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SDDP Statement on Bipartisan Healthcare Agreement →

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SDDP Statement on Bipartisan Healthcare Agreement 

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to today’s bipartisan healthcare agreement:

“This bipartisan agreement is good news for the 16,144 South Dakotans who rely on CSR payments for quality and affordable healthcare. It will help to fix the mess created by President Trump’s cruel refusal to continue crucial payments that make health care more affordable to Americans. We urge Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune to give this agreement their support.

“It is our sincere hope that this marks a new willingness on behalf of Republicans to work with Democrats to make timely, affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans and an end to their continuous efforts to sabotage health care markets for political gain. We urge them to build on this good step to abandon their proposed budget, which would gut Medicare and Medicaid and hurt American families and instead work with Democrats to create a budget that preserves Medicare and Medicaid and works for working families and not just the wealthy few.”

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Lack of Action on CHIP Funding →

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Lack of Action on CHIP Funding

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement today from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the continued lack of action from Rep. Kristi Noem, Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, and other congressional Republicans to restore funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after failing to reauthorize the program before last month’s deadline to do so:

“Kristi Noem, Mike Rounds, John Thune, and their fellow congressional Republicans have been so busy trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, sabotaging our cmissing personsountry’s healthcare system, and fighting over how big of tax cuts to give millionaires and billionaires that they continue to fail to perform the basic functions of governing our great country. I call on South Dakota’s congressional delegation to finally show some leadership and convince their fellow Republicans to work with Democrats to restore CHIP funding immediately. The healthcare of over 16,000 children and women in South Dakota is at stake, and their healthcare should be more important to our representatives than tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.”

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Trump’s Refusal to Make CSR Payments Hurts South Dakotans →

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Trump’s Refusal to Make CSR Payments Hurts South Dakotans 

Last night Donald Trump decided to no longer fund the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), which will cause millions of Americans to face premiums that skyrocket by as much as 20 percent, create widespread uncertainty and chaos in America’s health care marketplace, and increase the deficit.

Trump and congressional Republicans bear the sole responsibility for the devastation they have inflicted on South Dakotans, 16,144 of whom rely on these CSR payments for quality and affordable health care.

“Republicans have tried time and again to strip away the Affordable Care Act, but South Dakotans and Americans all across the country made their voices heard loud and clear: they want Republicans to keep their hands off their healthcare. Last night healthcare is a rightDonald Trump turned his back on South Dakotans by ending the cost-sharing reduction subsidies that help make quality healthcare affordable for 16,144 South Dakotans,” said South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson. “Make no mistake – Trump and his administration are gambling with the lives of millions of people and ushering in disarray in our healthcare system. It’s time for Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds to stand up to Trump’s recklessness and start working with Democrats to expand and protect healthcare around the country.”

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SDDP Response to Noem’s Vote Against Relief for Hurricane and Wildfire Victims →

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The SDDP Responds to Noem’s Vote Against Disaster Relief for Hurricane and Wildfire Victims

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement in response to Rep. Kristi Noem voting against disaster relief for hurricane and wildfire victims this afternoon:

“Kristi Noem’s vote against helping Americans victimized by hurricanes and wildfires shows just how far out of touch she is with South Dakota values. When our neighbors across the street or across the country are in trouble, especially from natural disasters, South Dakotans do what they can to help out and get their neighbors back on their feet. Not only does her vote today violate South Dakota values, it – along with her vote against a hurricane relief bill last month – could jeopardize disaster relief for South Dakota in the future. The next time a tornado or blizzard hits South Dakota and we need help from the federal government to recover, let’s hope Rep. Noem’s colleagues do not follow her example from these votes and vote against aid for South Dakota families.”

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The SDDP Responds to the Executive Order to Sabotage Americans’ Health Care →

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The SDDP Responds to the Executive Order to Sabotage Americans’ Health Care

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In response to President Trump signing an executive order that would continue the Republican sabotage of health insurance markets across the country, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement today:

“For nine months, Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds – and the rest of the Republican political establishment in Washington – have abdicated their basic responsibility to make sure that our country’s healthcare system works. Instead, they have worked to undermine it and sabotage it at every turn, which has driven up premiums and costs for South Dakota families.protect affordable healthcare

“Those efforts continued today, as Donald Trump signed away the American people’s right to quality, affordable healthcare. This executive order undermines protections for South Dakotans with pre-existing conditions, and will cause premiums to skyrocket for those South Dakotans who need affordable healthcare the most. It will even undermine existing protections for people in association healthcare plans in states around the country. Make no mistake – families in South Dakota and around the country will suffer from this reckless act.

“It is long past time for Rep. Noem, Senators Thune and Rounds, and the rest of the Republicans in Congress to put an end to their party’s sabotage of our healthcare system, and instead work with Democrats to build upon the progress of the Affordable Care Act to make affordable, quality healthcare a reality for all Americans.”

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Frustrated by Ballot Measure Losing Streak, SDGOP Seeks to Undermine Process →

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Frustrated by Ballot Measure Losing Streak, SDGOP Seeks to Undermine Ballot Measure Process

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement today in response to the new effort by the South Dakota Republican Party (SDGOP) to undermine the ballot measure processwith its “Don’t Sign on the Line” campaign:

“While it’s not surprising the SDGOP doesn’t like the process because it is a reminder of how out-of-touch it is with the majority of South Dakotans, Democrats are proud of South Dakota’s heritage as the first state to adopt the initiative and referendum process. And, due to South Dakotans feeling that the Republican majority in Pierre is not listening to their concerns, they feel the need to use that process so that South Dakota law actually reflects the values of South Dakotans and not the priorities of the SDGOP’s big-money special-interest donors. As long as Republicans fail to listen to the concerns of the voters, and even go so far as to overturn the will of the voters – as they did with the Anti-Corruption Act of 2016 and minimum wage increase in 2014 – South Dakotans will keep using ballot measures to move our state forward.”

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Unable or Unwilling To Do Anything About Mass Shootings, Thune Tells American People To Duck →

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Unable or Unwilling To Do Anything About Mass Shootings, Thune Tells American People To Duck

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement today in response to Senator John Thune’s comments that because there is no way to prevent mass shootings in an “open society,” citizens’ best hope to avoid being violently killed is to “take steps in their own lives to take precautions to protect themselves…you know, try to stay safe. As somebody said — get small”:

“Democrats believe that ensuring the safety of Americans should be the top priority of our government, and that we should not accept mass shootings, such as the one in Las Vegas, as inevitable or normal. John Thune is the third-ranking Republican in the United States Senate – the majority party. The fact that he is unable or unwilling to do anything from that position of power to protect the people he represents from mass shootings other than to tell them to learn how to ‘get small’ speaks volumes about his lack of leadership, political will, and political courage. The American people deserve better – it’s time for a change in Washington.”

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SDDP Statement on Jackley’s Formal Gubernatorial Announcement →

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SDDP Statement on Jackley’s Formal Gubernatorial Announcement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson issued the following statement today in response to South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley’s announcement that he is running for Governor in 2018:

“Just like Kristi Noem, his opponent in the Republican primary for Governor, Marty Jackley has long made it clear he prioritizes his career advancement over fulfilling the duties he was entrusted with by the people of South Dakota. As Attorney General, his weak and delayed responses to Republican government scandals like EB-5 and GEAR UP – such as waiting until after the 2014 election to file charges in the EB-5 case, followed by letting Joop Bollen off the hook with a lenient plea deal that only required Bollen plead guilty to one of five charges against him – made it clear he was more concerned with political expedience than seeing justice done. Further, in an effort to play to the most extreme elements of the Republican base, he frequently expended precious taxpayer resources on frivolous lawsuits against the federal government, instead of focusing on South Dakota issues. Jackley also showed his contempt for the will of the voters by starting his campaign for governor right after the last election so he could circumvent the campaign finance regulations passed by the people of South Dakota in 2016.

“South Dakota needs change in Pierre, not the same old extreme and out-of-touch policies offered by Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem and the rest of the Republican Party. Unlike the Republican political establishment in Pierre, South Dakota Democrats believe state government should work for everyone, not just the powerful and well-connected, and it should reflect South Dakota values such as fairness, integrity, and rewarding hard work.”

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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Homer Kandaras →

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SDDP Statement on the Passing of Homer Kandaras 

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 Homer Kandaras:

“Homer Kandaras was a great public servant and a great South Dakota Democrat. He leaves behind a powerful legacy of service – serving his country honorably in the Army and serving the people of South Dakota well in the State Legislature, including his time as Majority Leader. He continued that spirit of public service after his time in the Legislature by serving on several committees in the Rapid City area. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to Failure of Latest GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill →

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SDDP Executive Director Responds to Failure of Latest Senate GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson responding to today’s news that the latest attempt by Republicans to take healthcare away from millions of Americans has failed:

“Instead of listening to the people they represent, congressional Republicans tried yet again to take health care away from millions of families. This cruel bill should have never been proposed, let alone come close to a vote. Thanks to countless calls, emails, and letters from ordinary Americans, Republicans have been unable to accomplish their disastrous agenda. While we are relieved that this disastrous bill attacking the health and economic stability of South Dakota families has been defeated, we are disappointed that Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds yet again supported a bill which would have taken health care away from South Dakotans and raised their premiums.

“After seven years of failure to develop an alternative to the Affordable Care Act that does not take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans and cause premiums to skyrocket – especially for elderly Americans – it is long past time John Thune, Mike Rounds, and the other Republicans in Congress to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to ensure that affordable health care is a right for all.”

Click here for a recording of SDDP Executive Director Sam Parkinson’s reaction.

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