|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, December 06, 2003
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: Congressman Janklow took the stand this morning, and the AP's Carson Walker supplies an account, headlined "Janklow Takes Stand in Manslaughter Trial." During his testimony, Janklow denied that he blew through a stop sign at the same intersection eight months earlier.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was subpoenaed, but I would have done it anyway." - Senator Tom Daschle, commenting on his appearance and testimony at the trial of Congressman Bill Janklow, as recorded in today's edition of the Rapid City Journal.posted by Jason | 12:05 PM
Friday, December 05, 2003
The Chicago Tribune offers a detailed report of yesterday's developments in the trial of Congressman Janklow.posted by Jason | 12:45 PM
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: The AP's Carson Walker has a report on the latest events in the trial of Congressman Janklow, headlined "Daschle Testifies at Janklow's Trial."
The New York Times has a story in today's edition about Senator Daschle's appearance at Congressman Janklow's trial, headlined "One Top Political Figure Testifies for Another in South Dakota." The story contains an interesting graf:
posted by Jason | 1:32 AM
Thursday, December 04, 2003
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: KELO-TV reports that Senator Daschle testified at Congressman Janklow's trial today. Excerpt:
This AP photo was taken the day of the accident. posted by Jason | 7:13 PM
Jeff Gannon, resident DC expert on South Dakota politics, has a new article up headlined "Boeing Deal Reviewed After Exec Firings."posted by Jason | 2:29 PM
SDP reader Cory Skluzak informs me of another Drey Samuelson comment that appeared on a left-wing website this past June. Drey Samuelson is Senator Tim Johnson's chief of staff. The comment reads:
Yesterday, I noted that Samuelson thinks Congressman Janklow will be found guilty. posted by Jason | 1:13 PM
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: Tom Daschle, longtime friend of Bill Janklow, may take the witness stand this afternoon on Janklow's behalf.
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
The Democratic blog Daily Kos has many interesting comments on the Janklow trial, including a comment that is apparently from Drey Samuelson, Senator Tim Johnson's chief of staff. Drey Samuelson writes the following:
Folks, that's news. The Argus Leader will probably run a story tomorrow with the head "Senator's staffer thinks Janklow will be found guilty." Oh wait.... posted by Jason | 4:54 PM
WHERE'S THE CLOUT? The American Spectator's "Washington Prowler" has an article headlined "Terminating Tom," that claims Tom Daschle is in danger of losing his leadership position to Chris Dodd or Hillary Clinton, should he win re-election in 2004. Excerpt:
On a related note, the Aberdeen American News picks up on the state GOP radio ad questioning Tom Daschle's ability to deliver. posted by Jason | 2:09 PM
DASCHLE HAVING IT BOTH WAYS ON ABORTION: Amy Sullivan, a staffer for Tom Daschle when the senator floated a maternal health exception for partial-birth abortion as a "compromise," has an article in this month's Washington Monthly headlined "A Time to Choose." (Via The Corner).posted by Jason | 1:59 PM
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: The AP's Carson Walker is reporting this afternoon under the headline "Trooper Testifies on Janklow's Speeding."
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
FLASHBACK: SDP notes with amusement that Boeing's CEO has resigned due to the sweetheart deal between Boeing and the Pentagon regarding the leasing of 100 air-refueling tankers by the Air Force. Boeing is one of Linda Daschle's clients. A few months ago, I discussed the fact that Senate lobbying documents indicate Linda Daschle did lobbying work for Boeing on the very bill that authorized the leasing of the tankers, a post you can access HERE.posted by Jason | 11:07 PM
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: The AP has a new report this afternoon headlined "Friend of Victim Cries on Stand in Janklow Trial."posted by Jason | 1:47 PM
The South Dakota Republican Party has begun running radio ads statewide, primarily on agriculture stations, that question Tom Daschle's ability to deliver for South Dakota on the energy bill. The script is as follows:
posted by Jason | 12:21 PM
Monday, December 01, 2003
JANKLOW TRIAL UPDATE: The AP's Carson Walker reports a story headlined "Janklow lawyer: Only fool or someone with death wish would blow sign."
FREUDIAN SLIP?: An alert reader points out a mistake in David Kranz's column yesterday. Kranz writes that Tom Daschle's book is entitled "No Ordinary Time," when in fact it is entitled "Like No Other Time."posted by Jason | 7:15 PM
According to the Providence Journal (registration), Tom Daschle will be in Providence, Rhode Island later this month for a fundraiser.
Providence, Rhode Island is a long, long way from Aberdeen, South Dakota. posted by Jason | 12:34 PM
QUOTE FOR THE DAY: "I've raised $6.5 million, I've hired 30 people, I've run ads, I've been home almost 100 days this year. I don't know what else one would have to do to send as clear a message as I can that my intention is to be re-elected." - Tom Daschle, recorded in this week's edition of U.S. News and World Report. (Via Taegan Goddard's Political Wire).posted by Jason | 12:23 PM
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The AP's Carson Walker has an update on the jury selection process in Congressman Janklow's trial, which began today.
Sunday, November 30, 2003
I just viewed the latter half of C-Span's BookNotes program featuring an interview with Tom Daschle about his book. Brian Lamb was almost Russert-like in asking Daschle about Linda Hall Daschle, Tom's lobbyist wife. A few weeks ago, when I flipped through the index of Daschle's book to see what he had to say about his wife, I noticed that at one point he writes that his wife is a "public policy analyst" and that later in the book he finally uses the L-word to describe her. Brian Lamb asked him about this! It was incredible.
JANKLOW ACCIDENT UPDATE: The AP is reporting a good summary going into jury selection of Congressman Janklow's trial tomorrow morning, with the headline "Janklow heads to trial in traffic accident death."posted by Jason | 3:44 PM
Don't forget to vote!posted by Jason | 3:05 PM
KRANZ WATCH: David Kranz, Tom Daschle's college chum and the dean of South Dakota political reporters, has a piece today headlined "Stalemate over energy bill produces no political winners." Notably missing from the piece are the comments Senator George Allen made during his visit last weekend to South Dakota regarding Tom Daschle's lackluster effort on the energy bill.
DASCHLE GETS SUCKED IN: According to the Rapid City Journal, Tom Daschle has been subpoenaed by Congressman Janklow to testify at Congressman Janklow's trial. It's no secret that Janklow and Daschle are pals. But this development puts Daschle in a dicey situation, and events might develop in such a way as to further damage Daschle's re-election prospects. Things are really going to start shaking out in South Dakota politics this week, and it will be interesting to see who is left standing and who is down for the count when the dust settles.posted by Jason | 1:00 PM
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: A recent story on CBS MarketWatch, headlined "Ed Schultz is talk radio's `Great Liberal Hope'," discusses the efforts Tom Daschle has made on behalf of Ed Schultz, the Fargo, ND radio personality purported to be the Democratic Rush Limbaugh. Excerpt:
Of course, the Democrats have had a dominating presence for years on FM radio, namely the taxpayer funded NPR. Isn't it interesting how energetically Daschle is pitching Ed Schultz to the national media? And yet there really hasn't been that much excitement about Schultz. I think SDP and the North Dakota blog Lone Prairie are the only blogs that have ever discussed Ed Schultz at any length. There's a wealth of information on SDP about Schultz if you look through the SDP archives on the right side of this page. Or just do a Google search with the phrase "Ed Schultz Watch."
For some useful background info on Shultz click HERE. Also, see this transcript from Schultz's appearance on "Scarborough Country," where Ed Meese twice tells Ed Schultz to shut up!
UPDATE: One of the links above is to a report in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, a publication Ed Schultz has been at war with for some time now. Forum Publishing owns WDAY, where Schultz used to work. Bill Marcil is publisher of The Forum. Below is a quote from Ed Schultz regarding Bill Marcil, dated December 15, 2000:
You can access the passage above in its context HERE.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Schultz also has a Bill O'Reilly-like problem with receiving the Peabody Award, as you can read in one of my recent posts. posted by Jason | 11:14 AM