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SDDP Chair Encourages South Dakotans to Vote Early!

SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg Encourages South Dakotans to Vote Early

South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg released the following statement marking the beginning of the first full week of early absentee voting in South Dakota:

“This period of early absentee voting is becoming more and more important every election cycle, as more South Dakotans take advantage of the opportunity to cast their votes before Election Day. Busy work and school schedules and the possibility of unforeseen events and emergencies can make voting on Election Day difficult, so I encourage all those South Dakotans who are able to vote in this early voting period to visit their county auditor’s office or request an absentee ballot by mail before the November 8th Election.”

The voter registration deadline in South Dakota is October 24. Voters can check their registration and see a sample ballot here, find out more about voter registration here, and request an absentee ballot here. A list of in-person absentee ballot locations can be found here.


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Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to Speak at Rushmore Round-Up →

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to Speak at SDDP Rushmore Round-Up Banquet

The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will speak at its second annual Rushmore Round-Up Banquet Dinner, set to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

danglickman“We are excited to welcome Secretary Glickman to South Dakota for the Democratic Party Rushmore Round-Up. The Secretary will be speaking on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine’s bid for the White House, focusing on why they are the best choice for South Dakota and all of rural America,” said SDDP Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger. “Secretary Clinton is working to win the vote of every American, including those right here in South Dakota. The Clinton campaign has paid staff in our state and has been campaigning at numerous events in South Dakota, including Rushmore Round-Up and a visit from former President Bill Clinton. With a candidate as unpredictable and unfit for office as Donald Trump, Republicans cannot afford to take any state for granted.”

U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams, South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Candidate Henry Red Cloud, and  Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, will also speak at the dinner.

Glickman served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001. Before being appointed to the position by President Bill Clinton, he represented the 4th Congressional district of Kansas for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was very involved in federal farm policy on the House Agriculture Committee. He also served on the House Judiciary Committee and as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Glickman is currently Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he is co-chair of its Democracy Project.  He was recently appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as Chair of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

In addition, Glickman is the former chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. and former director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


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John, Mike, Kristi, Really?

John, Mike, Kristi, Really?

By Joe Lowe
Vice Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party

Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party

       Joe Lowe, SDDP Vice Chair

I find it interesting that all three of our Federal Delegation support Donald J. Trump. Our Delegation all went to Washington DC to bring Congress a dose of South Dakota Values. So let’s look at Donald J Trump’s values. Here is a partial list:

On Muslims in America: Trump calls for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States. He also wants police patrols in Muslim neighborhoods.

His desire to impose his fascist policies on millions of Muslims is a great tool to recruit for ISIS. His plan to place a ban on Muslim immigration and travel was immediately condemned by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, members of his own party, the White House, and our Democratic Party.  Also Donald, you have insulted the over 5,000 Muslims serving in the United State Military and who are willing to die for our country. This also goes along with your insulting a Gold Star Mother.

On Mexico:  Trump said that when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best, they’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. This is just another Trumpian racial slur. Now he needs the Latino vote so he says he loves them. He also wants to build a great wall that Mexico will pay for. This is a really stupid blowhard statement. The President of Mexico stated he will not pay for such a wall.

On Women: He constantly makes misogynistic remarks. Look at his remark about Megyn Kelly: “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” In an interview in 1991 with Esquire Magazine, he said – “You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass,”.  Then his insults of Carly Fiorina in 2015 in Rolling Stone: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

On National Security: He has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and the late Saddam Hussein. He has said Hillary Clinton and President Obama are the founders of ISIS.

In an interview this July with The New York Times, Trump said The United States shouldn’t automatically come to the defense of fellow NATO members if they are attacked unless those countries have paid their bills to the alliance. That approach flies in the face of one of NATO’s bedrock principles, Article 5, which requires NATO states to come to the aid of a fellow member under assault.

No wonder 50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump.  He is a train wreck waiting to happen.

On jobs for the middle class:  Trump talks about bringing back American jobs, yet many of the Donald J Trump Collection of apparel is made overseas by cheap labor. This guy is the master of taking out of both sides of his mouth.

Trump companies have filled Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times. Trump then brags about how he used this country’s laws to do a great job for his company, himself, and for his family. Trump companies have had 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage. So if you think this guy is the champion of the middle class, think again. This guy is all out for himself and his rich friends.

On global warming: Trump says on Twitter, November 6, 2012, at 11:15 am that the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non- competitive. Well Donald, you must be smarter that the nearly 200 nations that adopted the Climate Agreement at COP21 in Paris. Another mindless Trumpian comment.

On two dozen current and former GOP lawmakers now against Trump:  At least 22 current or former members of Congress have now voiced opposition to a Trump Presidency. They can see that he does not have what it takes to run this country. I am sure the trend of GOP defections will continue.

Unfortunately, those dissenting Republicans are a minority. Most of the GOP, including our Congressional delegation, is sticking with this misfit for president. This guy is the standard bearer for you party, John, Mike and Kristi, and his values are not South Dakota values. I do not understand how you could continue to support Donald J. Trump. I guess it is more important to support the party and a bad candidate than get off the Titanic.

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Donald Trump on Sacrifice

Donald Trump on Sacrifice
By Joe Lowe
Vice Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party

Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party

Joe Lowe, SDDP Vice Chair

One of the most moving moments of the Democratic National Convention was when the father of a fallen Muslim American Soldier spoke about his valiant son’s death. US Army Captain Humayn Kahn gave his life defending the troops that he called his family.

In response Donald Trump said that Khizr Khan’s wife didn’t speak because she was forbidden to speak since she is a Muslim Wife. Well Donald this shows me how much you understand her grief and the Muslim religion. In addition, you stated Khizr Kahn’s words were not his own. They were written by a Clinton speech writer.

This comes from a draft dodger during the Vietnam War. Trump’s excuse – he had bone spurs on his feet. Yet now he claims his doctor said he is one of the healthiest people he knows. While American soldiers were dying on the battlefield, Trump was defending his country dancing in New York night clubs.

Donald Trump states he has made a lot of sacrifices “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” This quote comes from ABC News- Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier:”I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices” I suggest all of you read it. Your sacrifices include 4 bankruptcies, your companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wages. This is not sacrifice; it is lining your pockets.

I understand what sacrifice is, my father gave his life for our freedom, he died piloting a B-17 on October 22, 1944. My favorite uncle died diving on a hand grenade in a Saigon movie theater to save many lives. I carried his casket to the grave. When I was the Fire Chief for the South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire, I had to tell a mother her 25 year old son gave his life on the Coal Canyon Fire. These true heroes did not dodge the fight over bone spurs and then dance in New York’s finest nightclubs.

So Donald, how dare you speak down to a mother and father who a still grieving over the loss of a son fighting for of America.

As for our State of South Dakota Federal Delegation, how can you stand behind this presidential candidate who is not fit for the highest office in this land?

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At-Large and PLEO Delegates Selected for National Convention

Democrats Select At-Large and PLEO Delegates for National Convention


The South Dakota Democratic Party’s Central Committee selected At-Large and Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates to the Democratic National Convention at its meeting Saturday, June 25.

Because of the close result in South Dakota’s June 7 Presidential Primary in which Secretary Hillary Clinton garnered 51 percent of the vote and Senator Bernie Sanders received 49 percent, each candidate was awarded one PLEO and two At-Large delegates.

The PLEO and At-Large delegates selected were:

Sanders Delegates

PLEO: Mark Winegar

At-Large: Rachel Caesar and Randall Sanderson

Clinton Delegates

PLEO: Paula Hawks

At-Large: Rick Weiland and Jennifer Slaight-Hansen.

South Dakota will have a total of 25 voting delegates at the Democratic National Convention, held in Philadelphia July 25-28. Twenty of those delegates are pledged to a presidential candidate and awarded proportionally based on the results of the June 7th Democratic Primary Election. Along with the two PLEO and four At-Large Delegates selected Saturday, fourteen District-Level Delegates were selected at a Statewide Caucus held in March in Pierre:

Sanders District-Level Delegates

Alli Moran, Dylan Workman, Clara Hart, Cully Williams, Margaret Potts, Paul Schipper*, Allison Renville, Alternate: John Stielow

Clinton District-Level Delegates

Scott Parsley, Carrie Ackerman Rice, Shawn Bordeaux, Lee Ann Pierce, BJ Motley, Cecilia Firethunder, Jeff Wilka, Alternate: Rachelle Norberg

South Dakota has five unpledged delegates: Former Senator Tom Daschle, State Chair Ann Tornberg, State Vice-Chair Joe Lowe, State Democratic National Committeewoman Sharon Stroschein, and State Democratic National Committeeman Bill Walsh. Walsh was selected by the State Central Committee at its meeting to complete the term of former Committeeman Nick Nemec, and was elected to a full four-year term by the South Dakota Democratic State Convention earlier Saturday.

*Paul Schipper replaced Miller Cannizzaro on June 17, 2016


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