2018 New Year’s Gala

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Democratic Legislative Leaders Discuss Importance of Education in Workforce Development →

Democratic Legislative Leaders Discuss Importance of Education in Workforce Development

PIERRE, S.D. – At their weekly press conference this morning, State Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Billie Sutton of Burke and State House Democratic Leader Spence Hawley of Brookings discussed the need for the State Legislature to prioritize workforce development and the importance of quality education as a key aspect of a workforce development strategy. They also congratulated the Department of Tourism on a successful annual conference and the eighth consecutive year of growth in visits to the state and dollars spent by tourists in South Dakota.

“We believe that an emphasis on workforce development is absolutely needed to help solve the worker shortage in our state,” said Sutton. “While we’ve heard some interesting ideas from our friends across the aisle that are worthy of discussion, we’re disappointed at the lack of recognition that providing our children with a world-class education is one of best workforce development methods there is.”

Sutton said that the lack of investment in South Dakota’s schools – from early childhood education to postsecondary education – is now costing the state’s economy as businesses are having trouble finding qualified workers.

“Unfortunately, while our caucus has recognized the connection between education and workforce development and has fought to properly invest in our state’s children and their schools, the political establishment has not fully embraced our efforts.”

Rep. Hawley noted efforts at workforce development should be matched with efforts to attract and retain skilled workers in South Dakota.

“Democrats recognize the importance of good wages and good benefits in attracting and retaining skilled workers. That’s why we fought to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot in 2014, and fought against efforts to undermine that increase in 2016,” Hawley said.

Hawley said Democratic efforts to pass paid sick and family leave for South Dakota workers in large corporations was also an important part of attracting and retaining workers.

“Passing paid sick and family leave would be a huge boost for South Dakota’s working families,” Hawley said. “Democrats will fight for these and other common sense policies every day this Legislative Session to help our economy work for working families. We hope the majority will join us in these efforts to develop and retain a highly qualified workforce in our state.”

Turning from the discussion of workforce development, both Rep. Hawley and Sen. Sutton had words of praise for the Department of Tourism.

“Tourism is one of South Dakota’s most important industries, and to have eight straight years of growth is an impressive accomplishment,” said Sutton. “It shows the skill and hard work of the staff at the Department of Tourism, and our caucus would like to congratulate them on a job well done.”

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2018 Cracker Barrel/Legislative Coffee Schedule

Starting this weekend, State Legislative Cracker Barrels and Legislative Coffees will be held around the state. These meetings are your chance to meet your state legislators, let them know how you feel about their votes in the Legislature, and ask them questions about where they stand on important issues. Be sure to attend those held in your area, and make sure your legislators hear your voice on economic fairness, education, equal rights, accountability, and other important topics. We’ll update as needed, and if you know of a cracker barrel that isn’t listed, just email us at info@sddp.org.

Aberdeen:

In the Centennial Rooms at Northern State University from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 10
  • Saturday, February 24

Brandon:

In the Bethany Meadows Community Room from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 24

Brookings:

In the City Council Chambers of the City/County Building.

  • Saturday, February 3 at 9 a.m
  • Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m.

Canton:

At the Canton Pizza Ranch.

  • Saturday, February 3 at noon

Deadwood:

At the Deadwood Visitor’s Center beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 17

Fort Pierre:

At Magpies from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Hartford

At Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

  • February 3rd

Huron:

At City Hall from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 24

Mitchell:
In the Mitchell City Council chambers from 12 to 1 p.m.

  • Friday, January 26
  • Friday, February 16

Newell:
At the Newell City Hall beginning at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Onida:
A Sully Buttes High School beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Friday, February 16

Piedmont:

At the Piedmont Valley Legion Post from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Pierre:

In the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20

Rapid City:

Multiple dates and locations

  • Saturday, January 27 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 17 at the Outdoor Campus West from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sioux Falls:

Legislative Coffees at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre

  • Saturday, February 3 – Districts 10, 14 and 25
  • Saturday, February 10 – Districts 9, 13, and 15
  • Saturday, February 24 – Districts 6, 11, and 12

Sisseton:

At the Sisseton Farm Show from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20

Spearfish:

In the Joy Center on the Black Hills State University campus beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Sturgis:

At the Meade County Erskine Building from 8:30  to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 3

Vermillion:

In the Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 17

Watertown:

At the LATI “Super Classroom” (in the Nursing Area of the north end of campus) from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27

Webster:

At the Webster Farm Show from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27

Yankton:

In the Avera Professional Office Pavilion from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, March 3

 

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Women’s Marches Across the State This Saturday!

This Saturday, Marches will be taking place across the country – including here in South Dakota! We’re proud to be a co-sponsor of the Sioux Falls Women’s March, to have a staff member speaking at the Rapid City Women’s March, and that one of our County Party organizations took the lead in organizing a March in Custer!

Below are links to the Facebook Event Pages of each these Women’s Marches. If you know of a Women’s March happening in South Dakota that we don’t have listed, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Sioux Falls Women’s March

Rapid City Women’s March

Custer Women’s March

Pierre Women’s March

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SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor →

SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in responding to GOP candidate Lora Hubbel’s racist attacks on State Sen. Troy Heinert and other Native American state legislators:
     “Sen. Heinert is a respected legislator and leader in his community and around the state. People of good faith can disagree with his actions as a legislator, or as Chair of the Tribal Relations Committee, but to attack his motives and question his heritage is racist and offensive to both tribal members and non-tribal members alike. Her fellow Republican candidates for governor should denounce these statements, as should the South Dakota Republican Party.
     “We are proud that tribal members Senator Heinert, Sen. Kevin Killer, and Rep. Shawn Bordeaux are members of the Democratic caucus, and we’re proud of the work that they do in Pierre to represent their districts – including the Reservations located in those districts – and advocate for policies that would improve the lives of all South Dakotans, both those in living in tribal communities and those who live outside those communities.”

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The SDDP Calls on South Dakota Republicans to Denounce Trump’s Racist Comments →

The SDDP Calls on South Dakota Republicans to Denounce Trump’s Racist Comments

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in responding to President Donald Trump’s reported comments questioning why the U.S. would accept immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti or in Africa, instead of places like Norway, comments that were confirmed this morning by Sen. Dick Durbin:

“There is no way around it – these comments are racist, and South Dakota Democrats denounce them in the strongest possible terms. Democrats believe that diversity is a source of strength for our state and our country, and we reject any attempts to divide our communities, whether that comes from Washington or Pierre. Not only do these words and actions make Americans feel unwelcome in their own home, they alienate our international allies and make us less safe.

“Denouncing racism and bigotry should not be a partisan issue: we call on South Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as those Republicans running for Congress, to join us in denouncing these hateful remarks. Unfortunately, given the SDGOP’s lack of leadership in denouncing hate in the past, and the Republican congressional candidates’ recent competition to be the most extreme on immigration issues, we’re not holding our breath.”

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