Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wismer: thank a farmer

From my inbox:
Larry --
A family farm has many moving parts, all integral to its success. In my family that meant, as the oldest of six siblings, I began driving the swather and helping around the farm at a young age. Rain or shine, there was always work to be done.
Growing up on a farm taught me about a strong work ethic, working together, and the importance of family and community. These lessons are important to me. They are part of my everyday life, and they are certainly part of my campaign to be your next governor.
This week was National Agriculture Week. It’s a week to recognize and appreciate where we get our food. It’s a time to value agriculture’s essential role in keeping our local communities and economy as a whole strong. When I was a kid, an American farmer fed about 25 people. Now an American farmer feeds 144 people. Agriculture is thriving and essential, especially in our state.
As governor, I will bring first hand experience of how many South Dakotans make their living to the table. Do me a favor, please, thank a farmer.
Susan Wismer
P.S. Be sure to tell the farmer you thanked about my campaign, and if you can contribute to our efforts here!

There is some sunlight shining on the failed red state:
Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, wanted to allow county road improvement districts to be formed so they could levy up to $1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value and could borrow. Another Wismer bill would have expanded the legal uses of an existing county-road tax and put it outside the 3 percent limit. Currently the tax can be used only for matching federal highway grants. [Bob Mercer, Governor's position against raising taxes doesn't benefit roads]

Titled "Race for Results," the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States. Only 25 states provided enough data to compile scores for American Indian children. The score for Indian children in South Dakota - 185 - was the lowest of any group in any state on the index. Some of South Dakota's Indian reservations are among the poorest nationwide, which contributes to high levels of domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, fetal-alcohol syndrome, teen pregnancy and low graduation rates. [David Crary, AP]
South Dakota's embattled racist earth hater governor is getting pounded by the press after his extremist party rubber-stamped his wars on women, American Indians and the poor.
Two sets of questions come to mind. What’s wrong inside the Republican Party that its central committee is hanging on by a lifeline from the governor’s campaign and the thread of debts owed to its chairman and his wife? And where was the help from other statewide elected Republicans and those who want to be? [Bob Mercer, Who’s been propping up the SDGOP financially?]

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