SDDP Statement on 2016 Election Results


SDDP Statement on 2016 Election Results

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota Democratic Party issued the following statement today in response to the the results of yesterday’s election.

“The South Dakota Democratic Party congratulates all our great candidates up and down the ballot for working hard to run good, issues-based campaigns that reached out to hundreds of thousands of voters in South Dakota.

“While it wasn’t the results we hoped for, we were able to defeat Referred Law 19, the incumbent protection plan, and Referred Law 20, which would have lowered the minimum wage for young workers. Once again, Democrats showed that when our ideas are on the ballot, the people of South Dakota agree.

“We especially want to congratulate and thank our statewide candidates –  U.S. Senate Candidate Jay Williams, U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks, and Public Utilities Commission Candidate Henry Red Cloud. Running against well-funded political insiders like John Thune, Kristi Noem, and Chris Nelson is a tall challenge, but our candidates ran smart, energetic campaigns and raised some very important issues. They, and all Democrats, can be proud of the races they ran.

“Democrats had an impressive slate of legislative candidates including a Grammy nominated artist, an escaped hostage of Saddam Hussein, a former gubernatorial cabinet member, along with teachers, health care providers, firefighters, farmers, lawyers, and business leaders. These candidates were moved to run to provide balance and accountability in state government, and Democrats remain committed to that cause. The Democrats elected to the legislature are ready to work across the aisle for the betterment of all South Dakotans.

“Finally, we want to thank our wonderful volunteers who gave their time and their finances to help elect Democrats. Democrats will continue to fight to move our state and nation forward and promote our shared values of rewarding hard work, investing in our children, and expanding opportunity for all.”


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The SDDP Urges Change in Oglala Lakota County Absentee Voting Location


The SDDP Urges Secretary of State Krebs and Oglala Lakota County Auditor to Change Oglala Lakota County Absentee Voting Location

The South Dakota Democratic Party today called upon South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Fall River/Oglala Lakota County Auditor Sue Ganje to change the early voting location in Oglala Lakota County from the SuAnne Big Crow Center in light of the homicide which took place at the center this past weekend.

Henry Red Cloud“The right to vote is one of the most basic and important rights in a democracy,” said Henry Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux Tribal Member and Democratic Candidate for Public Utilities Commission. “When people are unable to exercise that right, or feel uncomfortable exercising that right because they fear for their safety at their polling location, our democracy is diminished.”

Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party Suzanne Jones Pranger said,

“The current early voting location is unsuitable and inaccessible to voters because it is several miles outside the town of Pine Ridge, there is construction on the road to the location causing up to 45 minute travel delays, the road construction makes walking to the location unsafe, and a shooting occurred at the location this past weekend. We have been in talks with the Secretary of State and County Auditor about relocating the absentee voting location in Oglala Lakota County and are hopeful they will move the location as soon as possible to another suggested location that does not unreasonably burden voters.”

Early voting in South Dakota runs through November 7. A picture of the traffic backup on the route to the current early voting location is below.


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SDDP Statement on Noem’s continued support of Donald Trump


SDDP Statement on Noem’s continued support of Donald Trump  

South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger released the following statement in response to State Rep. Paula Hawks’s debate with Rep. Kristi Noem at last night’s debate on KELO.
     “The State Party congratulates Representative Paula Hawks on another great debate. Once again, Paula showed she is the right choice in this race on the issues important to all South Dakotans, and will make an excellent Representative for South Dakota in Congress.”
     “I also wanted to commend Paula for the courage she showed by sharing her story as a victim of sexual assault. Paula’s story joins the chorus of many other survivors of sexual assault who say that Donald Trump – someone who has been accused by a growing number of women of sexual assault and was caught on video bragging about actions that amount to sexual assault – is unfit to be president.”
      “Rep. Noem’s defense of her support of Donald Trump with debunked right-wing conspiracy theories was incredibly insensitive and shows just how out-of-touch she is from the South Dakota values of respect for others and upholding the dignity of the survivors of horrible crimes like sexual assault. Once again Kristi Noem is putting party loyalty above South Dakota values.”

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Foster Named to DLCC “Essential Races” List

Foster Named to DLCC “Essential Races” List

red-dawn-foster(PINE RIDGE, S.D.) – Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post announced Red Dawn Foster’s bid for one of the District 27 seats in the South Dakota House of Representatives as an Essential Race. The DLCC’s 2016 Essential Races highlight some of this year’s most exciting candidates in some of our most crucial legislative districts, and a list of targeted races across the country will be rolled out over the coming weeks.
     “This cycle’s slate of Democratic state legislative prospects across the country is unprecedented in its strength and represents the diverse communities of the rising American majority,” said Post. “Democrats are primed to make substantial gains in statehouses across the country in November, and the candidates running in our Essential Races are key to these victories. The success of these Democrats will not only decide the balance of power in many states, but also help transform statehouses into governments that better reflect the increasing diversity of the American electorate.”
     “I’m honored to be receiving this national attention,” said Foster. “The additional resources this endorsement can bring will be helpful in carrying my campaign focused on expanding Medicaid to all South Dakotans, education, veterans’ issues,  and job creation and economic development to the voters in District 27.”
     “The State Party is pleased the DLCC recognized Red Dawn’s race for the State Legislature. She has the potential to be a great legislator and advocate for the people of her district,” said Suzanne Jones Pranger, Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party. “Red Dawn is working hard for every vote and will serve District 27 well if elected.”
     Red Dawn Foster is Oglala Lakota born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People Clan).  She is an alumna of the University of Colorado at Denver, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and the University of Notre Dame, where she received her Master of Arts degree in Business Administration.

Foster is currently an Economic Development Consultant for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, National Consultant in emerging industries and is Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Lakota Funds CDFI.  She served as Business Instructor for the Red Cloud Economic Development Initiative and taught Entrepreneurship and Economics for Red Cloud High School students.  She is passionate about working with students and introducing them to the core concepts and frameworks of sustainable business and the role it can play in improving communities.

For more on the DLCC Essential Race program, click here.

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Gov. Tom Vilsack to Speak at SDDP Convention Banquet

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to Speak at SDDP Convention Banquet


The South Dakota Democratic Party today announced Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will speak at its State Party Convention Banquet set for the night of Friday, June 24.

“We are excited to welcome Gov. Vilsack to our Convention and look forward to hearing his message on why Democrats offer the best solutions to improve the lives of farmers and producers of South Dakota and the rest of the country,” said SDDP Executive Director Suzanne Jones Pranger. “He is a strong advocate on behalf of America’s agricultural communities, and we look forward to hearing his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the farm families of our country.”

Former Maryland Governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, U.S. House candidate Paula Hawks, and U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams will also address the Convention Banquet.

Vilsack is the 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture.

Before being appointed to his position by President Barack Obama in 2009, Vilsack served two terms as Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007 – the first Democrat elected Governor of Iowa in 30 years. During his tenure as Governor, Vilsack sat on the National Governors Association Executive Committee and was chair of the Governors Ethanol Commission and chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

Vilsack was a member of the Iowa State Senate from 1993 to 1999 and was Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa from 1987 to 1992. Before becoming mayor, he practiced law in Mount Pleasant.

Vilsack and his wife, Christie, have two adult sons and four grandchildren.

The SDDP state convention will meet June 24-25 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.



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Actress & Comedian Charlyne Yi to attend McGovern Day

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.59.28 AMActress & Comedian Charlyne Yi will be speaking at the 2016 McGovern Day Dinner as a representative of the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign.

An early supporter of Bernie Sanders, Charlyne Yi is known for her improvisation, comedy, music and acting. Yi was screenwriter of the award winning film Paper Heart and has acted in several films and TV series including House and Love.

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Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) to attend McGovern Day →

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) will be speaking at the 2016 McGovern Day Dinner as a representative of the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and sworn in on January 3, 2003, and he is now serving in his seventh term. Rep. Ryan currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee which has oversight over the federal budget process.

Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus, which examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children.

Ryan is also the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm. Rep. Ryan currently resides in Howland, Ohio with his wife Andrea and three children.

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McGovern Day Award Nominations Due April 20th

Pledge $100Three awards are given each year at the South Dakota Democratic Party’s annual McGovern Day to recognize exemplary activists in the State Party.

To submit your nomination, please download the form here » and email to Suzie@sddp.org by April 20, 2016.


More information about the awards can be found here—> McGovern Day Awards Nomination Rules

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McGovern Day 2016

Join us and fellow Democrats for our annual McGovern Day 2016 with special guests from the Presidential campaigns of Secretary Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sioux Falls Convention Center
1201 NW Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Awards Luncheon – 12:00 PM
VIP Reception – 6 PM
McGovern Day Dinner – 7 PM

Hotel Room Reservations
Hotel rooms may be reserved at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
1211 NW Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Hotel rooms are reserved under “McGovern Days Room Block” until April 18th. Rates are $104 for a regular room and $114 for an executive room. Call 800.325.3535 or click here to reserve your room today.

Click here to buy your tickets today!

For additional information regarding program advertisements, please e-mail Sam@sddp.org.

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EB-5 Charges Prove Need for Independent Investigation

Immediate Release: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Contact: Michael Ewald, Communications Director, (605) 271-5405press@sddp.org

EB-5 Charges Prove Need for Independent Investigation 

Sioux Falls, SD (March 31, 2016)-

Joop Bollen, the controversial former head of SDRC Inc., has been charged with crimes related to the administration of the infamous EB-5 program.

​”We always knew there was more to the story. Hopefully, this will finally pry open the veil of secrecy that has surrounded this issue since Richard Benda’s death in 2013. South Dakotans deserve to know what exactly occurred which caused the waste and mismanagement of taxpayer money and stain on South Dakota’s reputation,” said Suzanne Jones Executive Director for the South Dakota Democratic Party.

Joop Bollen will be arraigned in Brown County tomorrow April 1.

“Democrats called for a more thorough investigation in 2014, but were rebuffed by Republicans at every turn. Today’s disclosure proves the Republicans were wrong then, as they are wrong now. We need independent oversight. EB-5 proves it. GEAR UP proves it. How many tragedies have to occur before we take conflict of interest seriously?” Jones Pranger asked.



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