Someone must have watched a documentary.

Because of the high probability of it – legislators have banded together to ban the practice in the state:

Introduced by: Representatives Bordeaux and Kirschman and Senator Buhl O’Donnell

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.
Section 1. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
The term, hydraulic fracturing, means a mechanical method of increasing the permeability of rock to increase the amount of oil and gas produced from the rock.
Section 2. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person may engage in hydraulic fracturing in this state.

They’re going after fracking in South Dakota? Are they serious?  Don’t you have to actually have measurable levels of oil and gas production before you start getting snippy about what types of production you will allow?

It sounds more like someone saw a documentary, and thought they needed a bill. This is silly.

Rounds Issues Statement from Hearing on Native American Health Care in the Great Plains

Rounds Issues Statement from Hearing on Native American Health Care in the Great Plains

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued a statement in today’s Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, entitled “Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care in the Great Plains.” Rounds asked to participate in today’s hearing after leading a number of his colleagues in a letter requesting the hearing in light of recent issues at Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals in the Great Plains Region, including Rosebud and Pine Ridge.


Video of Rounds’ statement at Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing:


Thune: IHS Leaders Must Be Held Accountable for Systemic Facility Failures

thuneheadernewThune: IHS Leaders Must Be Held Accountable for Systemic Facility Failures

“We need a willing partner at IHS who takes these issues as seriously as I do. As far as I’m concerned, this conversation is far from over.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the state of Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities in the Great Plains area and the lack of accountability that currently exists with IHS leaders. Earlier today, Thune, at the request of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, participated in a hearing that examined these issues and heard firsthand from representatives of the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux tribes about some of these IHS facility failures, as detailed in recently released reports by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“These unacceptable findings speak for themselves,” said Thune. “Dirty and unsanitary equipment, patients being prematurely discharged from the hospital, and babies being born on bathroom floors. Each of these would be shocking enough on its own, but taken together, along with the litany of previously known failures, they paint a pretty bleak picture of the care our tribal citizens are receiving and the astonishing lack of commitment by IHS officials to delivering the care they deserve.

“IHS leaders must be held accountable – to the administration, to Congress, and most importantly, to the tribes themselves. We need a willing partner at IHS who takes these issues as seriously as I do. As far as I’m concerned, this conversation is far from over.”

Since the 2010 “Dorgan Report” that first outlined many of these problems, Thune and his staff have been consistently engaged with IHS and the tribes in South Dakota on this issue. Thune requested multiple status updates about the 2010 report’s findings, and in 2014, created a purchased and referred task force in South Dakota that brought together tribes, IHS leaders, and private industry stakeholders to brainstorm solutions for IHS failures.

Video from Thune’s appearance at today’s Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing can be found here.


Release: Secretary of State receives 2nd petition challenge (18% ballot question)

Secretary of State receives 2nd petition challenge (18% ballot question)

Pierre, SD – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that a challenge was submitted February 3rd on the initiated amendment to the South Dakota constitution limiting the ability to set statutory interest rates for loans (18%).

The Secretary of State’s office will verify the petition challenge in the coming months. There is not a deadline in state statute as to when the verification process must be completed.

The challenge was submitted by Cory Heidelberger of Aberdeen.Cory Heidelberger, former Madison Teacher.

For more information regarding the challenge process please visit:


Related to this, Heidelberger has something resembling an affadavit, posted on his website, where he demands the Secretary of State de-certify the petition… without really noting the number of signatures involved, and how that would place the overall submission of signatures in a deficit.

It’s a little hysterical and screechy, which would lead me to lean towards it not amounting to a hill of beans.

A fun new piece for my collection. Cut out the Whiskey – Ax of All Nations.

If you haven’t noticed, my facebook & twitter avatars are a picture of me in one of Washington DC’s Irish pubs in July, with a great big ice cold adult beverage in my hand.

That’s why this piece struck me as a “must have” for my political item collection.


From 1901 – Ax of all Nations – Cut out the Whiskey – promotional item for Laurel Stoves & Ranges, the Art Stove Company, Detroit, Michigan.   It’s a piece based on Carrie Nation’s Women’s Christian Temperance Union crusade to rid the world of alcohol.  She was particularly noteworthy for attacking alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet.

Pot measure fails to make ballot 

Secretary of State Rejects Ballot Measure

Pierre, SD – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected and did not meet the required number of signatures to be placed on the general election ballot. The sponsor turned in 16,543 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. An initiated measure requires a minimum of 13,871 signatures from South Dakota registered voters. Once the signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office, a 5% random sampling was conducted. It was determined that 54.5% or 9,019 of 16,543 signatures were valid but did not meet the minimum number required.
This is the final initiated measure to be reviewed by Secretary of State. A total of 8 measures were submitted for review. A total of 275,000 signatures were submitted among all petitions.

Those looking to challenge the Secretary of State’s rejection of a ballot measure have 30 days from the date they are rejected, which would be March 4, 2016.

Challenges to all statewide initiatives and referendums must be brought within 30 days (SDCL 12-1-13)


The SDDP and the awful year end report. $340.39 cash on hand in state report.

I was wondering where the SDDP was on it’s fundraising, and now we find out. They’re panhandling at this point:

Sddp and the Awful Year End

While the 2015 Year end federal report is bad enough, showing them at $11,362 cash on hand, their state report is even worse. Their state report shows them at – and this is no joke – $340.39.

No, that’s not a comma. That’s a decimal point. They have $340 in their state account. All I could think is that they may need to borrow some money from Paula Hawks. Her own dismal fundraising is better than the SDDP’s.

What’s the problem with the SDDP? Their burn rate for one. In their state account, they started with $14k, they raised about another $13k, and they spent $26.6k.

In the federal account, you’ll note that over the last year, they started with $21k, they raised 278k, they spent $300k, and they’ve ended the year with $11k. And that’s with the national Democrat party propping them up with $86,961 over the course of the year. (KSFY’s Phil Schrek also helped. He was in for $530).

But South Dakota Dems spent Phil’s and the national Dem’s money as fast as they could.

Ann Tornberg is going to find it hard to put that up against the SDGOP’s $265k cash on hand that they’re starting the election with.   Oh well. This is how Tornberg’s South Dakota Democrat Party rolls.

GOP Year End Reports…. So, what about those dems?

Looking at both the state and year end reports for the South Dakota Republican Party, it hasn’t been a bad year. The SD GOP’s combined cash on hand for year end is roughly $265,000 ($168,200 in federal account and $96,837 in state acct).

2015 SDGOP Year End Filings

The big question is “What about those Dems?” Democrats have only posted their FEC report, which shows a comparatively anemic $11,362 in cash on hand at the end of the year. But their state report…. well, we’re still waiting. Either the Secretary of State hasn’t posted it yet… or they have yet to receive it.

What might it be that the Democrats are holding their breath to show us?

They’re starting to drop like flies…. Rand Paul now drops out.

With Huckabee out, and Ben Carson maybe, sort of out (or not), the dominos are continuing to fall today as Rand Paul suspends his campaign.

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

Paul, who was often at odds with other Republican candidates on issues like national security and surveillance, struggled to attract the loyal and enthusiastic following that buoyed his father Ron Paul’s past presidential bids.

Read that here.

Why are Tom Brunner & Bruce Rampelberg sponsoring an income tax bill?

I’m started to wonder if people in Pierre are getting up on the crazy side of bed some days.


Introduced by: Senators Hunhoff (Bernie), Parsley, Peterson (Jim), and Rampelberg and Representatives Brunner and Feickert

A JOINT RESOLUTION, Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election a new section to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the imposition of a corporate income tax and dedication of the revenue therefrom.
Section 1. That at the next general election held in the state, the following amendment to Article XI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, as set forth in section 2 of this Joint Resolution, which is hereby agreed to, shall be submitted to the electors of the state for approval.
Section 2. That Article XI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
§ 16. The Legislature shall impose a corporate income tax. However, this section does not apply to any for-profit educational institution or any insurance company subject to a tax on gross premiums or financial institution subject to the bank franchise tax. The revenue and interest generated by the tax, less the cost of administration, is dedicated for the purpose of providing property tax relief. The rate of taxation imposed on corporate income shall be an amount not to exceed six percent of the federal taxable income. The Legislature may exempt an amount of federal taxable income not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the tax imposed by this section.

I really can’t say that I’ve heard a hue and cry across the land for people to place a corporate income tax on businesses, including family farms who have incorporated.

I’m even more shocked to see a couple of Republicans on the measure. You expect this kind of silliness from the Democrats. But the Republicans? This is the kind of bill that is used to crucify politicians.

I would think they’d know better.