Struggling to defend her record of votes in favor of tax breaks for Big Oil, Noem made the false claim that challenger Matt Varilek has accepted money from oil corporations, just as Noem has. This is simply untrue. The Varilek campaign has not received a dime from oil corporations. Noem, on the other hand, has accepted at least $69,200 in contributions from oil companies such as ExxonMobil, according to OpenSecrets.org. Her number one contributor is Moyle Petroleum, and the oil and gas industry as a whole is her 5th-largest donor by industry.
Chairman’s Note: How far is Governor Daugaard willing to take this? Implementing his emergency rule this week, Daugaard has taken an unprecedented approach to supersede state law under pressure from petroleum producers and put the vehicles of everyday South Dakotans at risk of engine-busting damage. And guess what? Your warranty isn’t going to cover it. Keep following this story. Daugaard has more explaining to do.
Chairman’s Note: Let there be no more confusion – selling engine busting 85-octane gasoline in South Dakota is illegal, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley. And Governor Daugaard refuses to back away from his dictate to continue selling it across South Dakota. It’s just another example of everything that’s wrong in Pierre: gas industry officials blatantly flout laws created by the legislature, Governor Daugaard tries changing the rules so gas industry officials avoid prosecution, and now South Dakotans are left with low-grade fuel that damages our vehicles. Governor Daugaard is protecting the gas industry at expense of South Dakotans, and it must stop.
South Dakota Democrats called on Governor Daugaard to protect consumers from damaging gasoline blends after Attorney General Marty Jackley declared the sale of engine-damaging 85 octane gasoline illegal. Continue Reading »
Chairman’s Note: He may be almost 90 years old, but that doesn’t mean he can’t shoot a gun. For the 2012 Mount Blogmore-Take It Outside Invitational Pheasant Hunt & Charitable Chili Feed, George McGovern is going to be hunt captain. So when your Republican friends try telling you Democrats are “soft,” remind them of George McGovern: decorated war hero, fearless advocate of South Dakota, and yes, even at almost 90 years old, our hunt captain.
Chairman’s Note: Have you heard our new radio ad yet? South Dakota Democrats began running radio ads across the state this week to hold Congresswoman Kristi Noem accountable for missing 80% of the Agriculture Committee Meetings so far in her term and refusing to provide an explanation as to why. Showing up for work just 20% of the time is a fireable offense. 11 days have passed without public explanation from Noem, and we’ll keep demanding an answer until South Dakotans know why she has chosen not to do her job.
Chairman’s Note: Governor Daugaard attends his first ribbon cutting ceremony for a new seed company slated to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in state support. Less than a year later, the seed company goes belly up. $2.6 million owed to farmers across South Dakota goes missing. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development withholds information about the company’s impending demise. And the Public Utilities Commission, whose job it is to protect farmers, sits idly, abandoning their only recourse – a $100,000 surety bond – to protect against unforeseen bankruptcy. Something is wrong here. In fact, lots of things are wrong. From the governor’s office to the Public Utilities Commission, we are reminded that we need better leadership in Pierre, and we need it now.
“Point to one policy that this president has enacted that has actually worked.” That’s what Rep. Kristi Noem challenged folks to outline on Fox News yesterday with Greta Van Susteren.
Challenge accepted. Here are just a few Obama policies that are working for Americans everyday.
- Added 4.1 million private sector jobs and seen 25 straight months of job growth. American Recovery Act.
- Rescued American auto industry, saving more than 1 million jobs and preventing the loss of over $96 billion in personal income as a result. Rescue loans to American Auto Industry.
- Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”ensuring that no one ever again has to lie about who they are to serve the country they love. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
- Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, making progress in a decades-long battle for women to get equal pay for equal work. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act
- Provided 46 million seniors access to free preventive services like annual wellness visits and health screenings .Affordable Care Act.
- Closed the Medicare “doughnut hole,” saving the average senior approximately $4,200 over the next 10 years. Affordable Care Act.
- Extended more benefits to National Guard members who have performed active service and allow education benefits to be transferred to family members. Post 9/11 GI Bill.
- Brought the war in Iraq to a responsible end. For the first time in nine years, there are no American troops fighting in Iraq.
- Doubled funding for Pell grants, making college more affordable for 9 million students a year.
- Established new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks will nearly double fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, saving American families an estimated $1.7 trillion at the pump.
The policies and their effects are pretty obvious. So either Noem is lying about Obama’s policies that work or she doesn’t see these policies as successes. Either case shows an extreme lack of attention that the issues of our day deserve.
Here’s some advice for Noem: take some time away from high dollar lobbyist fundraisers and Fox News appearances to learn the issues. It’s hard enough when smart legislators make bad decisions. It’s worse when oblivious representatives make terrible ones.
Chairman’s Note: Congresswoman Kristi Noem has officially hired campaign staff after going fourteen months without hiring a state director for constituent services. Make no mistake – Noem is putting her reelection ahead of her constituents. Noem may raise thousands from Big Oil to pay for her campaign, but she is doing nothing to serve South Dakota.
South Dakota attorney Matt McGovern announced today that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination as a candidate for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission against Kristie Fiegen. “I am running for the Public Utilities Commission because we need commissioners who will stand up for consumers not corporations. It is time for the PUC to serve the people of South Dakota and not the companies they are supposed to regulate,” McGovern said. “I will be an independent voice in Pierre and refuse to accept campaign contributions from the utilities the PUC regulates or lobbyists,” he continued.
McGovern is a long-time advocate for South Dakota’s wind industry and the new jobs that clean energy creates in the state. “I support policies to help consumers save money through energy efficiency while creating long-term, high paying jobs in South Dakota,” said McGovern.
McGovern is the grandson of George and Eleanor McGovern. He got his first experience in South Dakota politics traveling around the state as a young child with his grandfather during the 1980 Senate campaign.
As a law student, he worked in a prosecutor’s office and for the United States Department of Justice. McGovern came to South Dakota after law school to work for the United States District Court in Rapid City. McGovern, a South Dakota attorney, has represented working people, small business owners, and people developing South Dakota’s wind industry. He has also stood up for South Dakota ranchers defending their property rights in court.
McGovern lives in Sioux Falls and will be working hard to earn the nomination and working for every vote in the general election this fall. “I’m excited about this campaign and I’m looking forward to hearing from South Dakotans from all across the state about what they want from their elected officials in Pierre,” McGovern said.