You’re Invited! McGovern Day Dinner “Tribute to Tim”

McGovern Day 2014 will take place Sat., April 26th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  

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Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Weiland Releases second television ad 

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A strong slate of Democratic candidates have filed for office this election year. Learn who is running for office in your part of the state! 

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YELL Class of 2014!

Want to see the face of South Dakota's future Democratic leaders? Look no further than our Young Elected Legislative Leaders of 2014. They inspired all the staff, legislators, and volunteers who helped make YELL happen.  

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TRAINING: The Power of Likeable Leadership

Whether you’ve been involved for decades or just want to learn more about politics, this special McGovern Day training with Bill Graham is going to teach you something new. Will you join us? RSVP by filling out the form below!

Featuring Bill Graham
Saturday, April 26, at 2pm

Sioux Falls Convention Center

Bill Graham

Bill Graham

Communications trainer Bill Graham has some unusual ideas, such as:

  • Communication is a one-way street
  • Likeability is the final-decision maker, and
  • Leadership is about helping others win.

If you are a leader, you sell your vision. If you are an entrepreneur or salesperson, you sell products. Whether you are trying to persuade and inspire colleagues, constituents, customers or clients … whether you are selling an idea or a product … your impact will come down to a few questions:

  • Do they like you?
  • Do you help their lives?
  • Do they remember what you said?

Bill gives his audiences immediately usable likeability skills that will unlock the secrets to:

  • Being more likeable
  • Telling stories that motivate, and
  • Helping everyone be more successful communicators


Bill Graham, the president of Graham Corporate Communications, specializes in helping leaders, sales teams, elected officials and other professionals become more engaging and successful communicators.

Bill spent over a decade as Director of Creative Affairs for Procter & Gamble Productions: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Another World. He trained writers, analyzed audiences, and delivered story notes for 7000 hours of network television. Writers that he discovered and developed won Best Writing Emmy’s 5 of the last 7 years he was at P&G. He also taught acting at numerous studios including Stella Adler Conservatory. Prior to his TV work, he was the Producing Director at Olney Theatre in Olney, MD.

Bill is on the faculties of New York University’s Tisch School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management, and delivers communication training for the Council of State Government’s Leadership Institutes.

McGovern Day 2014 Communications Workshop

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Exciting Opportunity to Work on A Democratic Political Campaign!

The Candidate: Corinna Robinson is running for South Dakota’s sole seat in the US House of Representatives against Kristi Noem. Website: Facebook:

Description: We are looking for an energetic, organized, and responsible person who can manage and implement our fundraising efforts. You should believe in democratic values, and have experience fundraising—ideally for political campaigns. You should work well under pressure, be able to multi-task, and be flexible and efficient. You should also present yourself well, in terms of speech and appearance, as there will be many high-level meetings.

Tasks to include: organizing fundraisers, calling people to ask for money or get them to attend fundraisers, building relationships, organizing mailings and outreach, and other tasks. Flexibility, resourcefulness, creativity, and adaptability important!

Details: This job is full time, requires some nights and weekends, as well as limited travel. Pay is negotiable based on experience. While on the road, all expenses will be paid, including food, lodging, and other items.

Contact: Please email a resume and cover letter to Ashley Heacock at Include all contact details, start date, and salary requirements. Please send by April 20, 2014.

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Where’s Mike?

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mike Rounds owes it to South Dakotans to release his travel schedule

Sioux Falls, SD – This week, Rob Skjonsberg, campaign manager for the the Mike Rounds Senatorial campaign, claimed that Rounds had the most grassroots support of any candidate running for Senate in South Dakota. He went on to boast that Mike Rounds has “driven thousands of miles traveling the state every week – talking to South Dakotans.”

South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Zach Crago, is calling on the Rounds campaign to back up Skjonsberg’s account by releasing Rounds’ travel schedule.

“I have no doubt that Mike Rounds is traveling thousands of miles every week. Dallas, Texas, is quite a flight from South Dakota,” Crago says. “So is New York, Florida, and California. The Rounds campaign already boasted about raising most of their money out of state – which is why I’m struggling to figure out where the campaign fit this supposed travel across South Dakota into his busy out of state fundraising schedule. No one can seem to tell me the last time Mike Rounds held a publicly announced event in South Dakota that didn’t cost a week’s pay for the average South Dakotan to get past the door.”

There’s a pretty simple way for the Rounds campaign to back up this assertion, says Crago. “Mike Rounds owes it to South Dakotans to release his travel schedule.

“If Mike Rounds is in fact traveling thousands of miles every week speaking with South Dakotans, I challenge him to release his travel itinerary,” says Crago.

“This should be a very simple request: where has he been traveling to if he is in fact traveling thousands of miles across South Dakota every week?

“South Dakotans have a right to know where their Senate candidates are spending their time.
“Either Rob Skjonsberg is making up facts as he goes along, or Mike Rounds is conducting the greatest stealth campaign in political history. Judging by Rounds’ first stock-photo filled TV ad, I’m betting on the former rather than the latter.

“I say it is time to bring this stealth campaign out of the shadows and let all South Dakotans know Mike Rounds’ travel itinerary,” Crago says.

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ADVISORY: US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland to address Young Elected Legislative Leaders in Pierre

For Planning Purposes: Saturday, April 5, 2014

US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland to address Young Elected Legislative Leaders in Pierre

Sioux Falls, SD (March 26, 2014) – US Senate candidate Rick Weiland is coming to Pierre to address Young Elected Legislative Leaders (YELL) from across South Dakota at the second annual YELL retreat at 2:30pm on  Saturday, April 5. The reception is open to the public

Media are invited to attend, and Rick Weiland will be available for interviews upon request immediately before or after the event. To request an interview, please contact Zach Crago at 605-271-5405 or by email at

Details for the event are below:

What? Young Elected Legislative Leaders Reception
Where? View 34, 4251 Hwy 34, Pierre, SD
When? 2:30pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Who? This event is open to the public.

YELL is a mock state legislature for high school students from across the state. To be a Young Elected Legislative Leader, students must fill out an essay and complete a nominating petition just like candidates for public office must do. Hosted by the South Dakota Democratic Party, YELL gives high school students the opportunity to draft bills, debate with state legislators, and develop the skills they need to be South Dakota’s future leaders.

Rick Weiland is the Democratic nominee for the US Senate seat currently held by Senator Tim Johnson. You can learn more about Rick Weiland at

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CANDIDATE PROFILE: Rep. Susan Wismer for Governor

Rep. Susan Wismer (D-Britton) filed her petitions today for the Democratic nomination for Governor. She faces Joe Lowe in a Democratic primary on June 3, 2014. Get to know Susan below:

Why is Susan Wismer running for Governor? “South Dakotans need and deserve a state government that works for them,” said Wismer.  “It’s time we had a Governor that stands up for middle-class South Dakotans, invests in education, and brings a fresh voice to the conversation, instead of the machine that has controlled Pierre for a generation.  That’s the kind of leader I intend to be.” Susan Wismer

Wismer is a third term Democratic legislator from Britton. She is a small business owner; she and her sister have operated a tax and bookkeeping practice for over 25 years.

She and her husband Mark, also a Britton native, are the parents of three children. Her family has a long history in South Dakota politics. Her grandfather Art Jones was a rural electric leader and State Senator; her uncle Curt Jones was a State Senator from 1970-1986.

Wismer has served on Appropriations Committee since the beginning of her legislative service. She is a current member of Government Operations and Audit Committee, and has served on the Legislative Redistricting, Legislative Planning,  and various summer study committees. She is a representative to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and on the planning committee for the International Legislators Conference. She is an alumnus of the Midwestern Council of State Government’s Bowhay Legislative Leadership Development Program. She was a member of the first class of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership.

Wismer is a 1978 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, with a major in English and a minor in Journalism, and passed the CPA exam in 1982. In her community she has served as secretary treasurer to the Britton Economic Development Corporation and Britton Area Hospice for over 20 years. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Britton and has participated on several Presbytery committees.

“I owe the voters notice that they will have a choice in the race for Governor this spring in the primary and in the fall. I will continue the important work of being a state legislator through the course of this year’s session.  I would appreciate your patience as I work through the legislative session, along with my busy tax season at my office. I owe my constituents and my clients my full attention until April 15, after which I will turn my attention to the campaign full-time.”

You can find more information about Rep. Susan Wismer (D-Britton)  at or by following her on twitter at @susanforsd.

Former state fire chief Joe Lowe is also running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. You can find more information about Joe Lowe’s campaign for governor at or on Facebook at

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