Rave, others sign on for Jeb Bush

The AP has a story this morning noting former GOP Chair, and current Senate Majority Leader, Tim Rave has signed on to support Jeb Bush for President:

A South Dakota lawmaker who formed a group to back potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush is being joined by some top state legislators.

Sioux Falls Republican Rep. Steve Westra says Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and seven others have signed on to his volunteer group.

Read it here.

(So who are the others? Nice detail, AP)

Rounds Offers Amendment to Protect Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Rounds Offers Amendment to Protect Taxpayers
from Waste, Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced an amendment to the budget resolution requiring Congress to include findings from Inspectors General (IG) when examining ways to reduce waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies.

“We owe it to South Dakota taxpayers to make certain their hard-earned dollars are spent wisely in Washington,” said Rounds. “I’ve already been working with IGs in my committee work and know firsthand how valuable their reports can be in finding waste, fraud and abuse among agencies. My amendment seeks to include this valuable information when conducting important oversight work in Congress.”

The current budget resolution calls for Congressional oversight committees to examine the biennial Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High Risk List when finding ways to seek waste, fraud and abuse within their agencies of jurisdiction. Rounds’ amendment would add Inspector General semi-annual reports and unimplemented recommendations as part of that oversight process.


Robocall defense lawyer back in the news.

Shawn Tornow, who defended Dan Willard in the infamous Robocall case by saying Stace Nelson could have done it, (and last we knew still represents Nelson in the civil Robocall lawsuit) now has a new gig in court: 

In a motion filed earlier this month, Rasmussen’s lawyer, Shawn Tornow, said local media coverage has “negatively reflected on my client.” Attached to the motion were several articles referring to Rasmussen as one of the “homicide players” in the LeBeau murder. 
 Tornow wrote that “nearly all of such stories” have “this young defendant in a negative light — arguably a negative and wrongful media-generate inaccurate projection of (the) defendant as some type of more calculating and/or more mature ‘Black Widow’.” 

Read it here.

Tornow is moving from misdemeanor election violation cases to drug robbery conspiracy cases?

Is it me, or is the OST Council starting to sound a little too much like a middle eastern country?

Is it me, or does the string of Pine Ridge tribal ‘bans’  seem a little too much like what happens in middle eastern countries, as they’ve first banned the attorney of the man accused of spilling beer on kids, and now have banned the Rapid City Journal because they wrote a headline that angered them? (and later apologized for)

From a past issue of USA Today:

The Moroccan government has banned an issue of the French magazine L’Express International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the relationship between that religion and Christianity.

Information Minister Khalid Naciri said Sunday that he had no choice but to ban the current issue because of the offensive nature of the articles it contained. The minister said the kingdom’s press code allows the government to shut down or ban any publication deemed to offend Islam or the king.

Read that here.

And from the Argus Leader, yesterday:

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City Journal after the newspaper published a headline the tribe found objectionable.

Tribal spokesman Kevin Steele told KCSR-AM that the ban will stay in effect until the newspaper apologizes for a headline that questioned whether a group of Native American students stood for the pledge of allegiance at a Rapid City Rush hockey game.

Read that here.

The last time I checked, tribes were governed by federal law.  But, apparently the OST governing council doesn’t think the bill of rights applies to them, specifically freedom of the press.

What are your thoughts?

So, what’s going on out there?

I’m sitting at a coffee shop in Sioux Falls waiting for a meeting that had to be pushed back, reflecting on the happenings of the day.

What have I heard today?

I heard that SD politico Chris Hupke may have signed on to work for the Trump presidential effort. (No word if they all have to wear their hair like that).

Patrick Davis has responded to the story attacking he and SD attorney Joel Arends. Apparently the source publication is a George Soros org:

Patrick Davis released the following statement in response to the story which first appeared in the radical leftist George Soros funded ProPublica online publication.

“I am pleased to announce that Person to Person PAC, Red State Productions, Patrick Davis Consulting, Italia Federici and Joel Arends have resolved their differences with Vote 2 Reduce Debt in an amicable settlement following our work together in 2014 to raise public awareness of America’s spiraling national debt and the importance of electing Senators and Congressman who pledged, if elected, to take steps to reverse the nation’s path to financial and fiscal ruin.

Recently, each of us was contacted by Pro Publica reporter Robert Fateruchi, who was apparently being fed false and misleading allegations against and/or about our efforts, our work, our project and/or our relationship(s) with one another – in a seeming attempt to discredit our legitimate efforts to change the course of America’s out-of-control spending.

These allegations include misquoted sources and fabricated quotes in an effort by Mr. Fateruchi and Pro Publica to malign the reputations of all parties involved in this important cause, as a means, no doubt, of furthering Pro Publica’s leftist agenda that we were involved in defeating in 2014. Pro Publica is nothing more than an arm of the radical George Soros-funded network of liberal media outlets formed to attack, defame, and undermine legitimate activities of committed conservatives.

This should be a lesson to all conservative activists and consultants standing, working and speaking in the public arena. When you are effective the left will attack you. Be prepared to fight. No good deed goes unpunished.

It is my prayer that God will bless Ken Davis and his family with good health, happiness and prosperity and that God will bless the United States of America and the conservative patriots standing, working and speaking for freedom and liberty against tyranny and evil.”

I’m also hearing (and seeing) that things are kind of slow politically at the moment.

What are you hearing out there?

Thune at Ag Hearing: Waters of the U.S. Rule Prime Example of EPA Overreach

Thune at Ag Hearing: Waters of the U.S. Rule Prime Example of EPA Overreach

“Waters of the U.S. rule is another example of what has become an all-too-common practice of this administration to reach into the lives, livelihoods, and pocketbooks of the American people it is supposed to be helping.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today sharply criticized the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial Waters of the U.S. rule at hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee entitled, “Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impact of EPA’s Proposed Rule.” Thune noted that the EPA’s overreach has generated so much concern and controversy that stakeholders have weighed in with over a million comments to the proposed rule.

Video of Thune statement is available here.

“[W]hat concerns me the most about this EPA proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is that it is another example of what has become an all-too-common practice of this administration to reach into the lives, livelihoods, and pocketbooks of the American people it is supposed to be helping.

“Even before this rule is finalized, the cost of just the proposed rule to the people it is supposed to be helping is staggering. Think about the amount of time taken for respondents to file over a million comments to the proposed rule, the number Congressional hearings including this one, and individuals, small businesses and county and state governments who have worked hard to keep this rule from destroying their livelihoods has cost already millions of dollars to counter a government that was created to be of assistance.”


Rounds Applauds FAA’s Approval of Powder River Training Complex Expansion for Ellsworth Air Force Base

Rounds Applauds FAA’s Approval of Powder River Training Complex Expansion for Ellsworth Air Force Base

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that it has approved the Air Force’s proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC). PRTC encompasses air space over South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. This is the last step in the expansion process.

“I commend the collaborative efforts of the Air Force and the FAA, who have worked diligently to see this important project through,” said Rounds. “The expansion of PRTC will not only provide additional air space for our men and women in uniform to train for combat, it will save Ellsworth Air Force Base millions of dollars a year in fuel costs. Completion of the project solidifies the critical role Ellsworth plays – and will continue to play – in military readiness and national defense.”


Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On PRTC Expansion

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On PRTC Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today commending the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to approve the Air Force’s expansion of the Powder River Training Complex.

“I am pleased that the Powder River Training Complex has finally been approved,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This expanded airspace will provide tremendous benefits to the Air Force, including the servicemen and women stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. I appreciate the efforts of Sen. Thune, the Ellsworth Development Authority, the Ellsworth Task Force and others as we worked with the Department of Defense to bring this project to fruition.”


SD CR’s to host Michelle Malkin at 2015 State CR convention on May 2


BROOKINGS, S.D.–The South Dakota College Republicans announce that blogger, columnist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Michelle Malkin will be headlining the 2015 College Republican Convention at South Dakota State University.


Malkin will deliver a speech at the SDSU Performing Arts Center 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 that is free and open to the public.  The event is being hosted by the College Republicans and is co-sponsored with Young America’s Foundation.


“We are thrilled to bring someone of Michelle’s talent, experience, and political insight to South Dakota,” said State College Republicans Chairman Joe Schartz.  “Her story should bring people of all political beliefs to SDSU, and we especially hope that students will be interested in hearing about her journey as a conservative writer.”


Malkin is similarly excited to bring her message to the convention.  “I can’t wait to visit South Dakota State University and share my story of how and why I believe conservative principles are best for protecting and enhancing individual freedom and prosperity. I’m thrilled by the invitation of the South Dakota College Republicans and impressed with their activism and engagement,” she said.


Members of the public interested in reserving seats for the free event are encouraged to RSVP at: https://eventbrite.com/event/16170985854/


State Republican Chairman Pam Roberts expects the event to be well attended. “I am proud of our College Republicans for hosting Michelle Malkin and generating interest in political discussion in South Dakota,” said Roberts.


Malkin began her career in newspaper journalism with the Los Angeles Daily News, where she worked as an editorial writer and weekly columnist from 1992-94. In 1995, she was named Warren Brookes Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1996, she joined the editorial board of the Seattle Times, where she penned editorials and weekly columns for three and a half years. 


She has been a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate since 1999. Her twice-weekly column is carried by the New York Post, National Review, Townhall.com, and many other newspapers and websites. 


Her first book, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists Criminals & Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores, published in 2002, was a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent book, Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, was #1 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction bestseller list for six weeks in a row. 


She has founded three successful conservative websites: michellemalkin.comHotAir.com (sold to Salem Communications in 2010), and Twitchy.com (sold to Salem Communications in 2013). 


The daughter of Filipino immigrants, Malkin was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1970 and was raised in southern New Jersey. She has worked as a press inserter, tax preparation aide, and network news librarian. She is also a lapsed classical pianist. 


She lives with her husband and two children in Colorado Springs, Colo.