Republican Lora Hubbel of Sioux Falls and Democratic Rep. Susan Wismer of Britton received approval to be on the ballot for the June 3 primary elections. Hubbel, a former one-term legislator, is challenging Gov. Dennis Daugaard for the Republican nomination. Hubbel needed a push in the past weeks to get sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot. Hubbel’s main themes have been reversing Obamacare and stopping the Common Core standards that are used in South Dakota public schools. Hubbel served in the state House of Representatives for the 2011-2012 term. She ran for the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat in 2012 and lost to the incumbent, Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford. [Bob Mercer, Pierre Capital Journal]Progressives like John Nichols see South Dakota's US Senate race as an opportunity:
This year, with South Dakota’s Senate seat open, Rick Weiland is running like the prairie populists of old—challenging the big corporations that don’t pay their fair share of taxes, big banks that seek bailouts and, above all, the big money that has come to dominate our politics. He has attracted considerable support in South Dakota. Weiland proposed voluntary campaign spending limits. But his likely foe, former Governor Mike Rounds, rejected the idea and has announced plans to raise an epic campaign fund of $9 million—with an eye toward scaring other candidates and Democratic donors away from the race. [Nichols, What DC Democrats Don’t Get About Populism, The Nation]
@nicholsuprising gets it right again! @People4Weiland is the type of populist Dem that will win http://t.co/AyzXWp4MnD #SDSEN
— Shane Larson (@ShaneLarsonCWA) March 26, 2014
Tim Johnson may be furious with Denny Daugaard and Pierre while South Dakota's earth hater governor seeks US aid for cyber criminals; but he isn't ready to call South Dakota a failed state:
Sen. Tim Johnson made a stop on the SDSU campus Wednesday, March 19 to discuss how federal funding is aiding research for the state and the university. Johnson has been a large support of the Sun Grant Initiative, a program started at SDSU in early 2001. The grant focuses on research and extension activities, and has been reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Sun Grant Initiative is a large source of funding for several of the research projects that are conducted on campus and within Brookings. The grant is good for five years and although it has been included on the 2014 farm bill, the funds still have to be appropriated for the research to be done. [Heidi Kronaizl, SDSU Collegian]Former Governor Mike Rounds and current office-holder Dennis Daugaard, both members of the earth hater party, have broken federal law.
While smoking rates have dropped nationally to 14 percent, the report said the pattern was uneven and governments can do more to encourage declines in areas like Western South Dakota where above-average rates are still prevalent. [Rapid City Journal]And:
Cities in the Black Hills region have a higher percentage of residents who lack health insurance coverage, according to data compiled from 2008-2012 by the American Community Survey and United States Census Bureau. [Black Hills Pioneer]
Despite a string of wind generators in central and east central South Dakota, the state ranks 50th in having a clean energy economy, according to a new study by the Brookings [Institution]. The study considers clean energy economies to include industries such as sustainable forest products, biofuels/biomass, wind energy, conservation, public mass transit, hydropower and waste management and treatment. [NPNS, Mitchell Daily Republic]The dying red state is inviting the firearms and ammunition industry to come pollute South Dakota according to this AP report published at SFGate:
South Dakota officials say they made some promising contacts with outdoors businesses while attending last month's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. State Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello says South Dakota officials have attended the show for the past 12 years.Minnesota is still cleaning up after one of her 'job creators:'
The New Brighton/Arden Hills Superfund site, which is comprised of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant and its associated property, is a federal Superfund site located in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Contamination resulting from past ammunition manufacturing operations at the facility has been identified in groundwater, soil, sediment and surface water.
South Dakota, of course, doesn't give one shit about environmental protection or whom is killed by products manufactured in that struggling, red moocher state where liability for deaths due to firearms exist only in an alternate universe.
Several Sioux Falls area businesses will be represented on a trade mission to China with Gov. Dennis Daugaard in April. Each participant selected for the trade mission offers an opportunity to increase state exports to China and create jobs in South Dakota, according to the governor’s office. The trade mission to China is funded through an export promotion grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.--SFBJ.