Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rounds nepotism radioactive to candidate

Charges of nepotism are nothing new in the chemical toilet.

Brian Rounds is the son of former earth hater Gov. Mike Rounds.

The junior Rounds' plan accepted by the South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission, where he is an analyst, forcing NorthWestern Energy to buy power from a local wind farm, where the elder Rounds sits on the board, did not immediately feel like a conflict of interest to Argus Leader reporter, David Montgomery in response to a question submitted at today's 100 Eyes webcast.

Tim Rounds is a career bureaucrat.

Daniel Rounds is part of a federal education scam.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency.

Jamie Rounds was appointed to lead economic development by his brother, former governor Mike Rounds, one of many moves that the Sioux Falls Argus Leader called, "ethically confused."

From the Wikipedia entry:
His father, Don Rounds, worked at various times as state director of highway safety, a staffer for Rural Electrification Administration and executive director of the South Dakota Petroleum Council. Rounds' brother, Tim Rounds, is a member of the South Dakota State Legislature representing District 24, which includes Pierre. During the 2006 legislative session, Governor Rounds signed House Bill 1233, entitled “An Act to provide for the establishment and operation of artisan distillers and to revise certain provisions concerning farm wineries.”[6] This bill, proposed by Jamison Rounds (another of Gov. Rounds' brothers), changed state law to allow for operation of small-scale (50,000 gallons/year/facility) liquor distilleries in the state.[7] At the time, Jamison Rounds testified before the legislature and explained that he was advocating the change so that he could open a distillery in the state.[8] The bill passed the state house 60-5 and the state senate 33-2; among those voting in favor was another Rounds brother, Representative Tim Rounds.
I attended SDSU with Randy Brich, in fact: we have shared bongs on more occasions than can be recalled.
Gov. Mike Rounds says there's nothing improper about his sister and brother-in-law working as consultants for a company seeking state permits to mine uranium in the southern Black Hills. Rounds said he knows little about the work his sister, Michele, and her husband, Randy Brich, do for Powertech Uranium Corp., through their consulting company, Diamond B Communications of Pierre. During an interview on the issue this week, Rounds had to ask to have the Diamond B name repeated when it was first mentioned.--Kevin Woster, Rapid City Journal.
In South Dakota, another red state attempting to nullify federal health care law and where Republican legislator Don Kopp confuses federal scientists' findings on climate change with ass-trologic forces, the hubris in eliminating state-sponsored public comment on in situ uranium extraction while the GOP is actively smothering the EPA, is nothing short of stupefying. Powertech has been suing state legislatures as a matter of course while flouting the reports of fracking disasters in the natural gas industry.

1 comment:

larry kurtz said...

"As executive director of South Dakota's Office of Risk Management and the state's Litigation and Legal Services Manager for the Governor, Dennis Rounds was in charge of overseeing lawsuits and minimizing risk. He held the job from 2005 to January 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile online." --Denise Ross, 10/6/14