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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

SIOUX FALLS, SD –

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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Democrats Nominate Red Cloud for Public Utilities Commissioner

Pine Ridge entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud was selected by the South Dakota Democratic Party as its nominee for Public Utilities Commission at its State Convention Saturday.

“I am honored to be nominated,” Red Cloud said. “I am eager to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing consumers and utility companies in South Dakota, especially the opportunity we have to make South Dakota a leader in producing renewable energy.”

Red Cloud is the direct 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, one of the last Lakota war chiefs.  He was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. For more than a decade, Red Cloud has devoted himself to developing his expertise with renewable energy applications that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate.

Red Cloud is the founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), based on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. One of the first 100% Native American-owned and operated renewable energy companies in the nation, LSE employs tribal members to manufacture and install efficient solar air heating systems for Native American families living on reservations across the Great Plains. Red Cloud also co-manages the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility where tribes from around the U.S. receive hands-on green job training in renewable energy technology and sustainable building practices.

Red Cloud calls himself a “twenty-first century Lakota Warrior, bringing green technology and employment to Native American communities.”

Red Cloud’s efforts to bring renewable energy to tribal lands have been recognized nationally and internationally, including the following awards:

  • Most Creative People (Fast Company), 2015
  • White House Champion of Change for Solar Deployment, 2014
  • Oglala Lakota Service Award, 2014
  • Berea College Service Award, 2014
  • Charles Greeley Abbot Award (American Solar Energy Society), 2013
  • World Energy Globe Award, 2012
  • Annual Innovation Award (Interstate Renewable Energy Council), 2010
  • Nuclear Free Future Award, 2010
  • Innovative Idea Champion (Corporation for Enterprise), 2009

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Henry Red Cloud

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Gov. Tom Vilsack to Speak at SDDP Convention Banquet

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to Speak at SDDP Convention Banquet

SIOUX FALLS, SD –

The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will speak at its State Party Convention Banquet set for the night of Friday, June 24.

“We are excited to welcome Gov. Vilsack to our Convention and look forward to hearing his message on why Democrats offer the best solutions to improve the lives of farmers and producers of South Dakota and the rest of the country,” said SDDP Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger. “He is a strong advocate on behalf of America’s agricultural communities, and we look forward to hearing his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the farm families of our country.”

Former Maryland Governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, U.S. House candidate Paula Hawks, and U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams will also address the Convention Banquet.

Vilsack is the 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture.

Before being appointed to his position by President Barack Obama in 2009, Vilsack served two terms as Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007 – the first Democrat elected Governor of Iowa in 30 years. During his tenure as Governor, Vilsack sat on the National Governors Association Executive Committee and was chair of the Governors Ethanol Commission and chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

Vilsack was a member of the Iowa State Senate from 1993 to 1999 and was Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa from 1987 to 1992. Before becoming mayor, he practiced law in Mount Pleasant.

Vilsack and his wife, Christie, have two adult sons and four grandchildren.

The SDDP state convention will meet June 24-25 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.

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