The “voice of the South Dakota Democrats” off the air.

I notice today that Larry Kurtz (long banned from this and other websites for his profanity, hate speech, etc) who had been promoting his website “South Dakota Progressive” as the voice of the South Dakota Democrat party, complete with links to the party, it’s candidates, etc, has announced that it is shutting down.

It comes on the heels of several bizarre and easily disproven posts such as claiming that I have been diagnosed with cancer, Mike Rounds is resigning, and claims that Kurtz had been given scurrilous information on Kristi Noem by Shantel Krebs. (Shantel told me, btw, that she’s “absolutely never talked to the guy.”)

Yeah, this is the same idiot who claims all cops are wife abusers, and exposure to plastic is a cause of homosexuality.

Fast forward to today, and most of the bizarre claims have been taken down, along with any of the branding that connected him with the South Dakota Democrat party. And a post from August has been revised to make it look like he announced going off the internet back three months ago.

Served with legal papers? Or were the Democrats demanding that he remove any and all association with them?

South Dakota Attorney General Jackley to Challenge EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

South Dakota Attorney General Jackley to Challenge EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the rule establishing performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil fuel fired power plants.

“We all recognize the importance of protecting our environment and developing energy efficiency, but I am concerned the EPA has once again exceeded its authority granted by Congress and reduced the decision-making authority of our State. The EPA’s actions will directly affect energy costs and potential energy availability to South Dakota consumers. I intend to work with other State Attorneys General to protect our State decision-making authority and our consumers who heavily depend on energy in their everyday lives,” said Jackley.

In 2014, several states submitted extensive comments on the Proposed Rule, explaining the Proposed Rule was unlawful. In addition, they also noted the EPA’s failure to comply with notice and comment requirements. Now over a year later, these comments and related concerns have not been addressed as the EPA moves forward with the implementation of the rule.

Participating states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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President Holding Defense Hostage, Says Noem

noem press header kristi noem headshot May 21 2014President Holding Defense Hostage, Says Noem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Kristi Noem today strongly denounced President Obama’s veto of H.R.1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA is an annual legislative item that sets the nation’s defense priorities.  Since an NDAA was first passed more than 50 years ago, the legislation has been vetoed only four times; today marks the fifth.

“Taking our national defense hostage and using that as leverage to increase government spending is a dangerous and unprecedented move to make,” said Noem.  “Every other NDAA veto has been issued over defense policy decisions.  This is the first time a Commander in Chief has chosen to sacrifice national security for other reasons.  The decision is unacceptable.”

The 2016 NDAA passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 15 by a margin of 269-151, with broadly bipartisan support.  The legislation includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for troops, improves access to mental health care for veterans, offers greater protections against sexual assault, and provides necessary resources in the fight against ISIL, Russian aggression, and cyber threats.

“The NDAA gives our troops the resources and authorizations they need to keep this country safe,” said Noem.  “More specifically, this legislation increases pay for our troops and their families.  It enhances the military retirement system and makes much-needed improvements to the way mental health care is handled for veterans.  It strengthens our cyber defenses, reinforces our mission to defeat ISIL, and enables us to counter Russian aggression.  The NDAA accomplishes all of this while reflecting Congress’s balanced budget plan.  It’s a strong and broadly bipartisan piece of legislation.  I will work to gain the votes necessary to override this dangerous veto.”

The House of Representatives is currently scheduled to vote on a veto override on November 5.

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