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.

Friday, October 31, 2003  

ED SCHULTZ WATCH: You can now watch this morning's edition of Washington Journal by going to C-Span's website and clicking on "Washington Journal Entire Program." Ed Schultz, the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh, appeared on the show this morning, and you can view his remarks in the second hour of the show. The UPI also has a blurb about Schultz which you can find HERE. Excerpt:

The Democrats are busy rolling out the red carpet for Ed Schultz, the Fargo, N.D., talk radio host anchoring the latest effort to establish a certifiably liberal presence on the airwaves beyond National Public Radio....

It will be interesting to see if his backing holds up after Democrats, particular the pro-gun control and pro-animal rights crowd, learn that Schultz, a self-described big hunter, years ago shot and killed his own dog while on a hunting trip. Or how the American-Indian tribes who fill party coffers with cash from their casinos and other minority groups will react when they realize Schultz is the statewide radio play-by-play man for the "Fighting Sioux," the politically incorrect name of the University of North Dakota football team.

posted by Jason | 3:22 PM

Tom Daschle is raising money for his own re-election, way outside of the state of South Dakota, according to a report in the Oregonian headlined "The view from the epicenter: Daschle." Excerpt:

Sen. Tom Daschle spent a few hours in Portland the other day, and from the looks of the fancy cars outside the Avalon Hotel & Spa, he had to be attending a fund-raiser for something.

"It's for my own re-election," the South Dakota Democrat said with a smile. "I'm making a swing through the West -- up to Seattle tonight, then on to California."

In other news, Denise Ross, political reporter for the Rapid City Journal, has a report today headlined "Herseth to run for House." Denise has some quotes from John Thune in the piece.

Elsewhere, has a great quote from Tom Daschle in a story headlined "Democrats Call Record Growth in Domestic Production 'Meaningless'." Excerpt:

"I think every single American is far more interested in J-O-B than G-N-P," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), incorrectly referring to the GDP by the initials used for the gross national product. GNP refers to the GDP plus income earned from foreign investments by those living in the U.S, minus income earned from U.S. investments by those living abroad.

"When you look at the fact that, in the last quarter, we've still lost 40,000 jobs," Daschle continued, "I don't think they understand any growth in percentages."

While Tom Daschle had something to say about the spurt in the GDP, he wasn't quite as talkative about Senator Zell Miller's endorsement of President Bush. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution today has a story headlined "Miller says Bush is right on issues." Excerpt:

Some key Democrats in the Senate were mum about Miller's move.

Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said he didn't have time to talk because he had an important meeting.

posted by Jason | 7:50 AM

Thursday, October 30, 2003  

HERSETH RUNNING AGAIN: Sensing that Congressman Janklow is vulnerable in next year's election, Stephanie Herseth, a candidate bought and paid for by Emily's List, is running again.

posted by Jason | 10:25 PM

The South Dakota Republican Party has issued a press release criticizing Tom Daschle for his new $1.9 million home, his taking advantage of the the Washington, D.C. homestead tax deduction on the home (a deduction only available to DC residents, leading Daschle's campaign manager to say Daschle's wife claimed the deduction), and for voting to raise his pay by nearly $4,000. Bob Novak also had a blurb on this. You can read the text of the press release below:

As hard-working South Dakotans are paying their property taxes this week, they’re left wondering where Tom Daschle will be sending his check.

“Daschle believes he deserves a tax break while voting against tax breaks for South Dakotans,” said Randy Frederick, Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party. “Clearly Daschle has been in Washington too long.”

Six months ago, it was reported that Daschle bought a $2 million mansion in Washington, D.C. It was later learned that Daschle claimed a homestead deduction on this mansion. Daschle’s staff vigorously denied Tom Daschle claimed the deduction, but public records filed with the Office of Tax and Revenue in Washington, D.C. showed Daschle himself is actually the first signor on the deed for the house. (See attached documents)

“Is this Washington speak? Because in South Dakota actions speak louder than words,” Frederick added.

Adding insult to injury, Tom Daschle voted just last week to increase his own salary nearly $4,000 – putting his salary over a whopping $175,000 a year. Over the past decade, Daschle has voted to raise his own salary four other times.

While voting to pad his own pocket, Daschle has voted against President Bush’s historic tax relief plan in 2001 as well as his job stimulus package in 2003. All 232,000 tax paying South Dakotans directly benefited from these plans. Nearly 100,000 married couples in South Dakota currently benefit from the reduction of the marriage penalty tax contained in the packages.

“Isn’t it time Senator Daschle put South Dakota families before his own pocket?” Frederick concluded.

posted by Jason | 9:24 PM

ED SCHULTZ WATCH: Ed Schultz, the left's answer to Rush Limbaugh will be on C-Span's Washington Journal tomorrow morning. For more background on Ed Schultz, click HERE.

posted by Jason | 8:56 PM

SOUTH DAKOTA LEGAL NEWS UPDATE: The ABA Journal has a piece on the Amendment E case (South Dakota Farm Bureau v. Hazeltine) in its latest edition, headlined "Down on the Farm; Laws Aimed at Boosting Family Farmers May Violate Commerce Clause." The piece quotes my Economic Rights professor, David S. Day, although it incorrectly states that he is a professor at South Dakota State University. The University of South Dakota has the state's only law school.

In other news, has a piece headlined "Circuit Court Allows Beef Checkoff to Continue During Appeal."

posted by Jason | 5:19 PM

WHERE'S THE CLOUT?: An article in today's Washington Post, headlined "Bush Pushes Hill on Drug Proposal" leads one to ask what kind of clout Tom Daschle has if he's not even part of the conversation in the conference negotiations regarding the Medicare prescription drug bill. Excerpt:

Sen. Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) -- a member of the conference committee but barred by GOP leaders from attending the bargaining sessions -- said after Bush's speech: "The president must do more than simply say, 'complete your work.' "

posted by Jason | 7:43 AM

Wednesday, October 29, 2003  

ED SCHULTZ WATCH: A reader e-mails the following regarding Ed Schultz, the left's answer to Rush Limbaugh:

I'm glad they picked Ed Schultz too. All my uberliberal friends in KFGO-land loathe him... of course now that he's gone liberal, I suppose he's all-of-a-sudden brilliant.

For my part, I'm glad I no longer have to defend his views as a conservative against his making a name for himself as the village idiot. (Like defending him "accidentally" shooting his hunting dog -- Look up some NDSU "Collegian" articles from 1985-1986 for several good laughs).

He was also the "voice of the Bison" in Fargo, and when he'd say, "EVERYBODY UP FOR THE BISON!" the stadium-wide reply was "'YUP! YUP! YUP! YUP!" (everybody-yup for the Bison") I wonder if instead of "Dittos" he'll use "YUP! YUP! YUP! YUP!" "Everybody yup for Eddie!"

Ed Schultz accidentally shot his dog? Doh!

CORRECTION: It's the NDSU "Spectrum," not "Collegian."

posted by Jason | 9:53 PM

ED SCHULTZ UPDATE: Read Ed Schultz, the North Dakota radio personality, and the left's answer to Rush Limbaugh, basking in the sun of media exposure HERE. Schultz will be on C-Span Friday morning for Washington Journal, and on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" Friday night. Outside of the four stations he's on in North Dakota, Schultz can be heard on one station in South Dakota, KKAA AM 1560 in Aberdeen.

UPDATE: According to a piece in Roll Call on this development, Schultz is the number one progressive talk show host in the country:

"Democracy Radio and its partners turned to Schultz after conducting a survey that revealed there were only 40 progressive radio talk show hosts in the country making a profit. Schultz was No. 1."

That's pretty pathetic. But NPR, which is part of the left's infrastructure of attack, doesn't have to post a profit, and pounds conservatives all day, every day, nationwide.

posted by Jason | 4:09 PM

DASCHLE "THWARTS" BUSH AGENDA: From the Financial Times comes a report headlined "Thwarted president chides unruly Congress. Excerpt:

[M]r Bush's appeal mainly underscored the success of Democrats - the minority party in Congress - in thwarting much of his agenda....

Already this year, Democrats have used filibusters to substitute their energy bill in place of a Republican one; block legislation to limit class-action lawsuits; defeat legislation to limit damages that juries can award in medical malpractice cases; and block four of Mr Bush's appeals court nominees.

They are also holding out the threat of using the tactic against a Republican bill to restrict business liability in asbestos-related lawsuits. They could use it to prevent Republicans from installing more Bush judicial nominees in office before Congress adjourns for the year....

But Democrats insist that filibusters and procedural tactics are the only way they can make themselves heard with Republicans controlling all committees and excluding them from pivotal end-of-session negotiations on such big items as modernising the energy power grid and overhauling Medicare, the federal healthcare programme for the elderly.

"I don't know the number of times I have offered to sit down . . . with senators on the other side in an effort to find the common ground we are looking for," said Tom Daschle, the Senate's top Democrat. "For whatever reason, none of those offers have been accepted."

posted by Jason | 7:46 AM

Tuesday, October 28, 2003  

John Nichols of The Nation magazine recently had an interesting piece about politics on the high plains: "Needed: A Rural Strategy."

"Less than a quarter of America's population now lives beyond this country's cities and suburbs. But even as their percentage of the national population dwindles, rural states still elect two US senators each, and more than fifty US House members represent predominantly rural districts. The electoral votes of even the least populous state can decide close national elections. In 2000, for instance, Al Gore fell just three electoral votes short of winning the presidency. That means that the electoral votes of a single rural state--such as Helen Waller's Montana, where rural support for the Democrats tumbled in 2000--could have rendered Florida's disputed electoral votes inconsequential. "

posted by Jason | 11:49 PM

BROOKS ON BOEING: New York Times columnist David Brooks has a piece today about the sweetheart deal between Boeing and the Air Force, headlined: True Believers, Please Rise. Excerpt:

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska went around the normal committee process and inserted the deal into a defense appropriations bill during a closed meeting of conferees. According to The Post, in the month before he made that move, Stevens received political contributions from 31 Boeing executives at a fund-raiser in Seattle.

A lobbying report found at the Senate's Office of Public Records indicates that Linda Daschle, a Boeing lobbyist, lobbied for Boeing on the same defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3338, P.L. 107-117) that Senator Stevens inserted the provision into at Boeing's behest. Yet Linda Daschle claims not to lobby the Senate or to even lobby on military issues for Boeing. Closer scrutiny of her role in this bill is appropriate.

posted by Jason | 11:02 PM

It looks like there's an effort afoot to draft John Thune for the 2004 Senate race: Statewide John Thune for Senate Meetup Day.

UPDATE: Andrew Jaspers gives three reasons why not to vote for Tom Daschle.

posted by Jason | 9:02 PM

DASCHLE LEXICON™ ALERT: The AP has a report headlined "Daschle questions Bush claim of progress in Iraq....." In it, we see the most recent example of the Daschle Lexicon™:

The senate's top Democrat says he's "troubled" by the president's claim that U-S successes in Iraq are making insurgents more desperate.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle says, "If this is progress, I don't know how much progress we can take."

Other examples of the Daschle Lexicon™ are "disappointed," "grave reservations," and "saddened."

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg has had some thoughts on the Daschle Lexicon™ in the past:

Whatever Republicans do, [Daschle] says he's "saddened and disappointed" with them.

Don't forget "grave reservations!"

posted by Jason | 8:40 PM

KRANZ WATCH: David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, has two articles in today's edition of the Argus Leader, "Book tells why Daschle rejected run for president" and "Author expects criticism of work."

While reading the latter piece, keep a vomit bag handy and remember that David Kranz is big pals with Tom Daschle.

posted by Jason | 1:33 PM

ED SCHULTZ UPDATE: The Bismarck Tribune has an AP report in today's edition headlined "Schultz planning national talk show" Excerpt:

Democratic lawmakers in Washington are raising money for the show, and Democrats have pledged about $1.8 million over two years to get it off the ground, Schultz said Monday....

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said Schultz impressed Senate Democrats at a meeting in Washington about a year ago, after Democracy Radio officials approached Schultz about the job. Democracy Radio was founded by Tom Athens, the husband of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

"He knocked their socks off," Dorgan said. "To say that Ed has a competitive drive is probably an understatement. He's a pusher and a fighter, but he's also an entertaining guy.

"Right now we have hours and hours filled by conservative talk, and there's a huge void out there," he said.

Of course, Senator Dorgan is forgetting about NPR, which spouts the liberal agenda nationwide all hours of the day, at taxpayer expense.

posted by Jason | 12:05 PM

Monday, October 27, 2003  

ED SCHULTZ TAKING ON LIMBAUGH?: Roll Call is reporting that a liberal radio group, with the help of Democratic lawmakers, will launch a national talk show in January. They've signed a radio personality from North Dakota named Ed Schultz to be the voice of the new liberal radio network, Democracy Radio. Ed Schultz's show can be heard in Aberdeen at KKAA. For some background info on Schultz, read a piece from the Grand Forks Herald last spring headlined "Dems ask radio talk show host to run for governor."

A reader writes: "This is great news. Ed Schultz is the best they can do?"

Mario Cuomo must not have been interested.


posted by Jason | 1:25 PM

Sunday, October 26, 2003  

WHERE'S THE CLOUT?: A New York Times piece today, headlined Rewriting Top Legislation, leads one to ask what kind of clout Tom Daschle has when he's not even part of the conversation in conference negotiations on various bills. Excerpt:

Seventeen lawmakers — nine from the Senate, eight from the House — have been appointed to the committee trying to reconcile Medicare bills passed by the two chambers. But only 12 do any work. Most of the Democrats, including Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the Senate minority leader, have been excluded.

UPDATE: It looks like we can add "grave reservations" to the Tom Daschle Lexicon™ along with "deeply saddened," "deeply disappointed," and "deeply troubled."

Mr. Daschle said this week that he had "grave reservations about the way" Republicans were using conference committees.

posted by Jason | 11:12 AM

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Republicans favored to retain control of Congress in 2004 election." Excerpt:

Minnesota has no Senate race next year, but South Dakota could provide a marquee matchup if former Republican Congressman John Thune, who narrowly lost a Senate bid in 2002, agrees to challenge the Democratic incumbent, Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist, has said that all signs point to Republican gains of one to four seats. Even Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told the Trenton Times that the Democrats have less than an even chance of regaining the majority.

UPDATE: David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, adds that even Howard Dean doesn't think the Dems will regain the majority in the Senate: Dean pessimistic about regaining control of Senate. If, after the next election cycle, the Dems are still in the minority in the Senate, even if Daschle wins, it seems very likely that Daschle would be replaced by Hillary Clinton as the Democratic leader.

posted by Jason | 11:03 AM

DASCHLE HAVING IT BOTH WAYS ON GUNS: Senator Jack Reed pronounced himself "surprised" that Tom Daschle agreed to co-sponsor the gun-manufacturer immunity bill. When one looks at the gun-control lobby's analysis of Tom Daschle's voting record on guns, one can begin to understand Reed's surprise. Tom Daschle votes with the gun-control crowd 80% of the time.

posted by Jason | 10:58 AM
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