Salon Article: FEMA won’t give money to states who don’t accept ‘climate change’

From Salon:

Rick Scott may have found a way of making climate denial state policy, but the Florida governor is going to have a hard time ignoring this. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just updated its guidelines for state disaster preparedness plans, and under the new policy, plans will only be approved — and federal funds appropriated —  if they address the threats of climate change.

“The challenges posed by climate change, such as more intense storms, frequent heavy precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels, could significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards impacting states in the future,” the guidelines explain. They direct states to”assess vulnerability, identify a strategy to guide decisions and investments, and implement actions that will reduce risk, including impacts from a changing climate.”

Read it here.

I’m thinking the next Republican President is going to have a heck of a job cleaning out the US Government.

SDDP Files March Monthly FEC Report. 37% of SDDP receipts came straight from the DNC

Well, the latest FEC Report is in from the Democrats. What’s new?

It looks like Zach Crago might have finally been weaned off of the payroll (At least the federal one), but the Democrats are still hugely dependent upon the national party to keep the doors open.

Democrat March20 FEC

Out of $19,240 in receipts, $7,026 came from the Democrat National Committee – 37%! That does not bode well for the SDDP, especially if they are suddenly cut off.

Stay tuned.

Rumor Confirmed: Weiland forming liberal attack group with Johnson staffer. What would Harry Reid say? (Updated)

I’m hearing reliable rumors out of Sioux Falls this afternoon that the Democrat’s loss leader, 3-time candidate Rick Weiland, is supposedly teaming up with former Tim Johnson Chief of Staff Drey Samuelson to form a new liberal attack dog group.

Word is that Weiland is pushing the story this afternoon with reporters about his new liberal group.

I suspect he’s forming this group in an attempt to remain nominally relevant. The outlook on it is somewhat doubtful, given his complete implosion at the end of his ill-fated US Senate campaign where he went on the attack against the DSCC.

No word on what Democratic US Senate Leader Harry Reid thinks about this latest Weiland effort.  Although, I suspect it would go along these lines:

“Desperation is an ugly thing, and it’s sad to see Rick Weiland ending his ill-advised campaign and brief political career by attacking fellow Democrats,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid.

Read it here.

Update – Yep. Scooped them again.

After I pointed out that Weiland was shopping the story, a rushed press release was dropped about his website. And once you look past his barfy platitudes, it looks like he’s setting up an organization to channel money to candidates through:


So, just like when he was campaigning, he’s once again demanding that people send him money to ‘take it back’ from special interest groups….

Just like the one he’s forming.

Rounds Calls for an End to Sequestration

Rounds Calls for an End to Sequestration


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  today at a hearing made the following remarks reinforcing his desire to end sequestration and increase spending for defense:


“I would like to briefly address an overarching theme that has dominated this committee’s dialog over many weeks.  That theme is, of course, the critical importance of properly funding our armed forces. We have heard over and over from leaders from throughout the Defense Department about the devastating impacts that would accompany sequestration.  But I believe sequestration is part of a larger threat to our defense establishment and our national security.  At a time of great fiscal pressures we can expect to see continued pressure for defense spending that is below a level of acceptable risk.  In short, we can expect to see as never before advocacy of a national security strategy that is budget and not strategy driven.  This committee is positioned to keep that from happening.  So I would like to take this opportunity to state my strong support and great appreciation for the ongoing efforts of Chairman McCain and Ranking Member Reed to not only avoid sequestration but to truly provide the funding levels needed to keep our nation safe.”


Full video of his remarks is available here: 




And I missed this little news gem.. Is there anyone home at Democrat HQ?

I missed this gem in the Associated Press version of the article about incoming Thune Campaign Manager Josh Shields. Former Teacher’s Union Boss Ann Tornberg is Democratic Party chair, and in charge of everything that they do.

And even she had to admit that against John Thune, ‘Dem’s got nothing’:

South Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Ann Tornberg says she’s not currently aware of any candidates that are interested in running against Thune. He ran unopposed for a second term in 2010.

Read it here.

But wait a minute? Why is Tornberg commenting?  Wasn’t there supposed to be someone else manning the shop by this time?

The South Dakota Democratic Party is looking for a new executive director.


The Democrats are accepting applications for the position, which they hope to fill no later than Jan. 31.

Read that here.   And they also mentioned on their own web site:

The South Dakota Democratic Party plans to fill the Executive Director position before the end of January. Interested applicants can learn more about the position here:

Read that here.

But, two months later, they still have nothing. Much like I’d anticipate they’re going to have against Senator Thune next fall.  Nothing.

Daugaard still contemplating Minimum Wage Act

According to an article on news center one’s website, the bill causing the governor to take the most pause is the measure to take those under 18 out of the equation for the minimum wage:

Daugaard says he will continue looking over it until he comes to a decision. “There’s about 28 bills that I still need to read through and make sure that I’m comfortable with the way the bill ended up. The youth minimum wage is one of them.

Read it here.