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Senate GOP Health Care Bill Hurts South Dakota →

Senate GOP Health Care Bill Hurts South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the Senate Republicans finally releasing the text of their secretly-drafted health care bill this morning:

“While Democrats are working to make sure all Americans have affordable health care, Republicans in Congress, led by Rep. Kristi Noem, and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, are working to take that coverage away or to make it more expensive. Both the health care bill passed by the House with support from Rep. Noem, and the Senate GOP bill released today are, to use Donald Trump’s word, ‘mean,’  and both would hurt South Dakota families, communities, and health care providers. The proposed cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately impact rural areas and threaten rural hospitals, and its weakening of essential health benefit requirements would make insurance costlier or reduce coverage for needed treatments for those with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes. While South Dakota families would be hurt, the wealthy would receive a tax cut.

“While improvements do need to be made to the Affordable Care Act, taking health care away from South Dakota families to give tax cuts to the wealthy will not do anything to improve South Dakotans’ health care. The Senate should reject this mean and cruel bill, and Republicans in Congress – including John Thune, Mike Rounds, and Kristi Noem – should finally sit down with Democrats and work in a bi-partisan way to write a bill that really does improve the coverage and health care of all South Dakotans.”

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South Dakota Democratic Party Announces New Executive Director →

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South Dakota Democratic Party Announces New Executive Director

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced the hiring of Sam Parkinson as its new Executive Director.

Sam headshot“I am pleased to announce our Interim Executive Director, Sam Parkinson, has accepted the position on a permanent basis,” said Ann Tornberg, South Dakota Democratic Party Chair. “Sam has been a real asset to the Party through his work as Finance Director and Interim Executive Director. I look forward to his leadership working alongside our talented and dedicated staff, our energized volunteers, and our growing list of candidates for 2018.”

“I’m excited to take on the role of Executive Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party,” said Parkinson. “The Party is seeing a new surge of interest and energy from South Dakotans looking for a change from the corrupt and out-of-touch political establishment in Pierre. I am committed to build upon this great new energy so Democrats have a successful election in 2018.”

Parkinson has served as Finance Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party since August of 2015 and became Interim Executive Director in April of this year. Parkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota, majoring in Political Science. He grew up in Rapid City and is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School. Parkinson previously interned in the South Dakota Legislature for then-House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff and was a Young Elected Legislative Leaders Fellow during the 2014 election cycle.

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South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

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South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to South Dakota Republican Party Chair Dan Lederman defending the Pennington County Republican Party’s sponsorship of an event featuring speakers who are anti-Muslim extremists:

“While Democrats work to bring South Dakotans of all backgrounds and religions together to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, it is troubling to see the South Dakota Republican Party embrace hate groups and anti-Muslim extremists. The choice of the Pennington County Republican Party to sponsor an event featuring disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist Dan Guandolo and Mr. Lederman’s choice to defend this action are just the latest examples of a disturbing trend of the South Dakota Republican Party embracing groups and speakers identified as hate groups or anti-Muslim extremists:

“While reasonable people can disagree about immigration and refugee policy, conspiracy theories and bigotry targeting a minority population should have no place in our political debates. Republicans should denounce this type of hateful rhetoric, not embrace it. Since Mr. Lederman refused to take the lead in denouncing hate, I call Republican elected officials and candidates like John Thune, Mike Rounds, Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley, Shantel Krebs, and Dusty Johnson to show some important leadership and make it clear that this kind of hate does not belong in their party or our state.”

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Rounds, Thune, and Senate GOP Using Secretive Process to Take Healthcare Away from Millions

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Rounds, Thune, and Senate GOP Using Rushed and Secretive Process to Take Healthcare Away from Millions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds joining their Republican colleagues in the Senate to use a rushed and secretive process to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, including tens of thousands of South Dakotans:

“Senate Republicans, including John Thune and Mike Rounds, are in the process of writing legislation which could dismantle our country’s healthcare system and take healthcare away from 23 million Americans (including 19,000 South Dakotans) while also causing unnecessary spikes in premiums and costs for low-incomes families, older Americans, and those with pre-existing conditions. Despite the enormous negative ramifications of this legislation, they have used a secretive and rushed process to ram this legislation through the Senate with no public debate or scrutiny:

  • For weeks, thirteen Republican Senators – including John Thune –  have been meeting behind closed doors to craft this legislation.
  • Senate Republicans filed a motion last week to fast-track the bill with no hearings or amendments.
  • Senate Republicans have made clear they will not release a draft of their bill to the public.
  • In an unprecedented move, the Republicans on the Senate Rules Committee put new restrictions on reporters to limit press coverage, before backing down after intense backlash from congressional reporters and Democrats in the Senate.

“What are John Thune, Mike Rounds, and the Senate Republicans trying to hide by rushing to craft this bill behind closed doors? On an issue that will profoundly impact the healthcare of the people of South Dakota, and the rest of the country, we deserve a transparent and open process with public debate and input. If they truly think their legislation is good enough to become law, they should not be ashamed or afraid to release it to the public. I call on them to open this process up to the light of day immediately.”

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