|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 10, 2004
WHERE'S THE CLOUT?: The New York Times has a very good article on Senator Daschle, headlined "The Senate: Daschle, Democrats' Leader, Faces Tough Race at Home," which will appear in tomorrow's edition. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 8:33 PM
DASCHLE GETS A PRIMARY CHALLENGER: Tim Giago, editor and publisher of the Lakota Journal until this past week (he just sold the paper to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe), will be taking on Tom Daschle in the Democratic primary, according to a story in the Argus Leader today by David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, headlined "Giago to join race for Senate." Excerpt:
UPDATE: KOTA has a story headlined "Giago Challenges Daschle." Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 7:31 PM
Friday, January 09, 2004
Tennesse blogger and journalist Bill Hobbs has kindly placed SDP on his "Campaign Season" blogroll. You can access Bill's newly retooled blog HERE.posted by Jason | 4:43 PM
THE FIRST FLAP: Rapid City Journal political reporter Denise Ross reports on the first flap of the Senate campaign here in South Dakota, in a story headlined "CNN's Novak under fire for calling American Indians election thieves."posted by Jason | 9:53 AM
Thursday, January 08, 2004
ARGUS TAKES CUES FROM DC BIGWIGS: The Argus Leader editorial page carries an editorial today headlined "Keep Senate race clean."
The New York Times and Roll Call also took a dim view of the AL's coverage of the Senate race that year.
Over a dozen years later, the Campaigns & Elections analysis of the AL still rings true. Take, for instance, the report from David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, in the Tuesday edition of the AL, headlined "Thune aims to unseat Daschle." In his piece, Kranz quotes a fellow by the name of Don Frankenfeld, a former state senator and "a one-time challenger to then-Rep. Tim Johnson, [who] likes Thune, but is one Republican who can't support him." Typically, Kranz "forgets" to add relevant context as to who Frankenfeld is. Don Frankenfeld has a website, found at frankenfeld.com. Practically the first thing you see on the site is a banner at the top of the page with the text "Senator Daschle Lauds ATLA, Trial Lawyers and Don Frankenfeld." ATLA, of course, is the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. If you click on said banner, you can hear Tom Daschle praising Don Frankenfeld in a speech he gave to the ATLA convention in San Francisco last summer. We discover that Frankenfeld's consulting firm caters to the needs of trial lawyers. And, of course, trial lawyers are among the biggest contributors to Tom Daschle's campaign. It seems that Mr. Frankenfeld has more than just a passing interest in Tom Daschle's re-election. One could reasonably arrive at the conclusion that it is a pecuniary interest (what better way to attract clients than to have the Democratic leader give you a plug at the ATLA convention?).
On Monday night, Thune made his announcement at around 8:00 P.M. David Kranz was there at least until 9:00 P.M. covering the event. His deadline to file the story could only have been a few hours later. Are we to believe that Kranz wasn't fed this quote by the Daschle campaign, given that we now know that Frankenfeld has a close relationship with Tom Daschle? It seems that in this election cycle, as in the 1990 cycle, South Dakotans will be subject to a newspaper that takes its cues on congressional affairs from Beltway bigwigs.
UPDATE: Back in 2000 post-election fracas between Bush and Gore, Frankenfeld advocated a "Bush-Gore" government, according to the last paragraph in this report at the time from Slate's Timothy Noah. posted by Jason | 8:42 PM
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
The Rocky Mountain News' Peter Blake has a few paragraphs at the end of his latest column on Dick Wadhams, John Thune's new campaign manager:
For more context to this story, click HERE. (Via reader Cory Skluzak) posted by Jason | 9:25 PM
Sioux Falls radio talk-show host Greg Belfrage has posted a great response to Steve Hildebrand's e-mail to Daschle supporters.posted by Jason | 8:54 PM
The Mitchell Daily Republic has an editorial in today's edition headlined "The challenge of a lifetime." Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 8:36 PM
Fox News has a story on the Thune-Daschle race headlined "Daschle to Face Tough Challenge From Thune."posted by Jason | 5:09 PM
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: Democracy Radio has issued a press release publicizing the debut of Ed Schultz, touted as the liberal Rush Limbaugh. Excerpt:
The last sentence isn't quite true, as I pointed out in an earlier post.
posted by Jason | 4:48 PM
Steve Hildebrand, Tom Daschle's campaign manager, is busily motivating the troops, as seen by an e-mail sent to supporters today. The text of the e-mail follows, and my comments are bracketed and italicized:
posted by Jason | 3:17 PM
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Sioux Falls radio talk-show host Greg Belfrage weighs in with commentary on Thune's decision.posted by Jason | 3:17 PM
MORE ON THUNE: The Rocky Mountain News has a story headlined "Wadhams' next mission: Unseat Daschle." The article discusses Thune's role as a lobbyist, a topic the Daschle campaign will be loathe to touch for the reasons found HERE, HERE, and HERE.
SOUTH DAKOTA LEGAL NEWS UPDATE: The state Supreme Court has created a commission to examine whether bias exists in the South Dakota justice system, as the AP reports in a story headlined "Supreme Court forms commission to review possible discimination."posted by Jason | 1:57 PM
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: The Bismarck Tribune carries an AP piece today headlined "Fargo broadcaster Ed Schultz begins national talk show." Excerpt:
You can listen to the Ed Schultz Show via the show's website. You can access Democracy Radio's website HERE. posted by Jason | 11:07 AM
THUNE VS. DASCHLE: John Thune announced his intention to oppose Tom Daschle last night, making it a big election year again in this state. Jeff Gannon, the DC resident expert on South Dakota politics, has an excellent piece today headlined "Thune to Challenge Daschle in '04" that includes a quote from Tom Daschle during his appearance on Ed Schultz's new talk show yesterday.
UPDATE: Power Line's John Hinderaker has an analysis of the race. posted by Jason | 10:54 AM
Monday, January 05, 2004
The news is starting to break that John Thune has decided to challenge Tom Daschle, although it won't be official until his announcement tonight at the Lincoln County Lincoln Day Dinner at CJ Callaway's in Sioux Falls. The AP has a story headlined "Sources: Thune to challenge Senate Minority Leader Daschle" while CNN has a story headlined "Thune, take two?." UPI also has a story headlined "Thune to challenge Daschle in '04."posted by Jason | 3:57 PM
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: Ed Schultz, the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh, began his new nationally syndicated show today. His very first guest was none other than Senator Tom Daschle. The Boston Globe carries a story on the subject headlined "Left in the air? Liberals are working to make their voices heard on talk radio." Also, the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story headlined "Longtime listeners, first-time players: Dems find radio voice" (registration required).posted by Jason | 3:46 PM
Sunday, January 04, 2004
The AP is reporting that John Thune will make an announcement concerning his political career tomorrow night, in a piece headlined "Source: Thune political announcement Monday night." David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, reported this news today in a story headlined "Thune to announce his Senate decision Monday."
ED SCHULTZ WATCH: Ed Schultz, the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh, begins his nationally syndicated show tomorrow afternoon. You can now access the show's website HERE.posted by Jason | 1:04 PM