As I’m working on retiring for the night, I am recalling a few of the things I learned in Pierre today as I mixed and mingled among our state’s lawmakers.
1 – The session this year was lower key, and lower stress. Apprently making with more legislation and less personal conflict makes for happier legislators looking to come back.
Usually they bemoan ever coming back by this time, but No split caucuses, no one threatening other legislators… *Sigh*. They liked being here this year.
2 – Brian Gosch is a more benevolent majority leader than expected. And, they think he’s ok. One legislator who was among those who attended rebel caucus meetings in the last two years remarked on the high grades they gave Brian Gosch for the more
With a “you get out what you put in” leadership style, you aren’t hearing about rebels this year, are you?
3 – Is that Marty Jackley lurking? I’m hearing that, quietly, Jackley is chatting some legislators up letting them know he’s definitely got his eye on a big race in 2018. More than one person talked about Charlie McGuigan and/or Jim Seward jousting for Jackley’s current seat.
4 – With Senator Rounds, Governor Daugaard, and state chair Pam Roberts all based in Pierre, the GOP’s dormant office in town may be thinking about turning some lights back on.
5 – And everybody I spoke with has written Democrats off in 2016, and expect them to abandon candidacies against both Noem & Thune, leaving them uncontested.
Any other thoughts.? What’s your gossip?