Rapid City Mayoral Candidate: “I am not a racist.”

From the Rapid City Journal:

During a debate this morning, Rapid City mayoral candidate Steve Allender admitted that he engaged in racially charged “insult humor” with co-workers two decades ago while he was a police officer.

“I’m not a racist,” Allender said, “but I am a human being.”

In his group of co-workers between 1990 and 1993, he said, everyone participated in what Allender described as friendly ribbing. He stopped participating in 1993 when he learned that fellow officer Glen Yellow Robe, a Native American man, was tape-recording the interactions.

Read it here.

Uh oh. That could be a tough one to explain away in the racially tinged atmosphere of Rapid City city politics.

Patrick Duffy, RIP

I have just read that Rapid City lawyer and native of Ft. Pierre has died.

For many, Pat is known as a partisan Democrat and an aggressive attorney.  I know him as a high school basketball player (least talented player in his family but better than most), a member of a close-knit clan, and a man of faith and reflection.  To say I knew him well by many interaction would be inaccurate.  I knew him well because he did his best to live the values instilled in him by his family and his Faith.

As you know, I have written many pieces when people die and often with regret I didn’t say something to them before they die.  I don’t have that regret with Pat.  He is a Duffy.  He said what was on his mind.  He expected the same.  He gave respect to others even if they didn’t give it back.

Pat, the world has been made better because you were in it.  Forgive me for not being able to give you a more expansive eulogy but I have a golf tourney and tee off shortly.  As an Irishman, you understand.  🙂

By the Mercy of God, may you Rest in Peace.

USA Today: Obama coming to SD? Meh.

There’s a great column by Joseph Bottum in USA today on the unusual level of indifference that most of South Dakota is treating President Obama’s visit with.

It’s an unexcitement matched by the general reaction of the state. Part of that is cultural. “This is the Midwest,” explains Mary Bibby, a longtime Republican activist from Brookings, S.D. “What’s to get excited about?”


“Locally, having a president visit is a big deal,” notes Lee Schoenbeck, one of Watertown’s representatives in the legislature. Still, although he offered the bland comment deliberately to avoid controversy, that diminishing qualifier “locally” adds, yet again, a curious sense of indifference to the presidential descent on the state this week.

Even Bernie Hunhoff, founding editor of South Dakota Magazine and an enduring Democratic figure in the state, couldn’t find much to say in praise of the visit. “Watertown is the right place for the president to shine light on workforce development,” he began — before launching into a diatribe about the failure of Washington to address the “150-year-old problem in South Dakota that was directly created by Washington.

Read it all here.

Noem recognizes national day of prayer in email to constituents

From Congresswoman Noem:


Today, I join millions across the nation in prayer and thanksgiving for the abundant blessings found within our great state and nation. I hope you’ll join me and my family in praying for those most in need, and for a future of prosperity and happiness for friends, neighbors, and loved ones.

National Day of Prayer

I am honored to serve you in Congress, and to have your support.

Have a blessed day.



Slick Rick Weiland promising Initiated Measure this month. But nothing seems to have been filed yet.

Losing US Senate Candidate Slick Rick Weiland is out shilling for money again for his organization “takeitback.org.”  And in the latest edition of his “Send me money” e-mail, Weiland claims he’s going to introduce an initiated measure in South Dakota:


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Between the tragedy continuing to unfold in Baltimore, the gridlock and disarray of Congress, it sort of feels like our country is slowly coming apart at the seams.  People feel a sense of hopelessness and abandonment.

What happened yesterday, with the Senate passing their 10 year budget blueprint, the first joint congressional budget plan in six years is certainly worth a comment or two.

This new budget cuts 4.2 trillion dollars from benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps; it kicks 27 million people off of Obamacare and Medicaid, cuts Pell Grants, slices $600 billion from school lunch programs, nutritional assistance for poor mothers, and tax credits for the working poor.
Hmmmmm. It gets worse….

Medicaid is slated to become a block grant program to the states. Medicare will be turned into a voucher program to buy private health insurance policies. Obamacare will be repealed – not replaced, and there will be more tax cuts for wealthy.

As President Clinton was so fond of saying – “Give me a break!”

Balancing the federal budget on the backs of those who can least afford it is a cowardly act, one perpetrated by the powerful and privileged who have rigged our politics and now own our politicians and our government.

How about some tax fairness for starters by requiring that corporations pay their fare share of taxes? Repeal the tax law that allows them to hide their profits in offshore bank accounts before you start cutting food stamps and education? You can read about here: its call “Inversion.”

With Republican control of the House and the Senate, and a Presidential election around the corner, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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So, Slick Rick claims that “We will send a message, starting in South Dakota, that “We The People” have had enough! How? By passing our ‘anti-corruption/big money’ initiative which will be released at the end of the month and, when passed, will be proof that the public is mad as hell, pure and simple, and that we are not going to take it anymore.”

And don’t forget to send him money. Which seems to be a common thread in all the e-mails he’s sending.

If Weiland is going to release this ballot measure at the end of the month, that would assume that he’s  done their pre-clearance of the initiated measure through the Legislative Research Council and Attorney General. In the middle of all this fundraising.

But if you look at the Secretary of State’s web site on ballot measures, what do you see regarding what Weiland is proposing?  Nothing. No state ballot measure group. Nothing on potential ballot measures.

I’m double checking, just in case something hasn’t been posted yet. But barring that, I’m not thinking we’re going to see anything from Weiland this month. Outside of more fundraising e-mails.

Gordon Howie questions if Muslims should be allowed to occupy public office in America. Bill of Rights, anyone?

There are days I wonder why I have Gordon Howie’s blog in the feed on the right, as I read his latest manifesto advocating discrimination and bigotry?

Should Muslims be allowed to occupy public office in America?

The very question itself will bring accusations of racism, bigotry and prejudice.  I can handle that.


At a time when radical Islam openly screams “death to America”, and most Muslims are noticeably silent when it comes to condemning that agenda, can our country really afford to trust Muslim-Americans with the sacred responsibility of preserving and protecting our freedom and Christian heritage?

I, for one, need to have some reassurance.

Read it here.

Clearly, he recognizes that his question might “bring accusations of racism, bigotry and prejudice.” Well, no kidding. Because the very question is IS UTTERLY RACIST, BIGOTED and PREJUDICIAL.

Why is Gordon Howie utterly full of s**t past his shoes this morning?

There are a few pieces of paper kept in a vault across the country that would disagree quite strongly with him. Collectively, they’re called the US Constitution, and in particular I point you to a couple of passages contained within the Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment, guaranteeing the free exercise of religion: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Fourteenth Amendment, providing equal protection under the law: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there of, are citizens of the United States and of the State where in they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

What those passages mean are that there is no “one” religion that is held above any other, and conversely, no law prohibiting the practice of a particular religion. And when it comes to the free exercise of that religion, no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Meaning you can’t be punished for exercising your religion, even Islam, as Howie is directly advocating for.

When Howie asks “Should Muslims be allowed to occupy public office in America?” and claims he needs “some reassurance” to consider that notion, he is directly expressing the same mentality that gave rise to literacy tests to discourage black voting, and other “jim crow” laws to discourage civil participation.

Gordon might be starting with Muslims, but how long until he extends that to Jews, Catholics, and other religions he disagrees with?

You know what they say about the road to hell, which he seems to be heading down. Once you start down that slippery path, we’re all in a lot of trouble.

PUC Claims unsolicited Pro-Bosworth Robocalls legal because they weren’t selling anything.

If you recall last week’s Robocall from that one guy asking that we all pray for Annette Bosworth, I had noted that the unsolicited call could run afoul of South Dakota’s Do Not Call List, based on the PUC’s complaint material.

However, as you can see in the response I received, they’re now claiming that it isn’t so:

Good Morning, Mr. Powers.

Thank you for contacting our office regarding the unwanted phone call you received from Peter Waldron, representing a group in Sioux Falls encouraging those they contact to pray for Annette Bosworth. While receiving the call on your home phone may be frustrating and an unwanted interruption, the call itself is not a violation of the Do Not Call rules. Because the person calling was not attempting to sell you a product or service, the call itself does not fall under the protection of the law. The definition of a Telephone Solicitation Call is as follows:

SDCL 49-31-1. (30) “Telephone solicitation call,” any call made to a South Dakota consumer by a telephone solicitor, originating from South Dakota or elsewhere, for the purpose of soliciting a sale of any consumer goods or services to the person called, for the purpose of soliciting an extension of credit for consumer goods or services to the person called, or for the purpose of obtaining information that may be used for the direct solicitation of a sale of consumer goods or services to the person called or an extension of credit for such purposes;

I appreciate you contacting the commission and making us aware of your concerns.

Deb Gregg, Consumer Affairs Manager
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

And in looking, while the definition of an Unsolicited telephone call under 49-31-1.5 doesn’t require a sale be offered, they are correct in that 49-31-1 (30) does.

You’ve got to love South Dakota’s contradictory laws!

Although when the PUC claims that the Pro-Bosworth Robocalls were legal because they weren’t selling anything, I still might disagree.

Because if you listen to them, it sure sounded like they were selling a steaming pile of BS!

S&P Upgrades South Dakota To AAA Issuer Credit Rating

S&P Upgrades South Dakota To AAA Issuer Credit Rating

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota’s issuer credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook, an improvement over the previous rate of AA+.

“This is great news for South Dakota! We now join a very exclusive group of states to which Standard and Poor’s has given a AAA rating, which is the highest rating possible,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We’ve worked hard to place our state on a firm financial footing, and that stewardship has paid dividends.”

Credit ratings give potential bond purchasers a measurement of state performance and credit worthiness. Upgrades typically allow issued bonds to carry a lower interest rate, providing interest savings to issuers like the Building Authority.

Universities, state parks and taxpayers may save money because of the upgrade. The rating comes as the South Dakota Building Authority prepares to issue $11.5 million in bonds for the phase two improvements in Custer State Park.

In their release of the rating, S&P confirmed their confidence in upgrading the state to AAA, highlighting the state’s consistently strong financial position and rainy day funds, a historical record of conservative budgeting, and new improvements in the state’s financial planning processes and long-term budget forecasting.

S&P also cites the state’s recent improvements to its pension program funding and the elimination of unfunded liabilities and post-employment benefit liabilities.

“The upgrade of our bond rating will give the financial markets affirmation of our state’s exceptional credit worthiness and save the state substantial amounts in future interest payments,” Gov. Daugaard said.


Pro-Bosworth supporters calling potential sentence unusual. But, it really isn’t, and won’t be 20 years in Prison.

In recent writings, some of Annette Bosworth’s supporters are calling the potential sentence that Bosworth is facing unusually harsh. But, in a review of a similar case involving the mishandling of petitions, those defendants faced over 20 years in prison, but that’s not what they got.

The South Bend Tribune, which inspired the case against Morgan, Blythe and two other defendants with a 2012 investigation of election fraud in the 2nd Congressional District, says Morgan is looking at a possible 22 years in prison, while Blythe could face 75 years. The two co-defendants, who pleaded guilty to felony counts, are facing 11 and 14 years.

Read that here.  Just as in the Bosworth case, people were facing over 20 years in a state penitentiary. But when the sentence was read, realistically, things were taken in proportion.

In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time.

In April, a jury convicted Morgan and Blythe on numerous felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and felony forgery counts.

Former St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration Democratic board member Pam Brunette and Board of Voter Registration worker Beverly Shelton previously pleaded guilty and testified for prosecutors against Morgan and Blythe. They both received two years of probation.

“When you do something like this, we are going to find out and you’re going to be held accountable,” declared Levco. He called the sentences “appropriate.”

Others disagreed.

“We would like to have seen more jail time for Morgan … but it was more than we were expecting,” said St. Joseph County Republican Party Executive Director Jake Teshka. He thinks the three other defendants “got off easy.”

Read it here.

(Given she’s readily admitted the behavior she’s charged with – attesting she witnessed signatures she didn’t witness) If convicted, what do you think her sentence will be?

I’m guessing a year in state prison, and as in this case, part, but not all, will be suspended. Your thoughts?

Person who wrote article in January about Bosworth’s innocence now going to hold press conference on same.

From my inbox, right after I got an offer to replace my roof for less:

National Petition Expert to Release Report On Prosecution of Dr. Annette Bosworth

Report to be delivered to Governor, Attorney General

(Pierre, SD) … A recognized national petition expert will issue an 18-page report on the felony prosecution of Dr. Annette Bosworth by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley at a news conference tomorrow at 10:00 am at Main Public Library in downtown Sioux Falls.

“This prosecution of Dr. Bosworth carries the toughest potential penalty of any petition case anywhere in the nation and throughout this nation’s history,“ said Paul Jacob, president of Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national organization dedicated to protecting and expanding initiative petition rights. “The impact of the case on those considering getting involved in politics in South Dakota cannot be ignored.”

When: 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 5
Where: Meeting Room B, Main Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57117
The report examines the facts of the case charging Bosworth with 12 felony counts, with a maximum punishment of 24 years in prison, if convicted, and as much as $48,000 in fines. The report also compares the Bosworth case with other cases of alleged petition misconduct.

This comes from Paul Jacobs who previously wrote an article on the topic, using Gordon Howie who claimed “everybody does it” and former S&M Pornographer Lee Stranahan who has been paid by Bosworth for various work as sources.  In the article, it went into detail showing she violated the law, but supposedly she’s not supposed to be prosecuted?  Oy.

So, we had robocalls, and now more press conferences.

Just keep telling yourselves – 3 more weeks, and the circus will be over!