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September 23| Rapid City | Featured Speaker: Former Missouri Sec. of State and chair of the DNC’s Commission to Protect American Democracy Jason Kander 

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Rounds & Thune Vote to Advance GOP Effort to Take Health Care Away from Millions →

 

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Rounds and Thune Vote to Advance GOP Effort to Take Health Care Away from Millions 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune joining 48 other Senate Republicans and Vice President Pence in voting to advance efforts to take health care away from millions of Americans:

“Whatever Mike Rounds and John Thune say in defense of their votes today to advance the Republican effort to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans – including tens of thousands of South Dakotans – they cannot escape the plain fact that these votes are indefensible. They and their fellow GOP senators, along with the Vice President, voted to hurt South Dakota families who are working hard to afford health care. They voted to kick millions of people off their health insurance and force older, sicker, disabled, and low-income Americans to pay more for less care. They voted to leave South Dakotans facing death because they cannot afford the care needed to keep them alive. The people of South Dakota will remember the Republican Party’s attack on their health and economic security in 2018 and will hold Senators Rounds and Thune accountable for their indefensible votes when they are up for re-election.”

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Jason Kander to Speak at SDDP Democratic Round-Up Banquet →

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DNC Voting Rights Commission Chair Jason Kander to Speak at SDDP Democratic Round-Up Banquet

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced that Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Commission to Protect American Democracy will speak at its third annual Democratic Round-Up Banquet Dinner, set to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City.

In this photo taken Oct. 14, 2016, Missouri Democratic Senate candidate, Secretary of State Jason Kander speaks at a rally in Kansas City, Mo. The clamor for change that’s fueling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may help Kander, a little-known Democrat, upset powerful Republican Sen. roy Blunt in red-state Missouri on Election Day. And with just a few competitive Senate races around the country, the outcome in Missouri could help determine which party controls the Senate. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

“We are excited to welcome Jason Kander to South Dakota for the Democratic Round-Up. He is a strong advocate of the voting rights of every American citizen, and has an impressive history of electoral success as a Democrat in a ‘red’ state,” said SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg. “While Democrats are fighting to protect the voting rights of every eligible citizen, Republicans around the country – including here in South Dakota – continue to promote restrictions like voter ID laws or take actions putting early voting centers in tribal communities in locations which are hard for people to get to, which make it harder for people to exercise that right.

Gubernatorial candidate State Senator Billie Sutton, U.S. House candidate Tim Bjorkman, and former South Dakota Governor Harvey Wollman will also speak at the dinner.

Kander founded, and currently serves as president, of Let America Vote, an organization which fights back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot, such as extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, or new and extreme voter registration processes.

He was recently appointed by the Democratic National Committee to chair its Commission to Protect American Democracy from the Trump Administration to fight back against Republican efforts to make it harder to vote for eligible Americans across the country.

The first millennial elected to a statewide office in the country, Kander was elected to be Missouri’s 39th Secretary of State in 2012. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, Kander served as a State Representative from Kansas City. Before serving in elected office, Kander was a Captain in the U.S. Army and served as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

Kander is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, and their three-year-old son, True.

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Democrats Welcome Tim Bjorkman to Race for U.S. House →

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Democrats Welcome Retired Judge Tim Bjorkman to Race for U.S. House

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to retired circuit court judge Tim Bjorkman declaring his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for South Dakota’s U.S. House seat:

“On behalf of the SoTim-Bjorkmanuth Dakota Democratic Party, I would like to welcome Judge Bjorkman to the race for Congress, and wish him the best of luck. He has a distinguished record as a circuit court judge, and will be a strong fighter for South Dakota families in Washington. Given Kristi Noem’s record in the House of putting her own career and partisan interest ahead of the people she was elected to serve, South Dakotans are ready for a change. Unlike Dusty Johnson and Shantel Krebs, who will continue the Noem record of marching in lockstep with the Washington establishment, Tim Bjorkman will put the people of South Dakota first.

“The announcements of Sen. Billie Sutton for Governor and Judge Bjorkman for Congress show the quality of candidates South Dakota Democrats have ready to run for statewide office in 2018. We look forward to announcements from other potential candidates in the months to come.”

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SDDP Responds to New Senate GOP Health Care Repeal Bill

 

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to New Senate GOP Health Care Repeal Bill 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to the release of the latest health care repeal bill from Senate Republicans:

“The new legislative language doesn’t change the fundamental truth about the Senate GOP bill: it is a cruel bill that will hurt South Dakota families who are working hard to afford health care. Like the last version, this bill will kick millions of people off their health insurance and force older, sicker, and low-income Americans to pay more for less care. We call on Senators Thune and Rounds to oppose this bill and finally sit down with Senate Democrats to work on bi-partisan solutions to the problems in our health care system. Democrats will continue to fight for affordable health care for every American and to hold Republicans accountable for their attack on the health and economic security of the people of South Dakota.”

Key takeaways from the Senate bill:

  • Includes the same devastating cuts to the Medicaid program that will cause millions fewer people to have insurance.
  • Will drive up premiums for sicker Americans and allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more than younger people.
  • Includes giveaways to insurers and lets them sell skimpier plans that do not meet ACA requirements, including preventive care and mental and substance abuse treatment.
  • Incorporates Ted Cruz’s disastrous idea that would send individual insurance markets into a death spiral, while middle-class families with medical needs could see their out-of-pocket costs soar.
  • Looks out for the wealthy with the expansion of tax-advantaged health savings accounts.
  • Allows insurers to sell plans that don’t cover maternity care.

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Letter to the Editor from Our National Commiteeman

How can Christians support health bill?

South Dakota Democratic Party National Commiteeman Bill Walsh had the following letter to the editor published in the Rapid City Journal last week:

Bill WalshAs a person of faith, I am shocked by the meanness and cruelty of the Senate health care bill. We are admonished by scripture to care for the poor, the widow, and the orphan, and Jesus tells us that as we do to “the least of these,” we do to him.

This bill is a kick in the teeth the people the Bible tells us to protect. It will increase costs for working families and take health care away from 22 million Americans, including tens of thousands of South Dakotans. The cuts in the bill to the Medicaid program will devastate the poor and rural areas of our state, and be disaster for women, tribal communities, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. At the same time, millionaires and billionaires would receive a tax cut.

I know our congressional delegation is of Christian faith. I would encourage them to spend some more time in scripture and prayer. In my professional opinion, I do not see how a Christian in good conscience can support the present Senate bill. l pray that they see the light, repent and help defeat this cruel bill.
Bill Walsh,
SDDP National Committeeman

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