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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg responding to the Department of Legislative Audit report of the GEAR UP program:

“This report shows in stark terms what we’ve known for some time: millions of dollars in taxpayer money intended for educating children was used instead for personal enrichment. Democrats have been fighting for more accountability and oversight in the use of taxpayer money for years, only to have our efforts blocked by the Republican majority in Pierre. We hope this report will motivate Republicans in Pierre to stop blocking Democratic efforts to end waste, fraud, and abuse in the use of taxpayer money and start working with us to make our state government more accountable.”

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We’re Hiring! — Tribal Organizers

We’re Hiring! — Tribal Organizers

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Republican Candidates Owe the People of South Dakota Answers →

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Republican Candidates Owe the People of South Dakota Answers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg responding to Dusty Johnson’s “Campaign Kick-Off” tour in his campaign for the Republican nomination for South Dakota’s U.S. House seat:

“If Dusty Johnson, or his opponent in the Republican primary, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, wish to serve the people of South Dakota in Congress, they owe us answers on where they stand on two very important issues. First, do they stand with the 78% of Americans who want an independent investigation of the Russian government’s interference in our election and ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, or do they stand with our current congressional delegation in protecting a president who may have obstructed justice and admits he shared highly classified information with top Russian officials?”

“Second, where do they stand in the debate on the future of healthcare? Do they support the House Republican plan, voted for by Rep. Kristi Noem, which will cost ten of millions of Americans – including thousands of South Dakotans – their healthcare, which will raise premiums on older Americans, which will have disastrous effects on rural America, which is opposed by healthcare groups, and is only supported by 21% of Americans? Or do they stand with the vast majority of Americans in opposing this plan?”

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SDDP Awarded $10,000 Grassroots Organizing Grant from the DNC →

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South Dakota Democratic Party Awarded $10,000 Grassroots Organizing Grant from the DNC 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) announced today that it had been awarded a $10,000 grassroots organizing grant from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of its “Resistance Summer” program. The SDDP is one of the first state parties to receive a grant through the program, and will use the money to fund the hiring of seven (7) grassroots organizers in tribal communities around South Dakota and two (2) paid internships with the SDDP through the summer.

“We are very pleased to be among the first states to be awarded a grant as part of this program,” said SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg. “It’s an encouraging sign that the DNC is committed to helping Democrats win elections up and down the ballot in all 50 states. This program is an important first step in the grassroots organizing Democrats will do in South Dakota to achieve victory in 2018.”

Tornberg said the hiring of the organizers will help build stronger relationships between the Democratic Party and tribal communities.

“These organizers will not only register voters, mobilize volunteers, and help us bring our message to tribal communities, they will also share with us the wisdom they learn from these conversations. This will help us build a stronger South Dakota for everyone,” Tornberg said.

The program is a competitive matching grant program, where the DNC will approve and fund programs which will be executed by state parties. Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, each grant proposal will be unique to the state’s strategic priorities and organizational capacity.

“There has been an explosion of activism and energy after the election of Donald Trump, and we need to turn this moment into a movement.” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “As the Democratic Party, it is our role to support this activism and energy, and convert it into electoral wins up-and-down the ballot by making sure state parties have the tools and resources they need to succeed.”

“The best way for Democrats to turn the #Resistance into electoral wins is by doing one thing: organizing,” said DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison. “Resistance Summer is the starting point and will take the Democratic Party’s message of fairness and equality to activists on the front lines and all Americans looking to get engaged. The American people want affordable health care for all, good jobs that pay well, and a tax code that rewards hard work. The Democratic Party is the party that will fight to make these issues a reality. We have never had a better opportunity to win up-and-down the ballot. But showing up is not enough. We have to organize, knock on doors, and motivate voters to the polls. Only then can we deliver what hardworking American families need.”

Other states receiving initial grants from the Resistance Summer program include Arizona, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

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SDDP Statement on Trump Revealing Highly Classified Information to Russians →

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South Dakota Democratic Party Statement on President Trump Revealing Highly Classified Information to Russians 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with top Russian officials, which the President confirmed this morning on Twitter:

“President Trump’s reckless behavior with such sensitive information is shocking, and by endangering the ability of our intelligence agencies to gather the best possible intelligence, it puts American lives at risk – including the many South Dakotans defending our country as members of the armed services. It is long past time for Senators Thune and Rounds and Rep. Noem to put their country before their party and hold the President accountable for his actions.”

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