Tuesday, April 24, 2018

More unaffiliated candidates filing at SDSOS deadline

This post will be updated throughout the day.

A source close to Neal Tapio's campaign has told The Dakota Progressive he is in the primary race to siphon support from Shantel Krebs to create smooth sailing for Dusty Johnson's nomination.

The Libertarian Party is revisiting their choice for governor in Pierre on 9 June and will nominate additional candidates. The Constitution Party is expected to name a full slate in July.

Today is the final day for unaffiliated (independent) candidates to submit petitions to South Dakota's secretary of state. Most petitions have been for county contests but no statewide races so far.

Roger Hofer of Bridgewater is running for D-19 House.
Peter Klebanoff of Baltic is in for D-25 Senate
Mary Perpich of Brookings is in for D-7 Senate.


Lieutenant Governor - 4 year term
Public Utilities Commissioner - 6 year term
Attorney General - 4 year term
Secretary of State - 4 year term
State Auditor - 4 year term
State Treasurer - 4 year term
Commissioner of School and Public Lands - 4 year term

BHNF Moon Walk schedule begins with importance of fire


Logging slash in Custer State Park turned the Legion Lake Fire into a wildfire according to South Dakota School of Mines meteorologist Darren Clabo so the Black Hills National Forest will begin its Moon Walk series with talk about good fire.
May 26 – The Importance of Fire in the Ponderosa Pine Ecosystem - This walk is located west of Rapid City. Join Black Hills National Forest personnel as they guide you through portions of the Silver Mountain Prescribed Fire area. They will discuss the local fire history, and the importance of fire to plants and animals in the ponderosa pine ecosystem.
Read the rest here.

The human-caused Legion Lake Fire represents strategic failures by Black Hills Energy, the State of South Dakota, South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder and the South Dakota Republican Party. The absence of prescribed burns and the persistence of invasive cheatgrass in the park are just two more examples of piss-poor planning by Game, Fish and Plunder.

South Dakota's failure to sufficiently clear decades of overgrowth and understory led to the Legion Lake Fire. After a century of fire suppression, a decades-long moratorium on prescribed burns, a lack of environmental litigators and GOP retrenchment the Black Hills National Forest and surrounding grasslands remain at risk to more blazes like the Legion Lake Fire. But according to one wildfire boss it's far cheaper to fight wildfires than to burn prescriptively.

More diversity means clearing the second growth ponderosa pine, restoring aspen habitat, prescribing burns, beginning extensive Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids, engaging tribes, buying out ranchers, leasing private land for wildlife corridors, turning feral horses from Bureau of Land Management pastures onto other public land to control exotic grasses and electing Democrats to lead the way.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Rapid City woman joins anti-NRA protest

“Hey! Hey! NRA! How many kids have you killed today?”



Cash settlement with New Mexico hospital likely powering Tatewin Means' AG run

According to the journalist who covered the case for the Santa Fe New Mexican, court records in a lawsuit brought by Russell Means' widow state it was dismissed some time ago with mutual agreement from all the parties likely signaling a settlement.
The defendants named in the suit are the Endoscopy Center of Santa Fe, Dr. Fenimore Sartorius, Rodeo Family Medicine, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Northern New Mexico Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. Cornelius Dooley and physician assistant Bonnie Giachetti.
Read the rest here.

interested party wrote about it in 2014.

Pearl Means' ties to her stepkids were not known at post time.




Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brendan Johnson representing family of Sioux Falls drowning victim

The former US Attorney for the District of South Dakota and son of retired Democratic Senator Tim Johnson has been staying busy.

As Partner Attorney at Robins Kaplan LLP, Brendan Johnson helped the South Dakota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union win the Constitution and Libertarian Parties' lawsuit against Secretary of State Shantel Krebs allowing more access to the ballot and is representing tribes in their suit against opioid manufacturers.
The mother of the little girl who drowned in the foamy river at Falls Park may sue the City of Sioux Falls. Johnson tells KELO.com News that he is investigating a potential lawsuit, and has so informed the city in writing. He's made several requests of the city, but would not specify what he's looking to get.
Read the rest here.

Catherine Piersol, wife of Clinton-appointee Judge Lawrence Piersol who heard Libertarian Party v. Krebs, is a longtime friend of the South Dakota Democratic Party and of the Johnson family.

Now that he's softened up the field it's widely believed Johnson is developing the resources necessary to mount a run for public office.


Hickey backs Tatewin Means for SDAG

The author of The Dakota Progressive attended South Dakota State University with Peggy Phelps: third wife of the late American Indian activist Russell Means and Tatewin Means' mother.

Means has challenged Randy Seiler for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. She is currently the attorney general for the Oglala Lakota Oyate and lives in Rapid City.
Dear Democrats, Please nominate Tatewin Means for AG. Probably not a great chance of a general election win but I’d sure support her loudly. No one on the GOP side cares about the things we should be caring about. This would be a welcome change in the right direction. [blog comment, Steve Hickey]
Hickey has condemned SDGOP for its historic failures on American Indian issues.

Principled conservatives in the Libertarian and Constitution Parties have yet to nominate candidates for SDAG. Lance Russell is the presumed earth hater nominee.

According to one observer Randy Seiler blew off the investigation of the beating death of Adolf Plenty Horses in Winner.


Abernathey not legitimate LP gubernatorial candidate

As expected, pedantic porker Pat Powers is painting Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate CJ Abernathey as a lunatic pot head; and, because of his lurid Alt-Right bent and over the top agitprop the LP offering would pull more Republican earth hater voters than Democratic.

But, Abernathey is not the legitimate candidate because he didn't get a majority of votes. The South Dakota LP is having another convention on 9 June at Pierre to fix their roster.

In Montana Libertarians have historically taken five votes from earth haters to three Democratic. Abernathey is no threat to Democrat Billie Sutton and if principled conservatives have enough signatures to get on the 2018 ballot as a third party or unaffiliated candidates Sutton could pull off a squeaker.

The more The Dakota Progressive condemns Abernathey the more attractive he will become to Marty Jackley's voters but the harder Cory Heidelberger at Dakota "Free Press" tackles him the more it makes his campaign less attractive to Billie Sutton's voters. If TDP supports the LP candidate Sutton loses for sure.

A combination of unaffiliated, Libertarian and Constitution Party candidates will round to put a deep hurt on the South Dakota Republicans for years to come.

Bring it on.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Muslim would donate land seized from tribes for Indian hospital

You have to admit: Hani Shafai has balls.

Tribal nations trapped in western South Dakota want to take over management of Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City because the GOP and the state's earth hater governor loathe American Indians.
Local developer Hani Shafai previously confirmed to the Journal that he has offered to donate some east-side land for the project, in an area between Menards and Western Dakota Technical Institute. Federal law allows tribes to assume control of Indian Health Service facilities through an arrangement known as a 638 contract (the number is derived from the enabling federal law).
Read it here.

The land Shafai would give back to the tribes was seized from them after the Fort Laramie Treaty was abrogated by Congress and gold discovered in the Black Hills. A Palestinian Muslim and Future Fund recipient, Shafai has plucked myriad cushy plums in Pennington County and has showered the current South Dakota governor with generous campaign contributions.

While the Palestinian homeland looks like holes in the slice of Swiss cheese analogous to the illegal Israeli state, progress toward resolutions of Native trust disputes would have far more political traction after tribes secede from the States in which they reside and then be ratified to form one State, the 51st, sans contiguous borders with two Senators and two House members as there are an estimated 2.5 million indigenous living on reservations.

South Dakota's previous governor showered $75 million in Future Fund cash on campaign donors without disclosing who they were.