|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, January 03, 2004
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: The High Plains Reader, a Fargo, ND alternative weekly, has a cover story on Ed Schultz, the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh. Er, that is, it's more of a transcript of an interview than a story. Interesting excerpt:
In other words, no local station in North Dakota will be carrying Ed Schultz's nationally syndicated show. Schultz's show begins on Monday. I dislike making predictions, but I would be surprised if this show will exist this time next year. posted by Jason | 3:17 PM
Friday, January 02, 2004
CNN has a report headlined "Thune edges closer to challenging Daschle."posted by Jason | 9:21 PM
As the new year begins, it's worth reviewing some of the criticism in the past year of the Argus Leader's biased political reporting.
Thursday, January 01, 2004
DASCHLE LEADERSHIP IN JEOPARDY?: The Boston Globe carries a story today headlined "Minority party eyes a boost in discipline; Democrats urged to stand firmer" which has more rumblings that the Democratic rank-and-file are dissatisfied with Tom Daschle's leadership. Excerpt:
Meanwhile, the liberal website "Buzzflash" carries an editorial by Senator Ted Kennedy responding to Buzzflash's editorial position that Tom Daschle should step down as the Democratic leader. Interesting excerpt:
Gee, I guess a bill that gives millions of dollars to South Dakota Indian tribes is "obscene." The omnibus bill contains the following items that advance Native American interests in South Dakota:
- $2,000,000 for Wakpa Sica Historical Society in Fort Pierre, South Dakota for the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Center
- $275,000 is available for Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to establish a nursing home
- $100,000 to InterTribal Bison Cooperative in Rapid City, South Dakota for member training.
- $400,000 to Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in Rapid City, South Dakota for Northern Plains Healthy Start.
- $250,000 to Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Rosebud, South Dakota for rural ambulance service operations .
- $225,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte, South Dakota for mental health services.
- $200,000 to Yankton Sioux Tribe in Marty, South Dakota for substance abuse treatment at Canku Teca.
- $200,000 to Children’s Village in Pine Ridge, South Dakota for foster care services.
- $60,000 to Kids Voting South Dakota in Pierre, SD to expand programming in tribal schools
- $3,000,000 to BIA Route 27 Reconstruction, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
- $2,250,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe public buses and bus facilities, South Dakota
- $250,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Public Bus System, South Dakota
Tom Daschle and his party plan to block the bill that contains these provisions when the Senate reconvenes on January 20. Particularly ripe for criticism is the fact that Tom Daschle visited the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Center last summer as part of a reconciliation effort put forth by Governor Rounds. Now, Tom Daschle is using his clout to block the $2 million that will go to the center. Somehow, this is an obscene bill that rewards Republican supporters. Am I missing something? posted by Jason | 7:32 PM
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: The New York Times recently carried a story about what Tom Daschle labels the Republican "infrastructure of attack," a story you can access HERE. Stories like these make Tom Daschle seethe. Of course, it shouldn't be forgotten that NPR has long been the Democratic "infrastructure of attack." In response, Tom Daschle has pitched the emergence of a liberal Rush Limbaugh, a man by the name of Ed Schultz, a radio talk-show host from Fargo, North Dakota. Ed Schultz's nationally broadcast show, syndicated by Democracy Radio, is set to begin January 5.posted by Jason | 5:14 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Today's edition of USA Today has a piece headlined "Freewheeling 'bloggers' are rewriting rules of journalism" which mentions GOPUSA, the parent company of Talon News.
Monday, December 29, 2003
Eugene Volokh skewers online polling. I wonder what Mr. Volokh and Julian Sanchez think about Tom Daschle recently citing the results of an online poll to make a point during debate on the Senate floor?posted by Jason | 11:09 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2003
The Argus Leader's editorial board has put out editorials twice in the last 12 days (12/15 and 12/27) promoting an early special election for the House seat that will be open due to Congressman Janklow's resignation. In the latest such editorial the AL posits the following:
The AL editorial board is seemingly unconcerned about the fact that South Dakota "lost" $43 million of federal funding earlier this month when Tom Daschle objected to unanimous consent approval of the FY04 omnibus spending bill. Nor have they upbraided Tom Daschle for going to a book signing rather than get the extra Democratic votes needed to pass the energy bill, which would have been good for ethanol.
I've done some research on what South Dakota earmarks are contained in the FY04 omnibus spending bill. As far as I'm aware, SDP is the only place where you'll find the detailed list of South Dakota projects funded by this bill. To my knowledge, the AP hasn't done a report, nor has the AL, nor has the Rapid City Journal. These local publications would be well advised to fashion a report like the report in the Salt Lake Tribune headlined "Omnibus breakdown in Utah."
Anyway, the FY04 omnibus bill is H.R. 2673, and you can read the text of conference report, printed in the 11/25/2003 Congressional Record, beginning at page H12323 and ending at page H12746. The South Dakota earmarks are as follows (SDP exclusive-must credit SDP):
- A north-central sun grant center at South Dakota State University for the region composed of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. - $5 million, pg H12334
- $500,000 shall be available for Northeast South Dakota Tech-Based Skills Development- pg H12348
- $275,000 is available for Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to establish a nursing home – pg H12388 and H12573
- The conferees are aware of current efforts to begin a study of the use of conservation cropping techniques in southeastern North Dakota, northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. The goal of this study would be to identify conservation rotations, cover crops, seeding techniques, and residue management practices that would make conservation tillage acceptable and profitable in these climate transition areas. The conferees encourage the Secretary to support efforts begin this study, as appropriate. – [seems to only be precatory language-ed.] – pg H12446
-The conference agreement provides $71,422,000 for the Risk Management Agency as proposed by the Senate instead of $71,509,000 as proposed by the House. The conferees are aware that certain additional states have been approved for participation in the Livestock Risk Protection Pilots for swine and other livestock categories, but that this expansion was limited to ten states. The conferees urge the Department to expand the program during fiscal year 2004 to the maximum extent possible, including the states of Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. – pg H12462
- Edward Byrne Grants to States.—The conference agreement includes $659,117,000 for the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program, of which $159,117,000 is for discretionary grants and $500,000,000 is for formula grants. Within the amount provided for Byrne formula grants, the conferees ask Governors and relevant State and local officials to review the following proposals and provide a grant if warranted: Oglala, South Dakota Youth Court/Court Systems – pg H12475
- $100,000 to the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners for law enforcement communications equipment – pg H12476
- $750,000 to Prairie View Prevention Services in Sioux Falls, SD, to continue methamphetamine use prevention programs in South Dakota, and to facilitate integration of prevention and treatment services for at risk youth – pg H12479
- $250,000 to the South Dakota Police Chiefs’Association and South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association for technology and equipment - H12480
- $250,000 to Our Home, Inc. in Huron South Dakota for programming and equipment at its Parkston, SD, juvenile group care facility – H12483
- $245,000 to South Dakota Coalition for Children – H12484
- The managers note that a proposal by the University of South Dakota to develop international mental health programs was inadvertently omitted from the list of university proposals on pages 20 to 23 of the Senate report. – H12534
- $100,000 to InterTribal Bison Cooperative in Rapid City, South Dakota for member training. – H12549
- $400,000 to Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in Rapid City, South Dakota for Northern Plains Healthy Start. – H12553
- $250,000 to Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to integrate information systems of CHCs and FQHCs in the Dakotas. – H12554
- $200,000 to Delta Dental Plan of South Dakota in Pierre, SD for equipment for a dental care mobile van. - H12555
- $2,000,000 to Graduate Education and Applied Research Foundation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to construct the Center for Graduate Education and Applied Research - H12555
- $50,000 to Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, South Dakota for renovation and equipment - H12556
- $250,000 to Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Rosebud, South Dakota for rural ambulance service operations – H12559
- $900,000 to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD for construction. – H12561
- $200,000 to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota for the West River Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect – H12566
- $60,000 to South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy in Brookings, SD to support pharmacist immunization training – H12568
- $225,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte, South Dakota for mental health services - H12571
- $200,000 to Yankton Sioux Tribe in Marty, South Dakota for substance abuse treatment at Canku Teca – H12572
- $250,000 to Behavior Management Systems in Rapid City, South Dakota for substance abuse treatment – H12572
- $475,000 to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD to continue the work of the Consortium of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - H12573
- $200,000 to Children’s Village in Pine Ridge, South Dakota for foster care services – H12576
- $60,000 to Kids Voting South Dakota in Pierre, SD to expand programming in tribal schools – H12588
- $480,000 to Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota for technology center equipment – H12599
- $150,000 to Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota for forensic science lab equipment – H12599
- $200,000 to Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah for workforce development in South Dakota via distance education - H12602
- $5,000,000 to construct Madison Street Interchange I–29 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - H12671
- $5,100,000 to Reconstruct Exit 60—I–90 in Rapid City, South Dakota – H12674
- $3,000,000 to BIA Route 27 Reconstruction, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota – H12675
- $250,000 to Extend 4-Lane Highway from Maverick Junction to Nebraska in Fall River County, South Dakota – H12676
- $2,000,000 to Meridian Bridge Replacement, Yankton, South Dakota – H12678
- $1,000,000 to Replace Meridan Bridge at Yankton, South Dakota - H12679
- $2,000,000 to Reconstruct Allen Road, Bennett County, South Dakota – H12680
- $2,250,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe public buses and bus facilities, South Dakota – H12688
- $2,000,000 to South Dakota Statewide buses and bus facilities – H12692
- $250,000 to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Public Bus System, South Dakota – H12694
- $2,000,000 for Wakpa Sica Historical Society in Fort Pierre, South Dakota for the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Center- H12719
- $400,000 for the City of Parker, South Dakota for the development of a community center- H12719
- $400,000 for the City of Beresford, South Dakota for the Beresford Industrial Infrastructure Development project- H12719
- $200,000 for the Aberdeen Workforce Development Council, Aberdeen South Dakota for costs associated with the Workforce Development Center- H12719
- $50,000 for the Canton Economic Development Corporation, Canton, South Dakota for infrastructure development- H12719
- $1,000,000 for Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota for facilities construction for the McGovern Library and Center for Public Service- H12719
- $350,000 for the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the expansion and rehabilitation of the Orpheum Theatre- H12719
- $200,000 for the City of Vermillion, South Dakota for the expansion of the Center for Children and Families- H12719
- $100,000 for the City of Redfield, South Dakota for renovations and improvements to the Carnegie Library- H12719
- $1,000,000 for the City of Corsica, South Dakota for water infrastructure improvements- H12737
- $1,000,000 for the City of Lennox, South Dakota for water infrastructure improvements- H12737
- $200,000 for the City of Sisseton, South Dakota for water infrastructure improvements- H12737
- $1,000,000 for the City of Hartford, South Dakota for drinking water infrastructure
- $100,000 for the City of DeSmet, South Dakota for water infrastructure improvements- H12737
Tom Daschle blocked these provisions from becoming law, and hence South Dakota has lost the money. With this kind of representation, we might as well not have any. Yet there's no peep from the AL. This leads one to to the conclusion that the AL's "South Dakota will lose money" argument is a pretextual one, and the real reason the AL is pushing an early special election is because the AL believes that Stephanie Herseth will benefit from it.
A Senate cloture vote to end conference report debate is scheduled for January 20, 2004. It will be interesting to see if Tom Daschle votes against cloture. posted by Jason | 11:35 PM
A letter to the editor that appeared in today's edition of the New York Times, headlined "Journalistic Ethics," makes the argument better than I ever could that David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, should reveal his past ties to Tom Daschle whenever he writes about Tom Daschle. For a recap of Kranz's ties to Daschle, read the Talon News links on the right side of this blog. Excerpt from the cited letter:
posted by Jason | 5:47 PM
The AP is reporting the top stories of the year in South Dakota, and Congressman Janklow's conviction tops the list: "S.D.: Crash, Conviction, Resignation No. 1 Story."posted by Jason | 1:37 PM
Talon News' crack reporting makes the pages of the Washington Post, in a story headlined "Leaks Probe Is Gathering Momentum."posted by Jason | 12:11 PM