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July 25-29, 2016 


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South Dakota sends 25 Delegates, 2 Alternates, and 2 Pages to the Democratic National Convention.

District level Delegates will be elected at Legislative District Caucuses held throughout the State on March 12, 2016.

Delegates elected at the Legislative District Caucuses advance to the March 19th, 2016 Statewide Congressional District Caucus held in Pierre where delegates will select the 14 Delegates (7 men, 7 women) to appear on the Primary ballot for each Presidential candidate.

Additional Delegates will also be selected at the SDDP State Convention in Sioux Falls on June 24-25, 2016.

Learn more about all the requirements and our Affirmative Action Plan by referring to:

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Press Release- Minority Leaders Respond to AG’s Press Conference


Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Minority Leaders Respond to Attorney General’s Press Conference in Platte

Sioux Falls, SD (November 4, 2015)-

During South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley’s November 3, 2015 press conference in Platte, the Attorney General refused to comment on the financial investigation into the scandal ridden $4.3 million annual GEAR UP grant previously administered by Mid Central Educational Cooperative.

Although the Attorney General, in spite of the many unanswered questions, refused to make any statement on the financial investigation into the GEAR UP program, it is apparent from what is already known that South Dakota’s Department of Education—much like the Governor’s Office of Economic Development with EB-5— has failed to properly exercise oversight and prevent the self-dealing and conflict of interest that is enabled by one party Republican rule.

South Dakota Senate and House Minority Leaders encourage the Attorney General to conduct a more thorough investigation into the GEAR UP grant and provide more answers to the public than were provided with EB-5.

The Democratic leadership also points out that South Dakota’s one party rule has contributed to the problems the State is seeing within the SD Department of Education and GEAR UP, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and EB-5, and the Secretary of State’s Office and election grants.

“The point of democracy is to have checks and balances within our government,” Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D- District 21) said. Sutton continued, “With South Dakota’s one party rule, these checks and balances are not happening. The lack of oversight by state government should be our main focus in the wake of these tragedies. The most disturbing part of these scandals is that NO ONE is willing to take responsibility. South Dakota needs leaders who are willing to get to the bottom of these issues and ensure there are consequences so that these problems are prevented from occurring again in the future.”

House Minority Leader Spencer Hawley (D- District 07) added,

“South Dakota’s majority party dominance has resulted in a lack of government accountability that would come from a strong two party system. This degree of concentrated and absolute power in any party will create waste and inefficiencies, at best, and corruption and tragedy, at worst. It seems we’ve reached the latter in South Dakota.”

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SDDP 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Debate Contest


Want to Attend the Iowa Presidential Debate?

The second Democratic Presidential Primary Debate will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on November 14, 2015, and YOU could join us!

The South Dakota Democratic Party would like to have one of our most committed supporters and a guest join us in Iowa to see our phenomenal Democratic candidates for President take the debate stage!

One lucky winner and a guest will get the opportunity to be at the heart of the action for the debate. Come see Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley live, in-person in our neighbor state of Iowa!

If you’re feeling lucky, just pitch in $16 or more today to be automatically entered. Or, donate another amount. Just click here & complete the form.


We hope to see you at the Debate in Iowa November 14th!

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11/1/15. Enter by contributing here, or click here to enter without contributing. One (1) winner will receive the following prize package: tickets for winner and winner’s guest to attend one or more DNC events affiliated with the Democratic Party presidential primary debate in Des Moines, IA on 11/14/15 (approximate retail value of prize $0). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or age of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: South Dakota Democratic Party, 335 N. Main Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Paid for by the South Dakota Democratic Party, 335 N. Main Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions or gifts to the South Dakota Democratic Party are not tax deductible.

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Press Release- Tyler: Efforts to Expose Truth on EB-5 Being Vindicated


Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tyler: Efforts to Expose Truth on EB-5 Being Vindicated

Sioux Falls, SD (October 28, 2015)-

South Dakota Republicans continue to shift the blame regarding the improprieties that prompted a federal agency’s move to end South Dakota EB-5 program.[1] As Republican government officials finally acknowledge the wrongdoing that occurred with EB-5 by pointing their fingers at others, Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party Suzanne Jones Pranger said, “Now that he has been elected to the U.S. Senate, Mike Rounds— who as a candidate defended South Dakota’s EB-5 program— seems to have changed his position on oversight of the program. Rounds is now admitting that government oversight of South Dakota’s EB-5 program is needed,[2] and South Dakotans are left with the realization that earlier efforts to exercise oversight and investigate the program were, in fact, opposed by the Republican majority to protect their own.”     

South Dakota Democrats recount previous efforts (that were met by significant Republican opposition) to uncover the indiscretions within the EB-5 program. Kathy Tyler, former Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives (Democrat-District 4), provides an editorial statement about the steps that were taken to investigate EB-5 long before the federal government moved to end South Dakota’s utilization of the program.

Kathy TylerTyler writes,

“In the summer of 2013, during my first year in the State Legislature, I was approached by a citizen who had spent months researching South Dakota’s EB-5 situation, from the Veblen dairies to the Aberdeen and Huron projects. Following the conversation, I understood we needed to dig deeper into the EB-5 program.

The more I learned about the program, the more questions were raised. Many of those questions went unanswered. While reporters uncovered stirring information, the Legislative Executive Board twice denied requests to investigate EB-5, a forensic audit of the program was rejected by the Legislature, release of an autopsy report was denied, and the Government Operations and Audit Committee’s investigation was farcical. Those trying to find the truth on EB-5 were silenced by the state government. No charges were filed, millions of dollars disappeared, and jobs were lost through the Northern Beef Packers.

But, on the 28th of September, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed South Dakota government officials that they would be pulling the state’s EB-5 program due to irregularities in administration, diversion of funds, and a general lack of oversight. These actions by the USCIS have prompted the State to file a lawsuit against SDRC, Inc. and Joop Bollen, seeking the same information we sought in earlier attempts to investigate the program.

I look back at the demand for an investigation and forensic audit of the EB-5 program and know we fought to do what was right. In the end, our attempts to expose the truth are being vindicated, and this is a win for ethics, honesty, integrity, and the people of South Dakota.”

[1] “Rounds says he hasn’t seen the notice, but he believes the concerns in the report occurred when the program was run by a private firm or after he left the governor’s office in 2011.” Rounds: Feds right in exercising oversight of EB-5 in SD, KSFY, 10/22/15

“Governor Dennis Daugaard says the focus of the federal complaints are with the management of the South Dakota Regional Center, which handled the federal program” SD Governor Dennis Daugaard: Not Renewing Ties with EB-5, WNAX, 10/23/15

[2] “South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds says the U.S. government is right in exercising its oversight over an investment-for-visa program pioneered in South Dakota when he was governor.” Rounds: Feds right in exercising oversight of EB-5 in SD, KSFY, 10/22/15

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Press Release: EB-5 Termination Notice Evidence of Republican Corruption

Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Federal Agency’s Termination Notice of SD’s EB-5 Program Evidence of Republican Corruption 

Sioux Falls, SD (October 20, 2015)-

Reports indicate that on September 28, 2015 a federal agency sent South Dakota government officials notification of the federal agency’s intent to end South Dakota’s EB-5 visa program.

The termination is sought by the federal agency because numerous instances of improper conduct in administration of the funds and improper filings even after management of the EB-5 program was returned to state government. Five million dollars are unaccounted for and millions of other dollars were mishandled.

South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger said, “The federal government’s move to terminate South Dakota’s participation in the EB-5 program provides even more evidence of the mismanagement of public funds that has occurred in South Dakota under Republican leadership.” Jones Pranger continued,

“South Dakota’s one party Republican rule has bred corruption and complacency in state government and resulted in cronyism, significant self-dealing, and vastly inadequate oversight of state and federal funds. These problems are clearly evidenced by the all-too-often reoccurring scandals in South Dakota government, including most notably ‘EB-5’ and ‘Gear Up.’ South Dakotans deserve more from their government.

Democrats will continue to push for a state ethics commission, as Democratic legislators have in the past, to help ensure South Dakota government is run in accordance with the ethical principles voters expect and deserve.”

The United State Citizenship and Immigration Services is taking steps to terminate South Dakota’s EB-5 regional center status, which will have the effect of ending South Dakota’s utilization of the EB-5 program.

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