South Dakota Senate Race Scramble: Independent Larry Pressler Gaining on Republican Mike Round

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 9:09 am

The the three way South Dakota Senate race might be very competitive according to a new Survey USA on behalf of the American News, KSFY TV of Sioux Falls and KOTA TV of Rapid City.

It found Republican Mike Round leading with just 35 percent of the vote but Independent Larry Pressler right behind him with 32 percent of the vote. Democrat Rick Weiland stands at 28 percent. This represents a significant increase in support for Pressler from a month ago when he was only at 25 percent and Round led with 39 percent.

 

Teaching Our Children to Fear Dissenters: South Dakota Schools Edition

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 8:00 pm

This might be the start of a nationwide movement, intended or not, to get children to fear all dissent. Have any similar mock drills been held in schools in your areas? If we speak up now, we might be able to nip this in the bud, or at least make it so that it doesn’t paint an unrealistic picture of who would be most likely to target a school.

George McGovern, The First Candidate I Ever Worked For, Dead at 90

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 5:00 pm

George McGovern, the South Dakota Democrat who ran for president in 1972 as a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War and a strong advocate of economic equality, died early Sunday in Sioux Falls. He was 90.

In the fall of 1972, I was only 10, but even as a 5th-grader, I was moved by McGovern’s anti-war, pro-social-justice message. I had a “Come Home America” pin that I would wear everyday to school, and after school, I would go to the local campaign office to stuff envelopes and lick stamps.

At the crack of dawn on Election Day, I went with my father to hand out flyers to arriving workers at Litton Industries. I remember the flyers explained that you were aloud time off at the beginning or end of work to vote, and then, inside made the pitch to working Americans with the headline “How in the Hell Can You Vote for Nixon?”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 1:59 pm

Let’s just be very clear right up front, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco may have both collected their share of mainstream awards, like Pulitzers, American Book Awards, and the like, but with this book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, they remove any doubt about whether they are “celebrity couriers,” as they derisively term a lot of what is left of the mainstream, main street journalists out there today slapping whitewash on poverty and helping spin the machinery that manufactures rose-colored glasses. They have traveled through some of the hellholes on the dark side of the American economic reality and they are angry about the whole damn thing, fired up, fed up, and desperately looking hard for a fight. This book needs to be read, and it needs to sell very well because these guys are pretty much unemployable now. Trust me, I know this!

Anti-Choice Rulings Advance in Federal Courts

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 11:30 am

Arizona’s stringent abortion law, which includes a ban on all abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy, was upheld by a federal judge yesterday, setting up a potential showdown at the Supreme Court that could further chip away at Roe v. Wade. The Arizona law will now take effect tomorrow, as scheduled.

Flood of Rumors along the Missouri River

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 9:00 am

The flood of waters continues, but as usual during a natural disaster, the flood of rumors is rolling right along with it. Mythical levee breaches compete with imaginary government policy decisions, all of which combine to try to drive those who are dealing with the actual flooding bonkers.

And don’t even get me started about a Fukushima-style disaster in Nebraska . . . Get a link, people — and it ought to be from someone closer to Nebraska than Hawaii.

Rumors flow faster than the water during a disaster like this. The folks who are working on protecting homes, businesses, and communities have enough to do without having to beat back rumors — but this, too, is part of dealing with a disaster.

Forty Days and Forty Nights along the Missouri River

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 9:00 am

In 1804 and 1805, Lewis and Clark made history with their trip up the Missouri River, but it’s the waters coming down the Missouri that will make history in 2011. People along the Missouri are thinking less of Lewis and Clark and more about Noah these days. Water levels in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota are already at record levels, and all that water is pouring downriver. Dams can’t take any more water, and so the flow will only increase for cities and towns downstream.

It’s going to be a long, wet summer along the banks of the Missouri.

John Thune Will Not Run for President in 2012

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 9:34 am

John Thune (R-SD) has been rather publicly examining a potential 2012 presidential run for a while, but today, the Republican Senator announced he will not seek the nomination. Thune was viewed as the preferred choice among several party insiders and therefore a “legitimate candidate,” despite the fact that early polling had him trailing most other nominees.

South Dakota Highway Patrol Accused of Electioneering Against Medical Marijuana

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 9:40 am

It certainly looks like the South Dakota Highway Patrol is interfering with the state’s medical marijuana ballot initiative, which is in a tight race ahead of November 2.

The campaign for Measure 13, South Dakota’s medical marijuana initiative, called out the state Highway Patrol for a big media push last week around two separate marijuana busts from August that the Patrol tied to out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

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