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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Roger McKellips →

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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Roger McKellips 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the death of former State Senate Majority Leader and 1978 gubernatorial candidate Roger McKellips:

“Roger McKellips was a dedicated public servant who served his community and the people of South Dakota well in the State Legislature, including his time as Majority Leader. He was also a great Democrat and served the Party well in several leadership roles, in particular as Majority Leader and as the Democratic nominee for Governor in 1978. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief and loss.”

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GEAR UP Emails Show Stunning Lack of Oversight →

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GEAR UP Emails Show Stunning Lack of Oversight 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to yesterday’s release of emails related to the GEAR UP program, which show that Secretary of Education Melody Schopp was warned of corruption in the program as early as January 2011, and did nothing about it:

Corruption Screenshot“These blockbuster revelations are undeniable proof of the stunning lack of oversight of the GEAR UP grant program by state officials. The fact that Secretary Schopp did nothing in the face of such clear warnings of corruption is just one more example of the arrogance and the culture of corruption which has taken hold of the Republican political establishment in Pierre. It’s time for state government officials to testify under oath so the people of South Dakota can finally know the truth behind these scandals.

“While Republicans have been fighting to sweep their scandals under the rug, Democrats have been fighting to bring more accountability and oversight to state government for years. Next year, the people of South Dakota will have a choice: vote to continue the Republican culture of corruption or vote for a more open and accountable state government led by Democrats. We’re confident that South Dakotans will agree with us that it’s time for a change in Pierre.”

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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? →

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Do South Dakota Republicans Agree with Senator Corker? 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to yesterday’s comments from Senator Bob Coker (R-TN), who said that President Donald Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful”:

“The fact that Donald Trump doesn’t have the “stability” or “competence” to be president shouldn’t be news to anyone who’s paid attention the last few years. But coming from such a high-ranking Republican, these comments are big news.

“Senator Corker’s comments raise the question: do Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune agree with Sen. Corker? If not, why not, and if so, what are they going to do about it? The people of South Dakota deserve answers to these important questions.”

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 →

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The SDDP Responds to Requested Insurance Premium Rate Increases for 2018 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s report on requested premium rate increases for individual health coverage for 2018:

protect affordable healthcare“South Dakota’s insurance companies agree – the instability and uncertainty in insurance markets caused by Republicans is contributing to higher premiums for South Dakotans. The companies also agree that premiums would increase even more if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to sabotage insurance markets by withholding cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments.

“It is long past time for Trump and Republicans in Congress – including Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune – to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to build upon the progress made under the Affordable Care Act to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all.”

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions →

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The SDDP Responds to Republican Carelessness with Petitions 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to a report that Speaker Mark Mickelson’s ballot measure group left petitions unattended in public overnight:

“This report is evidence of inexcusable carelessness on the part of Speaker Mickelson and his group. State law clearly dictates that petition circulators witness every signature on petitions. Besides the potential for voters’ information and signatures being stolen, if any names on those petitions were added without being witnessed by the circulator signing the circulator’s oath on those petitions, that circulator will be subject to charges of perjury. This is just one more example of the Republican establishment in Pierre not respecting the ballot measure process and thinking they and their allies are above the rules that apply to everyone else.”

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