Boehner Blues

Kristi Noem just can’t hide it, and there’s no use in denying it – she’s got a bad case of the Boehner Blues.

What’s worse – Sioux Falls is about to exposed. That is, those brave enough to risk their children’s education, the end of Medicare, and South Dakota’s credit rating. All we can say is, Yikes! (and pass the Purell)

You see, the Boehner Blues is highly contagious. Here’s what you need to know to protect you and your family:

  1. Never rely on someone to save your job who believes ‘labor’ and ‘workforce’ mean two different things.
  2. If you feel a chill coming on, try tea. Skip the tea party. That’s so 1776.
  3. Remember to wash your hands – just not of compromise.
  4. Orange is not the new black.
  5. Prevention is the best medicine. Vote Democrat for goodness sake.

So, kids, don’t let Noem – or Boehner and his Blues – happen to you.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Dear Kristi Noem,

We write this blog entry on behalf of every South Dakotan.  Your vote on the “cut, cap and balance” bill deeply worries us.  We are very concerned about your priorities.  We are even more concerned about the promises you have broken to your constituents back home as you curry favor with your new Washington friends.

So, we have a suggestion. Instead of focusing on keeping your job as leader of the Freshman Class in DC, it might be wise to focus on your real job – no, not your internship or your perpetual career as a college student – but on your job as South Dakota’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Though it’s true we often don’t agree with your choices to advance DC politics over South Dakota’s needs, we feel it’s time you live less dangerously.

Too much is at stake to risk South Dakota’s future on Tea Party ideals.  The revolt over taxes on tea is over. (P.S. We won.)  South Dakota needs a strong voice, one that will speak up when it counts, and make sure even the most vulnerable have a chance to prosper.

So, as we continue to work hard at our jobs back home – please do us a kindness.  Start doing yours.  If you don’t feel up to the challenge, don’t worry – 2012 is right around the corner.

Yours Truly,

The Majority of South Dakotans Who Coincidentally Didn’t Vote For You

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On Medicare: Ain’t No Denyin’ – Noem’s Just Lyin.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem is at it again.  She voted to end Medicare as we know it in order to ensure that millionaires and billionaires receive huge tax cuts. On behalf of South Dakotans who depend on Medicare now, and for those who will in the decades to come, we’re holding Noem accountable.

Listen to our new radio ad here.

South Dakotans will suffer because of Kristi Noem’s vote. According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Noem’s vote against Medicare will:

  • Jeopardize nursing home care for 3,600.
  • Eliminate preventive care benefits for 133,000 current Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Deny access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits for 600,000 individuals age 54 and younger.
  • Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 125,000 individuals between the ages of 44 and 54.
  • Increase health care cost for individuals – 125,000 individuals between the ages of 44 and 54 will have to save an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.

As if her vote wasn’t bad enough, Noem is now using taxpayer dollars to defend her War on Seniors.  Let us be more specific—the Congresswoman’s official office recently sent out a political mailing claiming she is working to save Medicare. Continue Reading »

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South Dakota Democrats Begin Running Radio Ad Challenging Noem’s Vote against Medicare

Today, South Dakota Democrats began running radio ads across South Dakota challenging Congresswoman Noem’s vote against Medicare.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is sponsoring the radio ad in order to hold Congresswoman Noem accountable to her constituents, says Ben Nesselhuf, Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party. Continue Reading »

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Medicaid Cuts Take Effect →

For most people, Friday was just another day.

For nursing home administrator Tatiana Johnson, the day loomed much larger. Continue Reading »

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Budget cuts pose high risk to SD →

WASHINGTON – The options being debated to solve the looming federal debt crisis aren’t pretty: cuts to popular spending programs, reductions in entitlement benefits.

Any deficit-cutting pain would hit every American in some way, but South Dakota, a rural state whose citizens disproportionately depend on government services, could get hit harder than most. Continue Reading »

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Kids v. Corporations: We need you!

You’ve heard us talk about efforts to stop the Governor from gutting education and healthcare to pay for corporate giveaways. Here’s why this issue is so important for our Democratic candidates in 2012:

Every South Dakotan who has a kid in school, a young adult in college, a grandparent in a nursing home, or a family member in need suffered huge blows this year. Republicans in Pierre forced all of us to sacrifice while they still found $16 million a year for corporate handouts. In short, Republicans demanded that our kids and seniors shoulder savage cuts so they could give away our tax dollars to large corporations.

South Dakotans put our kids and family first, and our Republican leaders will be held accountable for their misplaced priorities. This is a winning issue. But we need 16,000 signatures to protect our children and seniors. We’ve been gathering signatures across the state to refer HB 1230 to the 2012 general election.

Our deadline to stop the Governor from gutting education and healthcare to pay for corporate giveaways is fast approaching, and with 13,000 signatures secured, we are getting close! But we’re not going to get this on the ballot without a couple big weekends. That’s why we are organizing a statewide Day of Action on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-1pm.

We are planning organized canvasses in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Mitchell, Yankton, Huron, Vermillion, Spearfish, and Madison.

Your efforts to lead our final push will decide whether we give our legislative candidates one of the most potent issues to run on or whether Republicans beat us again. If you do not live in or close to any of those towns, please help us organize door knocking activities in your home town. Please let us know where we can count on you to step up and show the Republicans that the Democratic Party is still alive and well. We will win or lose based on what we all do together.

The Deadline is Upon Us. Sign Up to Be a Part of Our Final Push.

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Senator George McGovern Announces Food Drive Benefiting Feeding South Dakota

Today, Senator George McGovern announced a food drive benefiting Feeding South Dakota to be held in conjunction with McGovern Day.

“In times of pressing need – whether your family has been recently displaced by flooding or your paycheck just isn’t covering the rising cost of food – Feeding South Dakota is our state’s first responder in the fight against hunger,” McGovern said on a tour of the facility. “I am proud to announce this food drive to help Feeding South Dakota win the fight against hunger across our state.”

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We Remember.

This Memorial Day, we are humbled by all those past and present who have served our country.  We are also strengthened in our resolve to honor that service by ensuring that once home, no veteran is left behind.

A member of America’s Greatest Generation, Senator George McGovern once wrote:

“The quality of any society is measured in good part by the respect and appreciation it demonstrates towards it older citizens who have toiled and sacrificed for us all. […] As patriots we owe our veterans a permanent debt of gratitude and proper care.”

Today, we remember.  From all of us here at the South Dakota Democratic Party, we say, “Thank you.”


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If Noem throws you off a bridge, Thune will too.

Senator John Thune has announced his intention to vote against South Dakota’s seniors and join Congresswoman Kristi Noem in backing the radical budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan to decimate Medicare.

For shame.

Even some Republican Senators have come to their senses – including Sen. Scott Brown – but not Thune.  Never Thune.  What was that slogan he used – “It’s time.”


We think it’s time to stop providing lip service to South Dakotans in an effort to look good for the cameras.

It’s time to stop putting national aspirations ahead of the middle class.

It’s time to move the country forward.

So, buck up Senator Thune and Congresswoman Noem.  Clearly, you still have some learning to do.  As any senior with Medicare will tell you, “Just say ‘No’ to Ryan. Sacrificing seniors is bad for business.”

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