SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor
SDDP Response to Racist Remarks from GOP Candidate for Governor
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.”
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:
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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:
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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: