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SDDP Chair Calls on Krebs to Protect the Privacy of SD Voters

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SDDP Chair Calls on Krebs to Protect the Privacy of South Dakota Voters 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to the Trump administration requesting the personal data of registered voters from all 50 states:

“I call on Secretary of State Shantel Krebs to join with Secretaries of State from around the country in pledging not to comply with the request for the sensitive personal information of the voters in their state. I hope she feels protecting the private personal information of the voters of South Dakota is more important than complying with these efforts from the so-called “voter integrity” commission to score points in a Republican primary.”

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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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We’re Hiring — Finance Director

We’re Hiring — Finance Director

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Senate GOP Health Care Bill Hurts South Dakota →

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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Letter to the Editor from Our Chair

No Business Representing South Dakota

South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg sent the following letter to the editors of the daily newspapers of South Dakota last week:

Ann color headshotMembers of South Dakota’s congressional delegation have historically made great efforts to stay connected to the people of South Dakota through town halls or community meetings. Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, for example, were back in South Dakota as often as possible and held town hall meetings all over the state to hear the concerns of voters. Sometimes the questions were friendly, sometimes not, but they felt holding these meetings was an important part of their duties as our elected representatives.

That’s why it is so disappointing that Representative Noem and Senators Rounds and Thune did not schedule any public town halls during February’s congressional recess and seem to have no plans to do so in the future. Our congressional delegation has a responsibility as our representatives to meet with their constituents, answer our questions, and give reasons for their votes and actions in Washington. There’s such a great interest in attending town halls that citizen groups scheduled town halls themselves and invited our delegation to show up; unfortunately, none did. If Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, and John Thune are afraid of tough questions, they have no business representing the people of South Dakota in Congress.

Ann Tornberg

Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party

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We Are Hiring!

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SDDP Job Opening- Communications and Compliance Director

Please send a resume and cover letter to SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg at ann@sddp.org by Friday July 3, 2015.  Interviews will be scheduled starting July 6, 2015.

Do you support our party’s Mission?

Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own-that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules.  Our values guide us in our fight for equality and opportunity for all South Dakotans.  It’s with these values that we help elect Democrats up and down the ballot in every corner of the state.

Are you the right fit for our team?

With a small team of staff at the South Dakota Democratic Party, we’re looking for a self-motivated person who is passionate about the work we do to elect Democrats.  The Communication/Compliance Director must be able to adapt to diverse situations and demands while keeping a positive attitude.  The Communication/Compliance Director must be outgoing, personable and welcoming to elected leaders, donors, volunteers, partners, and prospective candidates.  He/She must be well organized; attention to detail is a crucial element to the job.  Design abilities would also be a positive attribute.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Communications:

  • Effectively publicize the goals, platform, activities, and accomplishments of the State Party with the news media and key constituency groups through traditional and social media as well as digital marketing.
  • Proactively manage a multidisciplinary department that manages all communications requests, rapid response communications, digital media, and the tracking operation.
  • Serve as on-the-record spokesperson for the SDDP, Party Chairperson, and other principals.
  • Handle all media requests and prepare and disseminate communications tools such as press releases, op-eds, public statements, speeches, talking points, presentations, media advisories, briefings, pitch ideas, videos, email blasts, newsletters, social media, and graphics.
  • Maintain relationships with media professionals across the state.
  • Work with staff to manage difficult communications situations including crisis communications.
  • Manage and produce email and social media calendar, direct list-building initiatives, and maintain content for the website and multiple social media platforms.
  • Develop and execute press events with surrogates and elected officials.
  • Prepare and execute short and long-term communications plans.
  • Provide media training for county party representatives.
  • Work with DNC, campaigns and democratic committees to coordinate press and communications strategy and assist as needed.

Compliance:

  • Manage accounts in Quickbooks, creating financial reports for the Executive Board and Central Committee Meetings
  • Maintain and file FEC reports in accordance with federal election law; Serve as primary contact with accountant and compliance attorneys
  • Prepare and submit state compliance reports.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three years of professional work in communications, campaigns or related area;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as grammatical and copy editing skills;
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet and work in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Experience executing digital and traditional communications strategies;
  • Keen eye for identifying opportunities and potential risk, and ability to rally assets;
  • Knowledge of NGP, VAN, Quickbooks, and other related software preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines and adapt quickly to changing work priorities.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience along with full benefits package. Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references via email to ann@sddp.org by Friday July 3, 2015.  Interviews will be scheduled starting July 6, 2015.Please list “Communications/Compliance Director” in the subject line.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions with regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

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Get Active, South Dakota!

The SDDP headquarters now resembles a “war room” and it’s hard to keep coffee in the pot for longer than 20 minutes! Our quest to send Noem on a permanent vacation and make sure our Democratic values are also represented fairly in Pierre is plowing full steam ahead.

There are less than 50 days until Election Day. We have a lot of work to do in a short time. Candidates across the state – some of them in your own backyard – could use your help.

Ready to lend a hand? Let us know!
We’ll find a campaign activity that works for you! »

Even if it’s just an hour or two this weekend or next, every one of our hardworking candidates could use an extra hand. There are yard signs to be delivered, doors to be knocked, and calls to be made. There are even ways you can help from the comfort of your own home!

Get active! Donate a little time, make a big difference! »

With just a little of your time, we’ll return South Dakota to a place where our representatives in Pierre and Washington are doing their jobs – fighting for the values of everyday South Dakotans like you.

We can do it.

Ben

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Greetings from Charlotte!

Wow! Just wow!

I’m happy to report that the South Dakota Democrats made it to Charlotte…and boy were we blown away on the first day! Thanks to rousing speeches from First Lady Michelle ObamaMayor Julian Castro, and Governor Deval Patrick we are fired up and ready to go!

There are 32 delegates and super delegates representing South Dakota at the Democratic National Convention this year. We’ll spend our days in caucus meetings, then each evening we’ll join Democrats from across the nation, to participate in activites on the convention floor.

We delegates and all South Dakota Democrats have our work cut out for us over the next 60 days.  We have a great opportunity to make an impact this year from Pierre to Washington D.C. With your financial help, we’ll be able seize that opportunity and celebrate on election night.

Help Us Raise $1000 Before the South Dakota Delegation Returns Home.
GIVE JUST $5 TODAY»

If the SDDP receives enough $5 contributions from dedicated Democrats like you, we’ll not only meet our goal and greet our returning delegation with great news, we’ll also be in a better position to send Noem home, elect legislators who share our priorities and values, and send a clear message to Governor Daugaard – that Democrats in Pierre will never back down in a fight for everyday South Dakotans. Continue Reading »

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Where is Kristi?

Congresswoman Kristi Noem has returned to South Dakota for five weeks, but she has scheduled ONLY ONE public event with South Dakota voters!

Our farmers and ranchers are anxiously waiting for Kristi Noem to pass a Farm Bill, among other significant legislation that affects South Dakotans. Noem needs to explain her positions on the big issues in communities across our state. She has an obligation to host public events, including debates and town halls, which she herself declared is “an important part of the job.”

So, we’re launching the five week long #WhereIsKristi campaign where, during each week of her congressional vacation, we’ll creatively showcase the big issues Noem avoids by refusing to schedule public events.

Here’s how you can help us make this campaign a success:

Let’s give Noem the nudge she needs. After all, the voters deserve to hear from their representative.

Ben

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Noem’s Vacation

Congress went on vacation last week, leaving little hope that South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers will see a Farm Bill extension from Congress.

Kristi Noem says she went to bat for the Farm Bill – and the results are in:

  • The House leadership refuses to even hold a vote on the Farm Bill.
  • After toying with the idea of a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, the House scrapped that idea too.
  • The stop-gap disaster relief bill passed by the House on Thursday addressed only a portion of the industries that need support.

Since Congress won’t return to Washington until September–at which point they have about three weeks to finish their business before the election–Kristi will probably be back in South Dakota soon, walking in parades, attending rodeos, hosting taxpayer-funded tele town halls, and, if we’re lucky, a few debates with Matt Varilek.

If you see Kristi in your community, be sure to ask her:

“What are you doing right now to pass a farm bill for South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers?”

We’d love to hear her response, too. So, If you have a camera or video-capable cell phone on hand, please record her answer and send us a video!

It’s time Kristi start taking responsibility for a Congress that keeps wasting time and taxpayer money while not addressing concerns during the worst drought in 50 years.

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