|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, September 06, 2003
The New York Times has a new piece on the Janklow accident entitled Fatal Crash Charges Threaten Political Career. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 9:39 PM
DASCHLE APPOINTS ENERGY BILL CONFEREES: Recall that at the end of July, the Senate passed an energy bill. Governor Frank Murkowski of Alaska predicted that Tom Daschle would appoint Democratic conferees who would be amenable to drilling in ANWR. I wrote a post on this interesting development at the time. Now it looks like Murkowski's predictions were right on the money, according to an AP report today. Excerpt:
This is yet another example of Tom Daschle's duplicity on controversial issues. Contrast this floor statement on ANWR made by Tom Daschle to his current maneuvering to sell out on ANWR. Peter Beinart of the New Republic also recently commented on Tom Daschle's duplicity on campaign finance reform, another controversial issue. Tom Daschle's duplicity on controversial issues seems to fit a pattern. posted by Jason | 9:29 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: Mike Madden, who is the Argus Leader's Washington, DC correspondent, has a piece published in the St. Cloud (MN) Times today entitled Janklow could face tough political future. In the piece, Madden lists other House members who have faced criminal charges, and points out that their careers have generally come to ignominious ends.
Friday, September 05, 2003
The Washington Post has a great editorial on the withdrawal of Miguel Estrada in today's edition entitled Victory for a Smear. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 4:47 PM
Thursday, September 04, 2003
ESTRADA WITHDRAWS: Tom Daschle scored a major political victory today with the announcement by Miguel Estrada that he is withdrawing his name as a nominee for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Byron York has an excellent piece about today's surprise announcement. For more on the Estrada withdrawal, visit How Appealing, one of SDP's favorite blogs.posted by Jason | 10:48 PM
NEW BLOG: SDP is pleased to announce the addition of the blog Jay Reding.com to the list of blog links on the lower right side of this site. You'll find some strong opinions about Congressman Janklow on the Jay Reding blog, as well as some fascinating discussion on South Dakota politics generally, here, here, and especially here.posted by Jason | 10:20 PM
The AP is reporting that Congressman Janklow was pulled over for speeding in northeast Nebraska this past June, but was let off with a warning.posted by Jason | 10:03 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The Washington Times has an article in today's edition entitled Lawmakers decline to criticize Janklow.
KRANZ WATCH: A new book has emerged by California lawyer Bob Kohn, entitled Journalistic Fraud: How the New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted. I haven't had an opportunity to read it yet (I've got enough to read in law school), but by reading this Q&A with the author, I'm betting the book will be a useful model for dissecting the liberal bias techniques of David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters. Below is a fascinating excerpt from the interview with the author:
Via Instapundit. posted by Jason | 1:04 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
UNNAMED BOEING LOBBYIST: The New York Times has a piece in today's edition entitled Documents Show Extent of Lobbying by Boeing. The piece is a follow-up to a Washington Post story about the controversial $20 billion proposal by the Air Force to lease a fleet of Boeing 767 tankers, and the investigation of the deal by John McCain's Commerce Committee. The reason this article is of interest to South Dakota is because Boeing is one of lobbyist Linda Daschle's clients. We've been told, however, that Linda Daschle does not lobby for Boeing on military issues. But then there's this intriguing excerpt from the NYT story:
(Emphasis added). Who is this mysterious Boeing lobbyist? The person or persons are never named in the entire story, it's just "a Boeing lobbyist." Kind of curious, don't you think? The NYT should disclose who this lobbyist is, because inquiring minds would like to know.
posted by Jason | 10:33 PM
PUFF PIECE ALERT: Today's edition of the Washington Post contains this article in the Style section on Tom Daschle's August recess adventures in "No Starbucks America." The piece is by Mark Leibovich, and you can catch a video of him discussing the piece by clicking HERE.posted by Jason | 12:18 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a caustic editorial today entitled Step down, Bill Janklow. Excerpt:
The Washington Post's T.R. Reid has another report on the Janklow accident today entitled S.D. Public Doubts Fair Treatment For Janklow; Favoritism Expected For Congressman.
Fox News has a story entitled Rep. Janklow's Fate Up in Air After Fatal Accident. posted by Jason | 12:14 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Linda Daschle's name appears in the news today, this time in a report from the Chicago Sun-Times entitled Boeing led Illinois firms in lobbying Uncle Sam. Relevant graf:
So Tom Daschle's wife is working for Illinois interests. How interesting. posted by Jason | 5:36 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: Congressman Janklow is scheduled to make an initial appearance today at 1:30PM in the Moody County Courthouse in Flandreau, SD. According to David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, Flandreau already has a noticeable media presence.
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Steve Hildebrand, Tom Daschle's campaign manager, recently sent a letter to the editor of the Rapid City Journal, responding to a previous writer who had seen this story by Jeff Gannon about the Daschles taking advantage of Washingington, DC's homestead deduction, along with a follow-up paragraph by conservative columnist Bob Novak. According to the District of Columbia's own website, only people whose property is the principal residence of the owner/applicant can qualify for the deduction. You can see the Hildebrand letter by clicking HERE and scrolling down. Thus the letter from Hildebrand, who dangles a red herring about Bob Novak:
Don't you love how Hildebrand, without pausing for reflection, casts aspersions on Kay Bailey Hutchison being a "millionaire" senator? Gee, isn't Tom Daschle a millionaire senator too, because of the income of his lobbyist wife? Aside from that, I suppose Hildebrand has a point. Hutchison shouldn't be taking advantage of the deduction either. And, of course, it's not relevant that Bob Novak takes the homestead deduction. But neither Hutchison nor Novak talk a big game about how terrible it is to have "tax breaks for the rich." Tom Daschle does, and yet he takes advantage of this tax break. And that is just another shining example of his hypocrisy.
posted by Jason | 8:47 PM
WHILE BECK WHINES, ARGUS LEADER DROPS THE BALL: While Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck complains today about the state government not giving his newspaper enough information regarding the Janklow accident, the Minneapolis Star Tribune actually has reporters pounding the pavement and "squeezing" information from a named South Dakota source, with explosive results.
This is a scoop/bombshell that should have been broken by the Argus Leader. Lord knows they've been trying to get the scoop on everything from illicit emergency lights and a state radio in Jankow's car, to whether Janklow was covered by the car owner's insurance policy. But a petulant executive editor, blinded by his agenda to expose a feverishly imagined conspiracy of coverups by state government officials, gets scooped by an out-of-state paper quoting a source who lives in Trent, South Dakota. It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. posted by Jason | 7:25 PM