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SDDP Responds to CBO Score of Senate GOP Health Care Bill

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SDDP Chair Responds to CBO Score of Senate GOP Health Care Bill 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that the Senate Republican health care bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care coverage:

“This CBO score confirms what we already knew – the Senate GOP health care bill, which Senator John Thune helped to write behind closed doors, and which he and Senator Mike Rounds now champion, will drive up costs for working families and take health care away from 22 million Americans, including tens of thousands of South Dakotans. The bill will devastate rural areas and threaten rural hospitals, weaken essential health benefits, and be disaster for women, the elderly, and disabled. While South Dakota families, communities, and health care providers would be devastated, millionaires and billionaires would receive a tax cut. Taking health care away from South Dakota families to give tax cuts to the wealthy will not do anything to improve South Dakotans’ health care. Democrats will keep fighting for affordable health care for all Americans. We hope the Republicans in Congress – especially John Thune, Mike Rounds, and Kristi Noem – will finally join us to work in a bi-partisan way to create a plan that really does improve the coverage and health care of all South Dakotans.”

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Senate GOP Health Care Bill Hurts South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the Senate Republicans finally releasing the text of their secretly-drafted health care bill this morning:

“While Democrats are working to make sure all Americans have affordable health care, Republicans in Congress, led by Rep. Kristi Noem, and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, are working to take that coverage away or to make it more expensive. Both the health care bill passed by the House with support from Rep. Noem, and the Senate GOP bill released today are, to use Donald Trump’s word, ‘mean,’  and both would hurt South Dakota families, communities, and health care providers. The proposed cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately impact rural areas and threaten rural hospitals, and its weakening of essential health benefit requirements would make insurance costlier or reduce coverage for needed treatments for those with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes. While South Dakota families would be hurt, the wealthy would receive a tax cut.

“While improvements do need to be made to the Affordable Care Act, taking health care away from South Dakota families to give tax cuts to the wealthy will not do anything to improve South Dakotans’ health care. The Senate should reject this mean and cruel bill, and Republicans in Congress – including John Thune, Mike Rounds, and Kristi Noem – should finally sit down with Democrats and work in a bi-partisan way to write a bill that really does improve the coverage and health care of all South Dakotans.”

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South Dakota Democratic Party Announces New Executive Director →

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South Dakota Democratic Party Announces New Executive Director

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced the hiring of Sam Parkinson as its new Executive Director.

Sam headshot“I am pleased to announce our Interim Executive Director, Sam Parkinson, has accepted the position on a permanent basis,” said Ann Tornberg, South Dakota Democratic Party Chair. “Sam has been a real asset to the Party through his work as Finance Director and Interim Executive Director. I look forward to his leadership working alongside our talented and dedicated staff, our energized volunteers, and our growing list of candidates for 2018.”

“I’m excited to take on the role of Executive Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party,” said Parkinson. “The Party is seeing a new surge of interest and energy from South Dakotans looking for a change from the corrupt and out-of-touch political establishment in Pierre. I am committed to build upon this great new energy so Democrats have a successful election in 2018.”

Parkinson has served as Finance Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party since August of 2015 and became Interim Executive Director in April of this year. Parkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota, majoring in Political Science. He grew up in Rapid City and is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School. Parkinson previously interned in the South Dakota Legislature for then-House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff and was a Young Elected Legislative Leaders Fellow during the 2014 election cycle.

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South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

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South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to South Dakota Republican Party Chair Dan Lederman defending the Pennington County Republican Party’s sponsorship of an event featuring speakers who are anti-Muslim extremists:

“While Democrats work to bring South Dakotans of all backgrounds and religions together to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, it is troubling to see the South Dakota Republican Party embrace hate groups and anti-Muslim extremists. The choice of the Pennington County Republican Party to sponsor an event featuring disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist Dan Guandolo and Mr. Lederman’s choice to defend this action are just the latest examples of a disturbing trend of the South Dakota Republican Party embracing groups and speakers identified as hate groups or anti-Muslim extremists:

“While reasonable people can disagree about immigration and refugee policy, conspiracy theories and bigotry targeting a minority population should have no place in our political debates. Republicans should denounce this type of hateful rhetoric, not embrace it. Since Mr. Lederman refused to take the lead in denouncing hate, I call Republican elected officials and candidates like John Thune, Mike Rounds, Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley, Shantel Krebs, and Dusty Johnson to show some important leadership and make it clear that this kind of hate does not belong in their party or our state.”

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