Jackley: Hughes County Jury Convicts Bosworth of Election Law Violations

Hughes County Jury Convicts Bosworth of Election Law Violations

PIERRE – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Hughes County jury has found Annette Marty JackleyBosworth, 43, Sioux Falls, guilty of 6 counts of offering false or forged instrument for filing and 6 counts of perjury.

All counts are class 6 felonies punishable by a maximum sentence of 2 years imprisonment and/or $4,000 fine.

“I want to thank our citizen jurors for their service, the prosecutors and the witnesses for preserving the integrity of our election process in South Dakota,” said Jackley.

Bosworth was indicted in June 19, 2014, on multiple counts of perjury and filing false election documents for attesting to voter signatures for her nomination petitions for United States Senate while she was out of the country.

The case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.



I was trying to listen while at and end of year soirée with my better half, but it sounds as if Bosworth was found guilty on all, it not most of the counts leveled against her.

A plus for her, it sounds as if she doesn’t have to get the perp walk, and is free until her sentencing in July. Bad for Boz, sounds like they might be requesting that she turning over her passport.

Attorney General Explanations Released for Initiative Petitions Relating to Maximum Finance Charges and Constitutional Amendment to Referendum and Initiative Process

PIERRE, S.D.- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two Attorney General Explanations for initiated measures have been filed with the Secretary of State. These statements will appear on petitions that will be circulated by the sponsors of the measures. If the sponsors obtain a sufficient number of signatures (13,871) on the petitions by November 8, 2015, as certified by the Secretary of State, the measures will be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election. 1. An initiated measure to set a maximum finance charge for certain licensed money lenders.

2. An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution to allow referral of state and municipal laws affecting public peace, health, safety and the support of government and also to limit the ability to amend or repeal initiated laws.

Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments. Specifically, the explanation includes a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed measure and a description of the legal consequences. It is anticipated that additional Attorney General Explanations for initiated measures will be filed in the near future.

To view the Attorney General Explanations for the measures, as well as the final form of the measures submitted to this office, please click on the link below:


(Or, you can view here: )

2015 Initiated Measure to Set a Maximum Finance Charge

“Baby, do you dare to do this? ‘Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse.” (Katy Perry)

I still believe the Republican Presidential Primary is a race between Jeb Bush and . . . . .  (with my gut telling me the “and” is Rand Paul) and the General Election will be against Hillary Clinton.

However, three things recently happened which might give us a new “and-”  Carly Fiorina:

1)  MSNBC limosine liberal Andrea Mitchell and Hillary sycophant thinks she has a gotcha question for Fiorina regarding Iraq and Carly turns it around and says “every single Republican candidate has been asked about their vote for the war in Iraq. The one person who’s not been asked  that question, because she won’t answer the question is Hillary Clinton. One person who was on the job in 2011, when Iraq started to fall apart, was not the Republican nominees or — candidates for president, it’s Hillary Clinton. she hasn’t been asked yet. What would she do now in Iraq?”  Reminded me of Reagan’s take-off on Teddy Roosevelt when he said about Iran and the hostages, “(Carter) speaks loudly and carries a fly swatter.”

2)  As we all know, Hillary Clinton has become infamous for not taking questions from the press.  Anyway, Hillary is hosting a roundtable OBSERVABLE by the press in a South Carolina hotel.  Florina decides to have a press conference in the same hotel on the same day where Florina will actually take questions from the press.  Reminded me when Reagan took his anti-Communism to the Berlin Wall and dared Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

3)  Not only was Carly given the biggest kudos for a recent Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner (11 GOP presidential candidates were there), she didn’t pretend to be “Iowan” as she found it remarkable breakfast in Iowa was “huge cinnamon rolls” or going to a Pizza Ranch (she called it “Pizza Palace”).  Reminds me of when Reagan was asked what he thought about Clint Eastwood running for Mayor and said “What makes him think a middle-aged actor who played with a chimp could have a future in politics.”

Few people can use pointed rhetoric, take the fight to their opponent, and remain personally humble.  Might the dark horse to take on a former Secretary of State be a former Kelly Girl secretary?

Sidenote-  Current Vegas odds on the next US President (different sites have slightly different numbers):

1/1 (even odds)-Hillary Clinton, 4/1-Jeb Bush, 7/1-Scott Walker, 8/1-Marco Rubio, 16/1-Rand Paul, 33/1-Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, 66/1-Carly Fiorina, Rahm Emmanuel.

Update:  Former Governor of NY, George somebody just announced.  He is definitely a guy looking to be Veep or in the cabinet.  Traction out of the NE is definitely not likely and puts a damper on Christie.  

Jackley: U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Stay of Preliminary Injunction in State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers on Immigration

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Stay of Preliminary Injunction in State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers on Immigration

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced on Tuesday that U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Obama administration’s request to begin implementation of his suspension of immigration laws. South Dakota joined 26 State Attorneys General and Governors in December 2014 in a lawsuit challenging the executive action set forth by President Obama, which exceeds his authority on immigration reform.

“This case is about following the rule of law. The President’s unilateral action would have forced the States to expend substantial resources on law enforcement, healthcare, and education without any voice. It is time for Washington to have a meaningful discussion on immigration reform that addresses the workforce needs of the States and immigrants as well as our national security,” said Jackley.

On November 20, 2014, the President of the United States announced that he would unilaterally suspend immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. In addition, the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive that legalizes the presence of approximately 40% of the known undocumented immigrant population, and afford them legal rights and benefits. The Federal Court has enjoined the President from “implementing any and all aspects or phases of the expansions.”

The States argued the President was abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite laws, which he had no authority to do – something the President himself had previously admitted. This executive action conflicts with the President’s constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” There was no cost to South Dakota in joining the State challenge which was led by Texas Attorney General.


Quick Notes for 5/27/15

I’ve got an office meeting here in a few minutes, but I wanted to note a few items briefly:

* The Dakota Access Pipeline has it’s first hearing in the colder Dakota this week, as the North Dakota PUC will start it’s meetings on the project, which is slated to run under 275 miles of South Dakota prairie. This pipeline is designed to move Bakken Crude to Illinois, destined for refineries in the eastern part of the country.

Both the Dakota Access pipeline, AND the Keystone XL pipeline, are good for energy prices, and energy security. (On Keystone, Canada is a much friendlier energy partner to the US than middle eastern countries.)

* There might be one less election this morning in Aberdeen. Maybe. Yesterday had Cory Heidelberger throwing the towel in for his City Commission contest, and pulling out 1 week before the election. (Likely in the face of groans over his carpetbagging into the community.)

But, not so fast. It gets better. Here’s the chain of events: Cory moved to Aberdeen Feb 2. Registered to vote Feb 3. Turned in petitions before April 1. Backing out of race May 26 for race that’s supposed to happen 1 week later.  But don’t forget April 18th…. which should have been the 46th day before the election, when I believe ballots were printed, and voting began for absentees.

How exactly does one withdraw from an election where people have been voting for around 6 weeks?

* Closing arguments in the Annette Bosworth trial begin this afternoon, and the fate of Bosworth will rest in the hands of Hughes County jurors, as they weigh whether or not she is guilty of her admittedly claiming circulation of petitions whose signatures she didn’t witness.  Watch KELOland as it happens live. 

A tale of two parties, and the case for vigilance and activism for the GOP faithful.

I came across this as I was looking for something to write about today. And to me, it makes a good case for getting out there and getting involved. Because it all can be taken away at a moment’s notice.

I was looking at the SDGOP’s May 2015 FEC Report for their federal account, which indicated $11,997 Raised. $17,609 spent. And $21,134 cash on hand.

SDGOP May 2015 FEC Report

In comparison, South Dakota Democrats filed a report with different figures:

SDDP 2015 May FEC Report

$47,149 raised. $18,737 spent, and $59,113 cash on hand.

Wait, what?

Before you start getting excited, that doesn’t tell the whole story. $15,000 of what Dems reported was transferred in from party and committee sources. And these are just the reports from the federal accounts. State Year end reports from the SDGOP had them at $32,923 cash on hand as compared to the Democrat’s $14,047. And state accounts tend to be where a lot of the day to day stuff happens, especially for the SDGOP who holds all state offices, as well as a strong majority in each house of the state legislature.

However, it’s worth noting that it should serve as an item for Republicans to keep in the back of their heads as we move through the doldrums of the off year.

All we’ve done together – all we’ve accomplished – can be taken away in the blink of an eye if we become too complacent. We hold all state offices, and all but 20 state legislative seats. And I don’t suspect Democrats like that fact.

If we think back, it wasn’t that long ago when Democrats held all federal offices. In the last 20 years or so, Democrats held a majority in the State Senate for one term.  Unless there are those who want that to happen, the figures posted by Democrats in their last FEC report should be a call to the rest of us to shake off the dust that’s gathered since November of 2014, and to get to work.  Go to the SDGOP web site or contact your local Republican Party County Chairman or legislator and volunteer, make a donation, or otherwise get involved to make it happen.

It’s our party. And win or lose, it’s what we make of it. So, get involved.

Dakotazfreepress open for business. At least since March.

I had this pointed out to me tonight.  Which came first? dakotafreepress.com, or dakotazfreepress.com.

One represents nonsensical ramblings about politics and Annette Bosworth, and attacks Marty Jackley. The other one looks like it’s written by Bosworth allies themselves. And also attacks Attorney General Jackley.

Dakotazfreepress.com, subtitled “Free the Dakotaz with News That’s NOT Paid to Shut Up,” has posts dating back through part of last year, and nonsensically is against a number of things, including fluoridation, Avera McKennan, Ciribank and Marty Jackley among others. It boasts a number of posts dating back to September 2014.

You look at it, and at first blush, you wonder if its parody. But then it gets into the same old attacks we’ve been seeing for months from the Bosworth camp. It’s chock full of ridiculous voter fraud claims citing Robot Bee doomsayer Lori Stacey, and I have my suspicions where it comes from, especially given its  support of Bosworth and attacks on Marty Jackley.

When you look to see who owns it through a Whois search, as expected, it’s a private registration.  But it does reveal another tidbit:

Despite showing posts going back to September 2014, dakotazfreepress.com has only been around since the end of March. So, they actually falsified posts to make them look 6 months older than they really are.
So, another fake website? Just another episode of nuttiness swirling around the Bosworth trial.

dakotafoodie.com re-launching soon….

While I wait for 2-years’ worth of WordPress updates to complete, and get ready to go to my daughter dakotafoodie“Red’s” High School graduation (yes, she’s one of my gingers), I’m happy to announce that I’m re-launching the SDWC’s long ago intended sister web site “Dakotafoodie.com.”

I think Summer is a great time to be doing this, and sheer providence had me talking with an interested co-writer today. And I already lined up a feature article to do. So, why not?

As we kick things off, if you have an interesting thought for an article, an idea, or a recipe to submit for the web site, e-mail me here.