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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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SDDP Statement on Trump’s FCC Destroying Net Neutrality →

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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.”

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GOP House Candidates Compete to Be the Most Extreme →

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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.”

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The SDDP Calls for Tax Transparency from Noem →

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The SDDP Calls for Tax Transparency from Noem

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the serious questions being raised by the national media about Rep. Kristi Noem’s story about her family’s experience with the estate tax:

“Because Rep. Noem has told this story so often to argue not only for the repeal of the estate tax, but also to argue for the tax policies of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress which benefit millionaires and billionaires at the expense of everyone else, she owes the people of South Dakota answers to the serious questions raised about it. Rep. Noem will have to decide if she will be open and transparent in the face of these tough questions, or if she will follow the path of Donald Trump, who refuses to release any tax returns. Her constituents deserve to know if her story adds up, or if – like the Trump/GOP tax plan she supports –  it is built on fuzzy math and misinformation.”

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SDDP Statement on MFG Plant Closure →

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SDDP Statement on MFG Plant Closure

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s announcement from Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) that they would close their plant in Aberdeen in response to “proposed revisions in tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States:”

“Today’s news is the latest evidence that the tax policies of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress – supported by Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune – will cost South Dakotans jobs. The 409 MFG employees who will lose their jobs are just the latest victims of a Republican tax agenda that is great for the wealthy and large corporations, but will harm everybody else. Unlike Republicans, Democrats are fighting for a pro-growth tax structure that promotes manufacturing jobs, including in the wind energy industry and other renewable energy industries. We believe our economy should work for everyone, not just the privileged few.”

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SDDP Responds to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address →

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Democrats Respond to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s Budget Address by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

“Policy failures and a lack of leadership from Gov. Daugaard and the Republican majority in Pierre have caused South Dakota’s economy to sink to the second-to-last place in the nation, which, in turn, has caused yet another bleak budget outlook for our state government. And, yet again, the Governor’s Address was long on the details of the challenges facing the state in slow revenue growth, but short on the details of what, if anything, he might do to promote economic development and growth.

“This Legislative Session, Democrats will continue to promote pro-growth policies to help create an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Democrats understand that more money in the pockets of average South Dakotans means more money spent in our communities, and a more stable state budget outlook. The continued weakness of our economy makes it more clear than ever that this is a time for new, Democratic leadership in state government and not the same old way of doing business that got us here.”

Here’s a look at some of the weak economic performance numbers in South Dakota resulting from failed Republican leadership:

  • South Dakota’s economy shrank 0.3% from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2 this year. Iowa was the only other state with a negative GDP (-0.7%) in Q2.
    • 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.

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