And a word from Lora Hubbel….. Beware the coming eclipse!

Over on facebook, GOP Gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel wants us to watch the skies for what might be an ominous sign from God of impending doom.

Or maybe, it’s just a natural astronomical phenomena where the moon passes between the earth and sun. You pick.
(I linked the image in case you wanted to read the same article this gubernatorial hopeful shares with her followers.)

No wonder Lora Hubbel Blocked me. She’s turning the nutty up to 11.

Because I’m like Curious George, minus the man in the yellow hat, I had to see what Lora Hubbel was espousing on Facebook that was so secret that she felt she had to block my ability so see.

Apparently, as she discloses, she’s no longer holding back, and has launched her first attack, this one on Dusty Johnson for talking about an electoral path forward in 2008 after “after Romney lost to Obama.”   (Never mind that Romney didn’t run that year.)

And that the GOP brought in “single, metrosexual men to blend in and turn our party from conservative to RINO,” with Lora claiming “our party,” while conveniently ignoring her own recent Independent candidacy for Lt. Gov, as well as her recent stint as chair for the Constitution Party:

Good grief.   This is a bit like two years ago when she accused the State GOP of being run by homosexuals..

..Two years ago, it was gay men, now it’s “single, metrosexual men” infiltrating the GOP. It’s another instance of crazy accusations with no basis in reality.  None. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

And Dusty’s point in 2008 is just as valid now as it was then:  “Conservatism is most effective when it is thoughtful, not toxic.

A lesson Lora has failed to learn. Over, and over, and over.

On the failed Sioux Falls School Opt Out Petition: Lora Hubbel there for the glory, but not for the work?

After passage of an opt-out On June 19th, former (and once again) Gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel made a point to be all over the media talking about her efforts to “Stop the Opt Out:”

Armed with petitions, clip boards and a vehement distaste for taxes, Lora Hubbel is carving a path to 6,000 signatures.

Hubbel, a Republican candidate for governor and former state legislator, believes the Sioux Falls school board should have done more to inform taxpayers about a move to bring more money into schools through increasing local property taxes.

That’s why she’s leading “Stop the Opt Out,” a group working to refer the board’s decision to a public vote.


If the opt out were to make it to a public vote, and taxpayers voted it down, the Sioux Falls School District could face decisions about program cuts as reserve funds dwindle, Business Manager Todd Vik said.

“If they do get too low, the things that will suffer are special programs … and salaries,” Vik said, adding that special programs include reading programs and those for English language learners.

But Hubbel isn’t buying it.

“I feel no pity for them,” she said.

Read it all here.

Fast forward to this past week, and Hubbel’s group “Stop the Opt Out” fell far short of the 6000 signatures she planned to deliver:

SD Learn and Stop the Opt Out, two groups with the same mission of letting taxpayers weigh in on the school tax levy, both fell short of the 5,374 signatures, which needed to be turned in by 5 p.m. Friday.

Mary Buysse, who led SD Learn, said Friday that the Fourth of July holiday impeded the group’s ability to collect signatures on their petitions.

They were a “few hundred” short, Buysse said, declining to disclose how many signatures the group received.

“We really believed we were going to make this today,” Buysse said after the 5 p.m. deadline passed.

The group did not bother to turn in the petitions to the Instructional Planning Center, though a few dozen signatures were turned in by Lora Hubbel, leader of Stop the Opt Out, who believed they were “stragglers” added late to the game.

Read it here.

Shortly on the heels of the announcement of the failure of the measure to be referred to an opt-out, in typical Lora form after directly turning in a few dozen signatures, Lora Hubbel took to social media to blast the other group collecting signatures with a flame thrower:

So what’s the truth in this matter? It’s not the fantasy that Lora Hubbel is trying to sell. Not in the least. Why? Because what I’m hearing is the actual story is one of Lora glory-hounding for the Media, and little more.

Here’s what I’m hearing. A source is telling me that as the SD Learn group was preparing to turn in petitions, Lora dropped off with the group the signatures that her people had collected. Approximately 314 signatures.  That’s in comparison to over 3500 signatures that the SD Learn group had collected.

So, despite mugging for the cameras constantly on this issue over the past few weeks, I’m told Lora had collected fewer than 10% of the signatures of the other group. As it was offhandedly described to me, her efforts consisted of handing out petitions to a few friends, and then spent the rest of the time scraping up her flooring.  That might be an exaggeration, but as I’m told, providing fewer than 10% of the collected signatures to the effort is not.

Unfortunately, with the Hubbel end of the effort not coming close to the efforts of the other group, it was quickly evident that the petition drive was not going to succeed, despite strong efforts in the final days. I’m told the group collected 500 signatures on Friday, alone.  Unfortunately, with a short 20-day window of referral, the 4th of July holiday greatly hampered efforts.

Falling short of the needed 5374 valid signatures for referral, I’m told the group that held the bulk of the signatures declined to turn the documents in as those would become public documents, and there were teachers who signed who may have feared retaliation should their named be made public in connection with the effort.

So, despite the tale that Lora is trying to spin, if her efforts had been able to produce an equal number of signatures to the SD Learn group the referral would be well on it’s way to the ballot box.

Maybe she should have put her efforts into producing, instead of rolling like-minded allies under the bus.

(Postscript: I’m hearing the SD Learn group is going to be filing as a Statewide PAC group to formalize their efforts and continue what they’re trying to do to empower parents and taxpayers in School Districts across the state. They already have plans for efforts in other communities.)

SDWC Author Featured in Argus Leader Article on Hubbel’s entrance into the race for Governor.

I must be having a jerky, muckraking day.  After relating what I found out about the Secretary of State’s Vote 605 App, I find myself quoted in the Argus Leader, commenting about the entrance of Lora Hubbel into the race for Governor:

Since Hubbel lost her races for governor then lieutenant governor in 2014, she has since run unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat and started a petition effort to stop a Sioux Falls School Board move to increase property taxes to fund schools.

That losing streak is unlikely to end in 2018, said Pat Powers, author of the Republican website Dakota War College.

“Lora’s views are not in step with a lot of South Dakotans and I don’t know if she’s going to be able to overcome that,” Powers said. “She has exhibited and expressed some views that some people might consider toward the fringe.”

Powers said Trump’s campaign was able to pull more than 60 percent of the vote in South Dakota, but Hubbel likely couldn’t do that by sharing some of the president’s talking points.

“I don’t think she’s going to be able to duplicate that success,” he said.

Read it here.

Actually I think they me made sound much more magnanimous than I was. 🙂

Hubbel to make it official on July 7th. Suggestions on venue?

From Twitter:

Any suggestions?  I won’t be there, as it’s the Brookings Arts festival, and my little sister is going to be in town from Denver with her kids.

I was going to suggest a location in SESD…. but that one is too easy.   How about the Sioux Falls Airport? That way she can talk about both the pre-jihad she say is is taking place there, as well as jet contrails.

Most likely, she’s going to end up at the Sioux Falls Library.


Lora Hubbel throws gasoline on her spat with Stace Nelson

Pass the popcorn!  Former US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson and current Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel had been bickering with each other a while back, supposedly because Stace wanted to run, and Lora did, effectively splitting the hard right vote.

The bickering had settled down, but from this facebook post, I think that assessment may have been premature:

According to Lora Hubbel, South Central South Dakotans are abusive and neglectful.

Seriously, I don’t go looking for this stuff. But when it pops into my twitter feed, it’s hard to ignore statements from an alleged Gubernatorial Candidate that go beyond the pale:

A child was allegedly abused in an Iowa home, and dies a horrific death. And somehow GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel translates that into an indictment of the people who dwell in South Central South Dakota?