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President Bill Clinton to Visit South Dakota Friday

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Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Contact: (605) 271-5405info@sddp.org

President Bill Clinton to Visit South Dakota Friday

Sioux Falls, SD (May 18, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party confirmed President Bill Clinton will visit South Dakota Friday, May 20th to campaign for Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“South Dakota Democrats welcome former President Bill Clinton. The President is no stranger to this State, and Clinton supporters are excited to hear the President’s message of equal opportunity for all as he campaigns for Hillary Clinton in South Dakota.” said Suzanne Jones Pranger Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

“Democrats across the State are excited to see the presidential campaign trail make its way through South Dakota as we prepare for our June 7th Primary. Democrats, Independents, and nonaffiliated voters can vote in the June 7th Democratic Primary if they are registered to vote by Monday, May 23rd.”, Jones Pranger continued.

Hillary for American will host the organizing event with President Bill Clinton at The District (4521 W Empire Pl, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106) in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 20th. Doors open to the public at 9:30AM.

All attendees are encouraged to RSVP here.

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Thune Punches Ticket on the Trump Trainwreck →

Immediate Release: Monday, May 16, 2016

Contact: (605) 271-5405, press@sddp.org

Thune Punches Ticket on the Trump Trainwreck

Sioux Falls, SD (May 16, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party responded to speculation John Thune will be Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate.

“It seems John Thune’s preoccupation with ‘facebook likes’ has gone to his head. If the Republican Party seeks an empty suit to quietly stand behind Donald Trump as he blurts offensive comments, Thune would be a great choice as his lack of significant policy achievements after nearly 20 years serving in Washington D.C. indicates he’s more than happy to just be along for the ride,” said Suzanne Jones Pranger South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director.

Trump came under fire over the weekend for referring to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas”. “Insulting Native Americans isn’t appropriate behavior for a Presidential candidate. The President of the United States should inspire all children to aspire to greatness. What message does this send to South Dakota’s Native American communities?” Jones Pranger asked.

Thune has become the “establishment’s” Vice Presidential option after receiving endorsements from former U.S. Senator Scott Brown and former House leader Newt Gingrich.” The Rapid City Journal reported Brown saying, “[Thune] is that bridge to the establishment… .”

Jones Pranger concluded, “South Dakotans have a clear choice this election cycle. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams served our country honorably during the Vietnam war. He is a committed public servant and small business owner. Conversely, Thune is an establishment-backed, do-nothing Senator who has had plenty of chances to decrease prescription drug prices, reduce income inequality and provide quality health care to tribal communities— yet, he hasn’t despite his position in party leadership.”

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Bernie Sanders Sioux Falls Stop Added For Thursday →

Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Contact: (605) 271-5405press@sddp.org

Bernie Sanders Sioux Falls Stop Added For Thursday

Sioux Falls, SD (May 10, 2016)-

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders added a campaign stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this Thursday, May 12th.

The Sanders campaign will host an evening “Future to Believe In Rally” at the Sioux Falls Convention Center at the Denney Sanford Premier Center with doors opening at 5:00 PM.

This stop is in addition to two previously announced visits in West River South Dakota.

Sanders will start his visit with a ‘Pine Ridge Reservation Community Meeting‘, doors opening at 8:45 am at the New Gym of Pine Ridge School (Pine Ridge, SD) 101 Thorpe Circle, Pine Ridge, SD 57770.

He will then continue on to Rapid City where his campaign will host a ‘Future to Believe In Rally‘ at Memorial Park (Public Entrance at Omaha Street Entrance) 5th Street Rapid City, SD 57701). Doors open at noon.

For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the facility through the security checkpoints. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners will not be allowed through security. All interested parties must RSVP at the links provided.

Press should direct inquiries directly to campaign at press@berniesander.com.

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Bernie Sanders to Visit South Dakota Thursday →

Immediate Release: Monday, May 9, 2016

Contact: (605) 271-5405press@sddp.org

Bernie Sanders to Visit South Dakota Thursday

Sioux Falls, SD (May 9, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party confirmed presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will visit South Dakota Thursday, May 12th.

“We are excited to welcome Senator Bernie Sanders to South Dakota. I think he’ll find an active, enthusiastic group of progressives ready to fight on behalf of our shared values this fall—open and transparent government that serves the people over special interests, access to quality education and affordable health care,” said Suzanne Jones Pranger Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

Sanders will start his visit with a ‘Pine Ridge Reservation Community Meeting‘, doors opening at 8:45 am at the New Gym of Pine Ridge School (Pine Ridge, SD) 101 Thorpe Circle, Pine Ridge, SD 57770.

He will then continue on to Rapid City where his campaign will host a ‘Future to Believe In Rally‘ at Memorial Park (Public Entrance at Omaha Street Entrance) 5th Street Rapid City, SD 57701). Doors open at noon.

For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the facility through the security checkpoints. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners will not be allowed through security.

Press should direct inquiries directly to campaign at press@berniesander.com.

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Daugaard Casts Stone from Glass House on Pe’Sla →

Immediate Release: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Contact: (605) 271-5405, press@sddp.org

Daugaard Casts Stone from Glass House on Pe’Sla

Sioux Falls, SD (May 5, 2016)-

The South Dakota Democratic Party responded to remarks and a formal appeal by the Daugaard administration over the collective efforts of several South Dakota Native American tribes to acquire holy land known as Pe’Sla in the Black Hills and place it in a federally protected trust.

Daugaard is reported to have said, “You have many tribal members who have needs here on the reservation. And if Grandma needs housing, or if Grandma’ needs food, or if Grandma needs transportation…Grandma doesn’t need you to spend tribal resources on a park land setting 200 miles away for religious use or for buffalo agricultural use. Grandma needs housing. Grandma needs food. And so…that’s your decision to make…not mine. That’s yours to make. But I don’t support it…for that reason. And that’s the reason I don’t support it.”

“Governor Daugaard has had the opportunity to expand Medicaid for over 4 years and has sat on his hands while South Dakotans have literally died because of the state government’s inaction. Frankly, he has no place to lecture Native Americans on their needs when he can’t muster up enough support from his own party to provide all South Dakotans life-saving healthcare. We have a lot of Grandmas that would be helped by Medicaid expansion too,” said Ann Tornberg Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

As reported by Jim Kent in the Lakota Country Times, Governor Daugaard’s ignorance of the complexity of tribal land policies may contribute to his paternalistic understanding of the issue.

​ “According to Governor Dennis Daugaard, and by his own seemingly proud admission while sitting before the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council last week, he is that person.

In spite of graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the University of South Dakota and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University, living all but 3 years of his life in this state, working in a leadership capacity for 19 years with the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (which involved many Native American children), serving for 6 years as a state senator and then 8 years as Lieutenant Governor, the man sat before a room full of Lakota people and almost gleefully declared: “When I first came into office, I had never heard of trust lands. I was about as ignorant as you could ask for in a non-tribal member.”

Which, naturally, begs the questions: Why? What were you doing for the previous 33 years of your professional life here in South Dakota? And what else are you totally ignorant of that we haven’t been advised of yet?”

With Governor Daugaard’s appeal submitted, the four tribes who worked to purchase Pe’Sla, the Shakopee Mdewankanton, Crow Creek, Rosebud, and Standing Rock, will have an opportunity to respond and comment.

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