themselves from the national event. The Washington State Women’s March rebuked the national group, noting its leaders’ failure to “apologize for their anti-Semitic stance.”

Read that here.

And it’s not just Debbie. The Democrat National Committee has adopted a similar position:

The Democratic National Committee has become the latest group to remove its name from the list of sponsors of the Women’s March less than 24 hours after one of the March’s leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised interview.

Read it here.

While many of the Women’s Marches around the nation have been canceled due to the founder’s support of racist and bigoted statements, and Democrats are trying to distance themselves because of the outrage over the anti-semitism being espoused by the allies of the movement’s leaders, what’s happening in South Dakota?

This morning, it’s being advertised by State Democrats via their social media, and through e-mail blasts from the State Democrat Party.

So, state dems are ok with “anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric” as long as they think no one is noticing?  Good to know.

Noem Taps Pierre Attorney for Deputy General Counsel 

Noem Taps Pierre Attorney for Deputy General Counsel 

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Katie Hruska will join her staff as deputy general counsel.

“Katie has proven herself as a committed advocate who works hard to deliver results for people from all walks of life,” said Noem. “I’m grateful for Katie’s people-first work ethic, and I look forward to working with her to create a stronger South Dakota for the next generation.”

“Governor Noem has bold ideas for the future of our state, and I’m thrilled to be part of her team,” said Hruska. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to serve South Dakota.”

Hruska currently serves as an attorney with May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP where she practices administrative and regulatory law, employment law, family law, and civil litigation. Previously, she worked as a law clerk in the sixth judicial circuit and has licensure with the Supreme Courts of South Dakota and Minnesota, the District Court of South Dakota, and the United States Supreme Court.

Hruska is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and now resides in Pierre with her husband.


Noem to Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

Noem to Deliver Budget Address Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem will deliver her 2019 Budget Address to a joint legislature on Wednesday, January 23 at 1pm CT in the state House Chamber.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio, and the app, and re-air the address on SDPB1 TV at 10pm CT and be archived online at and the PBS Roku, AppleTV, and FireTV apps.


Municipal League Executive Director banned from floor for calling legislators “Wackies”

From the South Dakota Municipal League 1-17-19 weekly legislative update, it sounds like a battle is brewing:

From: Yvonne Taylor []
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:55 PM
Subject: 1-17-19 Update

Attached and pasted below, the update this week. Sidewalk draft is also attached. – Y

Something very disturbing has happened this week. On Monday, I was called into the office of the Speaker of the House, Representative Steven Haugaard (R), Sioux Falls, asked to close the door, and a conversation ensued about a column I wrote for our magazine, SD Municipalities, in May, 2018. The Speaker told me that I had made the Legislature look like “a bunch of buffoons” and that I was allowed to think the thoughts expressed in the column, but that I could not publish them. He then asked me to not be on the House Floor during the times it was open to the public until further notice.

Yesterday, after consulting with multiple attorneys, I had a letter delivered to the Speaker saying I disagreed with the premise of his action, and stated that I wanted to have a written justification of his authority to ban me from the floor by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16. I received no response.

This morning at 9 a.m., I approached the Sergeant at Arms and asked if I could come onto the floor. I was told he had been instructed not to let me on the floor. I asked who had given that order, and he replied “The Speaker.” He further handed me a section of Mason’s Rules that refer to Contempt and maintaining order.

I am unable to adequately represent you without being able to speak to members on the Floor of the House when it is open to the public. I am seeking legal counsel on this situation, but if you would like to communicate with your legislators on this issue, I would appreciate your support.

I’m thinking this isn’t the last we’re going to hear of this. in fact, this might be the opening salvo in a battle between the legislature and the lobbyist corps.

However, Yvonne’s article that triggered the action from the Speaker wasn’t exactly what you’d expect from someone who is supposed to convince legislators to vote their way:

I’m sure Legislators didn’t appreciate a blanket statement being called “Wackies” in the State’s Municipal League newsletter.

What are your thoughts?

SDGOP Chair & Vice-Chair announce they are all in for another term after successful 2018 election

While the Democrats are trying to figure out who gets to be in charge of chair rearrangement on the Titanic after the 2018 Election cycle, after a successful year winning all of their statewide races, and once again returning historic high numbers of South Dakota Republicans to the State Legislature, the State Republican Party’s Chair Dan Lederman and Vice-chair Linda Raisch announced their re-election bids today.

Also noted in the e-mail is that that the other members of the GOP’s leadership team (Secretary Marilyn Oakes, and Treasurer Justin Bell) are also planning on running again:

Thune: Grateful for Those Who March for Life

Thune: Grateful for Those Who March for Life

“I can think of few greater things than to defend the defenseless, to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today expressed his gratitude for the thousands of people who travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life, a peaceful rally to standup for the unborn.

Thune’s speech below (as prepared for delivery):

“Mr. President, this Friday, as they do every year, individuals from every corner of the United States will come to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national March for Life.

“As usual, South Dakotans will be among them.

“Tens of thousands of individuals will march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court to bear witness to a simple truth: that unborn babies are human beings and that they deserve to be protected.

“Mr. President, it can be easy sometimes for human beings to turn their backs on injustice.

“We don’t want to get involved.

“We’re reluctant to speak out.

“And it’s particularly easy to turn our backs in the case of abortion, because the injustice of abortion is hidden.

“It happens out of public view, behind closed doors.

“But we must not forget that every day in the United States, unborn babies are being killed.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compiles data on the number of U.S. abortions, reports that there were more than 638,000 legal induced abortions in 2015. 


“That is roughly equivalent to three-quarters of the population of South Dakota.

“That is an incredible number of lives lost.

“An incredible amount of joy lost.

“An incredible amount of love lost.

“And it’s all too easy to forget, because we don’t see it happening.

“But, Mr. President, we can’t forget.

“We can’t forget injustice.

“We can’t let fear or discomfort stop us from speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

“And fortunately, there are tens of thousands of men and women and young people around this country who are committed to speaking up for the unborn.

“And who travel to Washington, D.C., every year to remind us of the truth about abortion.

“To remind us that abortion is the destruction of an innocent human life.

“That every abortion kills an innocent human being, with her own DNA and her own distinct identity.

“Mr. President, I can think of few greater things than to defend the defenseless, to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

I am grateful for all those who will march through the streets of D.C. on Friday to speak up for the innocent unborn.

“I thank them for reminding us of this great injustice.

“And I join them in praying that one day every child will be safe from abortion.”