Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ellis: Jackley's hypocrisy on conflict of interest is "definitely a moral hazard"

Melody Schopp plays Skyler White in Pierre's version of Breaking Bad.

On Monday's 100 Eyes, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's flagship interactive web broadcast, a question was asked about the South Dakota attorney general's purported frustration with the state's lack of ethics oversight. Marty Jackley says he believes conflict of interest laws are too lax yet he is hoarding information on Bendagate that could put his political party in the legal cross hairs.

Journalist Jonathan Ellis called Jackley's hypocrisy "definitely a moral hazard."

The panel also said that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation is preparing to resurrect its cannabis grow operation despite Jackley's saber-rattling and unfolding corruption within the Flandreau Police Department. Recall that FSST withdrew from a partnership with FPD.

It's been reported that Jackley is considering a run for governor in 2018...that is, unless the US Department of Justice doesn't indict him for conflicts of interest and for covering up crimes committed with his blessings.

Another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, state Representative Mark Mickelson, has rejected any strengthening of South Dakota's ethics laws.

In a past broadcast the panel conceded that the ethics-free South Dakota's Lottery Commission, stacked with SDGOP crony capitalists like Rapid City shyster, Doyle Estes and Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville mulling another run for the legislature, is also a moral hazard.

In last Monday's episode Ellis called for an investigation of South Dakota's Essential Air Service subsidy. Huron's subsidy has recently been exposed as another bridge to nowhere and Brookings is likely to be next.

Watch the telecast here.

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