|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 13, 2003
FROM THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY: I'm blogging from the public library in downtown Chicago. Very cool. For today's post, check out the story about Wayne Greenfield, the Aberdeen man who appears in the Club for Growth's commercial critical of Tom Daschle HERE.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
BOUND FOR WRIGLEY: I'm going to Chicago tomorrow to catch a Cubs game, so I'll be away from my laptop for the next few days. Blogging will be sparse. Meanwhile, check all of the links on the right side of this weblog.posted by Jason | 9:23 PM
ABOUREZK V. PROBUSH.COM UPDATE: An amicus brief for the defendants in the case of Abourezk v. Probush.com, prepared by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, can be found, along with other court documents, at probush.com. Piercingly insightful excerpt from the brief:
You can view Professor Volokh's blog, an SDP favorite, by clicking HERE. posted by Jason | 8:20 PM
A reader points out that the writer of this letter to the editor in today's edition of the Argus Leader is the brother of Jonathon Lehman, Tom Daschle's legislative aide for Agriculture and Energy policy.posted by Jason | 8:06 PM
NEVER FORGET: It's appropriate today to mark 9-11 with this memorial.posted by Jason | 12:19 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Howard Bashman, whose blog is one of SDP's favorites, notes with delight that a federal circuit court judge invoked his blog during oral arguments recently. That federal judge is none other than the Honorable Roger L. Wollman, a native South Dakotan who formerly served as Chief Justice for the South Dakota Supreme Court, and is a graduate of the USD School of Law.posted by Jason | 10:35 PM
BECK AND NYT GOT IT WRONG: Do you recall early last summer when a brouhaha erupted about some improprieties that were going on with a deal that would allow Boeing (Linda Daschle's lobbying client) to lease air refueling tankers to the Pentagon? A New York Times story mentioned Linda Daschle's name as one of the lobbyists working on the deal. Shortly thereafter, a correction came out from the Times stating that Linda Daschle "is a lobbyist for Boeing on commercial aviation issues only, not on military-related matters."
While it may be true that Linda Daschle is not involved in the present contract between Boeing and the Pentagon, it turns out that it is not true that she only handles commercial issues for Boeing. Because she has worked on military issues for Boeing in the past. According to page 2 of the 2001 year-end lobbying report on Linda Daschle and Boeing, available on politicalmoneyline.com, Linda Daschle worked on "H.R. 3338, P.L 107-117, Department of Defense Appropriations and Emergency Supplemental" for Boeing back in 2001. The document even contains Linda Daschle's signature. Gee, that sounds pretty military, doesn't it? So much for the new "If your mother says she loves you, check it out'' axiom, found in Beck's latest column. I guess there's the Steve Hildebrand exception to the "mother says she loves you" doctrine. That is, when Steve Hildebrand says something like "Linda Daschle doesn't work on military issues for Boeing," we don't bother to check it out. What's that? Oh, she doesn't work on military-related issues for Boeing ANYMORE. OK, got it. posted by Jason | 5:46 PM
KRANZ WATCH VS. BEEBWATCH: The Daily Telegraph has introduced a new feature entitled "Beebwatch." Excerpt:
And hence SDP's "Kranz Watch," which has been delving into the biased unconscious of David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, for the past six months. posted by Jason | 4:08 PM
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, delivers a scathing editorial on the withdrawal of Miguel Estrada from the Senate confirmation process: The Borking of Miguel Estrada. Excerpt:
One could substitute the names Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle for Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor into this editorial and have the same effect.
To understand the leadership role of Tom Daschle in this travesty, one need only view a small portion of
this transcript via the Federal News Service. posted by Jason | 12:21 PM
Monday, September 08, 2003
On March 18, 2003, the Argus Leader editorialized on the Estrada nomination with a column entitled "Estrada Deserves Full Senate Vote." In light of the fact that Miguel Estrada has now withdrawn his name from consideration, it's reasonable to expect a new editorial commenting on this development from the Argus Leader, as was done by the Washington Post last Friday.posted by Jason | 9:34 PM
STEPHEN MOORE ON HOWARD DEAN: For those of you who think Stephen Moore is reflexively opposed to liberals of all stripes, consider the piece written by him in this week's Weekly Standard: The Appeal of Howard Dean. (Via Andrew Sullivan).posted by Jason | 8:48 PM
WHEN DID TOM DASCHLE'S MEDIA CONSULTANTS LEARN TO HATE?: There's an interesting article in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times concerning Tom Daschle's media consultants Karl Struble and David Eichenbaum, entitled Graham boiling theme down to 30 seconds. Excerpt:
Nice. posted by Jason | 5:25 PM
Stephen Moore has a new article in National Review entitled Tom’s House Is a Very, Very, Very Nice House; The Senate Minority Leader is anti-tax — at least, for himself.
Sunday, September 07, 2003
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: Diane Carman of the Denver Post has a column on the Janklow accident entitled S.D. lawmaker finds pity from old adversary. Carman's article, based on an interview with Russell Means, omits a couple of salient facts, and doesn't quite seem to grasp the nuance of Janklow's relationship with the Indians. First, Carman fails to mention the fact that Janklow pardoned Russell Means this past January. Means had been convicted of a felony stemming from an April 30, 1974, clash between police and American Indian Movement (AIM) supporters in Sioux Falls. Interestingly, Russell Means has also been charged and subsequently acquitted of the crime of murdering Martin Montileaux. Below are the facts quoted from the case of State v. Marshall, 264 NW2d 911:
Marshall was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But the story gets more interesting. On December 27, 1984, Richard Marshall was inexplicably freed from prison on the orders of Governor Bill Janklow.
The second criticism I have about Carman's article is Carman's assertion that Means is a "revered" figure on the Pine Ridge reservation. This assertion is a bit humorous, in light of the fact that Russell Means couldn't even win an election for tribal president in Pine Ridge last year. Incumbent John Yellow Bird Steele defeated him. I suppose it's possible to be revered and still lose an election, but at the least you'd think Carman would write about this paradox.
All of the above goes to show that the relationship between Bill Janklow and the Indians is not as cut-and-dried as many seem to believe. There's a lot of nuance to it that frankly I even have trouble grasping. posted by Jason | 6:45 PM