|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 20, 2003
The New York Times has a report today headlined "Ease a Little Guilt, Provide Some Jobs; It's Pork on the Hill" discussing the FY 2004 omnibus spending bill. Excerpt:
Tom Daschle's campaign website carries the theme "Tom Daschle Delivers for South Dakota," which sends a message as subtle as a sledgehammer that he will bring home the pork, as long as South Dakotans just forget about his liberal voting record. The problem is, he's NOT bringing it home, and what's more, he's suddenly become some sort of moral exhibitionist about pork-barrel spending, which contradicts his campaign theme. As reported earlier, Tom Daschle objected to a unanimous consent motion that would have allowed this omnibus spending bill to pass, which contained money for, among other things, the construction of a nursing home on the Cheyenne River Reservation, as well as money to renovate the infrastructure of Corsica, SD. Earlier, Tom Daschle refused to use his so-called clout to urge his caucus to support the energy bill, which would have been good for ethanol.
We need a senator who votes right on the issues, AND at the same time brings home the bacon. Tom Daschle certainly does not fit that description. posted by Jason | 5:25 PM
Tom Daschle's son and daughter-in-law are supporting Howard Dean.posted by Jason | 2:13 PM
Friday, December 19, 2003
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: The website progressivegovernment.org contains an update on Ed Shultz of KFGO-AM in Fargo, ND, the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh, headlined "Ed Schultz Begins Airing Nationally on Democracy Radio, January 5." Excerpt:
That's not quite true, as I pointed out weeks ago.
On a related note, check out democracyradio.org's website, which contains photos of the usual suspects. posted by Jason | 11:00 AM
DASCHLE HAVING IT BOTH WAYS ON ABORTION: The website beliefnet.com has a piece headlined "Catholic Politicians Can't Have It Both Ways."posted by Jason | 10:42 AM
Senator George McGovern is wintering in Marco Island, Florida, according to a piece in the Naples Daily News headlined "McGoverns settle in as Marco's newest residents."posted by Jason | 10:32 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2003
I had to chuckle at a letter to the editor from a Daschle supporter, published in today's Argus Leader, scolding a previous writer for citing the results of online polls as evidence of a lack of support for Tom Daschle. Her point is absolutely correct: it's ridiculous to rely on unscientific polls.
Don't expect to see a letter from this writer excoriating Tom Daschle for "presenting an online poll as if it were scientifically based" as vigorously as she does the writer guilty of the same shenanigans.
posted by Jason | 10:45 PM
DASCHLE RAISES $50G, LOVES LIMOUSINE LIBERALS: Tom Daschle was in Providence, Rhode Island last night to scoop up more cash for his campaign here in South Dakota. The Providence Journal supplies the details in a story headlined "Daschle gets R.I. money for S.D. race."
So much for the little guy.
UPDATE: Overlawyered.com has a post headlined "Daschle does the trial lawyer hop." posted by Jason | 10:33 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The transcript of Tom Daschle's appearance on C-Span's "Booknotes" a couple of weeks ago can now be accessed HERE. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 9:16 PM
Tom Daschle is attending a fundraiser for his campaign today in Providence, Rhode Island. Sen. Jack Reed is hosting the fundraiser at the home of Providence lawyer Jack McConnell. Tickets are $500 and $1,000. Once again, Tom Daschle is raising cash among wealthy East Coast liberals, as he did last week in Jacksonville, Florida under a shroud of secrecy. And of course the Argus Leader is nowhere to be found on this story.
The American Spectator's Washington Prowler has a report on Tom Daschle's latest efforts to unify his caucus, headlined "Terrified Tom."posted by Jason | 4:02 PM
Jeff Gannon, resident DC expert on South Dakota politics, has a new report, headlined "Special Interest Dollars Fuel Daschle's 'Shadowboxing' Campaign."posted by Jason | 11:42 AM
DASCHLE FAILS TO DELIVER--AGAIN: The National Journal's CongressDaily reports that Tom Daschle objected to a unanimous consent motion to approve the fiscal year 2004 omnibus spending bill, which contained $43 million worth of projects for South Dakota. One such earmark was $275,000 for a nursing home on the Cheyenne River Reservation. The South Dakota Native American community has to be thinking that with friends like these, who needs enemies?
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
It has been a slow news day today for South Dakota politics, aside from the Thune announcement. No hush-hush Daschle fundraisers or anything like that. But look for reports out of Rhode Island tomorrow on a fundraiser that Daschle will be holding in that state. He's going to be raising cash out-of-state even more frenetically in the coming days, as it appears more likely that Thune will run against him.posted by Jason | 5:19 PM
John Thune has just sent a letter to Randy Frederick, chair of the South Dakota Republican Party, indicating that he will NOT be running for the House.
Monday, December 15, 2003
The Democratic blog Daily Kos contains a post soliciting donations for Stephanie Herseth's campaign. Also, read the comments, which include a couple by a member of Herseth's campaign staff, as well as some comments which prompt the blog's moderator to tell his readers to "keep your hormones in check."posted by Jason | 11:42 PM
KRANZ WATCH: When will David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, report on the fact that many Democrats are disgruntled with Tom Daschle's leadership, and that some at the grassroots level are even calling for him to be removed from his leadership position? We've seen a report in the National Journal quoting various Democratic staffers, an editorial in the New Republic, and quotes by various liberals in various other publications, all indicating a groundswell of unhappiness with Tom Daschle's leadership. Also, the conservative American Spectator reported recently that Daschle "seems resigned to losing his leadership post after the next election." Then there's the editorial position of Buzzflash, a liberal grassroots website that reaches 2.5 million readers a month, calling for Tom Daschle to be removed as the Democratic leader.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TOM DASCHLE?: This Wednesday, Tom Daschle will be in Rhode Island for another fundraiser with wealthy Eastern liberals who have probably never set foot in South Dakota in their lives. Last Thursday, Tom Daschle traveled to Florida for a what a local newspaper labeled a hush-hush fundraiser. Tom Daschle sure is raising a lot of money outside the state of South Dakota. And apparently, he'd rather not have any scrutiny when he does it.
The New Republic, one of SDP's favorite publications, is disgruntled with Tom Daschle's leadership, as seen in a piece headlined "Spare the Rod?." Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 4:56 PM
The AP's Jack Sullivan provides an update on the coming Thune decision headlined "Thune Courted for House and Senate Bids."posted by Jason | 1:29 PM
Sibby Online has details about a letter to the editor published in the Argus Leader yesterday, which mysteriously is not available online.posted by Jason | 11:27 AM
DASCHLE'S HUSH-HUSH FUNDRAISER: The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville has a report headlined "Daschle ducks (in) city."
Why all the secrecy? It's not as though Jacksonville is Baghdad or something. Could it be Daschle doesn't want his South Dakota constituents to know he's scooping up campaign cash from wealthy out-of-state contributors? He shouldn't worry. Everyone knows that the Argus Leader, and particularly David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, won't report it. posted by Jason | 11:04 AM
Dr. Bill Richardson and Secretary of State Chris Nelson will be fielding your questions on the Janklow verdict tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on SDPB's "South Dakota Focus."posted by Jason | 9:28 AM
Sunday, December 14, 2003
I woke up this morning at around 8:30, flipped on the TV to NBC's Meet the Press, where Tim Russert was just going to commercial, saying that Saddam Hussein had been captured. I was still groggy, but THAT cleared my head in a hurry. I actually started whooping and clapping, a response much like that of the reporters at Ambassador Paul Bremer's press conference as the news was announced. Then, when President Bush appeared on television, his words underlined my own gratefulness to our men and women serving in harm's way. A great, historic day. But now I must go Christmas shopping, so blogging will be sparse the rest of the day.posted by Jason | 12:32 PM