Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rounds/Daugaard cloud brings moderate into race

One can easily imagine that Benda-gate can't be the only scandal that looks suspicious to an accountant.
Every year in South Dakota the state department of social services removes over 740 American Indian children from their homes, tearing them away from their families, their tribes and their traditions. Since 2006 the Lakota People's Law Project has been waging a comprehensive campaign to stop the state's actions and win the return of these children.
Where will it end?

For the record: I called Rep. Wismer and asked her to run for governor long before last October. She told me that Cory Heidelberger at Madville Times is too radical. I told her that I am crazy.

It's likely no coincidence that Wismer's announcement comes as President Obama briefs the nation on the state of the union.

A legislature in session is not just an orgy of civic pride, religious zealotry, lobbyist parties and political aspirations:
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, Kevin Koliner, Native women comprise 40 percent of sex trafficking victims in the state. Although some research links the recent oil boom to the emergence of a culture of misogyny in North Dakota, Native-women advocates maintain that the Great Plains of North and South Dakota present fertile ground for such a culture to take hold. They note, for instance, that South Dakota is considered by some men to be a sex tourism destination. “They come in the fall for pheasant hunting season and in summer for the Sturgis Bike Rally,” says Susan Omanson, executive director of BeFree58 Ministries, a non-profit in Sioux Falls serving survivors of sex trafficking. Sexual violence, including prostitution and trafficking, are firmly imbedded [sic] in the culture and economy of South Dakota. Although most hunters and bikers in the area are well-behaved, there is a dark side to both those activities, according to U. S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, who says, “Wherever you have a large gathering of men, you have a strong opportunity for prostitution and sex trafficking.” [Mary Annette Pember, Will Keystone XL Pipeline Pump Sexual Violence into South Dakota?]
Rich women have full reproductive freedom: South Dakota's repeated attempts to restrict access to medical care is not only mean-spirited, it's discriminatory anti-choice extremism.

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