Gov. Noem Launches “33 in a 65” Ad for Freedom Works Here

Gov. Noem Launches “33 in a 65” Ad for Freedom Works Here


PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem launched the “33 in a 65”ad as part of the Freedom Works Here nationwide workforce recruitment campaign. The ad features Governor Noem as a state trooper to recruit more law enforcement officers to South Dakota.

 “South Dakota is the Freest state in America,” said Governor Noem. “Now we’re making it the safest by putting more police on our streets. So I’m on the road until we can hire more.”

In the ad, Governor Noem pulls over Congressman Dusty Johnson for driving too slow – “33 in a 65.”

“We respect law enforcement because they protect our Freedoms,” continued Governor Noem. “We have no state income tax and the fastest growing incomes.”

Governor Noem launched Freedom Works Here in June to tell South Dakota’s story and recruit more Freedom-loving Americans to the state. It has been the most successful workforce recruitment campaign in state history. More than 8,800 people have expressed interest in moving to South Dakota, and 2,230 of those have connected with our team to begin their move – some have already moved here! The ads have been viewed over 950 million times.

These numbers represent those working directly through the “Freedom Works Here” program. Even more people are finding jobs and moving to South Dakota of their own accord after seeing the ads.

You can read about some Freedom Works Here success stories here and here. More information about the Freedom Works Here campaign can be found at FreedomWorksHere.com.

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Johnson Votes to Impeach Mayorkas


Johnson Votes to Impeach Mayorkas

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the southern border.

“The southern border is an abject disaster,” said Johnson. “His willful and systemic refusal to comply with laws set by Congress has created a safety and security crisis around America. Mayorkas has failed to uphold his oath of office and should be removed.”

Click here or the image above to view remarks from Johnson about his vote to impeach Secretary Mayorkas

Background:

  • Since January 2021, there have been over 8.3 million illegal crossings nationwide. More than 7 million of these are from the southern border.
  • The Biden Administration has taken over 60 actions to undermine border security.
  • Johnson is a strong proponent of border security measures. He has:
    • Voted 72 times for stronger border policies
    • Voted 21 times to increase resources to DHS, CBP, and ICE
    • Voted 9 times to protest harmful border policies while Nancy Pelosi was Speaker
    • Voted 8 times to hold the Biden administration accountable for border failures
    • Voted 7 times to halt the flow of illegal drugs across the border

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Oh! Hearing that they voted me off the island!

Just had an update by a friend who is talking to an attendee, who indicated that the resolution from the state GOP central committee to not work with me anymore because I had the temerity to advocate for Republicans being able to win elections did pass!  Uh oh!

(Like I’m gonna let someone else scoop me on being voted off the island?)

So, sorry guys. Sorry Lee Q. Sorry Senator Pischke. Sorry R. Shawn. That’s not going to get me to sit down and be quiet.

Quite the opposite.

Update..

More reports coming in. Heard that Lee Qualm was the one who brought the resolution. But Senator Pischke was one of the biggest whiners, complaining to the Republican State Central Committee about how he felt he was under personal attack by this website for noting things such as his recent Senate Bill commanding the National Guard to be called out to investigate cloud seeding, and weather control reports.

Well… I can’t help it if “tinfoil Tom” doesn’t like it when I notice he brings this kind of legislation. But I don’t think his lament is going to stop me from commenting on the ridiculousness of what he does (or doesn’t do) in Pierre.

Sounds like today’s GOP central committee meeting is partially about me

Sounds like an interesting central committee meeting.

Live updates I am getting apparently have several people such as Lee Qualm and Tom Pischke complaining about me and trying to pass a motion for the party to not do business with me.. not sure if it’s because I’ve helped people run against them, or if it’s because I point out actions that defy logic.

Kind of surprised that they feel so threatened by me.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Gov. Noem Announces District 32 Legislative Appointment

Gov. Noem Announces District 32 Legislative Appointment

State Rep Conzet/Legislative Research Council

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem appointed Kristin (Kris) Conzet to represent District 32 in the South Dakota House of Representatives, effective February 10, 2024. The vacancy was created after Governor Noem appointed Becky Drury to represent District 34.

“I am happy to appoint Kris to this role,” said Governor Noem. “She has a robust background of public service and I look forward to working with her as District 32’s new Representative.”

Conzet served in the South Dakota State Legislature from 2010-2018. During her time in the legislature, she served as Majority Whip, chaired local government, was vice chair of commerce and energy, and served on health and human services, state affairs, and taxation.

“I am grateful for Governor Noem’s appointment to represent District 32 in the South Dakota House of Representatives,” said Conzet. “Drawing from my previous legislative experience, I am confident in my ability to serve effectively, even with the limited time remaining in this year’s Legislative session.”

Conzet is a strong conservative. While in the legislature, she voted in favor of Constitutional Carry, supported then State Representative Noem’s legislation that firearms manufactured and retained in South Dakota were not subject to federal regulation, and consistently voted for pro-life legislation. Conzet has degrees in English and mass communications from the University of South Dakota. She lives in Rapid City with her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Katie, who is a senior at USD.

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Dakota Scout has story on Shad Olson charges; “strangulation of a female victim”

Dakota Scout has a story tonight on the Shad Olson arrest and incarceration, which includes some disturbing allegations of abuse by Olson, including strangulation:

According to court documents, the incident leading to Olson’s arrest entailed strangulation of a female victim and an attempt to evade arrest before he was taken into custody and placed in the Meade County Jail.

Go read the entire story here.

That’s really disturbing. If true, I hope this victim gets the help and the justice she needs.

If you are a victim of abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.

Gov. Noem Signs Bills to Streamline State Government into Law



Gov. Noem Signs Bills to Streamline State Government into Law

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed the following 29 bills to streamline state government into law:

  • SB 2 removes provisions for establishing a uniform method for calculating high school credit received from completing a postsecondary course;
  • SB 4 revises provisions regarding township contracts for snow removal;
  • SB 19 rescinds rulemaking authority pertaining to the process for publishing required voter registration numbers;
  • SB 21 rescinds rule-making authority for the annual report of the number of voters removed from a county’s voter registration list;
  • SB 23 exempts an electric vehicle charging station from being subject to a civil fine for overcharging;
  • SB 24 increases the maximum user fee for a participant submitting to wear a drug patch under the 24/7 sobriety program;
  • SB 33 repeals the Petroleum Release Compensation Board;
  • SB 37 revises provisions regarding repair and maintenance of mail routes;
  • SB 38 amends the amount a merchant or place of business may assess against returned checks;
  • SB 41 modifies an administrative procedure for revoking a nonresponsive insurance producer’s license;
  • SB 59 provides for the downgrade of commercial driver licenses and commercial learners permits upon notice of certain drug and alcohol violations;
  • SB 60 updates references to certain regulations regarding medical qualifications for certain commercial drivers;
  • SB 65 modifies time limits for collection efforts for debts owed to the state;
  • HB 1003 updates a reference to the Internal Revenue Code for purposes of higher education savings plans;
  • HB 1004 updates the official code of laws;
  • HB 1005 revises the manner of citing the Administrative Rules of South Dakota;
  • HB 1006 increases the amount of time permitted the Interim Rules Review Committee to review final permanent rulemaking materials;
  • HB 1011 revises the membership of the South Dakota Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission;
  • HB 1018 revises certain references to the Internal Revenue Code;
  • HB 1020 revises the method by which completion of a required suicide awareness and prevention training is verified;
  • HB 1026 clarifies the requirement for the construction or expansion of a municipal campground or tourist accommodation facility;
  • HB 1030 updates statutory and regulatory references pertaining to water pollution;
  • HB 1031 updates the development and implementation of conservation district standards;
  • HB 1050 updates references to certain federal motor carrier regulations;
  • HB 1051 makes technical changes to provisions regarding the compensation of agents;
  • HB 1055 raises the appraisal value of surplus property that may be sold by a political subdivision without notice;
  • HB 1063 amends the valuation service used to value vehicles;
  • HB 1068 allows disabled veterans to obtain a standard issue county motor vehicle or motorcycle license plate; and,
  • HB 1074 expands eligibility to practice as a dental hygienist under the collaborative supervision of a dentist.

Governor Noem has signed 40 bills into law this legislative session.

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Gov. Noem Signs Pro-2A Bills into Law


Gov. Noem Signs Pro-2A Bills into Law
Signs Pro-Hunting and Ag Bills 

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two pro-Second Amendment bills into law. SB 39 prohibits a homeowners’ association from placing restrictions on firearms or firearm ammunition. And HB 1035 extends the period of renewal for an enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol.

“South Dakota is a Second Amendment haven,” said Governor Noem. “These two bills strengthen our reputation as the most pro-Second Amendment state in the nation. I will always be proud to stand for the God-given right of every American to keep and bear arms.”

Governor Noem also signed the following three pro-hunting and agriculture bills into law:

  • SB 22 amends language regarding the licensing period for a grain buyer;
  • SB 54 updates hunting and fishing residency requirements; and,
  • HB 1033 addresses the administration of State Conservation Commission functions by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Governor Noem has signed 11 bills into law this legislative session.

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Gov. Noem Responds to President Star Comes Out 

Gov. Noem Responds to President Star Comes Out

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to Oglala Sioux Tribe President Frank Star Comes Out’s comments:

”In my first year serving as Governor, I repeatedly visited Pine Ridge to work on relationships between the State of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I wanted to work with them on a number of issues – I still do. In my last visit to Pine Ridge, as I was speaking before an assembly, one gentleman said to me, ‘Governor Noem, I hear lots of bad things about you. And I believe them. But you’re coming here so much now, I’m starting to think that you care.’ Shortly after that meeting, I was banned from the tribe.

“It is unfortunate that President Star Comes Out chose to bring politics into a discussion regarding the effects of our federal government’s failure to enforce federal laws at the southern border and on tribal lands. My focus continues to be on working together to solve those problems.

“I have been working for years to build relationships with our tribes. My state agencies and departments have worked with tribal leaders on a daily basis to deliver services to tribal communities including healthcare, economic development, social services, housing, food programs, suicide prevention, drug addiction treatment, infrastructure costs, and emergency response.

“I am grateful to have celebrated the hanging of two tribal flags in honor in the Capitol Rotunda last month – we are close to having more flags and look forward to holding the next ceremony soon. We have signed gaming compacts, and the first two bills that I signed this legislative session prioritize relationships between the State and our tribes.

“These relationships are by no means perfect; there is still disagreement at times. Any relationship takes work and consistent effort.

“In my speech to the legislature earlier this week, I told the truth of the devastation that drugs and human trafficking have on our state and our people. The Mexican cartels are not only impacting our tribal reservations; they are impacting every community, from our big cities to our small towns. But our tribal reservations are bearing the worst of that in South Dakota. Speaking this fact is not meant to blame the tribes in any way – they are the victim here. They are the victim of cartel-driven criminal activity, and they are the victim of inaction by the federal government.

“I also recognize and said in my border address that issues with tribal law enforcement predate the Biden Administration. I had conversations about these issues with former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. In my experience, unlike the current administration, the previous administration was willing to have conversations about how we can work together to address these challenges.

“I thank President Star Comes out for his service in our nation’s military. As I told bipartisan Native American legislators earlier this week, ‘I am not the one with a stiff arm, here. You can’t build relationships if you don’t spend time together.’ I stand ready to work with any of our state’s Native American tribes to build such a relationship.”

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