|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, August 16, 2003
POWERLINE PREDICTS DASCHLE'S DENTIST VISIT? Ten days ago, the Powerline blog contained a post entitled Travels (to the dentist) with Tom. Yesterday, David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, had a story in the Argus Leader about Tom Daschle advocating for more dentists in South Dakota. Excerpt:
And to top it all off, Tom Daschle's most recent post on his blog discusses his trip to Sioux River Valley Community Health Center to talk to the South Dakota Oral Health Coalition about the dentist crisis in South Dakota. So his blog really could be named Travels (to the dentist) with Tom! posted by Jason | 5:35 PM
Now the key question arises. Will David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, have this item in his weekly column tomorrow? posted by Jason | 3:34 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2003
BOMBSHELL: I've been reviewing the latest report of the indefatigable Jeff Gannon, and I have to say that his investigative abilities never cease to amaze me. Tom Daschle has been taking advantage of the homestead deduction on his new home in Washington, DC. The homestead deduction reduces the assessed value of Tom Daschle's home by $30,000 prior to computing the yearly tax liability. The problem is that in order to take advantage of the deduction, the property must be the principal residence of the owner. Since Daschle has applied for this deduction, he has signed his name to a document which states that Washington, DC is his principal residence. This is hard, documentary evidence of what many have been claiming for years: Tom Daschle has thoroughly become a creature of Washington.
SIOUX FALLS SOLDIERS IN KUWAIT: Be sure to take a look at the website of the 1742d Transportation Company based out of Sioux Falls, SD. There's lots of pictures, and in viewing them, Kuwait looks like a miserable place to be living in a tent for an extended period of time. Hats off to these men and women who are living in wretched conditions and in harm's way.posted by Jason | 9:39 PM
DASCHLE SHOOTS MORE CAMPAIGN ADS: According to Tom Daschle's blog, hyped as a chronicle of his visits to 63 of 66 South Dakota counties during the August recess, Daschle is "spending most of my time with my children and grandchildren" over the next few days. Daschle failed to mention that he would also be shooting campaign commercials in Tea, SD about his work getting funding for the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System . Excerpt from the Tea-Harrisburg Champion:
Clearly, Daschle is trying to cloak his liberal voting record with campaign ads about his support for bipartisan initiatives like ethanol and water projects. But liberal advocacy groups like Americans for Democratic Action gave Tom Daschle a 100% rating in 2001. posted by Jason | 1:35 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
BLAHG: Liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd critiques Tom Daschle's blog, as well as others: Blah Blah Blog. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 12:47 PM
Monday, August 11, 2003
KELOLAND'S "ADWATCH": KELO, South Dakota's biggest television station, broadcasted a segment on the latest Club for Growth ad tonight on the 6:00 news. You can watch the segment by clicking here and moving the cursor to the 7:30 mark. You can also read the script for the segment here.posted by Jason | 11:26 PM
ANOTHER NEBRASKA BLOG: Be sure to check out Incorporation Blog for interesting and useful information on all things relating to business associations, a favorite topic of mine. Also see a recent post: State Tax 101: How To Give Yourself A 6% Raise And See Mt. Rushmore In The Bargain.posted by Jason | 10:48 PM
IT DEPENDS ON THE MEANING OF THE WORD "TRAITOR": Be sure to visit the Volokh Conspiracy blog, where an interesting discussion has ensued after Professor Volokh's post regarding the Abourezk v. ProBush.com lawsuit. You can read the first post here, and more recent posts on the subject here and here.
FT EYE-ROLLING: Today's Financial Times contains an article about Tom Daschle's blogging ability: Sleepwalking in South Dakota. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 7:47 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2003
SDP WELCOMES BIG SKY BLOG: Be sure to visit billingsblog, a blog on all things concerning Billings, Montana.posted by Jason | 5:37 PM
DASCHLE'S ETHEREAL CLOUT: Most civic-minded South Dakotans are aware that our state receives more federal money than it pays to the federal government in taxes. Now it's possible to find out what the precise figures are. According to a study released this past week by the Tax Foundation, South Dakota gets back $1.61 for every $1 it sends in. This places South Dakota in eighth place nationally. There are seven other states that receive more "bang for the buck" than does South Dakota. One such state is North Dakota, which receives $2.07 for every $1, and comes in second place nationally. With all of Tom Daschle's vaunted clout, you'd think the positions would be reversed, with South Dakota coming in second rather than North Dakota. North Dakota is substantially similar to South Dakota in terms of population and wealth, has two Democrats in the Senate, none of whom occupy a leadership position, and yet does much better than South Dakota in terms of receiving federal dollars. South Dakota's congressional delegation includes the minority leader of the United States Senate, and yet South Dakota lags badly behind North Dakota in receiving federal dollars. The conclusion to be drawn is that Tom Daschle must not have all that much clout after all.