HEADING TO AMERICAN LEGION’S SOUTH DAKOTA BOYS STATE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

 

Drew Hanson of Hill City, SD at the American Legion Post #22 parking lot in Rapid City, SD Photo: Mark Mills

By Mark Mills

Custer City, SD, May 28, 2018– Early Memorial Day morning at a quiet parking lot in Rapid City, Drew
Hanson eagerly awaits his bus. Hanson, of Hill City, SD was selected by Hill City Post #160 and sponsored
by Custer Post #46 to participate in the American Legion’s South Dakota Boys State program. He and over
200 high school junior classmen from across the state will spend an intense week at Northern State
University in Aberdeen, SD learning about government in South Dakota. They will do so by creating a
fictitious 51st state and all its levels of government, run for those government offices, and then run that
government. This “learning by doing” is combined with athletic, musical, and patriotic activities
culminating in personal meetings with top South Dakota government officials and its federal
Congressional Delegation. Then Drew and his fellow Boys State citizens will return home, far better
prepared to be responsible United States citizens.

Sleepy and excited on Memorial Day morning, Drew and the boys on this and similar busses across South
Dakota are our investment in the future of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”.

DUSTY JOHNSON ANNOUNCES GRASSROOTS CAPTAINS

 

MITCHELL, SD – The Dusty Johnson for Congress campaign announced today the launch of their Grassroots Captains program, whose members are affectionately known as “Deputy Dusty’s” for their role in helping Dusty take his message directly to South Dakotans. The Deputy Dusty’s are a corps of students and volunteers who are knocking doors, recruiting volunteers, coordinating community coffees and are revolutionizing grassroots outreach in South Dakota. In addition to their grassroots and voter contact duties, the team is included in weekly meetings with campaign leadership to make sure that the campaign, like Dusty Johnson, is in tune with South Dakotans.

“Cultivating future conservative leaders has always been a passion of mine,” said Dusty Johnson. “I have spent years introducing young South Dakotans to conservatism since my years as an advisor and camp leader for our state’s Teenage Republicans (TARs). The future of our state and nation depend on our ability to teach our children about the necessity of limited government, individual responsibility, and free markets. That’s why I’m proud to play a role in helping the Deputy Dusty’s develop their political identity as conservatives and take our message to their communities.”

“Unique to South Dakota, this program brings a new energy to campaigning,” said Audrey Cope (pictured) a student at Augustana University and a participant in the program. “This isn’t your typical political internship — we participate in weekly high-level meetings which set the direction of the campaign and have open communication with our candidate. In addition to getting hands on experience running a congressional race, we take Dusty’s positive message directly to the voters, where we often find we’re the only campaign in the state to take the time to have a personal conversation with them. I’m thrilled to be a Deputy Dusty and involved in an innovative, conservative campaign like Dusty Johnson for Congress.”

Dusty Johnson grew up in a working-class family in Central South Dakota and graduated from USD Vermillion. A former policy staff member for Governor Mike Rounds, Dusty learned early on he had a passion for public service. After serving on the Public Utilities Commission, Dusty became Governor Daugaard’s Chief of Staff and helped lead the state out of a $127 million deficit. Dusty currently works as Vice President at Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell where he helps telecommunications companies deploy fiber and broadband into rural communities

For more information about Dusty Johnson, please visit our website:
www.DustyJohnson.com

Governor Daugaard’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting:

“I welcome this decision because it recognizes the right of states to regulate in this area,” said Governor Daugaard. “Our state constitution, however, does not permit sports betting in South Dakota. A state constitutional amendment could be placed on the 2020 general election ballot through the petition process, or by the State Legislature in 2019 or 2020.”

At this time, the state does not have any reliable estimate as to the economic impact or revenue that could be generated by sports betting.

South Dakota Congressional Candidate Neal Tapio Said Terrorist Attack Would Help Him Win Primary

By Kevin Robillard
HuffPost

A GOP candidate running for South Dakota’s lone seat in Congress said last year that a terrorist attack would help him win a contested primary, and also suggested members of the U.S. military are “mercenaries for Saudi Arabia.”

In audio obtained by HuffPost, state Sen. Neal Tapio said in a recorded conversation in the state capitol of Pierre that “there will be one more terrorist attack between now and then and I will be the, just by the Trump effect, I will be the candidate.”

“I can start in a little town like Aberdeen outside of the media glare. I can move it to Watertown, practice a little more, and then by the time I get to Souix Falls, I will have said this thousands of times. And then Dusty is just going to be so far behind, that they won’t even realize we are running for the same race. And then all that has to happen is that there will be one more terrorist attack between now and then and I will be the, just by the Trump effect, I will be the candidate. That’s the way I look at it.”

In another snippet of recorded conversation, Tapio says he wouldn’t let one of his children serve in the military, and implies U.S. military operations in the Middle East are waged for the benefit of Saudi Arabia.

“We both agree that we wouldn’t want our kids to serve in the military even with Trump as president. You just are giving up your life to be mercenaries for Saudi Arabia”

Tapio was the state director for Trump’s presidential bid and is selling “Mt. Trumpmore” T-shirts to support his campaign. He is running against Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and businessman Dusty Johnson, who was chief of staff for former South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, in a three-way primary. The winner of the June 5 primary is expected to win the general election in the heavily Republican state.

Tapio’s comments on the terrorist attack were first reported by KELO, a news radio station. It’s not clear to whom Tapio was speaking. In responses to both KELO and HuffPost, Tapio did not deny the recording was his voice.

In April, Tapio posted a response on his Facebook page to KELO’s questions about the recording. “Terror has something to do with Islam. Nobody dares say this in public. I do,” he wrote.

However, he took issue with a question asking whether he thought a terror attack would help his campaign.

“To suggest I am advocating for a terror attack is a disgusting smear and you should be ashamed of yourself,” he wrote. “Anyone that would even suggest that is a vile and disgusting individual not worthy of being taken seriously.”

In an email to HuffPost, Tapio said his comments on mercenaries were meant to sympathize with U.S. troops, who he said have suffered since the beginnings of the war on terror 17 years ago.

He also said political leaders calling Islam a “religion of peace” meant ceding “the moral high ground of freedom,” and “[u]ntil we face the truth about the root cause of terrorism, we will never win this war.”

“I don’t think it’s controversial to speak the truth about the manipulations and unarticulated objectives of the Obama-Hillary Clinton foreign policy,” he said.

“The result in every conflict in the Bush-Obama era has been regime change that has left the most radicalized and dangerous elements of Muslim leadership in charge of entire nations,” he added.

Here’s Tapio’s full response:

America and the Western world have been fighting an endless war on terror since September 11, 2001. At a cost of nearly $7 trillion, this war has nearly bankrupted our nation. The financial cost fails to account for the heavy long term physical and mental toll on millions of service members and their families.

Shamefully, we don’t even dare call this war by it’s proper name, “the global war against Islamic terrorism.” Failure to properly identify the enemy is a slap in the face to every service member who has served and to all the military families who have sacrificed so much in this endless war. Worse, when our political and religious leaders tell us ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ and ‘terror has nothing to do with Islam,’ America cedes the moral high ground of freedom, and we no longer become a beacon of hope to all those living under a hateful and deadly ideology that punishes or kills them for leaving Islam. Until we face the truth about the root cause of terrorism, we will never win this war.

Many military families are asking, ‘for what purpose are we sacrificing American lives in this war?’ It is our duty as a country to clearly identify the enemy and clearly outline the path to victory. Only then can we ask a service member to place their life in danger.

President Trump is fighting every day to redefine our failed foreign policy of military intervention. He continually battles those who clamor for regime change in the Middle East, including those who want regime change in Syria.

Who is pushing hardest for regime change? I bet a full airing of my conversation would give you a better picture of my thoughts on broader Middle Eastern politics. Here is a brief outline.

For two decades or more, America’s honorable military tradition has been at the beck and call of a policy to rewrite the map of the Middle East, for reasons both evident and secretive.  Interests beyond the disclosure of national security objectives and clear and present danger have placed our nation’s finest young men and women in theaters of battle with objectives that have been concealed from the American public and shielded even from Congressional approval to go to war, as demanded by the Constitution.

I don’t think this is a secret to most Americans to say that our military has faced a rate of deployment and a burden of service that has been unprecedented in our national history.  And I don’t think it’s controversial to speak the truth about the manipulations and unarticulated objectives of the Obama-Hillary Clinton foreign policy.  It’s high time someone spoke the truth about endless wars and the disservice that’s been visited on the finest military tradition and the most effective fighting force in the history of warfare.

Our fighting men and women are always ready and willing to answer the call and to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We owe to them as leaders and as citizens that that sacrifice never be demanded on false pretense.  In Iraq it was weapons of mass destruction.  In Libya it was humanitarian intervention.  The result in every conflict in the Bush-Obama era has been regime change that has left the most radicalized and dangerous elements of Muslim leadership in charge of entire nations.  With accelerated chaos, increased bloodshed and fewer rights and freedoms as a result.

I think our nation’s soldiers deserve better political outcomes than to watch patches of sand they fought, bled and died for to be given back to an ever encroaching enemy, and in every case, turned over to people who hate the United States, are openly hostile to democratic ideals and have no respect or reverence for essential liberty or the dignity of human life.  The Middle East is not a military failure.  It is a political travesty and a dishonest expenditure of the most valuable resource we have.  The very best and most dedicated of our young men and women in uniform.

Explanation Released for Proposed Constitutional Amendment Z to Appear on November Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

During the 2018 legislature session the Legislature passed House Joint Resolution 1006, which will appear on the November ballot as Constitutional Amendment Z.  The explanation is entitled “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution establishing that a proposed constitutional amendment may embrace only one subject, and requiring proposed amendments to be presented and voted on separately.”

Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments.  Specifically, the explanations include a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed amendment and a description of the legal consequences, as well as a recitation of the effect of a “yes” and “no” vote. Attorney General Explanations are not statements either for or against the proposed amendments.

Constitutional Amendment Z

EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT X TO APPEAR ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

 

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

During the 2018 legislative session the Legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November 2018 general election ballot as Constitutional Amendment X.  The explanation is entitled “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution increasing the number of votes needed to approve a constitutional amendment.”

Under South Dakota law, the Attorney General is responsible for preparing explanations for proposed initiated measures, referred laws, and South Dakota Constitutional Amendments.  Specifically, the explanations include a title, an objective, clear and simple summary of the purpose and effect of the proposed amendment and a description of the legal consequences, as well as a recitation of the effect of a “yes” and “no” vote. Attorney General Explanations are not statements either for or against the proposed amendments.

 

 

 

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA APRIL 30th, 2018 – CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS 5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – April 23rd, 2018 Meeting

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings – Public Comments

            a. Discussion of potential referendum – Ordinance #802 – Residential District

b. Discussion of Proposed Resolution to have Expedited Process for Existing Business under Ordinance #802

6. New Business

            a. New Hires – Public Works Department Seasonal

            b. New Hire – Finance Department

7. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2(1-4))

8. Adjournment

CITY OF CUSTER CITY SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA APRIL 23rd, 2018 – CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS 5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – April 16th, 2018 Meeting

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings – Public Comments

            a. Second Reading – Ordinance #802 – Residential District

b. Second Reading – Ordinance #803 – Zoning, Rezoning & Zoning Ordinance Amendments

c. Second Reading – Ordinance #804 – Variances

            d. Second Reading – Ordinance #805 – Conditional Use Permits

            e. Second Reading – Ordinance #806 – Board of Adjustment

6. New Business

            a. New Hire – Public Works Department

7. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2(1-4))

8. Adjournment

Medical Marijuana Ballot Question Petition Rejected by South Dakota Secretary of State Krebs

Secretary Shantel Krebs and Deputy Secretary of Elections Kea Warne accepting petitions from sponsor Melissa Mentele

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected by her office.

“An Initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballot,” stated Secretary Krebs. “This initiated measure petition included 15,157 signatures. We reviewed a random sample of signatures and only 62.48 percent (15,157 x 62.4822% = 9,470 valid signatures, not meeting the 13,871 signature requirement) were found to be valid.”

A rejected petition cannot be challenged to the office of the Secretary of State, however that does not prohibit a citizen from challenging the denial of a ballot question petition in circuit court.

This was the last submitted ballot question for the 2018 general election to be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office, barring any submissions of referendum petitions from South Dakota citizens concerning laws passed during the 2018 Legislative session.

For more detailed information on potential 2018 Ballot Questions, click here.

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2-1-17.1.   Submission of affidavit challenging petition to secretary of state–Appeal. Within thirty days after a statewide petition for an initiated constitutional amendment, initiated measure, or referendum has been validated and filed, any interested person who has researched the signatures contained on the petition may submit an affidavit to the Office of Secretary of State to challenge the petition. The affidavit shall include an itemized listing of each specific deficiency in question. Any challenge to the following items is prohibited under this challenge process:

(1)      Signer does not live at address listed on the petition;

(2)      Circulator does not live at address listed on the petition;

(3)      Circulator listed a residence address in South Dakota but is not a South Dakota resident;

(4)      Circulator did not witness the signers;

(5)      Signatures not included in the random sample; and

(6)      Petition that was originally rejected.

Any challenge by the same person or party in interest shall be included in one affidavit.

The original signed affidavit shall be received by the Office of Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. central time on the deadline date. If the affidavit challenges any item that is prohibited by this section, only that line item shall summarily be rejected. A challenge to a line item is not a challenge to the petition as a whole.

The secretary of state’s decision regarding a challenge may not be challenged a second time with the secretary of state, but may be appealed to the circuit court of Hughes County. If a person fails to challenge a petition pursuant to this section, it does not deny that person any other legal remedy to challenge the filing of an initiative or referendum petition in circuit court. A challenge to a petition in circuit court may include items prohibited in this section.

 

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA APRIL 2nd, 2018 – CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS 5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – March 19th, 2018 Meeting and March 19th, 2018 Board of Equalization Meeting Minutes

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings – Public Comments

a. Public Hearing & First Reading – Ordinance #802 – Residential District

b. Public Hearing & First Reading – Ordinance #803 – Zoning, Rezoning & Zoning Ordinance Amendments

c. Public Hearing & First Reading – Ordinance #804 – Variances

            d. Public Hearing & First Reading – Ordinance #805 – Conditional Use Permits

            e. Public Hearing & First Reading – Ordinance #806 – Board of Adjustment

            f. Executive Proclamation – National Service Recognition Day

            g.

6. Old Business

            a.

            b.

7. New Business

            a. Run Crazy Horse Marathon Request – Emily Wheeler

            b. Downtown Hanging Baskets

            c.

            d.

            e.

8.  Presentation of Claims –

9. Department Head Discussion & Committee Reports –

10. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2)

11. Adjournment

REMINDERS

 

General Government Committee Meeting – April 9th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – April 10th, 2018 5:00 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – April 16th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – April 17th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Public Works Committee Meeting – May 7th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – May 7th, 2018 5:30 P.M.