Secretary of State posts information on new political party. Sort of.

From Facebook, the South Dakota Secretary of State announces a new political party in the state:

And over on the Secretary of State’s official website, where we are supposed to go to look for information about the new political party they announced on facebook three days ago:

*chirp* *chirp*  (simulated crickets).

16 thoughts on “Secretary of State posts information on new political party. Sort of.”

  1. Keep in mind she beat… trounced Steve Barnett. So we will need someone much better. Though I hear the conservatives are mad at her also. Maybe her coalition is cracking?

    Crabtree for SOS 2026?

    1. If the SoS nominee was selected via primary then Barnett would still be the SoS. She just happened to cater to the room-temperature IQs at the convention that thought 2020 was stolen. Sadly there was a lot of them, and now we have this clown show.

  2. this “no limits” bunch knows how the multi party slate of choices can muddy up a good two party race. like h ross perot helped bill clinton twice – like pat buchanan and ralph nader cancelled each other out and made the 2000 race depend on al gore failing to win his home state electors – like john anderson cut into carter’s count in 1980. there has been no time in recent memory where a third party suddenly has great chances in our system. our political system is a tug-of-war at election time and there can only be a “this or that” decision.

  3. Yup, I’m afraid you’re right again, enquirer. But, voters with some sanity need a refuge to preserve their self respect as citizens.

    1. a minor party as a source of self respect. hmm. the only real reason to be part of a political effort is to WIN AN ELECTION, to make your side the winning side. if you want self respect, and dont want to win elections, do something other than politics.

  4. Why would anyone even expect even a veneer of competence out of the SOS office any more?

  5. In a perfect world, there would be no political parties. Just individuals who are nominated by means of committees, then supported through conventions, and then chosen to become At-Large Representatives such as Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Land (or utilities) Commissioner.

    The people who are elected within their political subdivisions, precincts, legislative districts are the people who we send to the committees to discuss statewide affairs, to discuss potential candidates, initiatives, resolutions, of which represent the statewide political affairs. These people are Legislative Delegates, County Committeemen and Women, and Precinct Committeemen and Women, and sometimes may include Presidents of your Local Subdivisions as was the case prior to 1920.

    While the General voters often went to the polls to elect their Legislators, County Sheriffs, Local Judges, District Attorneys, County and Precinct Committeemen, and Delegates, a smaller class of those individuals were elected to meet with, and hold committees and conventions to debate, and speak on public affairs of the State itself.

    If the political process worked as intended, there is no need for political parties, and where the districts are kept small enough, with populations of 5,000 or less, the people would have a greater appreciation for who best represents those districts, those subdivisions, etc.

    The Established Political members of this State Legislature seemingly wants to end this so called process, cause they fear the people. But this is why we get together, meet in committees, and choose our at-large representatives, statewide initiatives, and resolutions. These things are often better done in close confines to the people, not by means of a statewide popular vote.

  6. enquirer–I’m generally in agreement with you and, of course, winning elections is what our political system is about. If a voter is repelled by the positions of both major Parties and want to express their opinion by voting in the column of a third, minority Party, I believe they are acting well within their rights as citizens. There are often more than two “sides” to the issues at hand. There has to be another political option rather than just sitting out the election process. Though that is a valid option. I had a friend who once told me,
    “I don’t vote. It just encourages them.”

    1. theoretically, you are correct. each person’s vote is their piece of power. you can burn it by never voting, or use it ineffectively in a third party effort, or you can add it on a conditional basis to the major power pile of a major party, to support something you want, or better yet, stop whatever you hate worse by voting with the lesser evil. that is the complex nature of practical kitchen table politics, for your consideration. or you can have your vote basically do nothing of importance in the greater scheme of things. that’s my view.

  7. maybe the SOS office hasn’t posted anything because they have not received anything to post?

    The No Labels party is made up of disaffected Democrats who don’t want to be Republicans, and their founder has announced that should they discover they are helping Trump get elected they will quit. Sounds promising!
    Why should the SOS waste her time on this?

  8. Enquirer–OK, your observation about voting the “lesser of two evils” and practicing “kitchen table politics ” is certainly a valid position. I agree,third parties are most often an exercise in futility. Still third parties do have an impact on the major parties politics and platform, and do, often, though not always, influence the direction of those Parties. I believe that is a valid reason for third parties to exist.

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