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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? →

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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to yesterday’s comments from Senator Bob Coker (R-TN), who said that President Donald Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful”:

“The fact that Donald Trump doesn’t have the “stability” or “competence” to be president shouldn’t be news to anyone who’s paid attention the last few years. But coming from such a high-ranking Republican, these comments are big news.

“Senator Corker’s comments raise the question: do Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune agree with Sen. Corker? If not, why not, and if so, what are they going to do about it? The people of South Dakota deserve answers to these important questions.”

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 →

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s report on requested premium rate increases for individual health coverage for 2018:

protect affordable healthcare“South Dakota’s insurance companies agree – the instability and uncertainty in insurance markets caused by Republicans is contributing to higher premiums for South Dakotans. The companies also agree that premiums would increase even more if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to sabotage insurance markets by withholding cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments.

“It is long past time for Trump and Republicans in Congress – including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune – to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to build upon the progress made under the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all.”

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions →

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to a report that Speaker Mark Mickelson’s ballot measure group left petitions unattended in public overnight:

“This report is evidence of inexcusable carelessness on the part of Speaker Mickelson and his group. State law clearly dictates that petition circulators witness every signature on petitions. Besides the potential for voters’ information and signatures being stolen, if any names on those petitions were added without being witnessed by the circulator signing the circulator’s oath on those petitions, that circulator will be subject to charges of perjury. This is just one more example of the Republican establishment in Pierre not respecting the ballot measure process and thinking they and their allies are above the rules that apply to everyone else.”

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The SDDP Responds to New CBO Score of CSR Payments →

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The SDDP Responds to New CBO Score of CSR Payments 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s score from the Congressional Budget Office predicting the effects if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to refuse to pay cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments:

“More than 16,000 South Dakotans, or 59 percent of those on healthcare exchanges, depend on cost sharing reduction payments to make their healthcare affordablprotect affordable healthcaree. This CBO report shows in stark terms how devastating Trump sabotaging health insurance markets would be for those South Dakotans and their families, and millions of families around the country. By ending cost reduction subsidies, millions would face skyrocketing premium increases of 20 percent next year and 25 percent by 2020. In addition, our national deficit would increase by $194 billion. The threat of sabotage has already made healthcare less affordable for millions by creating uncertainty and causing insurers to raise premiums or leave markets.

“Trump and Republicans in Congress – including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune – need to stop playing games with people’s lives. Instead of threatening to sabotage insurance markets, or to recklessly repeal the Affordable Care Act and take healthcare away from millions of families, Republicans should work with Democrats to build upon the progress made under the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all.”

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The SDGOP’s Lack of Leadership in Denouncing Hate →

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The SDGOP’s Lack of Leadership in Denouncing Hate 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to the failure of South Dakota Republicans to confront bigotry and racism:

“When the South Dakota Republican Party decided to embrace hate groups and anti-Muslim extremists earlier this year, we called on elected Republicans and statewide candidates to show leadership and forcefully renounce bigotry and hateful rhetoric. Unfortunatelove trumps hate_hfaly, the events of the past few days make it clear that a couple of elected Republicans did not get the message. First, Rep. Kristi Noem failed to call out and forcefully renounce white supremacy and Neo-Nazis after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, instead saying that she was disappointed with ‘all involved.’ Next, Secretary of State and congressional candidate Shantel Krebs was forced to remove a photo containing the Confederate flag from her office’s website after attention was drawn to the photo by an independent blogger.

“It shouldn’t have taken a blogger pointing out the flag or the tragedy in Charlottesville to make Sec. Krebs take this photo down from her office’s website. A photo including a symbol of racism and bigotry should have never been posted on a state website in the first place. Further, contrary to the remarks of Rep. Noem, the hate and violence in Charlottesville was not an ‘all sides’ problem, but came directly from white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.

“Democrats believe that the bigotry and hatred of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and anti-Muslim extremists have no place in our politics and our society, and all Americans deserve equal protection, freedom, and opportunity under the law. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, however, and these most recent events are part of a disturbing pattern from South Dakota Republicans. If you cannot denounce this hatred by name or take down a picture with a racist symbol from your office’s website on your own, you don’t deserve to represent the people of South Dakota in elected office.”

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