|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 30, 2003
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: This Reuters article contains quotes from state Republican party executive director Jason Glodt and University of South Dakota political science department chair Bill Richardson.
posted by Jason | 8:49 PM
Friday, August 29, 2003
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The AP is reporting that, in the wake of the charges brought against Congressman Janklow, there has been no talk among family members about resigning.posted by Jason | 2:54 PM
BOMBSHELL: Reuters is reporting that Congressman Janklow has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. It's looking more and more likely that Democrat Stephanie Herseth will become the next at-large representative from South Dakota, unless the state Republican party mounts a spectacular recruiting coup.
NOTE: An observant reader has pointed out that it's more like the AP's Carson Walker assisted the Star Tribune with this story. It would be more accurate if the Star Tribune described it as an AP story with one paragraph each thrown in by each of their two bylined writers. Click HERE to read the AP story and compare it to the Strib's story. posted by Jason | 1:22 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The Argus Leader and KSFY have conducted a poll on the opinion of South Dakotans about the accident that killed Randolph Scott. The graphics on the poll aren't linked correctly on the Argus Leader website, but you can find the story about it HERE.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: Ralph Nader has called on Congressman Janklow to resign, according to this CNN report.posted by Jason | 4:06 PM
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
EVADING THE LAW THEY CHAMPIONED: Two weeks ago, the AP published a story on the emerging phenomenon of "shadow parties," groups that can collect corporate donations to distribute to campaigns, which the national parties no longer can do because of the new campaign finance law. The "shadow parties" are a way of circumventing a law passed to get corporate money out of politics. It turns out that the Democrats are circumventing the law with a vengeance, particularly with a new group called America Coming Together. Excerpt from the AP piece:
The Wall Street Journal provided more interesting details and analysis on the America Coming Together "shadow party" in an August 8 report. Excerpt:
But, as the New Republic's Peter Beinart writes in the current edition of his publication, Tom Daschle is appointing a person to the FEC who would not "aggressively hold the line" on these shadow organizations. Beinart quotes Senator John McCain:
Finally, Ken Starr had a fantastic opinion piece in the August 22 Wall Street Journal about the new campaign finance law and its horrifying implications. Excerpt:
My main point in all of this is that the hypocrisy of the Democratic party has reached epic proportions. The Democrats used campaign finance reform as a rhetorical bludgeon on Republicans for years. Now, as it dawns on Democrats like Tom Daschle that they may have to actually abide by their rhetoric, they cravenly circumvent the law they championed. Many Republicans denounced campaign finance reform as a cure worse than the disease. These days, the warnings of the opponents of campaign finance reform are nothing short of prophetic.
posted by Jason | 10:02 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
NYT SHENANIGANS: John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog has a masterly dissection of a recent New York Times Magazine article on Stephen Moore and the Club for Growth. The NYT has issued a cryptic correction to the story, which prompted Hinderaker's analysis. Hinderaker's dissection is the perfect model for the "Kranz Watch" feature on this blog, which is an attempt to dissect and document the liberal bias of David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters.posted by Jason | 9:11 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The Minneapolis Star Tribune published a piece two days ago on the Janklow accident that I think is the most thorough and well-done summary of developments and of Janklow's biography I've seen yet.
DENISE ROSS INVESTIGATES THUNE: Rapid City Journal political reporter Denise Ross has a story in today's edition that comes to the muddled conclusion that John Thune might or might not have run afoul of federal election laws in the aftermath of last year's election.
ETHANOL PERSPECTIVE: Check out this interesting story on the upsurge of ethanol plants in the Midwest.posted by Jason | 12:18 PM
Monday, August 25, 2003
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The AP reports on an accident similar to Bill Janklow's: Janklow case presents problems.
Paul Weyrich has a column about Bill Janklow reprinted in the American Spectator. Weyrich is of the opinion that Bill Janklow's political career is over because of the accident that killed Randolph Scott.posted by Jason | 5:05 PM
LOOK, MOM!: SDP is now listed under "Our Favorite Blogs" of the RealClear Politics blog.posted by Jason | 4:16 PM
There's been a flurry of press coverage in the past 24 hours of Tom Daschle's August roadtrip around the state. You can find the coverage by clicking the links below.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
HAVING IT BOTH WAYS: Peter Beinart, editor of the widely respected center-left New Republic, takes Tom Daschle to task for trying to have it both ways on campaign finance reform. Excerpt:
Making the right noises on a particular issue, while simultaneously trying to undermine the means to make progress with the issue, is the classic Tom Daschle model. Other examples of Daschle's duplicity are the issues of abortion and the Iraq war. While Tom Daschle voted for bills like a ban on partial-birth abortion, at the same time he also conducted fund-raising efforts for NARAL. Tom Daschle also voted for the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, but then tried to undermine support for the war with his now infamous comments shortly before the war began.
As supporters of campaign finance reform are discovering to their chagrin, Tom Daschle has a tremendous capacity for trying to have it both ways on controversial issues. Which brings us to the larger question. When has Tom Daschle ever taken a principled stand on anything? posted by Jason | 6:09 PM
You can visit Adam Johnson's website by clicking HERE, and Adam Johnson also has a blog, which you can visit by clicking HERE. posted by Jason | 5:03 PM