|South Dakota Politics
A University of South Dakota law student's blog dedicated primarily to shining light (either a harsh, unyielding spotlight or a soft, warm glow) on figures and institutions in South Dakota.
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Tom Daschle is appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" tomorrow morning. I wonder if Tim Russert will ask Tom Daschle about the emergence of a new opponent for the 2004 Senate race in South Dakota?posted by Jason | 7:41 PM
KRANZ WATCH: Day 7 of the countdown for South Dakota's flagship political reporter to report Tom Daschle's focus-grouping activities has come and gone. As the countdown enters its second week, it is becoming more and more obvious that David Kranz would rather cover up news that is embarrassing to Tom Daschle than report on salient political news that has ocurred here in South Dakota. Does David Kranz believe he has more of a responsibility to protect Tom Daschle than to report what is happening on the South Dakota political front to South Dakota citizens? If so, his column belongs on the Argus Leader editorial page, not the front page of the Sioux Empire section.posted by Jason | 7:28 PM
Much to Josh Marshall's dismay, he won't just have John Thune to kick around anymore. Word on the street here in South Dakota is that a US Senate campaign exploratory committee is being formed. Someone has decided to challenge Tom Daschle's increasingly tenuous hold on his Senate seat. There could be an announcement soon. Developing...
Watch Greg Belfrage's blog for a new feature coming on Monday, May 12th.posted by Jason | 9:44 AM
Friday, May 09, 2003
KRANZ WATCH: Today is Day 6 of the countdown for David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, to report on Tom Daschle's focus-grouping activities in Huron, SD last week.posted by Jason | 5:43 PM
Mike Madden of the Argus Leader reports that the proposed anti-Daschle ads have been shelved. Once again, however, the Argus Leader policy of burying Tom Daschle's questionable activities is at play. The bulk of Madden's story focuses on Republican fund-raising strategy that is only at the drawing board level, and barely mentions Tom Daschle's questionable fund-raising strategy that is actually being carried out, as is more thoroughly reported in the Washington Post.posted by Jason | 5:22 PM
My business associations professor is doing his part to help out the Afghan people.posted by Jason | 4:12 PM
QUOTES OF THE DAY: “I Find It Simply Baffling That A Senator Would Vote Against Even Voting On A Judicial Nomination.”
Townhall.com's blog has a list of past quotes from Democratic senators demanding floor votes for judicial nominees. (Via SDP reader Cory Skluzak).posted by Jason | 3:49 PM
Quentin Hardy of Forbes magazine has an interesting piece about the Google search engine.posted by Jason | 3:32 PM
Here's today's letter-to-the-editor of the day.posted by Jason | 3:28 PM
Thursday, May 08, 2003
KRANZ WATCH: We're still waiting for David Kranz to tell Argus Leader readers about Tom Daschle's focus-grouping. Today is Day 5 of the countdown.posted by Jason | 4:24 PM
Well, another year of law school is in the bag, I've got one more to go. I have a job in Pierre this summer, so if any of you readers know about affordable housing in Pierre for the summer, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know. Never fear, I still plan on blogging this summer, I'll just be doing it from Pierre.posted by Jason | 4:20 PM
From The Note:
No wonder Bishop Carlson is suspicious of Tom Daschle's sentiments on abortion. posted by Jason | 2:38 PM
Donald Lambro at the Washington Times comments on Tom Daschle's spectacular flip-flop:
posted by Jason | 2:29 PM
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Josh Marshall, a notorious Thune-basher, writes about a phone call he recently made to Paul Erickson. Do you suppose David Kranz, Josh Marshall, and Steve Hildebrand schemed with each other on this story? It's so well-coordinated, isn't it? What a tag-team this bunch makes.posted by Jason | 10:30 PM
Wow. Senator John Corzine just read the DSCC press release on the SENATE FLOOR! Tom Daschle is really mobilizing the troops to shut down any effort to criticize him in South Dakota. It reminds me that Tom Daschle will press every advantage with every tool available to him. This little charade we just saw on the floor gets the attention of the big media, and there will soon be stories in every major newspaper in the country. Mark my words. There have been a lot of Google searches with the terms "Paul Erickson" and "John Thune" and "Karl Rove" put together in my referrer log over the last few days. Tom Daschle and the big media are preparing an onslaught. Tom Daschle has to milk this for everything he's got in order to try to damage John Thune as badly as Tom Daschle was damaged after he made his intemperate comments on the war.posted by Jason | 3:25 PM
KRANZ WATCH: In another affront to journalism, David Kranz finds it necessary to write an entire piece on some political propaganda issued by Senator John Corzine, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Perhaps "write" is too kind of a word to describe this piece. It looks more like David Kranz cut and pasted the DSCC press release and added some quotes from Ryan Nelson to provide "balance." He has essentially re-printed the DSCC press release, despite the fact that John Thune already has disavowed the activities of Paul Erickson and Rob Regier and specifically denied that there is any link between him and them. I guess it's all in a day's work for David Kranz to act as an arm of the DSCC.
Will David Kranz have a full story on Tom Daschle's questionable campaign tactics and focus-grouping activities tomorrow? Don't bet on it. posted by Jason | 11:11 AM
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
KRANZ WATCH: We're still waiting with baited breath for David Kranz to report about Tom Daschle's focus group conducted in Huron, SD and reported in the New York Post. Today is Day 3. Why is it we have to learn about these things from a New York newspaper, not a South Dakota newspaper?posted by Jason | 11:52 PM
Tom Daschle rolled out the Democratic alternative to the Bush tax cut plan today. SDP reader Cory Skluzak poignantly observes:
On a related note, Rush Limbaugh discussed the Daschle alternative today on his show.
UPDATE: Rush also finally learns about Tom Daschle's new home: Daschles Buy Two Million Dollar Home, But No Tax Cut for You. SDP discussed this story weeks ago, and even shamed David Kranz into publishing it in the Argus Leader. Tell me again about how conservatives get their message out instantly via talk radio and the internet. Is there any doubt that if Majority Leader Bill Frist had just purchased a multi-million dollar home in DC, and had a wife making six million dollars a year as a lobbyist, the New York Times would have published the story, and that it would be at least a blurb in network television news coverage? Like I said, Eric Alterman, tell me again about conservative bias in the media. posted by Jason | 10:48 PM
Here's an interesting piece on Jim McMahon, South Dakota's current US Attorney.posted by Jason | 2:54 PM
I'm busy today working on my final paper for Constitutional Rights, so posting will be sparse. Meanwhile, read this article by the Cato Institute's senior fellow in constitutional studies: Minority Rules: Filibustering the Constitution.posted by Jason | 1:15 PM
KRANZ WATCH: Today was Day 2 of the countdown for premier South Dakota political reporter David Kranz to report this.
Monday, May 05, 2003
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee gets into the mix on the issue of anti-Daschle ads. Newsflash to Senator Corzine, the most limousine of limousine liberals: John Thune is not yet in the 2004 Senate race.posted by Jason | 9:31 PM
Bill O'Reilly issues a challenge to Tom Daschle to make an appearance on the O'Reilly Factor:
FLASHBACK: Somehow, I don't anticipate that Tom Daschle will take the challenge, given what Bill O'Reilly said in his Talking Points Memo shortly after Tom made his
posted by Jason | 9:18 PM
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is planning to run ads urging Tom Daschle to endorse a bill protecting the gun industry from lawsuits by victims of gun violence.
Watch Tom Daschle's behavior closely on this bill. He hasn't endorsed the bill, but maybe some public scrutiny will force him to do so. I'm sure our state NSSF chapter has mobilized to do precisely this.
UPDATE: Here is the Washington Post article cited in the quote above. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 3:52 PM
It's good to see another local blog, High Plains Observer, re-emerge after a long hiatus. Welcome back to the blogosphere!posted by Jason | 12:19 PM
FYI: The Daschle focus group recently conducted in Huron, and reported by the New York Post, was undoubtedly monitored by Karl Struble. This guy has been a fixture in South Dakota Democratic political circles for years, and wrote a piece in Campaigns & Elections magazine after helping Tim Johnson defeat Larry Pressler in 1996, entitled "How to Beat an Incumbent." Karl Struble is one of Tom Daschle's communications strategists, and a person to keep your eye on as the 2004 election approaches.posted by Jason | 10:57 AM
Sunday, May 04, 2003
Tom Daschle attended a funeral in Miami for a prominent Democratic fund raiser this past Friday. Daschle delivered the eulogy, and made this fascinating quote:
Which raises an interesting question. How does Tom Daschle respond to those fundraisers who DO ask for a legislative favor?
posted by Jason | 7:44 PM
KRANZ WATCH: In today's column David Kranz fails to discuss this story about Tom Daschle flip-flopping his position on the war AFTER the war has ended and we have achieved victory, and after Bill Clinton's pollster told him to do so. Tom Daschle's cynicism on this issue is mind-boggling, and South Dakota citizens should be offended by Daschle's obvious lack of respect for their intelligence.