Blog

2018 Cracker Barrel/Legislative Coffee Schedule

Starting this weekend, State Legislative Cracker Barrels and Legislative Coffees will be held around the state. These meetings are your chance to meet your state legislators, let them know how you feel about their votes in the Legislature, and ask them questions about where they stand on important issues. Be sure to attend those held in your area, and make sure your legislators hear your voice on economic fairness, education, equal rights, accountability, and other important topics. We’ll update as needed, and if you know of a cracker barrel that isn’t listed, just email us at info@sddp.org.

Aberdeen:

In the Centennial Rooms at Northern State University from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 10
  • Saturday, February 24

Brandon:

In the Bethany Meadows Community Room from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 24

Brookings:

In the City Council Chambers of the City/County Building.

  • Saturday, February 3 at 9 a.m
  • Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m.

Canton:

At the Canton Pizza Ranch.

  • Saturday, February 3 at noon

Deadwood:

At the Deadwood Visitor’s Center beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 17

Fort Pierre:

At Magpies from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Hartford

At Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

  • February 3rd

Huron:

At City Hall from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 24

Mitchell:
In the Mitchell City Council chambers from 12 to 1 p.m.

  • Friday, January 26
  • Friday, February 16

Newell:
At the Newell City Hall beginning at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Onida:
A Sully Buttes High School beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Friday, February 16

Piedmont:

At the Piedmont Valley Legion Post from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Pierre:

In the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20

Rapid City:

Multiple dates and locations

  • Saturday, January 27 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 17 at the Outdoor Campus West from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sioux Falls:

Legislative Coffees at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre

  • Saturday, February 3 – Districts 10, 14 and 25
  • Saturday, February 10 – Districts 9, 13, and 15
  • Saturday, February 24 – Districts 6, 11, and 12

Sisseton:

At the Sisseton Farm Show from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20

Spearfish:

In the Joy Center on the Black Hills State University campus beginning at 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 10

Sturgis:

At the Meade County Erskine Building from 8:30  to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, February 3

Vermillion:

In the Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27
  • Saturday, February 17

Watertown:

At the LATI “Super Classroom” (in the Nursing Area of the north end of campus) from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27

Webster:

At the Webster Farm Show from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 27

Yankton:

In the Avera Professional Office Pavilion from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, March 3

 

Read more posts in Blog • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

Women’s Marches Across the State This Saturday!

This Saturday, Marches will be taking place across the country – including here in South Dakota! We’re proud to be a co-sponsor of the Sioux Falls Women’s March, to have a staff member speaking at the Rapid City Women’s March, and that one of our County Party organizations took the lead in organizing a March in Custer!

Below are links to the Facebook Event Pages of each these Women’s Marches. If you know of a Women’s March happening in South Dakota that we don’t have listed, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Sioux Falls Women’s March

Rapid City Women’s March

Custer Women’s March

Pierre Women’s March

Read more posts in Blog • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor →

SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in responding to GOP candidate Lora Hubbel’s racist attacks on State Sen. Troy Heinert and other Native American state legislators:
     “Sen. Heinert is a respected legislator and leader in his community and around the state. People of good faith can disagree with his actions as a legislator, or as Chair of the Tribal Relations Committee, but to attack his motives and question his heritage is racist and offensive to both tribal members and non-tribal members alike. Her fellow Republican candidates for governor should denounce these statements, as should the South Dakota Republican Party.
     “We are proud that tribal members Senator Heinert, Sen. Kevin Killer, and Rep. Shawn Bordeaux are members of the Democratic caucus, and we’re proud of the work that they do in Pierre to represent their districts – including the Reservations located in those districts – and advocate for policies that would improve the lives of all South Dakotans, both those in living in tribal communities and those who live outside those communities.”

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Tagged as • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

The SDDP Calls on South Dakota Republicans to Denounce Trump’s Racist Comments →

The SDDP Calls on South Dakota Republicans to Denounce Trump’s Racist Comments

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in responding to President Donald Trump’s reported comments questioning why the U.S. would accept immigrants from “shithole” countries like Haiti or in Africa, instead of places like Norway, comments that were confirmed this morning by Sen. Dick Durbin:

“There is no way around it – these comments are racist, and South Dakota Democrats denounce them in the strongest possible terms. Democrats believe that diversity is a source of strength for our state and our country, and we reject any attempts to divide our communities, whether that comes from Washington or Pierre. Not only do these words and actions make Americans feel unwelcome in their own home, they alienate our international allies and make us less safe.

“Denouncing racism and bigotry should not be a partisan issue: we call on South Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as those Republicans running for Congress, to join us in denouncing these hateful remarks. Unfortunately, given the SDGOP’s lack of leadership in denouncing hate in the past, and the Republican congressional candidates’ recent competition to be the most extreme on immigration issues, we’re not holding our breath.”

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

SDDP Executive Director Responds to State of the State Address →

SDDP Executive Director Responds to State of the State Address

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s State of the State Address by Governor Dennis Daugaard:

“40 years of one-party rule has led to one budget shortfall after another, a state government plagued by scandal and which regularly overturns the expressed will of the voters, a state educational system falling behind our neighbors, and a state economy where working families are struggling to get ahead. South Dakotans deserve better leadership than they have received from the Republican establishment in Pierre. South Dakota Democrats are fighting for a state government and a state economy that works for everyone, not those at the top, like the powerful and well-connected special interests who have way too much power in Pierre. It’s time for a change in leadership; this November, South Dakotans will remember who is fighting for them and who is fighting for the special interests.”

Here’s a look at how the Republican leadership in Pierre has failed the people of South Dakota:

  • Working families are having to work harder to make ends meet, and many are falling behind.
    • SD is top in the nation in multiple-jobholding rates, according to most recent estimates available – We’re at 9.1% and the national average is 4.9%
    • We rank second in the nation in the percentage of our families where both spouses are in the workforce – We’re at 61.7% and the national average is 51.2%.
    • We’re 42nd in the nation for median earnings for men and 41st for women, and women in South Dakota earn about $10,000 less than men on average.
    • We have the 7th highest percentage of our elderly population below the poverty level.
    • We have an infant mortality rate higher than the national average.
    • South Dakota has the largest employment gap between American Indians and Whites in the nation.
      • In 2016, the employment rate of White adults in South Dakota was 35.2 percentage points higher than for American Indian adults.
      • South Dakota ranked 49th in the nation for proportion of American Indian adults working at just 45.2% in 2016. By comparison, 80.4% of White adults were at work—the second highest proportion in the nation.
  • State government isn’t working as it should.
    • There’s a profound lack of accountability, and the state isn’t making the smart investments to support an innovative and dynamic economy.
    • SD has been ranked 3rd-most corrupt state in the nation.
    • SD has been named one of the 10 least innovative states in the nation by Forbes.
  • Under our current system of politics as usual, our economy is sputtering.
    • Our low unemployment rate (3 %) can’t overcome other fundamental weaknesses:
      • South Dakota’s economy shrank 0.3% from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2 in 2017. Iowa was the only other state with a negative GDP (-0.7%) in Q2 of 2017.
      • South Dakota’s economy has now shrunk in three (3) consecutive quarters (-2.9 in Q4 of 2016, -5.9 in Q1 of 2017, and -0.3 in Q2 of 2017).
      • Since 2011, Gov. Daugaard’s first year in office, through 2016, SD’s per capita GDP growth has been 0.2% (an average of 0.04% a year).
        • During that period the overall per capita GDP growth in the United States has been 6% – 30 times faster than South Dakota’s.
        • The only neighboring state which has underperformed South Dakota during this period is Wyoming.
      • In 2016, South Dakota’s per capita personal income grew just 0.4%, below the national average of 2.5% in metro areas and 1.0% non-metro areas.
      • Per capita personal income fell in 45 South Dakota counties in 2016 and rose in only 21 counties. County charthere.

Source: The Census Bureau, unless otherwise another hyperlink is provided.

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Tagged as , , , • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

Jackley’s Record of Campaigning on Taxpayer Time →

Jackley’s Record of Campaigning on Taxpayer Time

Attorney General Marty Jackley’s thinly-veiled campaign press events in Sioux Falls and Rapid City yesterday highlight his habit of campaigning on taxpayer time:

  • The Attorney General’s travel budget increased from $60,624.71 in FY2016 to $105,689.20 in FY2017, an increase of almost 75 percent while running for Governor.
  • Jackley himself admits to campaigning during the work week: The Winner Advocate, December 20, 2017 – “Being South Dakota’s attorney general is his full time job and he explained a day or two a weekor weekends he is able to get out and do some campaigning.”
  • State government civil servants are prohibited from involvement in campaigns during work hours. Clearly, Jackley feels he is above the rules his employees must follow.

In 2018, the voters of South Dakota will remember that Marty Jackley is obviously more interested in running for his next government job than he is in doing the job they elected him to do.

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

SDDP Response to Jackley’s Self-Promotion at Taxpayer Expense →

SDDP Response to Jackley’s Self-Promotion at Taxpayer Expense

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to Attorney General Marty Jackley’s press events today in Sioux Falls and Rapid City:

“Marty Jackley’s self-promotion knows no bounds. Today’s press events were little more than campaign events, having less to do with his duties as Attorney General than promoting his campaign for Governor. We call on Marty Jackley to stop campaigning on the taxpayer’s time and expense and for his campaign to reimburse any taxpayer funds spent on these events.”

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

2018 New Year’s Gala

2018 New Year’s Gala

Read more posts in Blog • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

SDDP Statement on Trump’s FCC Destroying Net Neutrality →

sddp-logo-regular

SDDP Statement on Trump’s FCC Destroying Net Neutrality

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting to reverse net neutrality rules:

“Democrats enacted historic net neutrality rules to help ensure that all businesses and Americans could make their voices heard. Unfortunately, Republicans don’t seem to care about a free and open internet. With today’s decision, Republicans and the Trump administration are hurting our economy and punishing the American people, who could face higher prices and less access to the web – all so the big telecom companies can get richer.

“Democrats believe that an open internet is fundamental to free speech, innovation, and a competitive economy. The internet needs to remain a level playing field where the reach of one’s voice is determined by quality of ideas and not a handful of CEOs. Democrats will keep fighting so that all Americans can benefit from the power and potential of our nation’s economy – not just the wealthy and large corporations.”

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Tagged as • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »

GOP House Candidates Compete to Be the Most Extreme →

sddp-logo-regular

GOP House Candidates Compete to Be the Most Extreme

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the Republican candidates for U.S. House competing to take the most extreme positions in favor of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and voter suppression laws:

“While it’s disappointing to see Secretary of State Shantel Krebs holding a fundraiser with Kris Kobach, a divisive figure known for his creation and support of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and voter suppression policies, it’s downright disturbing to see the race to the bottom on these policies between the Republican House candidates caused by Kobach’s visit.  While the Republican Party and their candidates rush to embrace the discriminatory and unconstitutional policies of Kris Kobach and the Trump administration, Democrats will keep fighting for equal opportunity and equal protection for everyone, regardless of race, religion, or background.”

###

Read more posts in Blog, News Articles, Press Releases • Tagged as , • Permalink • No comments: Say Something! »